In this review of the Little Cotton Rabbits Textured Dresses pattern, I’m sharing everything I love about it. Spoiler alert… there’s a lot of gushing. You will also get to see my newest fox, Fern, and the inspiration behind her.
Is it possible to love the Little Cotton Rabbits any more? I didn’t think so until I purchased the Textured Dresses pattern and fell hard. The simplicity and beauty of these patterns has captured my imagination as well as my heart.
Textured Dresses Pattern
I have written, ad nauseam, about my love for the Little Cotton Rabbits patterns, so I will try not to repeat myself. But I had never tried this particular pattern before. In the recent past I had been drawn to colorowork and fair isle designs. But these Textured Dress patterns are speaking to me in a special way.
Maybe it’s the global crisis we are currently in or maybe it’s just a new phase, but I’m craving something a little less complicated. These patterns fit my mood perfectly. Their beauty and simplicity are a joy to work on at the moment.
There are nineteen different dress designs within this one pattern. It includes Knit & Purl Stitch designs, Cabling/Crossed Stitch designs, Lace/Eyelet designs and Slipped Stitch design. It’s an incredible resource and I know I will use it again and again.
Check out my Knitting Toys 101 series for information about how to knit toys.
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Fern the Fox
Meet Fern the Fox. Isn’t she darling? I know it’s not polite to gush about one’s own work, but I simply cannot help myself. She is my favorite handmade toy to date, knitted or crocheted.
Fern is from the Girl Fox pattern, which I have made several times before. The one thing I changed was using a sport weight yarn to embroider the nose. I still used embroidery floss for the mouth. In previous projects I was finding that filling in the nose with such fine thread like embroidery floss was creating a messy look. Using the yarn created a neat and tidy nose, while using the floss made the mouth look clean and crisp.
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I have had a fascination with the Great Depression for quite some time. It most likely began when I read the The Grapes of Wrath several years ago. My grandparents both endured that time and I believe it shaped the way they lived. They were savers in every sense of the word. They didn’t buy things they didn’t need. I remember my grandfather had shoes that were over forty years old and he would have them resoled from time to time.
Many years ago, my girls were in an American Girl phase, my younger daughter got the Kit Kittredge doll for Christmas. I immediately gravitated to the stories about her life during the Great Depression, her adorable outfits and her natural resilience.
While we are facing our own struggles I find stories of perseverance and strength inspiring. And it doesn’t hurt that the architecture and fashion of the era was just so darn adorable.
Knit & Purl Stitch Designs
I made the Little Dots dress from the Knit & Purl Stitch Designs. There are six different designs in this section of the pattern. It is a simple repeat of knit and purls but the texture is out of this world. Each of the other patterns are just as lovely and I cannot wait to try them all.
Cabling/Crossed Stitch Designs
These cabled dress designs are absolutely gorgeous. You will find five distinct dresses in this section. It’s a good thing Julie Williams (the creator of Little Cotton Rabbits) doesn’t write these patterns for adults. I think I would look pretty silly wearing one of these dresses, but there’s no doubt I would.
Is there anything more beautiful than knit lace and eyelet? I think not. One of these will be in my near future. There are seven different patterns included in this section. They evoke such an old fashioned feel and I cannot think of a better compliment.
Slipped Stitch Design
There is only one pattern in this section and I’m really looking forward to knitting it. This is one of the reasons I love knitting so much. There is no limit of beautiful things you can create with simple stitches.
I appreciate you stopping by my little blog and sharing my love for knitted toys. Check out the resources above and let me know which is your favorite Little Cotton Rabbits pattern! Happy Stitching!
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