Wednesday, December 26, 2012

finishing it

I know finishing work is not only my biggest problem.
Many of my 'knitting' friends tell me the same story: It takes way too long, all the threads to hide, the blocking, the sewing together of all the seams, ....
Well my friends, it is what it is!!!!

With my latest project "little red riding hoody" I shortened the finishing time a little by blocking my work as I finished each piece.

First the back. Then the two front pieces, and then the arms. While the arms dried I closed the shoulder seams and knitted the hood right onto the garment. I did not cast off the middle diamond design stitches on the back piece so I could continue the design into the hood. The button band was knitted on next. I repeated the 8 rows from the jacket and arms edge and added 5 buttonholes in the top half of the hoody. The bottom half remains open.
Once the arms were done blocking I sewed them on. By 'sewing' I mean I crochet them on. I have given-up on using a sewing needle to close any knitting seams. For me the best way is to use a slightly smaller crochet hook and a single crochet stitch to close a seam.
I think you can see in the picture that I did not have the hoodie's side seams closed before sewing on the arms. I also did not have the arm seams closed. I like this method of sewing (crocheting) in the arms open.
It gives me full control over the placement:
-making sure the middle of the arm is placed at the shoulder seam.
-sewing down the back half of the arm and then the front half lets me adjust the arm width to end exactly where I want it to be. It also is much easier to crochet small sections and 'open them again' if it did not quite come out perfectly.

After that I can sit back and take one evening to close the long side and arm seam. All in one. For this little red riding hoody I left a few inches open at the end of the arm's seam and at the other end of the body. That leaves this hoody light any airy. It is not meant to be cuddly warm, rather just a small soft little chill-remover, for evenings near the ocean or cool spring evenings on the porch.

Comparing it to the sketch I made when I first played with the idea of a kimono hoody, this looks a lot like the vision I had. Don't you agree!

I know that the ladies from the Normal Heights knitting group are asking for the pattern. I know, I know. It's time to write it down.
My husband gave me a super Christmas present. It's a Phone and Pad in one, the Galaxy Note II. So guess what! I need to learn how to make the design notes while I am knitting and making the decisions, so I can just push copy - paste and have the pattern already done.
That's the goal for my next project.

But for now I need to get on it. It's time to remember the way I did it, so everyone that wants to make a hoody like this can do it. I am wearing it a few times a week and it goes well with casual and business styles a like.
Oh and Maxy likes me wearing it out on HER walks.

The Pettern is now for sale in German at my ravelry store:

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

My 'little red riding hood' jacket

As you might have guessed from the title of today's blog, my jacket is taking shape. The entire body is is done. The front panels the back and also one sleeve.
My current dilemma is that I am not using any written pattern and have to size and try everything before going on to the next step.
These decisions were paramount to a successful Jacket design:
  • - for the first piece, the right front section, deciding the cable design and the length of the Jacket
  • - for the left front deciding that the pattern should be knitted opposite ( the cables are starting in the opposite direction )
  • - for the back deciding the new middle cable design. I have trial knitted swatches to see what will work in concert with the front. I was only sure that I wanted to come up with a bigger diamond design that what is framing the front panels.
  • - for the sleeve there were many little decisions and it took a few days to decide:
    • how wide at the start
    • how wide at the end
    • how long of a sleeve
    • what pattern, if any
 Now that I have both front panels, the back and one sleeve completed I dare not just go ahead and knit the second sleeve. I need to loosely sew the body together and sew on the sleeve to see what it will look like.
I don't have a mannequin!
The sleeve has been done since Saturday and I am avoiding the sewing chore, I wonder why? I feel like I am stuck like a writer with writer's block.
But today, first things first. It is election day in America, after all.
Today really means so much to me, a proud first time Presidential Election voter.
I can not believe it took me 60 Years to arrive at this point in my live, better late than never.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

one down - one more to go

My husband's hoody is finished and I am really proud about how it turned out.

