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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. ūüôā ¬†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.




New Knitting Pattern

Happy Friday to everyone! ¬†I finished my sweater dress pattern (earlier than expected, yay!) for the Little Darlings. ¬†If you read yesterday’s blog post, “A Little Wish for Spring”, you saw the sample I made for this pattern. ¬†(The beret Alice is wearing is from my beret pattern.)

This sweater dress pattern has two sleeve lengths, short (shown) and elbow length. ¬†I’ve also included two dress lengths. ¬†I made the shorter length for “A Little Wish for Spring”. ¬†The longer length is the same width, but with 8 additional rows. ¬†The pattern guides you through the raglan bodice and then the increases to form the a-line skirt shape. ¬†BTW, as most of my knitting patterns are, this dress is knit all in one piece! ¬†The dress is made with fingering weight wool; I used Palette from Knit Picks in Blossom Heather.

My sweater patterns are made with ease to be worn over a dress.  This sweater dress pattern, however, is made so that the dress fits on the doll without ease.  It is a cute, fitted bodice, no bagginess.  Dianna Effner created the most adorably sculpted Little Darling dolls, so I like to highlight their cuteness when I design for them.

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The sweater dress is the perfect canvas for embroidery or other embellishment. ¬†I’ve included photos from some of my other Little Darling sweater dress embroidery to spark you creativity.

To purchase, cindyricedesigns.com

Bye for now!  Thanks for stopping by!