Taking up knitting while living in south Texas might not have been the smartest thing I’ve ever done…but I was determined to knit some nice warm weather items for my children. When I couldn’t find a summer dress I loved for my baby girl, I decided to design one.
This is definitely a beginner’s level project–it has to be, because I’m a beginner! I’ve been knitting less than a year, and before this project I had never a) knit in the round, b) knit a fair isle pattern, c) done a 3-needle bind off, or d) touched a crochet hook. Each technique is extremely simple, and I learned them from various books and web tutorials.
The designing process was actually pretty easy. The first step was to draw a schematic–in this case, of a simple tank dress. I measured both Lexie and one of her dresses to determine the size and shape of the dress. The second step was to knit up a gauge square of the yarn I wanted to use. Once I knew my row and stitch gauge, I could insert that into the schematic: I knew how many stitches I needed at each point to get the necessary size, and I knew how many rows I had to get from one point to the other. That was step three.
So if you’re looking for a simple but colorful summer dress for a baby girl, feel free to give this one a try!
Lexie’s A Fair Summer Isle dress free pattern: A Fair Summer Isle