Is it wrong of me to admit that I was sorely tempted to keep the sweater that I knit as a baby shower gift for my stepsister because I thought it was so darn cute and I kinda have the baby fever right now? Yeah? Okay, let’s pretend I didn’t say that and just ooh and aah over this cute little thing together.
The pattern is Nola Jane by Annika Barranti. I knit it on size 3 needles (which felt gigantic since I’ve been knitting a bunch of socks on size 1 recently!), using up the last of my Wendy Roam Fusion yarn from my Teenage Mutant Ninja Knee-high socks. I think the detail that really makes this dress is the lines of crochet ruffle across the chest. They were super-duper easy to do as you knit a few evenly spaced purl rows across the chest and then go back and crochet a single crochet stitch into each purl.
The hems are a nice finishing technique where you knit stockinette for an inch, purl 1 row, knit stockinette for an inch, and then turn the first inch to the inside as your folded hem. The purl row makes for a sharp fold. Then you knit one stitch from the outside with one stitch from the inside to seal the folded hem and then continue on your business. It is a fair bit more work than a basic cast-on hem, but it sure does look sharp and helps the sweater look more RTW.
I’m pleased as punch with this pattern, the yarn, and the adorable finished dress. And most importantly, I’m so excited for my new niece to arrive and to get to see her in this cute dress!