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I have been working on a beautiful baby dress pattern. It is the most ambitious piece I've tackled since my recent re-entry into the craft.

I had the yoke nearly finished and then the instructions got a little complicated so instead of working on the commuter train, I took it home and carefully reviewed the instructions.

The last row of the yoke was a bit tricky with lots of counting and it was late at night so I decided to see if I could work ahead without harming the piece. Yes! There was a buttonhole placket and a button placket which I was able to finish that evening.

Next day, I tackled the very interesting "love knot" stitch that comprises the entire skirt. Again, it was too complicated to work on the train so I took it home and used a mirror on the photos (I'm left-handed) until I got the stitch perfect. I was so excited!

Yesterday I took it back on the train to work and showed the new stitch to my friends and worked on it at the lunchroom table. They were as excited as I was that it was going so well and couldn't wait to see the finished product.

That evening, I went home and worked for a couple of hours while watching TV. I was feeling very content with myself when I held up the partially finished dress and took another self-satisfied look at it.

I looked again.

Then I looked again!

What the --- ? How can the baby wear this? Where will her arms go?

Oh, Dear Lord! I forgot to go back and pick up that last row on the yoke and figure it out. There are no armholes in the dress!

Tonight I get to yank out the entire skirt and start anew. But at least I know the love knot stitches are going to be perfect after all this practice!

Jo Anne
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