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Hi and welcome to another week of “Currently Crafting!” This week I’m sharing a look at a recent knitting project, a sweet little dress called the “Fiona Baby Sundress” available for free from Very Pink.
As regular readers know, I am (obviously) a huge fan of handmade. This enthusiasm extends to items for LG, including clothing. As I mentioned in my color splash lotus blossom shirt tutorial, a lot of modern baby clothes really annoy me. I believe that babies are people and deserve to be treated as such, even if the are very small, immature people who are currently totally dependent on others. I really like classic baby clothes made with natural fibers featuring tasteful, timeless elements. LG obviously doesn’t wear only handmade items, but we try hard to make her commercially-aquired clothing as sensible as possible (no rhinestones, sequins, ‘cutesy’ sayings, etc.). Since we’re planning a trip to the Mainland for Christmas, I wanted LG to have some hand knit items and this cute pattern was the perfect project for me!
The Fiona Baby Sundress pattern is a great choice for beginning knitters who want to learn a few new skills. Very Pink is currently my favorite knitting blog and YouTube channel because Staci is not only an accomplished knitter, but also an excellent teacher. She has many well-filmed videos explaining a variety of knitting and crochet techniques – I highly recommend you check out her channel if you have any knitting questions!
One of the reasons the Fiona dress pattern is great for beginners is that there’s a video showing how to make the entire thing. I’d never knitted pleats before or made icord, but Staci’s explanations made the techniques very easy to understand. I also had the chance to use one of my new knitting gizmos while making the dress – a stitch holder for circular projects! Because LG was smaller than most of her clothes, I decided to quickly make her a pair of knitted booties to wear to appointments. I needed the same needles I was already using for the dress, so I temporarily transferred the dress over to my circular stitch holder and made the booties. The booties were not actually knitted in the round, but the needles were the correct size and it’s easy to knit flat items on circular needles.
I had to explain the concept a few times to my husband before it really sank in, but you really have to look at both a yarn’s suggested needle size and the pattern’s needle size as a recommendation, not a mandate. I started knitting the Fiona dress with the smallest pattern size and, because my gauge was correct, I didn’t really pay attention to my actual baby’s size until I was part way finished! Since LG is smaller than average, I realized that the dress wouldn’t fit her for a while if I made the entire thing on the recommended size 7 needles. To compensate, I switched to smaller needles for the bodice; I ultimately went down two sizes to 5s. Now LG has a nice full skirt and a bodice that fits! She’s already received many complements on her dress while out and about (read: at appointments because that’s the only ‘out and about’ she’s really done so far).
What have you made lately?
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