Friday, December 09, 2005


At last.....The Christmas Dress!

I can't believe this thing is finally finished. I am fairly pleased with it, but it is a bit too big for Daughter. I cast on for the next smaller size, remeasured Daughter, and freaked out thinking it would be too small. So I made the bigger size. Oh well, she will wear it anyway! It's also a little bit heavy. The yarn called for in the pattern is Sirdar Snuggly DK, which is definitely lighter weight than the Knitpicks merino I used.

The back:

That skirt is 80 rows of double moss stitch, folks. That's a whole lotta double moss stitch. The cables on the front and sleeves have bobbles in them, but I left them out on the back so she would be able to lay down without little bumps pushing into her back.

Closeup of the button band:

The buttons are really pretty. You'll have to trust me as I couldn't get a good photo of them.

A sleeve:

Pattern - from Sirdar book #241 - Design H
Yarn - Knitpicks Merino Style DK in Hollyberry (8 skeins)
Needles - US size 6 circulars and US size 6 dpns for the body and sleeves, US size 3 dpns for cuffs and collar
Gauge - HA! Who knows? I am way too cavalier about gauge, which is probably why I didn't have enough yarn to make the belt and I only have a few feet of scraps left. It's also probably why the dress is too big, though I am notorious for knitting too tightly so that would be weird.
Mods - I knit the collar and cuffs in moss stitch instead of garter stitch because I think garter stitch looks a little sloppy.

The outfit:

Cream tights and patent leather shoes. Awwwwwwww...

But wait, where is the baby??

I don't wish to get into a whole dissertation here, but I just don't feel comfortable posting pictures of my infant daughter's face on the internet for the world to see. You won't see me or my husband here, either. It's nothing personal...I'm sure you are all very nice people. I just don't want to have to worry about stalkers or child molesters. Thanks for understanding.

Speaking of my baby, she is looking for some attention. And there are two huge baskets of laundry waiting to be folded. And the floors are still dirty and there's dinner to plan and, and, and.....


HangerMom said...

Ah well, even without a baby in it, that's obviously a fantastic dress. I love it! And good call and leaving the knobs off the back so the baby can still nap and play. I know very little about knitting, so I have to say that when I look at that dress, I'm amazed you can have made it by hand. I'm impressed. And a little girl's first pair of pantent leathers.... such a fun time!

Kristen said...

That dress is stunning - simply stunning! I usually shy away from knitted dress patterns (as gifts for others) but that pattern is something I'd knit up and lovingly gift.

I understand no pictures - I've been cautious about what I put out there too. That said, I'm sure she'll look absolutely adorable in it!

Sourire11 said...

That dress is beyond cute!!! Wow!