FO: A Pink Dress for Paige

And just like that…a dress is knit!
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I’m so glad I frogged the dress I was initially going to make my goddaughter Paige. Instead of being mad and constantly putting that dress down I changed over to the Summer into Fall dress pattern and this baby flew off my needles. It was so fast and cute I want to make more of them for the other little girls in my life.
Paige's pink dress
For Paige I made the 2T size so that it will grow with her for the next year. She’s 1 but has a few little bits of adorable baby chub so this size actually fits her but she’s still got room to grow. I may add another layer of buttons on the back just to tighten up the fit until she gets a bit taller. I knit this up in Knit Picks Shine Worsted, a pima cotton and modal blend that is so soft to the touch and has a great drape to it. Plus the yarn was affordable, 4 skeins costs about $10 before shipping. Not bad at all for a baby garment. It can also easily go into the washer and dryer so Paige’s mom doesn’t have to think twice when she’s doing the laundry.
Paige's pink dress
My favorite detail is the little flutter to the straps at the top, it’s such an adorable little added touch to a sweet little dress. I can even see doing the flutter and the tabs on the side in a contrasting color.
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And what’s even sweeter? Seeing that it fits my goddaughter. YAY!!

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FO: Green Garter Raglan

All I wanted for Christmas was to finish my Green Garter Raglan Sweater and I did!
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I hoped I would have time to take better photos in this sweater (I actually wore it to work yesterday…and the week before…and I’ve worn it on the weekends…yeah this and Mountain High are in heavy rotation) but before work and after work I don’t have any decent daylight! And I’m more of a natural light photographer, so a selfie and some snaps from my cell phone is all I can give you.
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So here’s the original image for the Terra Garter Raglan, and notice how low the back is on the model. Mine doesn’t sit that low and I followed the pattern at the neckline. The only real modifications I made were to shorten the straight rows between increases and decreases from 10 to 6 and shortened the sleeves (my usual) since I’m short and sweaters are hot. And I did a garter stitch border at the bottom and on the sleeves since I didn’t want a rolled hem. I also didn’t want it to be a tunic length on me so I stopped at 14 inches total for body length. But I stuck to the structure of the pattern and it’s just lovely.
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I think what I liked about this pattern was the garter stitch details that mimick the garter detail on Mountain High but this sweater has a more fitted body. I paired it yesterday with a royal blue pencil skirt for work and I just loved the look. This will definitely be in heavy rotation. I should warn you, that if you’re busty – this is not the knit for you. I am not busty but the garter band around the top makes me feel quite buxom. So if you don’t want your chest emphasized, don’t knit this pattern – you’ve been warned.
Green Garter Raglan
I also really liked Knit Picks Mighty Stitch yarn, I’ve been trying out different acrylic blends because I’ll be honest – I like popping my sweater in the washer and dryer. It’s just easier to maintain. Plus I tend to make a lot of baby clothes and I like to test out the wear and tear of an acrylic. This yarn did have some flaws with the random half knots I’d find but I find that in most Knit Picks yarns and have learned to deal with it. But the feel is super soft and this shade of green (a true Kelly green) is so vivid in person. I plan on using the rest of the yarn to do a colorblocked sweater next and with long sleeves this time. LOL

I’ve actually got a couple more finished objects in my queue to share next week and I’m hoping to finish another sweater this weekend. Monday is the first day of classes so in between finishing my last sleeve I’ve got to tighten up my syllabus and get ready for the first day of class. Have a great weekend everybody!

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Happy Knitting

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I have not finished my sister’s sweater and not because I haven’t had the time or because it was complex. No, this was a super easy top down sweater (you can see it on Ravelry – I’m hiding it from her until Christmas). No, I haven’t finished her sweater because I’ve been procrastinating because I just have the sleeves left and I know it won’t take me any time at all. I should probably get that out of the way and blocked since Christmas is next Friday. I told myself once I separated the body and sleeves on my Terra Garter Raglan I’d start the sleeves on her sweater…but I kept knitting on last night and this morning in the car. Oops!

I have to admit, I love how soft the Knit Picks Mighty Stitch yarn is but there are odd half knots in random places. It’s not even a full knot, it’s like they knotted half of the strand…it’s odd. But I have gotten knots in Knit Picks yarn before so I kind of expected it and hasn’t turned me off from wanting to work with it again. I’m also obsessed with how bright and vivid this green is, it’s just too good. I’ve even got my eye on their Soft Rainbow Mighty Stitch Sampler. Perhaps that could be my Age of Adaline inspired sweater color palette. So hopefully once I finish the sleeves on my sister’s Christmas gift I can finish this gorgeous green sweater and wear it for Christmas day – fingers crossed. And in other knitting news…
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At the end of the year last year I knit this little swing coat sweater for Maddie. My gauge was off because I just didn’t swatch it so of course it was too big for the winter baby, but it’s fitting her nicely now. And my girlfriend loves the weight of it for this weirdly warm winter we’re having.
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She has got to be the wiggliest little girl in the world right now at 11 months old. She’s also the cutest and I know I’ll be making this for her (and properly doing a gauge swatch next time) for her to wear in the fall next year. I’ve already got a list of items I made her that her mom loved and would want me to knit again in the bigger sizes.
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I have to admit, as much as I love knitting sweaters for myself, knitting cute things for little people is the best. Especially when they’re always so happy! How can I not smile around her?

Have a great weekend my knitting friends!