You know, monogamous knitting isn’t so bad when your project is this cute. I was trying to explain to L last night about what makes knitting a little dress so entirely captivating and it’s hard to explain in words. I kept sort of giggling and then showing him the little arm holes and how the back will close with a little button and explaining about the leaf lace trim yet to come and, well, he did not get it (although he did concede that small things are cute).
Anyway, if you have a baby girl coming into your life, Sproutlette is the dress to knit. The pattern is straightforward, adorable, and easy to modify. To wit, The baby I’m knitting this for was born in March, which makes her about three months old; the pattern offers three sizes: 0-6 months, 6-12 months 12-24 months. For a three-month old baby (who I have not yet met, and thus don’t have proper dimensions for) this is a bit of a puzzle. I want to knit her something that will serve as a little dress in the summer and early fall, and then transition to a tunic when it gets chilly. Ideally, that’s four to six months of wear, depending on how fast she grows and whether her parents are as entranced by this little garment as I am.
So, I’m changing this slightly to fit a baby approximately 3-9 months old. So far, this has been pretty simple. I normally have to go up a needle size to get gauge, so instead of doing that I’ve gone up a size (I’m making the medium) but used the needle recommended in the pattern, giving me a slightly tighter gauge of 30 (instead of 26) sts = 4 inches. I’m working out a couple of other mods, but I’ll explain all those once this is done and they make sense (and I know they work).
Okay, if I’m going to going to get this finished by Saturday (which really means Friday morning so there’s time to block it) I need to sneak a few rows in before I go to work. it’s funny, because as much as I’m enjoying this knit, I am already looking forward to getting back to Kit, which Cassy has just announced she’s knitting too and, well, now I really just want us both to be finished to see how they look! Is anyone else knitting this tank too?
That is soooooo cute! The intended baby’s parents are going to love it. I’m definitely going to have to knit that one for Z later in the summer. Excellent project bag too!
First birthday dress perhaps?
Too hot down here. Better to aim for fall. Unless I make it out of linen… We’re considering a pool party!
Sproutlette seems to be the “to knit” pattern right now. And yours is such a pretty green colour.
Whew, that was fast! It’s looking darling. Going to keep this pattern in mind next time I have a baby girl to knit for.
It’s amazing what a deadline will do to your regular stitch speed!
I am not knitting a tank but will be watching you and Cassy’s progress. Now the little Sproutlette and your new knitting bag are both adorable!
That is adorable! Adding it to my queue right now! I love love love your project bag!
I love everything about this! The color, the design I agree with Craftie Allle, I LOVE your project bag 😉
I love this pattern! I just made one for a baby shower coming up next month. I adore the color you chose. It fits perfectly with the name of the pattern.