Snow Dream

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PATTERN: Plain Vest by Anna and Heidi Pickles
SIZE: 12 months
YARN: Cascade Eco Alpaca in Cafe au Lait #1521 held together with Misti Alpaca Handpaint Sock Yarn in color #05

I finished this little vest over the weekend and then whipped out a little dress (like this one but smaller) that looked a snow flurry to go with it. When I uploaded all of the photos from the big black camera (which by some miracle, yes, came home all in one piece) I found this one from Timberline, which was pretty much exactly the scene I'd had in my mind, just from memory, the whole time I was knitting and sewing:


Speaking of photos, how cool was that rainbow picture yesterday? He said he couldn't even see what was on the screen when he took the photo because he was holding the phone down really low. Awesome. (And thank you to those of you who mentioned Audrey, too. I was very touched by that.)


The whole idea of vests is pleasing me very much lately. I was looking at some kids' knitting patterns from the 1950s through the '80s and it was kind of interesting to see how differently the sizing works based on general fashion trends. Sleeves from the '80s were crazy huge — armholes so big, and sleeves so bulky, with so much fullness built in (mimicking shoulderpads or something, I'm guessing). They all looked really uncomfortable. This vest has armholes that look quite small to me — smaller than several of the other sweaters I've made that are supposed to be this size. But I don't know. In general I just make things exactly as the patterns says to, and make the size that corresponds to how much yarn I have. I like the wooden flower buttons for the vest so much. I picked them because they reminded me of all of the carved banisters at Timberline.


That's the back. I wish you could feel how soft this little knit is. It's so cuddly. Alpaca is so, so nice.

Almost forgot — here is my Ravelry page for this :-). I'll definitely be doing more of this one.


RoseCampion says: January 19, 2011 at 05:57 PM

About big sleeves and armholes in the eighties. A lot of the sweaters I had at that time had shoulder pads knit right in. My memory of eighties clothes is that everything had shoulder pads, even the t-shirts. And I know for a fact that my mom had a pattern for knitted shoulder pads. Seriously.

Seeing all the sweaters you've made makes me a little sad I only have nephews to knit for mostly.

I would LOVE to see a picture of all of your creations for the wee one...just to see how they all look hanging in a closet or what have you. I imagine they are quite stacking up!

um, can you make this mama-size? LOVE IT.

Oh I love the fabric combo with the vest. Both patterns work so well together plus the yarn looks so cozy. I feel the need to make a toddler sweater now.

BEautiful, as usual!
Hey, can we see a pic of the little one's growing wardrobe? I think all those wee dresses and cardis will look fab all in a row.

That little baby is going to be so dang cute in her sweet wardrobe.

If you like vests (and my two little girls and I love them... they are practical to play in and still be warm) then you can find a great selection of them at "La Droguerie"... a french knitting and fabric brand.

Some of the finished vests are up on my blog but they have many more. Which reminds me that Citronille has a couple of cute ones too...

Your snow dream vest is a beautiful one! I'm sure you'll both enjoy it in futur!!

Everything you make is simply beautiful! I love how earthy the colors you choose are!

She's going to be the best dressed girl around! And dressed with LOVE which is what makes it special. Can't wait to read that you're holding her in your arms.

Hi Alicia,

You are my new favourite blogger. I stumbled on you the day before yesterday and I feel like I have met my old friend from-across-the-road-when I was a kid. I can't sew to save myself but I want to. (I can knit like the wind.) I think I'll spend some more time here if that's OK.

Rose from Oz

I am so in love with all of your little dresses and sweaters, but this is by far my favorite. It's so beautiful, adorable and perfect! LOVE!

I love Pickles projects, they are so pretty and often very simple too, your vest looks beautiful in that yarn.

Alpaca is so warm too! We were considering buying alpacas just for the wool and because they are so cute. You are amazing... have you considered designing a line of children's clothing for a manufacturer? I'm surprised no one has jumped on you about that!

Alicia, you have outdone yourself again. Just fantastic!

These are so sweet! Love them together.

The fabric for the dress is really nice. Love the combination of colors.

That dress is better than the perfect snowfall. And the vest!

I've been looking for the perfect grown-up knitted vest pattern for years. I want it long and not too fussy and on big needles - I bought some hand processed and dyed golden yarn a long time ago for it. So far, no luck.

I am really starting to wish I had your daughter's wardrobe. ;)
Beautiful handknit, I love the sweater and the polka-dot dress!
Peace, Angela

This is adorable! I think I need the grown up version of this outfit!!

Just when I thought you couldn't outdo yourself after the spectacular flaming red sweater on Jan. 14, here you are with this little vest and snow flurry dress today. Girl, you're amazing!

Make the cuteness stop! I can't stand it. Every time I log on here, there's something more adorable than the time before.

dude! you are a clothes-creating machine! i feel so unproductive!:)

gorgeous! LOVE the dotty fabric.


Love the colors of the vest and the play of garter stitch against the stockinette stitch. The coloring goes so well with the little polka dot dress. Very sweet! You're going to have a very well-dressed little one.

Amazing vest - amazing dress - what pattern did you use for that dress?

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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




Since August of 2011 I've been using a Canon EOS 60D with an EF 18-200mm kit lens and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.