Here it is finally, and modelled by Mini Tricotine, the knitted part of the Toddler Dress completed! I certainly would have made it longer if I was not limited by yarn quantity, and if wanted to make a tank top instead of a dress...
To cover the chest better - because little girls are not shaped like women - I have added a little bib on the front, and made i-cord straps instead of using a crochet chain - let's not forget that kids like to be active and play...
Pattern: My version of Twisted Cable Tube (page 36 of July 2007 issue of Creative Knitting Magazine), resized for size 2T (21 inches around the bust)
Yarn: Shine Sport, Apricot color (Microspun is a great substitution yarn)
Needles: Circular #4 US and 2 double pointed needles #3 US + Crochet 3.5mm
Gauge: 6.5 stitches = 1 inch
I cast on 136 stitches on a 24 inches long circular needle #4 US. I joined and worked even in the round, in pattern instructed in July 2007 issue of Creative Knitting Magazine, page 36, Twisted Cable Tube, for 4 inches.
Then, ending with a row 3, I worked until 8 stitches before the marker, and still working the pattern, I bind off 86 stitches total = 50 stitches left for the little bib on the front.
On the Right Side of the work: K2, P2tog, work in pattern to last 4 stitches, P2tog, K2 (cable row)
Next row (WS): P2, k2tog, work in pattern to last 4 stitches, K2tog, P2
Repeat these 2 rows until 40 stitches left on needle, and then work even until the little bib on the front measures 2 inches. Bind off in pattern.
Make 2 i-cord straps, picking up 3 stitches with the hook (see photos here below). Slide them on the double pointed needle #3 US, and make a 5 1/2 inches strap. Make another strap the same way. Sew the straps slightly at the center of the back (see photo at the top of this post), this to make sure they will stay on the child's shoulder.
That was a great destashing project; one single skein of yarn, and this is all what is left of it.
Assembling fabric (15 inches long) and stretchy knitted top was not the easiest thing to do, especially for the poorly skilled sewer that I am, but after few unsuccesfull attempts and a little swet, I finally made it and I am pretty proud of the results.
I had fun making that little dress, but my biggest thrill was to watch Baby Tricotine dancing around in her new dress, repeating "You MADE IT for ME! You MADE IT for ME!"... She obviously likes it!