Now it's on to my hoody.
The plan was layed-out months ago, on my visit to Germany.
Step one, buttons:
The PhildarWolle store near my mother's home always has great buttons and I found the perfect 'red' set.   picture of the 6 red buttons

Step two, shoes:
Yes, please don't laugh. The right shoes did come next. I saw them in the window of our new Adams Ave. shoe store and knew they were 'it'. The perfect pair.
Step three, finish the previous project:
I am glad it is done and extremely excited to be able to do the next step.

Step four, yarn shopping:
My husband agreed to go with me. I am not sure if he actually regretted that decision because it took me 4 yarn stores and almost 100 miles until I found the perfect yarn.
Seta Tweed, raspberry color from Lang Yarns. It is made out of 75% silk and 25% cotton. Super light, 100 meters only weigh 25 grams. Half the normal weight. Super soft, as you can imagine.

Step five, designing the look:
What will the finished hoody look like? I did not know but I was certain that I have not found the right pattern and it was up to my creative side to let loose and create it.

As you can see it will be a "kimono - style" hoody. All the edges will be straight. That will enhance the straight cable pattern. The front diamond design will continue on to build the edge of the hood. I think this will work.

Step six, knit a trial section to determine gauge:
I did try different diamond sizes and settled on the smaller, 8 stitches inside. The gauge with needles size 3,75 (German) size 5 US. turned out to be 19 stitches and 30 rows.

Step seven, size the finished garment:
It was time to measure how wide I wanted (needed) the finished hoody to be to fit me. I pulled out my measuring tape and measured hip ( 46 ) and bust ( 46 ) inches. Remembering that the garment will be straight, so it has to fit both wide areas comfortably. 50 inches all the way around will generate a loose fitting jacket. So that was that.

Step eight, calculate the cast on stitches:
Here, as always, I wrote out the pattern number of stitches to be sure the idea in my mind translated correctly. The first section to knit will be the right front. Considering 50 inches all the way around will require one quarter, or 12.5 inches for one front panel. Because I will also add a small button band later I had to make the cast on number for only 12 inches. from the gauge 19 stitches on 4 inches = 4.75 stitches per inch, which calculates to 57 (4.75 times 12) stitches for 12 inches.

Step nine, write out the pattern
from left to right: 1 edge stitch, 2 knit, 5 snake pattern, 3 knit, 5 snake, 3 knit, 5 snake, 3 knit, 5 snake, 3 knit, 5 snake, 2 knit, 14 diamond, 2 knit, 1 edge stitch = 59  Perfect. Lets GO!

Step ten, knit the right front panel

I think it turned out just like I knew it would, it is light and soft and 'very red'.

Step eleven, knit the left front panel
Here I had to let my creative side interject a little. Even though I knew what to do, my inner voice said: "Wait a minute, think this through"! the other side will have to have the designs go the other way. The diamonds are crossing over opposite and the snake pattern is starting by going into the opposite direction as well. So even the starting ribbon section needed to go the opposite way. Thank you Intuition, I could not do it without you!

I promise that this time I will write down the pattern. I have already approached my husband with the task of designing the Yarn-Stube logo for the page I will need to generate a professional looking pattern. Free or for sale on ravelry - I am not so sure yet.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Finishing the Checkered Past

