Christening Gown - Latest Photo Page 5

My cousin asked me to make a Christening Gown to use as a sample in her yarn shop Cottage Yarn, so that’s been my constant project for the past two weeks. I’m using Berroco Cotton Twist in a beautiful snowy white, and some simple shiny beads from the craft store.

Here’s the pattern I’m using:

The back was a challenge for me, because I was doing buttonholes for the first time, and it was difficult to keep the Tiny Bowknot pattern consistent while doing decreases for the armholes.

I enjoyed learning how to add beads on the sleeves. It was hard, but beautiful when finished! :inlove: So far, I’ve finished the bodice and sleeves, as well as the seaming.

Now, I have picked up the stitches for making the skirt in the round. (There was NO WAY IN HADES I could have used the 16 inch circular for this part. I switched to a 24 inch needle instead.) I inserted a lifeline after knitting a couple rows, and am ready to do the lace pattern.

I tried using the Chevron Lace pattern in the original design, but it doesn’t work with the number of stitches you start with. (I think the designer forgot to count the stitches before she started the lace part.)

So, I have decided to use a different, simpler lace pattern instead. It’s a 7 stitch multiple called “Lace Wings”. I got it in “The Complete Encyclopedia of Stitchery” by Mildred Graves Ryan on page 496. (That book is my Knitting “Bible”!)

Lace Wings Pattern
Row 1: Purl
Row 2: K1, K2 tog, YO, K1, YO, Slip Knit PSSO, K1
Row 3: Purl
Row 4: K2 tog, YO, K3, YO, Slip Knit PSSO
(Of course, in the round, you knit rows 1 and 3)

The original pattern uses a “Chevron Lace Pattern” instead, but it’s a bit more complicated, and I don’t know how many stitches I should have at the beginning, so…life goes on. I like the Lace Wings pattern better anyway. :wink:

My cousin supplied me with the lovely yarn, as well as a very nice Addi Turbo circular needle! :cheering:

That’s going to be GORGEOUS when it’s finished Sandy! :inlove: :inlove: :heart:

Thanks Jenelle! I’m very proud of the dress. :slight_smile:

Beautiful! Love it!

Knitaholic :heart:

That is going to look wonderful!! :cheering: yeah to you for changing it… why I didn’t think of that I don’t know lol :shrug: I’m not that brave

I made a dress from her site (for my daughter’s Easter dress) and all I had was problems… had to figure out alot on my own… when I e-mailed her for help she was very friendly but now the dress I made is no longer on the site… I wondered if the others were wrong too… the # of sts for the skirt never added up either…I had to frog that thing so many times before I just started deciding where the next change should be instead of following the pattern. :wall:

That’s coming along beautifully! I can’t wait to see it all done!

Isn’t that precious! Can’t wait to see it all done!

That’s absolutely beautiful!! I can’t wait to see it finished!

Sandy, it is precious! I can’t wait to see the FO!!!
I love the look of your cousin’s shop!

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Just beautiful!

I commented how beautifully it’s coming along on your blog, but the closeups show how gorgeous it really is. You were worried about the sleeves? Pshaw! They’re perfect!!! :cheering:

Thank you all for all the kind comments. I’m really proud of this dress. I keep thinking that it is my “great work”, like Charlotte’s egg sack in “Charlotte’s Web”. :wink:

I keep imagining seeing it on display in the shop. This is so fun! I might just have to keep making things for the shop, because it is so satisfying.

Did you notice in my earlier post that my cousin gave me some Addi Turbo needles? Woo hoo!!!

At first i thought that you were modeling it on a real baby, and then i scrolled down the pictures and it scared the crap out of me!

phew! Other than that, very nice job… :thumbsup:

Sorry for the scare! That’s one of the dolls I bought when my hubby and I thought about doing Reborn dolls. I don’t think we’ll be doing that any time soon - SO labor-intensive!

So, I’m using the doll to model the knitting I do for babies. She’s a good model!

That is lovely, Sandy!! :thumbsup:

Sooo pretty!! I love it!

Your baby doll, on the other hand, is kinda scary… :help:

OMG! That’s so pretty! :yay:

The doll kinda freaked me out a bit. When I was small, my mom wouldn’t let me sleep with my doll because she said if I did, the doll would take over my soul. I never played with dolls ever since. :verysad:

OMG! Your mom sounds kinda scary now!

I feel your pain. :grrr:

I think she only posts patterns that she doesn’t want to proofread. I’ve had lots of problems too. So many times, I have felt all alone, without any guidance during the knitting. I’ve had to keep up with the buttonhole stitches, lace pattern, decreasing, short rows, and selvedge stitches without ANY reminders. What a pain! :eyes:

I’d never even HEARD of selvedge stitches before, and she didn’t explain them at all. My internet was down at the time, so I spent about an hour searching through my knitting books until I finally found a good explanation of selvedge stitches in my copy of the “Big Book of Knitting” by Katharina Buss, on pages 26 and 27. I feel sorry for the average knitter who doesn’t have the internet or reference books!

My cousin is planning on using this pattern for a class in October. I think I’ll re-write it and let her use my “revised” version instead, with row by row descriptions as needed. I’ll even go so far as to include instructions on doing short rows and selvedge stitches. Imagine that! :roll:

:cheering: Can you post a pattern for those hats? The red hat! The red hat! :yay: