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, 21 July 2017

Falling Snowflakes

Friday again and day eighteen, I think, of my personal Christmas in July challenge to share with you the matching dresses and jumpers I have been knitting for my niece's Christmas elves.  I am still without my laptop and really missing now, I hope it will not be away too much longer.

Our heatwave seems to have broken, we had an enormous thunderstorm during the night on Tuesday and more torrential rain on Wednesday.  It was still hot and muggy yesterday but it is very overcast this morning.  It may change later but isn't that typical, just in time for the weekend.  Never mind, I hope it does not spoil your plans for the weekend.

Back to today's dress and matching jumper.

For all of my elf clothes in this challenge I have used Julie Williams 'Seasonal Dresses' and 'Seasonal Sweaters' for the basic pattern for my designs. Julie called this design 'Falling Snowflakes'.  These patterns were designed to fit the 'Little Cotton Rabbits' series but my niece's elves are slightly larger, so I made them in double knit rather than 4 ply.

The dress does not really gather in at the bottom, it just looks that way in these photographs because my manikin has a net skirt which cannot be removed and it has pushed out the upper parts of the dress - distorting the shape.

As before, after making the dress I re-worked the dress pattern to get the stitch chart for the jumper.


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. Gorgeous set and the white really stands out against the navy blue
    Carol x

    1. Thank you so much, I really liked this navy and white combo as well, I think it looks smart!

      Have a fab weekend.

      Dionne xx

  2. Ooh, the navy and white is so striking and love the falling snow, you can almost see it moving. Yep, make mine a large please! X

  3. I wish I were able to make these for you as a big thank you for all of your support over the years.

    Dionne xxx


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