Hoo-boy, this day didn't start out very well. Yesterday I had a root canal, and today my head was throbbing so much I didn't want to move at all. Since I knew I would probably be sitting on the sofa all day, this morning I decided to tackle a new knit doll dress pattern, so my day wouldn't be wasted.
This is a free pattern that I found on Ravelry, called the Blythe Lacey Mini Dress by Jane Pierrepont (aka Polly from Polly Makes.) She is a fabulous knitter and designer, and I really appreciate the great patterns she offers for free! Thanks, Polly!
I've considered trying this pattern before, but I wasn't sure I could do the fancy stitches. Since I had nothing but time today, I told myself to just go for it--and it came out GREAT!!!
When I saw the lacey pattern starting to develop, I think I might have started chortling with glee! This was so satisfying to knit, and once I got the hang of it, it didn't seem hard at all. It is knit on two needles, so it has a seam half-way up the back, and closes at the top with a snap. I made up the flower detail from wool felt and cotton embroidery floss.
The bottom edge was the hardest part; I actually had to try it at least half a dozen times before I figured it out--but what a great feeling of accomplishment when I finally got it!
My head is starting to feel better now, and I have some new knitting skills--so I guess this day wasn't so bad after all!