Back when I was planning out my projects for the Ravellenic Games, I wanted a project that would be relatively instant-gratification. I already had a man-sized sweater I was working on, and a pair of bright self-striping socks to combat the mile of worsted weight brown yarn I'd be knitting for the sweater. But I wanted an in-between project as well. Something that would be portable, knit on smaller needles, and easy to finish in a week or so. I looked at my list of design ideas and found a sketch for the little dress you see here.
I wanted it to be an "every-day" dress as opposed to something you'd save for a special occasion. I already had a couple dressier dresses in my pattern portfolio, so this pattern would fill a different niche. After all, we put so much of our time into our knitting projects...sometimes it's nice that something will get worn more than a hand-full of times!
I see this dress worn with a long or short-sleeved t-shirt underneath and maybe some thick tights or leggings in the fall or winter months.
Beaverslide Dry Goods yarn has also been on my "check it out" list for a while. Amy Beth, host of The Fat Squirrel Speaks, has made a number of projects using their yarn, is always complementary about it, and has said that it's very reasonably priced. I ordered it for the big brown sweater I was making my husband during The Games, and while I was on their website, I came across some 2-ply sock weight yarn in the natural buff shade of the sheep it came from, and it caught my eye. The yarn gave the "Oatmeal Dress" its name - not only because of the color, but because I intended this dress to be a "staple" item for baby/toddler's wardrobe, just like oatmeal might be in their diets.
This dress starts from the hem - an easy 3-row sequence gives the hem a scalloped shape, then it continues on in garter stitch with decreases at regular intervals to create the A-line shape. Little pockets are knit separately then sewn on, and the neckline and arm holes are trimmed with an applied i-cord. The back is fastened with a zipper - I used an "invisible" style on the sample so it is completely covered up by the knit fabric.
Despite using a few "intermediate techniques", this is a very do-able pattern for anyone willing to learn. I provide a number of links to photo and video tutorials as well as an attached i-cord supplement to help you through the trickier parts. Anyone with an internet connection and a little determination can learn everything needed to be successful with this pattern.
available now on Ravelry. It is written for sizes 3 mo - 24 mo, and uses between 315 - 560 yds of heavy fingering weight or light sport weight yarn. The Beaverslide Dry Goods yarn I used in the sample is listed as a sport-weight, but with a garter-stitch gauge of 23 sts and 38 rows per 4", I think a heavier fingering weight such as madelinetosh sock would be a close substitute that many people would be familiar with.