Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Butterfly Knit Dress from Laxsupermom @ Sugar & Spice in the Land of Balls & Sticks!

Hi, Everyone!  I'm laxsupermom from Sugar & Spice in the land of Balls & Sticks.  I'm a wife to a hunky Computer Genius and mom to 2 active boys.  I love crafting, decorating, and baking and have been coming here for ideas and inspiration.  I've been an active reader of Fireflies & Jellybeans since long before having a blog of my own and was glad to answer the call to guest post. 

I was so excited for Fawnda when she made her upcoming baby announcement that I knew right away that I wanted to make something for her new little girl.  The question was what.  With 2 boys at home, I'd finally have an opportunity to go all pink & frilly so tons of ideas were swimming around in my head.  Then Fawnda posted this gorgeous piece of glitter art that she created here for her new nursery.

I found my inspiration.  I knew right away that I would be knitting a frilly, butterfly embellished dress for her new baby girl.  I've been knitting for a few years (learned from a book) and tend to knit the way I do everything - off the cuff improv.  I did write down each increase, etc. to share with all of you.  But big Disclaimer:  I am not a professional pattern maker, so these instructions are for the dress I made which is in a 9-12month size, but I don't have numbers for making this in any other size.

I didn't have a real life baby to model the dress, so I threw it on a life-sized doll.  This dress would also look great over a long sleeved onesie and some tights.

Grabbing the colors from the Butterfly Glitter Art, I picked a skein of multi colored yarn from my craft room and a coordinating solid in "bluebell."
I started by casting on 66 stitches on size 6 circular needles.  When I cast on, I grab the tail and use that with the working yarn to weave the tail in as I go.  This saves me from having to weave it in at the end.
I placed a stitch marker then joined the work in a round and began working in K1, P1 rib.
Knit 1x1 rib for 10 rounds. Next round knit.  Next round *knit1, yo* to the end of the round. You should have 132 stitches.  Knit 6 more rounds.

Watch out for your cat.  She will be stalking your work.
Switch to the contrasting color and Knit 1 round, then Purl the next round for 6 rounds total.

Next round:  Knit 18 stitches, bind off 30 stitches, Knit 36 stitches, bind off 30 stitches, Knit 18 stitches.  The bound off stitches will form the cap sleeves and the start/end seam will be in the back of the dress.

Next round:  Purl 18 stitches, cast on 3 stitches, Purl 36 stitches, cast on 3 stitches, Purl 18 stitches. Knit 1 round.  Switch to Main color.  Knit 14 rounds.  Place 7 stitch markers spaced evenly around the work. Knit next round increasing 1 stitch on either side of each marker.
Knit 9 rounds.  Next row: Knit row increasing on either side of marker.  Knit 9 rounds.  Next row: Knit row increasing on either side of marker.  Knit 9 rounds.  Switch to contrasting color.  I wanted a super girly, frilly hemline so lots of increasing.  Knit one round.  Next 2 rounds: K1, P1 rib.  Next round *K1, Pbaf(back & front)*,  Next 2 rounds:  *K1, P2*.  Next round: *K1, Pbaf, P1* Next 3 rounds *K1, P3*.  Bind off in pattern.  Weave in ends.

I made the butterfly embellishment with detailed instructions here and left the tails extra long to sew it onto the dress and create the trailing loop-de-loop.

There happened to be just enough yarn left to create a coordinating hat.

For this beret, I cast on 84 stitches, placed a stitch marker and joined it in the round.  I knit 7 rounds in K1P1 rib.  Next Round *K1, inc1, K1, inc1, K2, inc1*.  Next Round Knit.  Next round: *K3, yo, K2tog, K2*  Next 10 rounds Knit.

Crown Shaping:  *1st round: K14, K2tog*  Next round knit.  Next round: K13, K2tog.  Next round knit.  Next round K12, K2tog.  Next round knit.  Switch to double point needles when there are too few stitches for the circular needles.  Continue on like this until after the K2, K2tog round.  K1, *K2tog*.  Thread tail yarn through the remaining stitches, pull tight, and fasten securely.

On Double Point needles with contrasting color, make a 29 inch long I-cord.  Weave the I-cord through the eyelets in the beret and stitch in the shape of a bow.

The beret ended up a bit bigger than I had planned more of a 2yr old size, still cute though.  I hope I've encouraged you all to give knitting a try and if you're already knitting - to give some straight out improv a try. 


Sweet Audrey said...


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Nancy said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!! I love the matching beret. What a sweet gift. Handmade gifts are always my favorite!!!

Elizabeth said...

You did such a beautiful job! I love it that you made up your own pattern too. It will be awesome to match her butterfly art. What a thoughtful friend you are.

laxsupermom said...

Thanks so much for the compliments! This was so much fun to make. I think baby gifts are the most fun knitting projects, especially when they're for little girls.

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