I am finished with the simple seamless dress. Unfortunately it is way too small for the little girl I intended it for. She is a small 4 year old so I decided to knit the middle size (2-4) yrs but I used size 4 needles instead of size 7 and made a mistake in counting my swatch stitches (I knit almost 2 stitches more per inch than I recorded. When I saw that it was coming out small, I re-checked and discovered my error.)
But I am not too disappointed as the main reason I chose this design was to get a good idea of gauge. Up until this point, I have knitted only two scarves, one hat and a small purse, none of which gauge was important. It was also my first real opportunity to see if I could follow a pattern.
So, instead of 2-4 year old size I ended up with more like a 2-4 week old size! It’s about 14.5" long and 16" around the chest after blocking, lol. Well, at least I realize the importance of gauge, needle size, swatching and the like now.
I decided to knit a little hat to go with it just because I felt it looked a little lonely as a dress by itself. It was okay when I thought I was knitting for a small child but baby-sized, I felt it was missing something. I used the pattern for the Madison hat but changed the border from seed stitch to match the broken rib border on the dress so it would match.