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Monday, 13 August 2012

Little knitted Dresses

Opus Gluei Challenge #137. Red Hot. 

Oh My Goodness haven't the Olympic Games in London been spectacular and completely RED HOT with absolutely amazing daily athletic feats.
I'm so proud to be British right now because the British crowds in London and at every other Olympic venue around England supported every single athlete competing through all their triumphs and tears, I'm still totally fizzing with it all!

I loved it all but I adore adore ADORE the team synchronized swimming event the best, Britain swam a wonderful Peter Pan but the Spanish team totally blew me away with their fabulous Ocean routine, their dazzling mirrored silver costumes were spectacular in the water and made their performance truly breath taking.

Oh my, the shiny shiny costumes of the swimmers are incredible in their own right and are only beaten by the rhythmic gymnastic costumes which are even more sumptuous!
Here is a link to some fab photos of the swimming costumes

So as I sat and watched the athletics I knitted little dresses suitable for cards and mixed media which I admit are woefully poor as a tribute to the amazing and marvellous costumes of those two Olympic Events but anyway here is my red hot shiny dress in celebration.
It's 3 1/4 inches tall and I've plans for a canvas celebrating the games but can't decide yet how big to do it and how many dresses to use.

The knitting pattern I created can be knitted easily in any needle sizes ranging from
UK 3 3/4mm to UK 5mm using double knitting weight yarn.
Fancy yarns work just as well in this needle size range.
If you are using fancy yarn remember to keep your tension loose.
Dress lengths vary from 2 inches to 3+ inches depending on needle size.
They take about 10 minutes to knit.

Here are a couple of examples of sizes using double knitting yarn, click on the photo to enlarge it.

The Knitting Pattern is for personal use only and commercial use is not allowed.

Little Knitted Dress Pattern using garter stitch.

Cast on 12 sts.
Knit 5 rows in garter stitch.
K2tog at each end of next row (leaves 10 sts)
Knit 1 row
K2tog at each end of next row (leaves 8 sts)
Knit 1 row
K2tog at each end of next row (leaves 6 sts)
Knit 4 rows
Cast on 5 sts and knit to end
Cast on 5 sts and knit to end
Knit 1 row
K5, K2tog, K2tog, K2tog, K5
Knit 1 row
Cast off.

Happy creating!


Karen said...

Awe Gini...that little dress takes me right back to when I first 'met' you when we were doing the dress-it-up challenge :D

These are soooo cute!!!!! Perfect for decorating too, well done you xxx

Dawn said...

Oooh Gini, how gorgeous my lovely, lol wish I could fit in it, would be very proud to wear it.
Defo with you regards the Olympics, so so proud of all who took part, glad you enjoyed it too.
Big hugs x x x x

Jane Wetzel said...

Hi Gini! These little dresses are perfect :) You are totally talented!


Your talents are endless Gini - the mini dress pattern is amazing. Love the fluffy red number with the gold beads - does it come in a size 16?!!
Have a happy week - hugs, Sylvia xx

Electra said...

Unbelievable. Just unbelievable.
You never cease top amaze me with your talent, Gini!

Deena said...

these little dresses are just awesome! we were also glued to the television here watching everything olympic...so much that we probably have square eyes now from too much tv...what a show those athletes put on!

Rosemary said...

I'm with Dawn, I would love to be able to wear these creations of yours! I loved these Olympics, so many thrilling feats and such a terrific atmosphere in London. Real British hospitality and courtesy at its finest! Well done, my British friend!

This dress and the accompanying tutorial are thoroughly Gini - beautiful and informative!

Can't wait to see what you come up with to celebrate the Olympics. perhaps a take on the Olympic rings with items/motifs in the colors of the rings? Just sayin'

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Those cute little dresses remind me of my girls Barbies when they were little. They loved dressing them up. Blessings!