PATTERN: Mine (a prototype I am working on)
SIZE: 12 months
YARN: Various DK- and sport-weight yarn in cashmere-wool blend and alpaca
I have had so much fun designing these three Tulipfield Dresses (here is the first and the second of the group, in case you missed them). I can't believe how well the weather has cooperated with these, both colorwise (it has seemed irrevocably gray here for the past few weeks, with so many touches of pink, green, and yellow) and temperature-wise (it's been freezing and windy and rainy = not much going outside). This is pretty typical of Oregon springs, in my experience — spring seems to start in late February and go, sometimes, until June. So wooly, soft little jumpers like these can be worn, I think for several months — I pictured this one, especially, with cable tights (do they make dijon-mustard-colored cable tights?) over a soft, full little calico dress (I picked up this little pink calico dress for a song from Marshall's, but I think one with longer sleeves would be adorable).
I used almost the same yoke pattern I used for my Cecily Baby Sweater (I just did it in half-double crochet and left out the openings for the ribbon), then did the body of the dress in wattle stitch, which is one of my favorite nubby, drapey sort of stitches. The whole thing is done in the round (again, with attached rows), so there are no seams; I crochet over all of my tails at the color switches, so there's almost nothing to weave in at the end. And again I used my new favorite yarn, the DK-weight undyed Eco Alpaca (I buy all of mine at Happy Knits). I think I have crocheted miles of this yarn now. Oh how I love alpaca yarn. Especially for crochet, which can tend to be rather heavy and stiff for wearable garments. Alpaca yarn seems to crochet up more beautifully than any yarn I have ever used.
I plan to make all three of these dress patterns available in sizes from 6 months to 4T within the next few weeks.
I have the drafts written, so if anyone is interested in testing any of them, I would love a couple of testers (especially for the bigger sizes) — just let me know in the comments and I'll get in touch with you. *Thank you testers!!! I think we have plenty now and I will be in touch directly!!!
I seem to slowly be making progress on all of the things I had started last month. I have so many different patterns I want to make up for different projects, it's ridiculous. I need to stop starting things and start finishing them!