Hello, my name is Dionne and I have been crafting for a very long time. As a very young child my mother tried to teach me to knit, it was a disaster. However, it must have sparked an interest in making things and, partly to prove that I was not totally useless and partly because I really wanted to make things, I taught myself to crochet. Over the years I have developed a love of cross stitch and all types of paper craft ..... I eventually even taught myself to knit.

I am married to a very understanding man, thank goodness, because I spend all my time either crafting, thinking about crafting or talking about crafting. I am hopeless at housework and dinner is often late!

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Tuesday 4 July 2017

Frondy Frock and Jumper

Good morning

I am back today with day two of Christmas in July and, what I have come to think of my Elf Challenge.  (If you did not see my post yesterday you may find it helpful to check it out so you will know what I am am babbling about.)

When I first started making these clothes for my niece's elves I just picked random patterns, I gave no thought to matching dresses and jumpers - that came later.  However, once the idea came to me I tried to match those already made and, where there was no obvious winter theme, I added beads and charms to give them a more Christmassy feel.

I have used Julie Williams 'Seasonal Dresses' and 'Seasonal Sweaters' for the basic pattern for my elf clothes.  Julie gives all of her designs a name and this dress pattern is called 'Frondy Frock'.  The pattern was designed to fit the 'Little Cotton Rabbits' series but my nieces elves are slightly larger, so I made them in double knit rather than 4 ply.  

The dress is knitted in two shades of blue doule knit.

I added the little snowflake charm to give a little Christmas cheer to the design.

The jumper, as you can see, is just plain royal blue with a snowflake charm - my crafty stash came in very handy for this project.

Each dress and jumper is fastened at the back by a tiny button.

I shall be back again tomorrow with another dress and sweater.  It occurs to  me that, with 24 posts, this could quickly become rather monotonous - after all there is only so much you can saw about a knitted dress and sweater and, as much as I love to read your comments, I will understand if you do not feel you have anything new to say.



  1. Love the blue and the snowflake is the perfect finishing touch x

    1. Thank you Lisette. I went a bit mad with the charms on some of the dresses/jumpers, but I thought the single snowflake on this lovely blue was more stylish.

      Dionne xxx

  2. Love the blue and the snowflake is the perfect finishing touch x

  3. Love the vibrant blue and can see where she got the name fronds
    Carol x

    1. Isn't it a great colour, I love the silver charm against it.

      Dionne xx


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