Very cherry Valentine

Cherries dress 1

I found this pattern on a knitting blog and thought it would be perfect for my youngest daughter – I knit it a little over-sized, a size 6 (the largest size offered by the pattern) and on one size larger needles (US 7) than recommended – better too big than too small! This way, she can get at least two summers of wear out of it.

cherries dress 2

The recommended yarn worked beautifully – 5 skeins of Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Skinny Dyed Cotton in color cherry (appropriately enough). The pattern contains a lot of beautiful touches – the picot cast-on and bind-off, which is time-consuming but makes the cute little balls on the hem and neckline edging – the lace at the hemline, and the ribbing around the bodice. The armholes aren’t finished off in any way, but I don’t think they need them – they naturally roll inwards. I highly recommend this pattern!

cherries dress 3

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