This is about a child’s size 4. Caron’s Simply Soft again, in berry blue & grape, two great colors. I used a 4.5mm hook for the bodice and the first four rows and then switched to a 5mm hook for the rest of it, as the Mama says her daughter’s got a little potbelly. I wanted to make sure there was enough room.
I frogged the bottom part, the ripple, countless times. I truly have no clue how often. I had a heckuva time getting the correct number of stitches to base the ripple on, and I also kept getting distracted while I was working on the first ripple row and thusly messing up. And then when I got all of that ironed out, I wound up frogging the first four rows of the ripple stitch because the way I was holding it, the wrong side of the fabric was coming out toward the right side of the garment. So I had to frog the first few stitches a couple of more times to figure out exaclty how I should be holding the blessed thing.
But I finally finished it. And I’m very happy with it. The photo isn’t the greatest, so it’s kind of hard to tell, but on the last round I put a picot instead of the c-1 space at the increase. It’s subtle, but it gives it a nice finish which, I think, enhances the overall pointyness of the design.
I will also use this space to give a belated shout out and thanks to the Crochet Mafia. I left the thread where I was accused of copyright infringement right before I made that entry into my blog, so I didn’t see the people who apparently jumped in to defend me. I only learned about it today. I just want to say thanks to all of you. I do indeed appreciate it.