Tulipfield Dresses: Anneke

comments: 81


PATTERN: Mine (a prototype I am working on)
SIZE: 12 months
YARN: Various DK- and sport-weight yarn in cashmere-wool blend and alpaca

I have had so much fun designing these three Tulipfield Dresses (here is the first and the second of the group, in case you missed them). I can't believe how well the weather has cooperated with these, both colorwise (it has seemed irrevocably gray here for the past few weeks, with so many touches of pink, green, and yellow) and temperature-wise (it's been freezing and windy and rainy = not much going outside). This is pretty typical of Oregon springs, in my experience — spring seems to start in late February and go, sometimes, until June. So wooly, soft little jumpers like these can be worn, I think for several months — I pictured this one, especially, with cable tights (do they make dijon-mustard-colored cable tights?) over a soft, full little calico dress (I picked up this little pink calico dress for a song from Marshall's, but I think one with longer sleeves would be adorable).


I used almost the same yoke pattern I used for my Cecily Baby Sweater (I just did it in half-double crochet and left out the openings for the ribbon), then did the body of the dress in wattle stitch, which is one of my favorite nubby, drapey sort of stitches. The whole thing is done in the round (again, with attached rows), so there are no seams; I crochet over all of my tails at the color switches, so there's almost nothing to weave in at the end. And again I used my new favorite yarn, the DK-weight undyed Eco Alpaca (I buy all of mine at Happy Knits). I think I have crocheted miles of this yarn now. Oh how I love alpaca yarn. Especially for crochet, which can tend to be rather heavy and stiff for wearable garments. Alpaca yarn seems to crochet up more beautifully than any yarn I have ever used.

I plan to make all three of these dress patterns available in sizes from 6 months to 4T within the next few weeks. I have the drafts written, so if anyone is interested in testing any of them, I would love a couple of testers (especially for the bigger sizes) — just let me know in the comments and I'll get in touch with you. *Thank you testers!!! I think we have plenty now and I will be in touch directly!!!

I seem to slowly be making progress on all of the things I had started last month. I have so many different patterns I want to make up for different projects, it's ridiculous. I need to stop starting things and start finishing them!


Bookaholic says: May 05, 2010 at 09:38 PM

Hello-- Reading your blog always makes me want to learn to crochet. (I can knit-- I've just never learned to crochet.) Can you recommend a good book for a complete beginner? I learned (at 30) :) to knit from a kids' knitting book, so I have an open mind. :) And the dresses, by the way, are just beautiful.

I'm loving the little dresses. I am one to use non-traditional colours for baby and children's clothing and I think that makes me love them extra much! Your little girlie is going to look so sweet in her dresses and tunics! Can't wait! As I have only one granddaughter, and she's way to large for the dresses, I'll pass on offering to test the pattern for you. Wish I did have someone littler to make one for! samm

Poo! I missed the call for testers. :( If anyone backs out, please consider me? I'd love to make one of these dresses -- I never had a girlie to make things for, so it would be fun. Your dresses are just darling. I wonder if my sweet corgi girl Piper would mind wearing one. ;-)

I want this dress in big girl size!

Poo, I missed your call for crocheters. If anyone backs out, I would love to jump in and help out. I never had a girlie to make girlie things for, so this would be fun!

I love the layering of this with the dress/skirt? underneath...so sweet!

May I suggest that you make a "underslip" that is straight all the way down until the bottom and then maybe make a cute ruffle that will show under the dress! Maybe even make it so that the "ruffle" can be changed out to different colors? That way it shows off a color that will go with different dresses!

Absolutely perfect. I can't stop looking at this one.

Dang! I was on vacation and missed the opportunity to volunteer as a test crocheter! Anyway, I would love to see all the dear little projects so hope you will post them when all done, it's such a sweet little dress.

Alicia, so pretty, I just love this little smock. Makes me wish I had a grandbaby to make things for. When my son was little I sewed all his clothes, mostly because there was a dearth of adorable boy baby things to select in the baby stores, with simply miles of girl things. My son is adopted, now 27, precious Korean born beautiful child. I love him more than my own life.

Happy Monther's Day sweetie ~ Eileen @ Star's Fault

Now it just needs to be enlarge it to become a sweater for us grown up girls : )

i know this is only a dream, but i do wish that i could buy one of these in my size, all made & ready to be adored...you are just the best :)

Marci Turner says: November 09, 2010 at 11:22 AM

Oh, Please! Please! Please! sell this pattern. I would love to make it for my little sweetie pie!

Are the patterns ready yet??? I am taking aknitting crochet class adn would to try it out. I am considered an intermediate knitter.
( I am an Avett Brother NUT!)I was so happy to see you are too!

oooo I love this dress !! Please I know it's like a year after you posted this but I would be very and I mean very happy to test this pattern ! or is it available now ???

I just found this and it's so beautiful! - Is there a pattern for it now?

Is this pattern available anywhere? I tried to find it in your shop but was unsuccessful. Thanks!

I love your dress, it's wonderful.
I see it's an old post (of 2010) and you wrote that you were working on a pattern. Is it ready now because I really would like to make it for my daughter (and for me if you write an adult size)?
Many thanks in advance and congrates, your dresses are really pretty!

Hi i have just found this site and this gorgeous dress! is the pattern available for purchase anywhere?

oh yes please do! please do write the pattern!! they're gorgeous!

Hope this dress pattern Will be available for purchase soon. It's så pretty!
Ant news on when it will be posted?
Best wishes

I know I'm totally late to this post, but I found the pic on Pinterest and totally fell in love with this dress! Do you have the pattern available anywhere? Your work is gorgeous!

Any update on when you plan to make the pattern available for purchase? I love the colors and texture!!!

Would this pattern already be available? I really love the dress and I'd like to make it for the daughter of a friend, as she's very fond of it.

Jennifer Leger says: January 10, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Is there a pattern available for purchase?

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About Alicia Paulson


My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at aliciapaulson.com