Strawberry Apron Dress

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.

8 thoughts on “Strawberry Apron Dress

  1. I love it…so now that you realize she is a strawberry blonde, I feel like going out and finding al the strawberry clothes I can find. You do know that strawberries are my favorite, right?!?!

  2. So very sweet! And the model looks so happy to be wearing a hand knit dress…. She is beautiful!

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