Baby’s Knitted Christmas Twirl Dress
Every little girl needs a Christmas dress and my great granddaughter was no exception. I try to knit one item for each of my grandchildren every Christmas but knew I wouldn’t have the time to devote to making them this year. I did make an exception for my 9-month old great granddaughter’s first Christmas!
The day came for me to give Jaelynn the dress so she could wear it throughout the Christmas season and, low & behold, the neckline wouldn’t go over her head and didn’t have much stretch to it. Now, this baby is a tiny thing but I guess her head isn’t! Unfortunately, this Grandma isn’t a world-class knitter and generally sticks pretty close to following the pattern. Changing the neckline wasn’t something easy to accomplish. Searching online for “changing a knitted neckline,” only showed options to be done as the garment was being knitted and not after completion.
I decided to check with a local yarn shop for some advice even though I had not purchased the yarn at their store. We are fortunate to have a yarn shop in my town that is willing to help and encourage knitters & crocheters. After discussing a few alternatives, my “advisors” and I decided it was best to unravel the neckline & armhole trim and then crochet edging around them, thus allowing for a larger neckline. BUT, I don’t know how to crochet!!! So I took advantage of a 2-hr, private “help” session the shop offered and managed to learn a couple of crochet stitches which worked nicely around the neck & arms. The instructor was very helpful and we were able to almost finish the entire neckline. I went home and sat down immediately to finish the neck & armholes so I wouldn’t forget what I’d just learned.
The next day my granddaughter brought the baby over for a “fitting” and it went over her head perfectly !!! I’m posting a photo of her “fitting” and am looking forward to a more formal portrait when Mom gets her all dressed up in her Christmas Twirl Dress.