Baby Sailor Dress

Close up Anchors Baby Dress

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Sometimes I force myself out of my ‘knitting comfort zone’ and try to knit something a little bit harder than cute bows so I can learn new techniques. This often leads to a lot of frustration and the result is not always satisfying,  but sometimes it turns out to be a lot easier than I initially thought.

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When I picked up my needles again a few years ago, I was given a huge folder of Creative Knitting patterns from the 80s which mostly featured – no surprise here – oversized jumpers). As a beginner at the time, the idea of trying to follow any of these patterns just terrified me! So the folder had been gathering dust in my knitting room ever since until a few months ago when, while tidying up my room, I flicked through the pages and came across this cute pinafore dress. I loved the style and decided to give it a go!

I wasn’t a big fan of the motif and, in order to make this dress a ‘Julie’ dress (as my friend Shivani would say), I went for a nautical theme instead and also changed the top design. I charted some anchors, looked for cute buttons in my stash, ordered some lovely yarn and I was ready to go!

I would have linked to the original pattern but I couldn’t find it online. So I have typed it below and included my tweaks . If you’re a beginner yourself when it comes to knitting clothing, do not worry, this is actually super easy.

 Materials
– Pair of 3.25mm (US 3), 4mm (US 6) & 4.5mm (US 7) straight knitting needles
– DK acrylic & nylon yarn in navy, red and white – I used Sirdar Snuggly DK Light Navy (224), Flamenco (242) & White (251)
– Tapestry needle
– Scissors
– 2 buttons

Measurements
To fit chest approx. 46cm
Skirt width 65cm & length 17cm

Tension
22 stitches and 30 rows to 10cm in stocking stitch on 4mm (US size 6) needles.

Abbreviations
K – Knit
P – Purl
P2tog – Purl 2 stitches together
RS – Right Side
WS – Wrong Side

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Instructions

Skirt:
– Using 3.25mm needles and navy yarn, cast on 142 stitches.
– Beginning with a Knit row, work 5 rows in stocking stitch.
– K1 row to form the fold line.
– Beginning with a Knit row, work 4 rows in stocking stitch.

Anchor Pattern: Change to 4.5mm needles and work the pattern using the Intarsia technique and stocking stitch – follow the written instructions or the chart (I’m a big fan of charts).
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I know this looks pretty tiny, so you can get the (bigger) PDF chart here.

N=NavyR=RedW=White

ROW 1: K8N, *6R, 11N, 6W, 11N, repeat from * 3 times, K6R, 11N, 6W, 9N.
ROW 2: P7N, *2W, 1N, 2W, 1N, 2W, 9N, 2R, 1N, 2R, 1N, 2R, 9N, repeat from * 3times, P2W, 1N, 2W, 1N, 2W, 9N,
2R, 1N, 2R, 1N, 2R, 7N.
ROW 3: K6N, *2R, 2N, 2R, 2N, 2R, 7N, 2W, 2N, 2W, 2N, 2W, 7N, repeat from * 3 times, K2R, 2N, 2R, 2N, 2R, 7N,
2W, 2N, 2W, 2N, 2W, 7N.
ROW 4: P6N, *4W, 1N, 2W, 1N, 4W, 5N, 4R, 1N, 2R, 1N, 4R, 5N, repeat from * 3 times, P4W, 1N, 2W, 1N, 4W,
5N, 4R, 1N, 2R, 1N, 4R, 5N.
ROW 5: K6N, *1R, 3N, 2R, 3N, 1R, 7N, 1W, 3N, 2W, 3N, 1W, 7N, repeat from * 3 times, K1R, 3N, 2R, 3N, 1R, 7N,
1W, 3N, 2W, 3N, 1W, 7N.
ROW 6: P11N, *2W, 15N, 2R, 15N, repeat from * 3 times, P2W, 15N, 2R, 10N.
ROW 7: K10N, *2R, 15N, 2W, 15N, repeat from * 3 times, K2R, 15N, 2W, 11N.
ROW 8: P8N, *8W, 9N, 8R, 9N, repeat from * 3 times, P8W, 9N, 8R, 7N.
ROW 9: K10N, *2R, 15N, 2W, 15N, repeat from * 3 times, K2R, 15N, 2W, 11N.
ROW 10: P10N, *1W, 2N, 1W, 13N, 1R, 2N, 1R, 13N, repeat from * 3 times, P1W, 2N, 1W, 13N, 1R, 2N, 1R, 9N.
ROW 11: K9N, *1R, 2N, 1R, 13N, 1W, 2N, 1W, 13N, repeat from * 3 times, K1R, 2N, 1R, 13N, 1W, 2N, 1W, 10N.
ROW 12: P11N, *2W, 15N, 2R, 15N, repeat from * 3 times, P2W, 15N, 2R, 10N.

Change to 4mm needles – you will only use navy yarn for the rest of the pattern:
– Beginning with a Knit row, work in stocking stitch until the skirt measures 19cm from cast-on edge, ending with a Knit row.

