For my daughters second birthday, I dug deep into my yarn stash, and found some Shibui Knits Kiwi yarn. It was originally destined to be a shawl (to be honest half is knit into a shawl), but that project was never going to see completion. So I took the remaning skeins, and though bright, thought they would look great on her.
The Goldilocks pattern has just under a medium difficulty rating on Ravelry, and I would agree. The pattern is quite confusing at the beginning, and only offers initial help in getting started. After a little bit, I soon started to figure it out and find a rhthym, but I wouldn't recommend it to a knitter just starting out on garments, or on faux cabling. There is still one section under the arm I'm not convinced is done properly, but noyone knows that but me (and maybe you if you can tell from the photos!).
Mods I made:
I knit the dress to 10.5” before doing the mock cables on the bottom.
After the increase rows on the back I did a row of mock cables. I love the way it turned out.
I also added mock cables on the sleeves. I picked up a total of 50 stitches for each arm.
I finished up that knit, lovingly tucked it into a gift bag, and waited for the moment she would open it, envisioning her asking to wear it right then. And it sort of worked like that. She opened it, tried to put it back in the bag, I encouraged her to put it on, she did. For a mere second or two. Then tried to rip it off.
Oh the craft heart broke a bit. My eldest tried to reason with her. We went on a bike ride instead in the clothes the little actually wanted to wear. I tried the next day. She would throw the tunic across the room. I'm as stubborn as she is. So I emptied all her drawers leaving only the tunic, and a choice of leggings. (Crazy, perhaps, but determined).
She went to her dresser, opened the drawer. Closed it. Opened the next "nothin there!" she said. Open, close, open close. Then the tears started. She left the room diaper clad. Tried to put on her sisters clothes. I put that tunic on her. Showed her how nice it was. We praised her all day long about that dress.
I got some good photos. Not sure if she will ever wear it again. But it was worn for one glorious day.
I had plans to knit her sweaters for the Fall, but I think I might need to stick to hats. Hats seem safe.