Sunday, February 22, 2009
Put on your red shoes and dance the blues
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.
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.