Friday, September 5, 2008

FO: Rainbow Dress

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Pattern: Rainbow Dress by TiKKi
Size: 12m
Yarn: The Wool Company Flamingo (approx 50g) and Watermelon (approx 100g) Utiku 8ply

Mods: My gauge was 20 not 22 per 10cm so mine is probably a slightly larger 12m size. M1 is quite big for her age and since there is not an 18m size for this pattern this works out well for me. I also added a few more rows to the bodice and did the skirt increases a little faster than the pattern - I wanted to make it a bit wider a bit faster to compensate for a cloth nappy bottom and a 'well covered' tummy.

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I loved this pattern - the way the straps are made is just ingenious really. Nothing too tricky and the end result is just very cute and very wearable. I did suddenly think as I was knitting this that perhaps making a woollen dress as we are coming into warmer weather was not my brightest idea, however I think this is going to be just perfect for spring and autumn with a top under and for those cooler summer days and evenings.

The fit is lovely and the bodice has quite a bit of stretch so I'm hoping she'll get to wear it next winter as well. Lengthwise - I used the very technical approach of knitting till I ran out of yarn (my 100g ball). It comes to just past her knees which is perfect for now and will hopefully allow for growth.

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Love how the Watermelon knitted up. I bought this wool quite awhile ago with the intention of making (the then very new)M something cute and girlie but with nothing specific in mind, so it has taken a long time to find 'just the thing'. After spying the lovely little rainbow dress Kb made here and doing a test knit for another of Tikki's patterns (will blog about that one once the pattern goes up) I just couldn't resist celebrating the arrival of spring by making something bright and summery.

Now if I could just get little miss to stay still for a minute or 2 while I take some photos!

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18 comments:

CCC (Crazy Cooking Camper) said...

Cute, cute, cute!!!

PrincessPea said...

Such adorable cuteness! The dress, the yarn, the photos and of course your adorable little M1! I love the variegated yarn alongside the plain pink - they offset each other very well.

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Adorable, couldn't be cuter!

lazandrae said...

that is sooooo cute! love it!

Razz

Sharonnz said...

Gor-jus!! But then my love of the Watermelon runs strong & deep, lol. (You tested the newborn size of the other pattern right?)

Denise said...

That is adorable, I love colors in it, and what a little cutie she is too :) Well done.

lucky knitter said...

I love the colors - so sweet!!!

Julie said...

Wow, didn't have to wait long to see the finished item, yay! It is really gorgeous, although not quite as gorgeous as the yummy little model...so adorable!! X

Aunt Kathy said...

That is the perfect little dress. I so wish I had a little girl to dress. LOL

Leah said...

tooooo cuuuuuute :)

Rose Red said...

that is so very cute! Love the variegated yarn with the plain.

nznats said...

That is really gorgeous, I so need another girl to knit for... although I could knit Amalia one of those dresses I suppose, just need another colour to contrast the gelato or the sunset and id be right!
Well done :)

amanda said...

Now if only I could get away with wearing a knitted dress, this woud go really well with my Fresco mitts! It's competely adorable! The straps make it look so tailored.

neak said...

awwwwwwwwwwww way cute Gabes :D oh and the dress :P might have to knit one of those for missy for next winter :D

Viv said...

So cute. Do you think it might look good on boy? I might have to start wishing for Grandkids aye? By then I might be able to knit something that nice:-)

Looks lovely on M1 !

Little Grubs said...

I just totally adore it!!!!! And I don't think the model should get out of bed for less than a thousand bucks!!! x

Stripeycat/Megan said...

It looks beautiful - simple but gorgeous - and it doesn't look like M2 has any problem moving around in it either :) Watermelon is such a lovely all-season colour, too.

purdypeas said...

Fabulous! Absolutely lovely :D