May 5

Moving on

Posted by Nanc

We’ll go back and talk about those events in the last post sooner or later, but for now I’m moving on.

I love knitting for my baby girl, and I love seeing her in hand knits. Luckily, Evie is still young enough that she doesn’t give me much guff about home made clothes. It’s a win-win relationship.

I finished knitting this dress for Evie this past weekend, and she wore it to daycare on Monday. It was an easy pattern (Topaz), and only took so much time because I don’t have much knitting time. But she looks so cute and she got so many compliments, that I know I’ll knit more of these.

I changed up the pattern to knit it in the round, which I found much easier and quicker. This caused a problem with the garter stitch hem rolling up. I’m not certain what the solution for this is, but I’m sure there is one (or eight).

I also changed the yarn and didn’t do the colorwork, as shown in the original pattern. I wanted to make this out of cotton so that she could wear this immediately. My choice of cotton, though, was unfortunate.

I had this Araucania Nature Cotton in my stash for a couple years now. (I keep trying to use it for various projects, but it never works out like I hope.) I like the colors, marbled purple hues, and the thick-n-thin texture, and the soft fabric it makes. However, it’s also dense and heavy; I think I could prop Evie up in a strong wind with this dress.

And to my own foolishness, I was so eager for Evie to wear this dress that, due to the 80% humidity this weekend, I tossed the washed dress into the dryer for a few minutes. Well, a few minutes too long.

The 6 mo. size, which I expected her to wear this summer, shrunk to more of the 3 mo. size. So she’s wearing it now. Huzzah!

I can totally imagine using the sizing and shape of this pattern to knit up a variety of these dresses: changing the yarn/fabric, playing with stitches, and tossing around a few different techniques.

So aside from my lapse in judgement (yarn & dryer), this is a total win.

Pattern: Topaz from knitty

Yarn: Araucania Patagonia Nature Cotton in color 206

Needles: 5.5 mm Addi Turbos

Cast on: March 27

Finished: May 2

Ravelry link

5 Responses to “Moving on”

  1. rachel Says:

    Who is that BIG girl??? Holy cow. The dress is beautiful and more than a little enhanced by the model.

  2. Jen da purse Ho Says:

    good lord that is cute. she’s a wonderful model…wAAAAAAAAAAAAy better than Zoe! hahahahah! great job on the dress. 😉 and the cute bebeh. hahaha

  3. Petra Says:

    I love those pictures! All of you look faboo!!! Love the dress and your pretty turquoise shrug… NICE!

  4. Mom Says:

    This is the dress you started knitting while we were visiting. It turned out soooo cute. And the model, Ms Evelyn enhances it all. Too bad about the “shrinkage” but it fits just right now.

  5. aubyn Says:

    She is truly a character already. I have a feeling there will be many of those looks in the future given the silliness of the two other people in the house.