Sunday, February 22, 2009

Put on your red shoes and dance the blues

Little sis dress_2

I recently made this dress from Tora FrØseth's lovely pattern Little Sister's Dress, for my little niece. I was determined to make it in secret, but this made for some stressful times as I sweated over whether the size and fit would be right. Not to mention the usual button selection dramas. Luckily, my sister put it on her straight away and I was so happy to see that it fits well.

The photo above shows the colours a bit more accurately than the one below. Neither is quite right though! It's a dark pinky red.
Little sis dress_1
I followed the pattern as written, except it was intended for 3ply wool and I used 4ply cotton - Yarn Bee something from Spotlight, and two balls of the red was not quite enough, can you tell? Using thicker yarn meant I could knit the '6 months' size and end up with something between 6 and 12 months size. The only other change I made was to continue side increases in the ribbed bottom edge, so it wouldn't draw in as it does in the original pattern picture. The designer notes that it could also work as a vest, but I did really want it to be a dress that flares out.

8 comments:

m1k1 said...

Oh yes.
And I really like the detail around the neck to tie in with the bottom edge.

Rose Red said...

That is really sweet, love the colours you've used.

kms said...

gorgeous and very clever!

Trudi said...

The buttons work well, how many did you end up buying to find the right ones?

Bells said...

it's beautiful. I've decided I'll probably make it for my niece in a few months.

Alwen said...

That is a cute little dress!

Georgie said...

It's so lovely! Gorgeous colour. I love this pattern, and have been wanting to knit for ages, its great to see it so beautifully knit up.

Janey John said...

Okay, so, I know I shouldn't have favourites (cf Elvis/Mia guilt) - but I'm going to push the boat out and admit that I like the socks you made L, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE this dress!!! I really really do. The buttons are a perfect match!!!