Yes, I have finally named the hoodie "Checkered Past".
It fits the pattern and the person that will wear it. There are still a lot of finishing tasks left, but the big knitting job is complete.
I had fun using the heel knitting technique to construct the hood.
Select all the stitches around the collar, include the 8 stitches of the button band sections on both right and left sides, knit the hood up in St stitch ( both button band section continue the buyyon band pattern) in brown 10 1/2 to 11 inches.  Then divide the stitches into three sections.
Knit the middle section in green:
At the end of every row knit a green and a brown stitch together until there is only the button band left on both sides.
So now the next steps:
  • Bind off the green hood top stitches
  • finish the button band and sew it onto the hood (I have 8 stitches for the button band but left an additional stitch to use for sewing the band onto the green hood top)
  • work all the yarn ends into the knitting on the left side (using a crochet hook, as always, is really the easiest method)
  • sew on the buttons
  • make one more photo with the new owner
  • Since the use of this garment is 'in the garage', blocking is not required, ha ha ha
  • find the right 'red summery-type yarn for my hoodie' - I CAN HARDLY WAIT TO GET STARTED
In between knitting though I do have to remember that there is another creature in my house hold. Maxy keeps waiting, sometimes really patiently, sometimes not.
Either way, going for a walk with her is never boring. She explodes, just like a little terrier. She wants to be friends with every living thing out and about. What she does though is bark, bark, bark, bark ...... bark, and bark, and scare everything away. Poor Maxy!
Today is Sunday though and before I can pick-up my knitting project again I have to go to the local swap meet and 'break' Jaquina, my mother-in-law. This usually is Ruben's pleasure, but he is in Florida, so it falls onto me. I like the swap meet. It's bustling, you never know what you might find, or whom you might meet!

Monday, September 3, 2012

webecca says: Tilta Swift

If you ever get tired of unraveling a skein of yarn around the back of a chair or some one's legs you have to check out this home made gadget. It's amazing, portable and really works very well.

Almost there

All I can think of is putting the pieces together, but it is so warm I am extremely hesitant to pick up my knitting. I have so much time to do it too. It's a three day weekend. I am by myself. What better opportunity, right?

OK, I went on Ravelry yesterday and gave myself a deadline. I told everone else that I will be done with the hoody for my husband by the end of the week. That's all I have been doing and thinking about every time I have a few idle moments. Not really!!!!
I am very good at creating distractions:
- Walking Adams Ave.
- Buying a new pair of shoes
- Thriftstore hopping
- Gardening
- Doing Laundry
- Grocery shopping
- Walking the dog
- Walking the dog
- Walking the dog
- Cooking
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- where did all the time go?

On top of that, I miss Ruben. Hurry up Rozanna and get better soon!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Summer Fun

Yes, I like knitting and traveling
Yes, I do other crafts and projects like crocheting, sewing
Yes, I make it a special mission every year to read at least one book in English and one book in German
and Yes, sometimes another 'new' passion sneaks into my world.

I have discovered cooking soup.
First it was just a few soups to have something different than the same old meat. It was actually my husband's constant searching for 'other' meat that brought my idea to the fore front. Soup can be with or without meat and does not take long at all to prepare, usually about 30 minutes.

I have settled on a few favorites now.
  • Fennel soup, with Fennel, Chickpeas, Tomatoes, Garlic, Chicken broth, and a big Potato
  • Sicilian Wedding soup, with Spinach, baked Meatballs, Noodles, Garlic, Onion, Carrot, and Celery. The broth for this soup can be Chicken broth or Beef broth, both work well.
  • Potato soup, with Potatoes, Leaks, Carrots, Celery, Garlic and Steak strips, Chicken broth, and Onion
  • Chicken Noodle, with Celery, Carrots, Garlic, Chicken pieces, Noodles, and Onion
There was something else that contributed to this soup idea and that was my little raised garden bed out front. I started growing Basil, Tomatoes, Hungarian Peppers, Green Beans, and Chives last year.
All the best ingredients to spice up a home made soup.

on the left, below my porch, my husband built the raised garden bed for my plants

Today, I spent some time at a Nursery to buy this years second growing season plants. I researched on-line that San Diego has the right climate to plant some winter vegetables. This afternoon I was busy planting 2 Tomato varieties, one regular and one purple. The purple came very much recommended from our friend the gardener. I also bought two Pole Beans, and seeds for Cool Weather Pees, and Kohlrabi.

 I have also reviewed some Garden Magazines last month. Hard to believe that there was still time for that between the knitting, the Olympics watching and the finishing my 900+ pages Dragon story book.
In the magazine I found the chairs I wanted for my porch that my husband built for me 2 tears ago.

