May was a crazy knitting month for me. I spent it working full-out on three different patterns. (Super-secret patterns, unfortunately… I’ll just say- next year you’re going to see some patterns that I’m pretty pleased with!)
So, when I get a weekend free from any “work knitting,” what do I do? Do I go outside? Do I get chores done around the house? Do I go grocery shopping?
Of course not.
It was crazy hot this weekend, and I was looking for something small to knit, so one thing led to another and inspiration struck.I used Arne and Carlos’ dress pattern from their Knitted Dolls book (which is a delight, if you haven’t looked at it). I used some Wool of the Andes DK I had laying around, and tiny, vintage mother-of-pearl buttons I inherited from my Grandma years ago.
I modified the pattern a little bit, which I think Arne and Carlos would approve of. I cast on with bright green at the bottom of the skirt, and worked the pattern as written for a few rows, then joined some blue and did about an inch of Fair Isle to make the grass and the flowers’ stems. I finished the dress using some lovely sky-blue heather. Then (and this is the best part), I went back in with yellow, red, pink and purple, and embroidered tiny little flowers at the tops of each stem.
How cute did that turn out?!
I’m pretty tickled with the results, I have to say. (And the fact that I finished a whole project in 24 hours is pretty satisfying after the last month.)
Have you ever made doll clothes before? How did they turn out?