Since the red dress was so big, I decided to make a closely fitted dress. As I knit, I jot down the key number of stitches I use, like the casting on, how many increases or decreases and the shoulder number. Otherwise, I generally just visually match up the pieces without counting rows. Aren’t you glad I don’t knit professionally? lol.
So far, knitting loose fitting sweaters for Rosey, I have not been concerned with her exact body shape. But this time, as I was knitting the front, I noticed how dramatically different her front to her back is in size. I mean I know this because I so love her chunky torso after all the painfully thin BJDs I have sewn for, but I was not considering it when casting on for the back panels. It stuck me that it is why the red dress was so off in it’s sizing. I feel so dull witted. Of course, if I halve the stitches that I made for the front and add the usual 6 for the overlapping button edges, the back would be too big!
Here is the same piece on the front and again on the back.
And this is why on this dress, as well as the red dress, I ended up switching the back panels to the front because they fit better.
Rosey thought the constant fussing over the fit was too much, she was cold and wanted me to stop and just finish the dress so she could wear it. Back into the duvet and blanket while I knit!
My husband has been teasing me way too much these days as he notices I keep her wrapped for warmth and put her to bed each night. He asks just how cold a piece of wood can get. Even with the heat on, our flat doesn’t register above 60 degrees and we are so cold! I wear sweaters, thick socks in my slippers, and a shawl over my sweater. I cannot bear to see Rosey nude while I am so wrapped up.
He compares me to the woman in Twin Peaks who carries the log around. Rosey and I ignore his silly comments, but then we saw a photo of my grandsons each carrying a log and husband is now convinced it’s genetic. I am hearing no end of it. He calls me the Log Woman who has Log Children.
I might as well add a few other photo’s I snagged from my daughter’s online album:
My daughter and Ryah while I was still in Hawaii with them.
This is how I would live to finish the bottom of Rosey’s dress but I have no clue as to the pattern. I have never knitted this delicately or fine. It’s so lovely though, I thought I would share it.