Finally the right chair, I thought. Luckily there was a store in San Diego that had the chairs. I wanted the yellow ones. The woman at the store recommended to take the chair outside to be sure the color was what I wanted. I am so glad she did that because the yellow was more orange glowing than I wanted. Seeing them up close and in the sunshine made me change my mind. The ones I bought are red and beautiful.

Now I sit out there in the morning shade and cool air to celebrate the beginning of
another day with the first cup of coffee

As you can see the chairs are also used for modelling some of my knitted wares, like the Poncho I made years ago

Don't you agree the icicle shawl from 2007 does look better on the chair than on me

Monday, August 6, 2012

Man's hoodie progress

While I knit when I can some evenings go by without progress. Working sometimes becomes the draining culprit and sometime life just happens without any time for the HOBBIES.

I have made progress though. The back is done, the right front panel is done, the left front panel is about 1/2 done. Before the left front was started I layed out the right front panel and trial positioned the buttons. I needed to know where and at what row distance to make the button holes.

First I tried to lay-out the buttons to match
the lumberjack pattern but gave up the idea.
I wanted more than just 5 buttons and
10 would have been too many.

Laying the buttons out on the pattern
has always worked for me.
I finally decided the distance of
18 rows works out great for 6 buttons.

So now I am working on the left piece
and include a button hole every 18 rows.

For the 'life just happens' comment I do have pictures for you.
A friend of mine had a baby in April and we, my husband and I, spent Saturday afternoon with 'the Baby' Allison. Isn't she adorable!

Who is this strange woman, MOMMIE help I am being cuddled

Never mind, I am being fed now, let's just let her do it.

Perhaps this stranger is not so bad. I could just smile a little.
She did feed me, after all

This guy has my toy?

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Fair Isle a different way

I am knitting a hoodie for my husband. The idea came from him:
I wish a had a hoddie, something army green, but not too warm, short sleeves would be OK.

The Fall 2010 edition of
Interweave Knits
had a picture and pattern
for a men's jacket
that gave me an idea.

What if I make this hoodie
using a similar design?
The squares would
be knitted in the Fair Isle
style. I like to knit
designs with colors and
have completed many
Fair Isle knitted garments
and even gloves, shawls,
and socks.

"LUMBERJACK" is the name of the squares

For the hoodie I would have to find some summery type yarn. So I did venture to The Black Sheep in Encinitas and came away with Nashua Handknits from Westminster Fibers, 50% Linen/ 50% Cotton.  Like I said, summery yarn, light weight and airy,
The colors are Army Green and Brown. I did look to find a Green/Gray combination, but there was nothing beside merino winter wool available. He said he likes the green/brown combo.
Once I started preparing the work and knitted the Gauge, something dawned on me:
Fair Isle knitting will use double the yarn since the second color is carried in the back all the way from end to the other on every row!

I was shocked when that thought hit me.
There goes the idea of a light and airy hoodie right out the window.
I persisted though and spent a few nights (I do have a day job) figuring out how the gauge that I arrived at would translate. I used 5.5mm needles, larger from the recommended 4.5mm. I wanted a light and airy result, remember.
After gathering my husbands measurements I knew how wide at the hip and breast and how tall from the underarm, shoulders and the middle of the neck the hoodie needed to be.
First, I sketched it out. 26" overall length (he does not like long shirts either), 46" overall width, 2" for a waistband.
Second, I wrote out the design rhythm. Yes, I said that before, rhythm is knitting. 
The Lumberjack pattern in the photo was 6, 12 repeated. For my design that did not work because it would require several more green/brown section then what I had in mind. The design would be too busy and I had to also consider where in the pattern would I have to start to have a good connection to the front.

So I started writing out the rhythm with the front:
button band brown, 7 or 8 stitches, solid green 16, green/brown band 8, solid green 16, green/brown band 8, solid green 4. According to my Gauge that would give me the correct 1/2 of a front.

Ergo, the back would then have to start with the remaining 12 solid green, green/brown band 8, solid green 16, green/brown band 8, solid green 16, green/brown band 8, solid green 16, green/brown band 8, sending with solid green 12.

