Monday, January 16, 2012

A Little Sister's Dress for a little sister.

I love knitting for babies. It's quick and there are so many gorgeous patterns. I have a number of go-to patterns that I keep coming back to because the patterns are well-written and I've had great results - Jacki Kelly's Felix's Cardigan, annypurls' Peace Baby, Georgie Hallam's Rainbow Dress, and the Ribbon-tied Wool Vest from Erika Knight's Simple Knits for Cherished Babies.

But when I found out my little Sister was pregnant with a second daughter, I wanted to find something new. I settled on Tara Froseth's Little Sister's Dress, which I'd had my eye on for a while.

Pattern: Little Sister's Dress
Yarn: Luxury 4ply by Bendigo Woollen Mills
Colour: Leaf
Started: 26/09/11
Finished: 22/10/11
Buttons: faux mother of pearl plastic buttons in the shape of flowers, from one of those bags of mixed buttons you get at craft stores.

I loved this pattern, although I did find that the yoke seemed to take forever and I had trouble getting the button loops finished neatly.

Other thoughts - this pattern comes out rather large. My gauge was not exact but not that far off, so I expected it to be a little large, but this is a newborn size and the end result was about a 1year old size from other patterns. In fact, it is so large that it was rapidly appropriated by my 20 month old niece (the older sister of the recipient) and fits her quite nicely. It would absolutely swim on the little lady it was intended for.

Oh well, babies grow, and she will be able to wear it eventually. I just wouldn't recommend knitting this pattern without alteration if you want it to fit a newborn baby.


  1. Love the dress.  Thanks for the tip about the sizing.  I have it quite high in my queue, just need a little girl for it  :-)

  2. Thank you, Maria! I was very pleased with how it came out. And I believe my older niece loves it. I may just have to knit something else for my younger niece.

  3. This is incredibly sweet, and I love the color. I can't wait to have some little kidlets in the family so I can knit great garments like this one. Thanks for the note on gauge. Definitely adding to the queue for the future.