Sometimes I love being able to create cute things for my kids!
|The project shown used Caron Simply Soft in the colors Watermelon, Black, and Gray Heather. It was knit using US size 6 (4.00 mm) 16” circular needles and US size 6 (4.00 mm) DPNs.|
This tunic/dress is absolutely adorable on Little Bit and it was so easy.
Often I get people who ask me what pattern I used and I’m glad to share. But I have no pattern for this. I just pieced it together as I knit.
So I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to talk about how easy it can be to alter your favorite patterns to fit your needs.
Quite honestly when I began this project I had planned to just do a basic raglan sweater, but as it began to take shape I just wanted something different.
I used a basic raglan sweater pattern to start this tunic. I just went to Ravelry and searched for a top down raglan pattern knit in the round. There are a ton to choose from!!!!
I chose one with a rolled collar and hem because I just liked the look.
I also knew I wanted to do stripes because I was working out of my stash and didn’t have enough of any one color to complete the project. After I knit the collar I knit the first stripe until it was about 1 1/2 inches. Then I counted my rows and used that number as my stripe repeat.
(I ended up using 8 rows asmy repeat.)
Now remember I had planned to do a sweater but when it was shirt length I didn’t care for it all that much. Rather than frog the whole project I decided to just keep knitting to tunic length. I ended up doing a couple extra stripes after I reached the length I thought I wanted because I am a little OCD when it comes to the stripe pattern. I knew I wanted the rolled hem to be in black like the collar. But the extra length turned out to be perfect and gives her a little growing room.
(After you’ve spent the time and energy creating that special gift, you hope they can wear it for awhile!)
I also decided that I didn’t want to do the long sleeves that I had originally planned so I finished the stripe pattern to black for a rolled hem. It is the perfect edging!
If you have a go to pattern that you use for a sweater, try these adaptations for it. Or better yet try your own! And share pictures of your projects with me! I would love to feature some of your projects on the blog!
The above post is not meant to be a pattern but simply a description of my process. But I do ask that if you share the ideas with your friends, etc that you refer them to my blog. Thanks!