The light is terrible at this time of year. Daylight photos of these dresses were even worse than this flash photo. If you put on your sunglasses and ignore the white flash, you can see the lovely dresses that I knitted from the super-simple-baby-tunic pattern which I found on Ravelry.
This is a lovely pattern, so quick and easy to knit. Even though it is free, "caveat emptor" applies as there are minor mistakes in the front bodice instructions. But most knitters will be able to spot and solve them easily. I just thought I should mention them. I don't usually recommend patterns that contain mistakes. But this dress is so beautiful, I have made an exception.
I had yarn left over from knitting a hat and scarf set. The colours are not typical baby colours, so I added some pink. The patterned yarn came from Poundstretcher and the pink yarn is from Hobbycraft. They are both double knit weight, but the patterned yarn was thinner and tended to roll at the hem. I added a couple of rows of double crochet (UK) and that seems to have fixed the problem. Yay for learning to crochet!
Here is a close up of the buttons:
They are lovely quality wooden buttons that were generously sent to me by Joanne of the Cup On The Bus blog. There were hundreds of buttons of 2 sizes, plus one lonesome flower button. I have sewed that to the centre of one of the bodices and it looks really at home there. Thanks, Joanne.
I really like the way these dresses turned out. I am going to send them to Operation Orphan. The pattern says it will fit a baby aged 0-3 months. But I think it would last a bit longer than that. The beauty of Ravelry is that you can see comments from other knitters. Many say that the dress can still be worn as a little top when the baby grows.
This pattern is very adaptable and economical. Even with the buttons added, it weighs only 48g which I think is amazing. How do I know it weighs exactly 48g? Well, I finally caved in and replaced my useless kitchen scales with some digital scales. I have already used them a lot for weighing parcels, wool, and even food(!) so it was a good purchase. If you choose a really special yarn and add flowers, bows or lace etc, you will end up with a unique gift for someone. Or you can use a cheaper yarn for a really practical top that will become a favourite daily outfit.