My amazing team of test knitters are knitting a cute dress design I’ve been working on. The dress is worked bottom up, in the round for the skirt which features a pretty lacy pattern. We changed colour (optional) for the upper bodice of the dress which features a garter waist band and a pretty dot stitch bib, patterned front and back. Front and back are worked separately and flat, no seaming though as the shoulders have 3 little button on each side. You’ll have a few ends to weave in, but not many.

Who is the Mary Eleanor Dress pattern named after?

Mary Eleanor was my great Aunt, called Ciss by most people, she was my Granddad’s older sister. I have many happy childhood memories of visiting Great Gran and Ciss, who spoiled us rotten, made our favourite foods and gave the best cuddles.

Ciss never married, but was the best Mum ever to her many nephews and their families. She was much-loved and is still much-missed.

Mary Eleanor Dress by Loraine Birchall for Woolly Madly Deeply
Mary Eleanor Dress by Loraine Birchall for Woolly Madly Deeply, photo copyright Loraine Birchall

I used an affordable 100% cotton yarn to knit the Mary Eleanor Dress. I chose Patons 100% Cotton DK in two colours, Kiwi and Almond. They yarn is hard on the hand while knitting but softens on washing and has a subtle sheen to it. I’ll be making another for my cousin’s little girl, Isla, probably using some Stylecraft Special DK. Isla likes pink, purple and blue and looks fabulous in cool colours. The Stylecraft Special DK will be easy to wash for her busy Mum and wear well.

What colours would you use?

Would you like to test knit this pattern?

I still have room for a couple of testers to knit the age 4-5yr and 6-7yr sizes. If interested, sign up here

Loraine is working on the sample in this episode of our vlog.

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