Sunday, March 21, 2010

Little Things

A little dress for a little girl who's taking her time to show her little face. Hurry up little one your knits are ready and so by all accounts is your Mama!

Pattern: Little Sister's Dress by Tora Froseth
Yarn: Lana Grossa Meilenweit Cotton
Needles: 2.5mm Circular
Started: 6 February 2010
Finished: 20 March 2010

Love this knit - pattern and yarn combine in a winning combination. It's a genius design, simple and fun to knit. She's a clever lady and and I've got my eye on her Sweetheart pattern, which looks like a lovely variation on the theme. As for the yarn - this cotton/wool/acrylic sock yarn blend is a real favourite of mine - I made socks for Mama in it a long time ago and struggled to get more. This treasure of the stash was brought from lands afar for me and it could only be coaxed out for a special knit. It isn't widely available in the UK and these plain shades seem particularly rare - any tips on where to get it or similar alternatives gratefully received. It's worn really well in the socks and seemed like the perfect easy care and wear yarn for a baby dress.

The little thing I'm most proud is not the knitting but the touch of crochet used to tidy around the neck opening which is worked back and forth leaving a raw edge. I wanted to skip that stage as it didn't look too untidy and I am a leetle scared of crocheting but thought I should give it a go and try and get to grips with the hook. It was a simple and pleasing venture out into new territory to add a line of single crochet (although I made the button loops with a plait as I thought I should quit while I was ahead). Nice and neat. Love this FO.

15 comments:

bellsknits said...

it's so pretty! I made that for Alice in pink and it was such a worthwhile project. It's just lovely. Good on you for venturing into crochet - but did you seriously make little plaits for the loops? God that sounds fiddly - you should learn to make chains!!

DrK said...

oh i love it too! its so pretty, and your finishing is beautiful. i hope its very well loved!

J said...

It really is a beautiful little dress. Hopefully the 'little girl' it's been especially made for will make an appearance soon. You've picked a lovely colour too.
Thanks for the pattern details - I may even give this one a go myself.

Lynne said...

Very pretty dress; I'm sure litle girl's mama will be pleased.

Have you tried Online Supersocke? They used to make a range of cotton blend yarns in 4ply (fingering) weight. Cascade Fixations used to make a cotton/elastin blend but it's 8ply (DK) weight.

sue said...

Your little dress turned out beautifully, and I love how you plaited the button loops too! I agree with Bells though, you will have to learn to do a chain of crochet instead as it is very simple to do (and Im not even any good at crochet)! I am sure now you have finished her dress she will arrive.

Olivia said...

As you are probably aware, I never get sick of that dress! Yours is so beautiful, and the cotton blend will make it wearable most of the year. My niece has been wearing hers for well over a year, because the fit is so flexible.

Well done with the crochet, that's about my level too. And I think the little plaits look fantastic.

Rose Red said...

It's such a great pattern that one, I love it in the plain colour and the fancy buttons! And yay you for crocheting!! (although like Bells I giggle a little at you plaiting the button loops - crochet chain is so much easier!! But the plaits are much prettier than chains, so it's totally a win for you!!)

Charity said...

Oh, this is so sweet! I'm feeling a little broody lately, and this is not helping! :o)

Rachel said...

This is a super cute dress! You did an amazing job on it...well done for conquering the crochet!

Geek Knitter said...

It's lovely! Such a beautiful color, and your crochet is perfect.

T. said...

Love the button choice. Very adorable.

Alice said...

Hi Sarah! Thanks for your welcoming comment on my blog. Nice to see you're still around, too.

That little dress you've knitted is just darling! I would be proud of that crochet edge, too. I avoid anything with the word crochet in it. I'm impressed!

I also really like your blog header. One of these days I will try to make my own, but I'm quite computer illiterate, so it could take some time! Yours looks fab.

Good to see you...

Petit Filoux said...

This is really beautiful!!!

Nora said...

Thank you for your support on my blog - much appreciated. x

Linda said...

Thats so pretty!

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