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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Monday 24 July 2017

Hopping Robins

I'm back again with day 21 of my personal 'Christmas in July' challenge to share with you the miniature outfits I have been knitting for my niece's Christmas elves.

I know I keep saying this, but I do so for the benefit of anyone who has not read any of my previous posts .... where have you been, you have missed so much!  The original pattern was designed to fit the 'Little Cotton Rabbits' series of soft toys.  The original patterns were written for 4 ply but, as the elves I have been knitting for are a little larger than the Little Cotton Rabbits, I have made mine in baby soft double knit.

On this occasion Julie Williams had done all of the hard work for me by charting both the dress and the jumper designs.  The dress came from Julie Williams 'Seasonal Dresses' patterns, it is called ' Hopping Robins' and  the jumper came from her 'Seasonal Sweaters' patterns, it is called 'Robin Redbreast'.  These two pattern books are full of helpful tips and detailed descriptions of all the tricky stitches, idea for people like me ie the not very experienced knitter.

Although you cannot see it here, the DK white yarn has a metallic thread running through it.  I attached a tiny black bead for the robin's eye.


PS Whilst I really love to read your comments, I will understand if you do not feel you have anything to say about yet another dress and jumper combo, perhaps you could just say hi to let me know that you stopped by.


  1. The robins are definitely my favourite. The red borders are stunning. X

    1. Thank you, it is quite a simple design but it really works doesn't it?

      Dionne xx


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