We had another friend enter the world recently. In typical fashion, I felt the strong urge to welcome her into the fold by presenting her with knitted gifts.
Her name is Lola. She's really cute, and already very in touch with her girly side, so I tried to knit her something to suit her bounding femininity and love of the color pink (I hear she's also a big fan of Tiffany blue).
The I knit directly as indicate for the newborn size of Elsie's Petal dress. The only change I made was to eliminate the button holes at the rear. Instead, I sewed on some snaps. Babies spend a lot of time on their backs, and I worry that buttons at the rear could be uncomfortable. I know my back buttoning blouses can sometimes be annoying when I lean against a seat back. Maybe I over-think these things.
The yarn is Lion Brand Baby Soft in Parfait Print. I wasn't sure how it would behave, but it self striped in this pattern. I really like it. I only wish I had pulled out some extra length to make sure I was starting at the same point in the color repeats for the sleeves. Instead, my sleeves don't match. I doubt anyone who isn't a knitter would notice. It only affects the garter edge of the left. I could have made it pink to line up with the right sleeve and coordinating garter empire waistline in the body of the dress. Next time.
In total, this little dress used less than a skein of yarn. It's a really quick little knit. If I didn't have so many baby girl knitting patterns in my Ravelry favorites, I'd knit it again right away!