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Santa's Helper Dress

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Finished
November 27 2016
December 6 2016
Project info
Santa's Helper Dress
Seasonal dresses Pattern by Julie Williams
Knitting
Needles & yarn
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
Knit Picks Stroll Glimmer
Knit Picks Stroll Glimmer
Knit Picks Stroll Solids, Heathers & Twists
Notes

This little bunny looks like Santa’s helper! The Knit Picks Glimmer Stroll yarn gives the outfit a perfect holiday sparkle.

I did a few extra modifications to create a dress with a lower waist and a belt. The lower waist also created more of a flouncy skirt which is perfect. I used a long tail cast on of 96 stitches on straight needles and knit 9 rows of garter stitch to create a deep white border at the hem. I switched to red yarn and began knitting stockinette stitch in the round. I knit for 11 rows before switching to dpns. (See my Seasonal Dress modifications here for a more detailed explanation of my general modifications.) Continuing with red yarn, I did 3 more rows of stockinette and then two rows of decreases down to 36 stitches (Rows 26 and 27 of the seasonal dresses pattern). At this point , rather than beginning the sleeves and bodice, I switched to black yarn and knit 3 rows of stockinette stitch. I did a fourth row in black following Row 28 of the Seasonal Dresses pattern. I switched to red for row 29 and finished the bodice in red as per the pattern.

The belt buckle was done in duplicate stitch.

For the cape, I followed Julie Williams Capelet pattern with a few modifications. I cast on with white yarn and and finished rows 1 & 2 of the pattern in white. I switched to red and completed the next 14 rows in alternating knit and purl rows to create a stockinette fabric to match the dress (increases were always done on a knit row). I switched to white and knit 7 rows binding off on the eighth row.

For the white garter stitch collar, I picked up 32 stitches along the collar (with the Capelet facing right side up but upside down so the top edge was at the bottom). I knit one row and did increases on the next row ( as described in Row 2 of the capelet pattern), knit a row, did another row of increases, knit two rows and then cast off. For the ties, I crocheted a 4 1/2 inch white chain with a 2.5 mm hook, connected it to one side of the cape where the collar meets the cape, did a single crochet stitch all the way across to the other side, then completed a matching chain on the opposite side. Crocheting across the top edge of the collar not only created a nice edge, it helped the collar lie flat against the cape.

Rather than a collar, I could have just knit a few rows of white garter stitch at the start of the Capelet to create a border.

The bunny was knit on 2.75 needles using Sublime Extra Fine Merino DK yarn in Caramel.

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November 27 2016
December 6 2016
 
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75% Merino, 25% Nylon
231 yards / 50 grams
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About this yarn
by Knit Picks
Fingering
70% Merino, 25% Nylon, 5% Metallic
231 yards / 50 grams
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  • Project created: December 6, 2016
  • Finished: December 6, 2016
  • Updated: December 27, 2016