How I made a baby’s knitting pattern bigger and bigger

One day there was a knitting pattern.

A knitting pattern I totally disregarded. The pattern was poorly photographed and the baby in the advertisement was (to be polite) definitely not photogenic.

But one day I searched through my patterns for something to knit with some 3ply yarn I  had bought by mistake and unfortunately I didn’t have many patterns to choose from. So reluctantly, this pattern came out of the “cast aside” pile and a few weeks later, my 6 month old baby grandaughter was wearing this little tunic.


I had been so wrong about this pattern. It was very cute and my daughter’s friend saw it and asked it I would knit one for her baby too.

What this does show is how important photos in pattern books are. If they are unappealing we are not likely to want to spend our precious knitting time making them.

So when my daughter’s baby was 19 months, she asked me to make another of these little summer tunics since her baby had worn the other one so much. But there was a problem. This pattern only goes up to size 12 – 18 months and I wanted it to fit her through the summer when she would be 2.

DSC_0139So I knitted the 12 to 18 months size again, but this time in 4ply cotton instead of 3ply wool. A perfect fit but maybe I could have added even more to the length.

This summer, I was asked yet again to make another one of these tunics! Our baby girl is now 2 ½ years old. This pattern would almost need to be made double the size of the largest size available in the book. P1000196 - Version 2So I tried it, again knitting the largest size but this time using double knit baby bamboo yarn. This little summer tunic pattern, that I had totally disregarded, is once again a winner. A favourite tunic to wear to daycare this summer. (Seen above covered in blue paint from a very busy day at “pwe-kool”.

Pattern book – Filatura Di Crosa
Pattern – Overdress #7
Yarn – Filatura Di Crosa Monbebe and Dolce Amore and Sublime baby silk and bamboo
Link to Ravelry project here and here and here



  1. The yellow really does this justice! You are so right about the photos. I was pawing through a pile of god awful patterns in a charity shop yesterday trying to envision them in more updated yarns and better settings to see if I would like them when I had knitted them up. They just didn’t look flattering or appealing at all!

  2. This is marvelous! How very clever of you to bump up the yarn (and needle, yes?) size. I love the idea of a tunic, rather than a sweater, for summer. Thanks for the Ravelry links; I’ll favorite them so I can find them when the knitting stars align!

  3. She is adorable! Great job on the upsizing. I hear you on the pattern photos. There’s a hat I have used but every time I go to get the pattern I shudder because the baby in the photo is hideous. And I feel so bad thinking that, but I just can’t help it. Shudder.

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