Feb 13, 2015

Symptom No.1: Mademoiselle Lancelot

As promised, here's a report on the first symptom of Solenn fever.

It's named Lancelot, after one of the Knights of the Round Table (please do NOT pronounce the "t"!), a pullover pattern for boys that I transformed in dress.
I don't claim the paternity of this idea: I'd seen a red and straight tunic project on Ravelry, knitted for a girl of 12 years old. But my daughter is only 7 and a half years old, and must be more active than a big girl. Hence the idea of making a dress with a flared skirt.

The pattern having a reputation of being cut small, I chose 8Y size. For the dimensions of the skirt, I was based on a dress found in a Phildar's catalog (8Y), and started with 152 sts (more sts than 12Y, the largest size) - that give me 80 cm /32" of circumference. After the hem, I decreased every 10 rnds at each side of the front panel and at 1 st from the side markers for back (- 4 sts each time). After dec til 128 sts, I increased once to have 132 sts (8Y) for waist shaping. That was also to easily follow instructions of raglan decrease.
I also modified the sleeves, beginning with less sts and increasing "evenly" to 8Y sts count - in the pattern, increases stop at the elbow.

And here's the result!
My daughter can run and/or dance!

I used Balance from o-wool, a cotton-wool blend yarn, because she's always complaining that it's hot and I was afraid she would never wear it if it's 100% wool. The balance is just perfect, neither too hot nor too cool, and this yarn is organic!

I just regret that it's a little too short and it cannot be worn as a dress next year. The sleeves are a little too large as this pattern is designed for boys. I'll certainly adjust it next year.

The last words on the pattern, that is very clearly written (in French), and the front panel motif is very addictive, simple, efficient and easier than it looks like (just 2 sts to cross!). I add that I used about 625 m - euh, 683 yards, thanks Ravelry -, instead of 600 m for 8Y size pullover.

Pattern: Lancelot by Solenn Couix-Loarer (heavily modified)
Size: 8Y (length to underarm: 44.5 cm/ 17.5", skirt length: 32.5 cm/12.5")
Yarn: O-Wool, Balance: Ruby (625 m / 683 y)
Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) & US 6 (4 mm)
Ravelry project page | Blog post in French

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