The left front would then again start with the remaining 4 solid green, green/brown band 8, solid green 16,green/brown band 8, solid green 16, ending with button band brown, 7 or 8 stitches.

I don't know why that always happens, but that is exactly what happened and it resulted in the measurements for my husband's hoodie.

Once I had the pattern and design written down and worked out, I went for it and knitted the waistband.
Row 1: all knit stitches
Row 2: 1 purl, 1 knit, all the way across in that rhythm.

When it became time to start knitting the main body I did remember that my balls were hand wound and I had access to 2 strands from one ball (one from the inside and one form the outside), and a good thing that was.

I still had the problem of double threads on the back to solve.
But, being a long-time knitter I just started thinking. I remembered that most of the Fair Isle designs call for many colors and there was no way to not carry the yarn all the way across. I also remembered that I read somewhere about twisting two strands of yarn around each other once to help carry them across larger sections.
This Lumberjack design was different from regular Fair Isle though. The design just needed two colors in 4 places.
You see, two balls with two ends each, provides brown for 4 places. Just what I needed!

So I decided to use two balls, drawing two strands of yarn out from each ball. I attached each strand at the four places in the pattern that used brown, and not carry the brown all the way across the solid green sections.
I twisted the brown with the green in front of every first brown stitch on every row before knitting the first brown stitch and then un-twist it again after the 8 stitches of the brown/green combo vertical stripe were knitted.
For the horizontal stripe I knitted 8 rows, 1 stitch green/ 1 stitch brown, also using the 4 different brown strands. Every time the knitting would reach the next vertical brown strand, I twisted the current with the next brown and made sure the next brown stitch was knitted with the next brown strand.

This really worked out beautifully!
There are no ends to finish anywhere on the entire back piece except in the beginning row and end row. The balls were 100 grams in size, LUCKY ME.

I have also learned that the best way to make sure the green always gets carried all the way through was to knit (RS) or purl (WS) one stitch on either end of each row using the green main color.

green is the last stitch all the way around the piece

green is the last stitch all the way around the piece

side edge
green is the last stitch all the way around the piece

This was done all throughout the entire hoodie, except the waistband, button band, and hood which are all solid brown.  Actually, the hood is not started yet, and might not be solid brown. You will have to wait and see! So check back if you want to know how this ends.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

multiple colors

I don't know exactly why I do it, but when I am in the middle of a project knitting with more than one color I always ask myself "why in the world do you do this to yourself".
It slows my knitting way down because the pattern needs calculating every step of the way and the strands get tangled up all the time.
I am currently knitting a hoodie for my husband Ruben. It is made out of 2 colors and after spending already 2 weeks into this project, calculating and untangling it finally looks like it's all worth it.

Yesterday I even pointed out to him that the main back panel is the biggest piece. Once that is done everything else is knitting up faster. Naturally, the tangling and calculating gets less and less as well because with the big piece completed you can easily count out the stitches and rows needed to make the front panel or the arm.
This one will have short arms. The hoddie is made out of a cool yarn, NASHUA creative focus linen, 50% linen/ 50% cotton, for those cool summer evening (or days) in San Diego. I am also using much bigger needles than suggested to get a loose knitted garment. The plan is to add a solid brown hood. We will see once the entire body is knitted perhaps I change my mind about that.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Traveling as a knitter

As most avid 'knitters' would agree, YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MUCH OF A STASH!
That is why I pursue 'finding' the most intriguing yarns on my trips.
Usually on my trips to Germany I buy Regina sock yarns at my German local Phildar store. It's just a few doors away from my mother's apartment. It includes a little coffee shop where we always sit and chat. I just love their buttons. I can never resist some sock yarn, knitting needles and buttons.

This time around I gathered a few more specialty yarns visiting other stores in Europe

In Muenchen I stopped at Lanaiolo and purchased 2 strands of extreme bright multi-colored lace-weight yarn. I can already see the future scarfs, or cowls, or shawls.

