Der Wintereinbruch am Wochenende half nicht unbedingt gegen dunkelheitsbedingte Depressionen, ließ doch aber zumindest mein Strickerherz höherschlagen und führte dazu, dass ich das Kleidchen fertigstricken konnte. Wie so oft ist der Schnitt mehr oder weniger improvisiert und von einigen anderen Kleidern abgeschaut. Nur war ich am Ende irgendwie sicher, dass das Ganze mit Sicherheit zu klein sein würde. Nach dem Waschen und einer Runde unterm Dampfbügeleisen, welche fast alle Beulen im Mehrfarbgestrick ausgemerzt hat, stellte ich mit Erleichterung fest, dass das gute Stück doch recht gut passt. Es ist jetzt nicht wahnsinnig weit und Fräuleins kugelrundes Babybäuchlein könnte auch noch mehr Platz vertragen aber insgesamt kann ich das Stück als Erfolg verbuchen. Die Farben und der Farbverlauf des handgesponnenen Garns machen so richtig gute Laune und bringen die Sonne ins Haus.
Last weekend winter had obviously decided we were due a repeat performance and brought snow and over-cast skies. Well, at least the knitter in me was thrilled because what else would you do while the world is slowly snowed in but sitting on the sofa with a hot cup of tea and your knitting?! The little dotted dress for my girl could finally be finished. In the completing stages of the project I was growingly worried that the dress would not fit, would be way too small or otherwise disfigured. After washing and thoroughly pressing it with a steam iron pretty much all bumps and puckers were evened out and the whole thing actually fit! Yay! Okay, it’s not overly roomy and baby girl’s cute little tummy could maybe need some more fabric but all in all it was a fun knit and a total success. B. wore it to kindergarten today and obviously the dress felt very comfy and cozy. The colors and the color gradation of the hand-spun yarn is so much fun and brighten every room.
Details for Dotty Dress
Stitch pattern is a modified color pattern out of Sheila McGregor’s “Traditional Scandinavian Knitting” and has a 8 stitch repeat. The pattern was calculated after a store-bought dress. I cast on 208 stitches and started with a few rounds of stockinette stitch in main color on smaller needles to create a turned hem. The two turning rows were worked with contrast color. After turning row 30 rounds in color pattern without decreases. After that 2 decreases worked on each side every 7th round 11 times until piece measured 25 cm in width. For armholes 12 stitches cast-off on each side and simultaneously cast-on 10 stitches to form steeks. 7 more stitches decreased every 2nd round on each armhole side. When armhole measures 5 cm 28 stitches for back and front neck opening cast-off. Again with the steek stitches. When armhole measures 11 to 12 cm cast-off all stitches.
This time I used the sewing machine to secure the steeks. But since the garment was so small I couldn’t get it under the sewing machine. Therefore I carefully cut the steeks beforehand securing them with small straight stitches on the machine afterwards. It’s still a strange feeling to cut up your knitting but again it worked just fine. The hems were picked up with the smaller needle, knitted in stockinette stitch and I made them into turned hems to hide the cut steeks. They mirror the turned bottom hem. It was a bit of a pain stitching down the facing and all that. But the end result is a very professional looking finish.
Gauge: 31 sts = 10 cm
100 g Regia 4-ply uni, natural
75 g hand-spun Corriedale by Sunset Fibers
2.5 mm circulars for hems
2.75 mm for body
Size: 12 to 18 month