Decrease:
– P2, *P2tog, P2, repeat from * to the last 4 stitches, P2tog, P2. 107 stitches.

Waistband Change to 3.25mm needles:
– RIB ROW 1: K1, *P1, K1, repeat from * to end.
– RIB ROW 2: P1, *K1, P1, repeat from * to end.
– Repeat these 2 rows for 2.5cm, ending with rib row 2.

Shape for bib:
– Cast off in rib 39 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows. 29 stitches.

Change to 4mm needles:
– Knit to end.
– K4, Purl to last 4 stitches, K4.
– Repeat these 2 rows until the bib measure 7.5cm from the beginning of shaping, ending with a RS row.
– Work in seed stitch for the next 4 rows – *K1, P1, repeat from * to end, K1.

Knit the straps (I knitted them in garter but wish I had done in seed stitch to make them even cuter!):
– K7, cast off 15 stitches, K to end.
– K7, turn your work and leave the other set of 7 stitches on a holder.
– Work in garter stitch until the strap measures 23cm.
– Cast off.
– Repeat this with the other strap.

Assembly:
– Join the centre back seam of the skirt.
– Fold the hem to WS along the fold line and slipstitch into place.
– Make a buttons loop at the end of each strap.
– Crossing the straps over at the back, sew on (cute) buttons to the waistband to correspond with button loops.

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Oh I would love to make an adult size sailor dress. One day maybe!

What do you think of this pattern? If you give it a try, I would love to see your pics so please share them on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

And do let me know in the comments what patterns you’d like to see next :)

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Summer WIPs

sept 14

I cannot believe it’s October already!!! I haven’t moved house yet, so a lot of my knitting stuff is packed in boxes which means I am limited as far as new projects are concerned but, do not worry, September was still a very busy month.

A Cute Baby Blanket

The awesome Lindsay from Em & Sprout has asked me to make an animal squares blanket for her little baby girl who is due at the end of October. I’m so honoured as Lindsay is one of the crafters I admire the most. I actually had originally designed 30 animal squares as part of Lindsay’s #animaldoodleaday challenge – my biggest knitting achievement to date! You can read all about it here. I am currently re-working my designs (forever a perfectionist) but also creating new squares of some of my favourite animals. This is probably going to take me a while, but I’ll keep you posted :)

Now the question is: which animals will be on Lindsay’s baby blanket? Follow me on Instagram to find out!

30 Animal Squares Group

My First Print Magazine Publication

September 2014 also marked the first time I ever got one of my projects published in print, eeeeeek! I still can’t believe how lucky I am to have one of my projects featured in Mollie Makes, and of course I wrote a whole post about this (because who wouldn’t!)! And there’s more to come!!!MMS45.subsclub_Page_1

BFFs Unite!

My best friend Victoria and I have wanted to collaborate on a collection for like ever. Victoria is the girl behind Rock’n’Kitsch jewelry brand Die Young Stay Pretty. For months we’ve been talking about themes and ways to combine our 2 worlds and I am pleased to say it is finally happening! I’ve started working on my side of the collaboration, ie incorporating my knits into her beautiful pieces (it’s not as easy as it sounds, but I’m getting there). Our retro horror movie collection  DYSPxJATK will (hopefully) launch soon. Here is a sneak peek – I’d love to know what you think!

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What have you been up to in September? Share links to your projects in the comments!

Knitting For Africa

I just added a new section to my blog called ‘Julie Loves’. Given that I love a lot of stuff this is going to be a pretty random section I suppose – watch this space…

This first ‘Julie Loves’ post is about using my passion for knitting to help others. Last year, I have raised over £150 last year for Movember by selling knitted fingertaches and it was so much fun!

This time I was asked by a work colleague to knit a baby jumper for African newborns. Many of them are being sent home from hospital wrapped in newspaper for warmth. I’ve actually never knitted an item of clothing before, so I thought that was the perfect opportunity to give it a go.

I definitely need more practice with clothing but I’m quite happy with the result! Even if it isn’t perfect (something I usually find hard to cope with haha) it will help keep a tiny baby warm and that’s all that matters.

If you are a knitter or crocheter (even a beginner) and you’d like to get involved, visit Knit For Africa for more information.

Eliza’s floppy bunny ears hat

This is the first of (hopefully) many posts about your special orders – in the meantime you can check out some of last year’s special knits here. I love when people ask me to knit something very original, it can be tricky to bring their idea to life but I always try my best to make it happen. Because nothing makes me happier than making my customers happy :)
My good friend Ollie just became a daddy. Ollie and his lovely wife Nichola found a really cute picture of a baby in a fluffy bunny hat. They asked me if I could knit a similar one for their little girl Eliza – challenge accepted! I looked for super fluffy wool and created the hat as I went without a pattern. I received some very clear instructions: the ears had to be very big and long.
Meet Eliza and her floppy bunny ears hat – WARNING: cuteness overload!

Considering how super popular this hat has become, I have decided to make some more. I’m currently working on different designs… Watch this space!