- In Paris I stopped at a sore named La Droguerie and purchase 400g (they sell their yarn in weight) Kaleido.

It's 95% bamboo and 5% linen. So soft and smooth, I know the item that will be made out of this will be truly luxurious. I also bought some beads in that store. They will be used on one of the shawls made from the yarn I bought in Muenchen.

All in all the stash for this winter looks promising. Not only because of the trip, but also because before I left on vacation I visited a local Japanese church that had a yarn sale and 'found' irresistible cotton for several baby projects I am planning on completing for little miss Allison Clair Even.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

pot holder surprise

After seeing my pot holder picture at it's new desination home I was eagerly awaiting my pot holder surprise. This week it finally arrived and it truly was a  s u r p r i s e.

Besides the very chockolat looking cup cake pot holder,
the package included 50 cup cake baking cups, German pudding powder,
and a Texas state cookie cutter 

After taking the 'required' photo, I went on-line and posted it on to propperly thank the wichtel partner for her gifts.
All that was left to do was to find a place in my kitchen.

Right there between Micowave and Stove,
the perfect place for it. I am sure this new tool will be used often.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

giving and receiving things made of yarn

The other day I received an e-mail from a 'group'. The 'German knitters living in America' group decided to organize a pot holder gift exchange (German word is 'Wichteln'). I was asked if I want to participate, and I could not resist. The rules were really simple, create a pot holder, add some little gift from your kitchen and mail it to someone else that is participating in the exchange. The organizer will send you the address that you need to send your package to.
I loved making the pot holder and I sure love the pictures that are published every time a 'Wichtel' member receives a surprise package. Everyone that made a pot holder will receive one, but don't know from whom, what it will look like, or what the additional surprise gift will be. I was so eager and it did not take any time at all to crochet my potholder. I made it double thick so it can actually be used without burning your hand. 

the front side is a simple flower in a frame

the backside is solid yellow cotton

The gift item from my kitchen turned out to be two little tea lights and an unopened package of bamboo skewers. Since my package was going to Texas, BBQ skewers seemed the perfect gift.

this is how the package arrived at my 'Wichtel' partner
 Wiebke assured me the skewers will be heavy with meat on a grill this weekend. BIG SMILES for ME.
I like giving away things I make.
It's one of the biggest joys in life, I think..........

Now I am eagerly awaiting my pot holder. I don't know what it will be like, when it will arrive, or what will be in the package with it. Anticipation, another joy in life, right.......

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Finishing Your Work

My mother has found the easiest way to finish her knitting projects. She has a Phildar-Wolle store around the corner, just a few yards away from her front door. So naturally she brings her work to the store and let's the experts finish her work.
For most of us that is not possible and we must finish our own knitting projects. Over the years I have found one easy way: I use a crochet hook
Select a hook that is just one size smaller than the knitting needles and gather-up 8-10 (less with fine yarn, more with bulky yarn) approaching the spot in the knitting were the yarn ends. Then you simply hook the yarn onto the crochet hook and feed it through the gathered stitches.
I also use the same hook to close up the seams, and attach the arms. Using a single crochet stitch I just crochet all the seams together. To make sure the seams do not get too tight or too loose, I first pin the seams together with safety pins or knitting markers. Then check I the work every two inches by laying it flat on a table. You will be able to see right away if you should add a crochet stitch every inch (when the seam too tight and the work does not lay flat) or if you should use a smaller hook and decrease the stitches (when the seam is wavy and wrinkled and the work does not lay flat).
You might think but that means: 'I have to open the seam again'. And luckily you can using the crochet method. If you have used the finishing method of sewing your seam together with a tapestry needle you will be trying to undo stitches that are barely noticeable and that is truly hard and really time consuming.
I think the Crochet method is the easiest and have been using it for many years. Try it!

