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!
I’d found a jumper pattern over the summer that I hoped to make for her sometime. Looking through my yarn stash, I found both red & green yarn which would be a good choice for a Christmas garment. After knitting the dress, I thought it needed some embellishment … either knitted flowers, buttons or something similar. I was pleased to find some matching tiny red bows with a rhinestone in the middle and added it to the bodice. Her Grandma Jen said, “a girl can’t have too much ‘bling’,” and was in favor of the upgraded decoration!
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.
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