Turns out Peaceful Baby is a strawberry blonde. Took me a while to see it, but now that I do I am loving it! So here is my little Strawberry Shortcake in her new apron dress.
- Pattern: Apron Dress from Vintage Knits for Modern Babies (Ravelled here), 6-12 month size
- Yarn: Cascade Sierra Quatro, about 345 yards
- Needles: US size 7/ 4.5mm
- Mods: The big one is that I knit this in the round. I saw no reason such a simple garment needed to be pieced together. So I knit it in one piece up to the arm/neck shaping, then worked back and forth to make the back and then the front.
I forget what inspired me to make this dress in the first place. I do remember it was one of the patterns I loved from the book; the yarn was something I scored in a stash swap last year. Somehow the two came together in my mind and I had to get started knitting right away. I loved working with this yarn. Sierra Quatro is a lovely blend of 80% cotton and 20% wool. This means it is soft and a bit stretchy, with the benefits of cotton. And the color is a true and perfect red. So cheery! I knit the 6-12 months size, figuring there would be plenty of room to grow. Turns out, it fits PB now as a roomy layering item. I can see it over a longer dress or leggings for months to come.
This project went quickly until I got to the shaping for the arms and neckline on the back. The directions said to decrease one stitch at each end, but I kept reading it as decrease one stitch each row. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how this would work in the number of rows called for! Thanks to a strong latte and the help of a friend, I was set straight. The directions are fairly clear, although they don’t specify the types of decreases to use. I could handle this now that I know where to throw in a ssk versus a k2tog, but a couple of years ago as a new knitter this would have really stumped me. Is it so hard to be a little more specific in a pattern?
Another minor complaint about the pattern are the button holes. They are created with one yarn-over and a decrease just before you bind off, leaving a miniscule and shallow button-hole. Had I been a little more alert while knitting them, I would have made them wider so I could use better buttons.
Another modification I made was to sew the pocket separately and sew it on after blocking. This is mainly because I forgot to integrate the pocket as I was knitting as per the instructions. But I’m happy I did so because it made the bulk of the knitting simple and super speedy. The pocket almost got nixed when I realized I forgot it, but I’m glad I decided to make it. Don’t you think it would look great with a duplicate stitch design of some sort on it? I may have to play with this some more…
Even though aspects of this pattern were irritating, and my first impression after binding off was a firm “blah”, it is pretty cute. Or maybe it’s the model… Either way, I’m glad I made it, and I’m glad it’s finished! Plus, I thing PB likes it too.