Friday, May 4, 2012

Sweet Baby Dress

I finished my latest knitting design, a cute baby dress. I've named it Sweet Baby Dress and the pattern is for sale now on ravelry.com and also on craftsy.com.

I like the way it came out and it was a fun knit. It's worked top-down and is seamless except for the cute little puffy pocket that is worked separately and then sewn onto the skirt of the dress. I love the puffed sleeves too. Two of the sizes (I made all 4 sizes - 3mos, 6mos, 9mos, and 12 mos) have little store bought satin flowers sewn onto the yoke while the other 2 sizes have cute buttons sewn onto the yoke. I just love them all. :)





12 comments:

  1. AWESOME! Love it, so totally cute!

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  2. These are adorable Nancy! Sweet sweater.

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  3. Hi Nan,
    I love your patterns. Currently I am making 2 Sweet Baby Dresses for my 2 granddaughters.
    I stuck however on what the word "alternating" means in this pattern. Can you give me some help? Do I -- start round 1, (k row), move to round 2,(increase row), and then just keep repeating..ie. round 1, round 2, round 1, round 2 to the desired size?
    Thanks so much.

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    1. I'm happy you like the pattern but sorry the instructions confused you. Yes, alternating means to keep repeating round 1, then round 2, then round 1 again, etc.

      I'd love to see pictures of your dresses when you finish.
      Happy knitting!

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    2. Thanks Nan. Pictures happily supplied! This is my first year knitting and your patterns are the best. I love to knit.

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  4. Hi Nan, I am returning to knitting after 25 years, first time knitting with circular needles. LOVE this Sweet Baby Dress pattern. I am a bit confused as to which row number to switch from garter st to stockinette st. I have knitted up to row 15 in garter st on 2 needles, will now switch to circular needles. Also a bit confused about the hole to leave for the sleeves to be added later - when knitting in the round, having left the sts for the sleeves on waste yarn, am I supposed to leave some sort of gap in the circular gap, or is that what the 4 sts cast on is for? Thanks, Renee

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    1. Hello Renee, I'm delighted you like this dress pattern. When you join to work the remainder of the dress in the round is when it becomes stockinette stitch, but because you are working in the round, you will still be working every round by knitting (no purl rounds when doing stockinette in the round).

      Once you do the dividing round and put the sleeve stitches on holders and cast on the 4 stitches where noted, you will see there is the "gap" or "hole" where the sleeves will eventually be.

      I hope I've made this clear for you, if not, let me know.

      Happy knitting,
      Nancy

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    2. Hello again Nancy, thanks for your reply. That makes perfect sense to me now, thank you. One other question. As I am a slow knitter and we are halfway through our winter, my daughter asked me to knit this for size 18 months. If I adjusted the pattern at "Repeat rounds 1 & 2 (alternating) to be eg 10 x more, giving me a total of 356 sts (therefore making it a bit longer), would that be about right? Or would I also have to increase in Round 2 to make it wider as well? If so, I might need to ask if you'd be kind enough to give me instructions of that increase round and then the corresponding dividing round as well. If I'm asking too much, please say so, I'm just so excited about this pattern, but my grand daughter will be 18 months next winter. My most sincere apologies if this is asking too much, and thanks for your time and help, kind regards, Renee

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    3. Hi Renee, I have never designed a size 18 mos pattern so have none to check for sizing for you. I do know that the raglan sleeve length, measured from the neck down (diagonally) to the armhole will need to be longer than the 12 mos directions in the pattern. You can see the line once you do a few of Rounds 1 and 2 after the joining. You would measure the dress from where the bottom of the neck of the child would be when wearing the dress, to the underarm. Measure your grand daughter, then add a little more for growth between now and when she'll be wearing it. Continue repeating those 2 rounds until the raglan length equals the measurement you want. The increases made in the repeats of these 2 rounds should take care of the extra width of the dress as it's already generously wide. You may need to do less decreases at the bottom of the sleeve as her upper arms may be wider that the 12 mos size of the pattern.
      Good luck,
      Nancy

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  5. Hi Nancy, Thanks so much and for such a quick reply! I shall try to do what you recommend, it's difficult to guess how much babies grow [unless you can look back in hindsight :)], but I will give it a go. I shall post a photo (if I can work out how to do so!) when it is done. Your generosity is most appreciated, I'm sure I'll be back to try another of your patterns as I do along. All the best, kind regards, Renee

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  6. Hi Renee, re the raglan length, you could check a raglan sleeved pullover sweater pattern in the size you want to compare. My guess is to just make it about 1/2" longer than the 12 mos length. But don't forget to keep the bottom of the sleeve loose enough if she has chubby arms. :)
    Good luck.
    Nancy

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