So I got brave last night and drafted a pattern using KitschyCoo's lovely tute (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=264793.0
After a few minutes I began wishing that there were a knit whisperer (the heck with dogs and horses... this is more important!). Because I apparently lack basic reading skills, I had to go back and tweak my pattern. The tutorial was perfectly clear... It has become clear that since I started dieting, late night crafting doesn't work as well (I knew all that sugar was good for something other than junk in the trunk!).
My fabric was a remnant of organic bamboo knit. It is unbelievably soft and was only big enough to make something for the little one.
I also thought it was a good idea to diverge from the instructions a bit... The results were mixed. Instead of making long sleeves, I made mine more like half or 3/4 sleeves. This I like. Instead of using a knit trim as per the instructions, I used fold over elastic. As much as I would like to say I did this for artistic reasons, I actually did it because it was late and I wasn't sure how to cut up my remnant to make the trim (I'm a total knit novice. I know, shocker.). This wasn't terrible, but was a little challenging where the fabric overlaps in front. I do like the sheen of the FOE and the contrast.
When I finished all that, I opted to add buttons. The crossover part wasn't laying right on the floor, so I hoped the buttons would detract from that. But then I decided that I really like them.
Suddenly I was gripped with fear... What if her big ol' head wouldn't fit through the neck hole? I had to wait until morning to find out.
It fit! And looked so much better than I expected...
And she loved it! Sister Goldenhair is on a major dress kick lately (and will have to wear them to preschool). She's also ready for her closeup...
This front shot is a bit blurry, but you can see the front better...
The moral of this little tale? Don't diet and try to sew knits late at night. Also, if you start with a good tutorial (thanks KitschyCoo!), you can't mess it up too badly. It actually looks pretty good on her. I think it would make a great nightgown too.
Helpful hints for working with knits are especially welcome!