After all seams are joined it is time to decide what the collar should be like and if it is a sweater with buttons or zipper closure, the front has to be knitted.
With my Baby dress project I decided not to follow the pattern of knitting a ribbed right and left band and then sew that on.
Since the dress had this waistband design I decided to mirror that waistband as the button band.
I gathered up 'enough stitches and then added the right amount of stitches when knitting the first row to have the perfect size band'. How to do that is not hard at all.
From the trial 4" x 4" (or 10cm x 10cm) piece, I know that it takes 22 stitches to over 4" (or 10cm). The overall length of the Baby dress is 24cm.
So the final stitch number has to be 22 x 2.4 = 53
In the case of the Baby dress, the knitting had 43 rows. I was able to gather up 44 stitches from the garment and added 9 stitches evenly during the first row knitting. (every 5 stitches I added one)
Next I had to consider the button holes on the right band. I needed 5 evenly spread out. I started by simply laying the buttons on the dress where I thought they should be. I measured the distance from the middle of one button to the middle of the next button and found that it all works out this way during row 4 of the pattern:
knitting from the bottom up six stitches, cast off three (for the first button hole) knit 8, cast off three (button hole 2) knit 8, cast off three (button hole 3), knit 8, cast off three (button hole 4), knit 8, cast off three (button hole 5) ending with three stitches.
Sometimes the calculator is not the right tool. So don't worry and just lay it out on a table until it looks the way you want it to look then just count out the stitches and GO FOR IT.
As you can see, it turned out great.

If you are not successful, e-mail me.
I can guide you through it.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Pattern, Size and Yarn before you start a project

Now that my Lace Scarf is done Life happened and put the next project right in front of me. I did not even have to wait a day.

A new Girl was born on April 12. and there is only one thing I could think of:
Knitting a dress for miss PERFECT.
After looking just a few days on-line I found the pattern I wanted to use.
LEA by drops

I have decided to use a 100% silk yarn, Mulberry by Luisa Harding

It feels cool on the skin and it's texture is very luxurious.
My idea was to make this pink dress out of multiple colors. And I must say it really worked out.
The ruffled edge starts with a row of very dark red (color number 028), then the lavender ruffles (color number 06). The pink main body (color number 04) leads into a pink and beige (color number 02) waistline. The upper part has a seed stitch pattern und after the next pink and beige breakline the upper portion of the dress is solid beige, continuing the seed stitch pattern.
It is really fun to knitt this.

Here, I need to share what I have learned over time:
You can use any similar yarn you like,
you are not bound by the pattern to use the exact yarn as the pattern calls for.

To do that is actually simple.
Knit a test 10 x 10 cm ( 4" by 4") piece, or a little larger, as I do most of the time.

For example: the dress pattern called for a yarn that leads to
24 sts x 32 rows in stockinette st = 10 x 10 cm ( 4" by 4")
The yarn I chose to use provided a test pattern
22 sts x 30 rows in stockinette st = 10 x 10 cm ( 4" by 4")

This is very close, don't you agree?
the difference in stitches (2) = less then 10% of 24 (2.4) but more than 5% (1.2)
the difference in rows (2) also = less then 10% of 32 (3.2) but more 5% (1.6)

What I looked at next was the given pattern per size:
What is the stitch difference per size?
Cast on recommendation for size 1 to 3 months and size 6 to 9 months is 366 and 394
the difference in stitches (28) = less then 10% of 366 (36.6) but mor then 5% (18.3)

VOALA, hier is was my answer:
Use the instructions for the 1 to 3 months and  I will end up with a dress that is somewhere between 5 % to 10% bigger than what the pattern describes.
That would make this dress fit a 3 to 6 months old girl, which is just fine with me.

I do measure while I am knitting to confirm that I am not knitting to loose or to tight and still have time to adjust the garment if the calculation was misleading.
So far though, 50 years into doing this, this appraximating of the sizing has never been wrong.

If you are reading this and struggling with sizing your trial knit with the pattern, e-mail me at I will help.

I am already looking forward to tonight knitting the arms. Finishing will happen during the week.

Most likely I will also make a little beanie to go with it. I thought it should be like the dress, but the color combination in reverse.

I can't wait to see little miss Allison next Sunday, if all goes well!