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“Christmas Snow”

Magical Christmas snow is what Patience is hoping for this year.  There is most definitely something wonderful about having snow on Christmas, and when it’s actually falling on Christmas Eve, well, that’s that’s pure magic.

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Patience is wearing a dress made out of a colorful snowflake and stars print:  aqua, warm green, silver grey, and deep red.  A deep red organza ribbon sash is the perfect accent color for this set.

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Patience’s cardigan is knit Santa Claus style with “fur” trim at the neckline, sleeve cuffs, and hemline.  I’ve used a favorite aqua heather merino lace yarn for the body, and mohair/silk lace for the trim.

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Embellishing handwork in the form of embroidered snowflakes, “icy” (clear) seed beads, and vintage red bugle beads (they pick up the dots on the dress) decorate the sweater in the front as well as the back.  Bright red glass beads button the cardigan, if desired.

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Patience’s needle felted snowman is made by me out of wool roving.  He wears a tiny hand knit (in the round) deep red (merino/silk yarn) elf hat with an aqua tassel.  His scarf is aqua wool yarn looped around his neck.  Seed beads are carefully sewn on to give this snowman the perfect face and buttons.  Patience has named her snowman Magic because of magical Christmas snow, of course.

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Patience’s other accessories include:  a matching red organza ribbon bow hair tie, deep red rayon tights, and “minty” bracelet with a heart and snowflake dangle.

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“Christmas Snow” will be available tonight (November 15, 2017) at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.

Enjoy your day, my friends! ❤

 

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New Knitting Pattern for the Little Darlings

Finally, after 4 sample/test knits this pattern is ready for you!  I am just a wee bit tired of knitting jumper pinafores at the moment, but I wanted to plough through and get this one to you for your autumn knitting pleasure. 🙂  I hope you enjoy knitting it.

If you’ve been following my posts, you’ll know that this design was inspired by a vintage   jumper I saw quite awhile ago on Pinterest.  I’ve no idea who the original designer was.  If anyone knows, please let me know.

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This pinafore is quite easy to knit with minimal shaping.  It’s knit flat with plackets for buttons and buttonholes on the back.  You’ll start at the bottom with a seed stitch border and go up.  Stockinette stitch is used for most of the skirt.  As you get to the fitted high waistband, you’ll make decorative decreases which look like soft gathers or pleats.

When the entire skirt is finished, stitches are picked up for the straps.  I don’t like picking up stitches, probably because I haven’t practiced enough, but these are a very small number to pick up, and they’re picked up along a straight edge.  It wasn’t hard at all, and I’ve included tips.  If you really don’t want to pick up stitches simply knit the straps then sew them on.

Working buttonholes are added to the straps and for the first three buttons.  The remainder of the buttons are sewn through both plackets, as they’re not needed for dressing.

The Little Darlings have sloped shoulders, and the straps are meant to fall right at the shoulder/arm joint, so the straps need a fabric blouse or t-shirt to “grip” onto.  I’ve used quilter’s cotton which works nicely.  If you have the top already made you can adjust the straps when you get to this point in the pattern.  The straps could be lengthened and criss crossed in the back too.

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The buttonholes are made with a yarn over.  These buttonholes are just a tiny bit larger than the ones on my sweater patterns.  Four millimeter beads will still work, but five millimeter beads or 1/4″ buttons are a better fit.  If you’re using the smaller size, making good thread shanks is important.

I’ve use Knit Picks fingering weight yarn for these three pinafores:  Stroll Tweed Sock in North Pole Heather, Palette in a blue heather, and Gloss in cranberry.  The gauges came out slightly different for each, but all three different yarns worked with the same pattern.

You can find the link to the pattern here.

I wish all of you a wonderful day!  Thanks for visiting with me today. ❤

Dress Sets From My Tinies Closet

A giant hello to you all from my tiniest girls, Amelia Thimble and Izzy.

They have some news for you today.  Amelia and Izzy will be offering their new dress sets up for sale tonight.  They’ve had fun modeling them for you, and now would like to share them with their tiny friends.

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We’ve been busy little bees working on these for quite a while now.  It’s been almost a year since I’ve made these tiny dresses, and I must say I enjoyed working on them once again.  Below are some in progress photos.

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In progress . . . and the two collaborating a bit.

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The modeling has begun.

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The final photo shoot of the dresses.  Each girl got a chance to model two dresses.

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The 2-piece dress and hat/headband sets will be available tonight (September 20, 2017) at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.

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I hope you all have a wonderful day.

 

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