Somebody talk me down! I'm on the ledge, ready to cut with scissors. It all started with a trip to ravelry.com; doesn't it always start that way! The best laid plans of mice and knitters, I suppose.
As I said, I had gone to Ravelry looking for inspiration. My daughter's first birthday is coming up in July and I really wanted to make her the perfect dress to mark the occasion. I found my muse in the Child's Glamour Dress. With the word "glamour" in the title, I just knew it was the one. If you're not familiar with this pattern, it knits from the bottom up in two pieces, but as I am currently worshipping at the alter of Elizabeth Zimmermann, I am too good for the flat knitting of the plebes, I ONLY knit on circulars. So, off I went.
The skirt portion is intended to be knit entirely in feather and fan pattern which is quite adorable, but wasn't giving me the look I was going for with my Knit Picks Felici self striping yarn. So, I decided to just have the feather and fan as a decorative edge and knit the rest of the skirt in stockinette. Once I finished the skirt, I was feeling pretty smug. I was convinced I was a master knitter now. After all, I'd watched ALL of EZ's Knitting Workshop cds. Here is what the skirt looked like:
Now comes the bodice. Being that I've never knitted a bodice before, I was not confident in how to translate the pattern into circular. (EZ gold badge getting a little rusty at this point). So, I knit the front half rather nicely and ditto for the back. I really liked how the yarn gave thicker stripes for the top. My ego was slowly returning.