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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Friday 28 July 2017

Sitting on the Fence

Day twenty five of my personal 'Christmas in July' challenge to share with you the miniature outfits I have been knitting for my niece's Christmas elves.  With just one more day to go we are getting close to the end of my little challenge and I wanted to thank you for sticking with me, it's been a long haul.

I trawled Pinterest and Ravelry looking for Christmas and winter knitting patterns I could use for this challenge but by this point I had used all of the designs I could find, so I had to come up with a design of my own.  I cheated a little and borrowed elements and ideas from one or two f the other patterns.  I have called my design 'Sitting on the Fence'.

As you will know by now, 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.

Up close my robin looks a little deformed.  The beak is embroidered on and I added a little black bead to  for the eye.

As with most of these designs, once I had made the dress, I re-worked the chart to get the pattern for the jumper.  The dress pattern is by Julie Williams from her 'Seasonal Dresses' and  I used her 'Seasonal Sweaters' patterns for the jumper.  



  1. You've combined many of my favourite elements from your designs to make the perfect Christmas scene. Love it x

    1. Thank you. I sort of combined my fav bits from some of the other designs, it was not too difficult.

      Have a wonderful weekend.

      Dionne xxx

  2. You've combined many of my favourite elements from your designs to make the perfect Christmas scene. Love it x

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