As a first post, it's appropriate that I'll be telling you about a gift project. I give away most of what I knit or crochet. It's not that I don't want to knit for myself, it just happens that way. All these new babies, they all need blankets or hats or sundresses...
Pattern: "Pretty in Pink Sundress", from Jane Davis' Simple Crochet for Cherished Babies.
Yarn: Rowan Cotton Glace, color 822 pink (almost 4 skeins)
Crocheted with E hook (3.50mm)
Started June 1, finished June 11. (I still need to sew two little buttons to the right shoulder)
This is destined to a new baby girl born two weeks ago, my cousin's daughter. Because there was no time for me to make a baby blanket, I was looking for a simple pattern I could whip out quickly but that would still make a nice gift. Won't she be pretty in this pink dress?
It's crocheted in 3 parts: front yoke, back yoke, and skirt. The skirt is crocheted as a long rectangle and the first and last row are then sewed together to form a tube. The skirt is much wider than the yoke and must be gathered when the top of the tube is sewed to the yoke. I think the gathering gives the sundress a lovely "flowy" quality. I'm now working on a matching sun hat, from the same book. I'll keep you posted!