Crafting on: knitting a tunic for Amelia


The temperatures have dipped down low again here in the Hoosier state, after teasing us with a few days of warmth and sun.   We’ve been, once again, spending our days indoors, keeping our hands busy crafting in order to keep cabin fever from setting in.

Is it just me, or has this been a very long Winter so far?

I’ve been knitting, usually to the company of some of my favorite podcasts or while listening to one of the older kids read their lessons to me.


I’ve been working on something for warmer Spring days:  a tunic top for Amelia from cotton color-changing yarn.

I think it will be just the right thing for layering during the fickle Indiana weather we will be having in a just a few short months, where it can be 65 on day and then 40 the next.  I imagine it on it’s own or layered over a long sleeved onesie and leggings.

Plus, knitting in some bright happy Spring-like pinks and greens is helping to combat the Winter grays and dull blues.

I’m using the Cassia tunic pattern from Georgie Hallam, a pattern I’ve used before.  I’m working up the 18 month size, but following the 24mo/2T directions for length, so it will probably hit somewhere between a tunic and a dress.  It can be a bit tricky to guess what size a toddler will need a few months down the line when making a handknit or sewn article of clothing, but I think this way I’m safe if she has a growth spurt.

I really enjoy making this pattern, it is simple and easy with just enough details to keep the knitting from being boring.  I’m working on a list of my favorite kids knitting patterns to share with you.  Perhaps sometime for The Friday Five?

(With the note that I know knitting is one of those things that falls into the “one person’s simple equals another person’s complicated” category, so I promise this won’t become the SK Knitting blog, ha ha!)


I will tell you that Georgie’s Tikki Knits patterns are some of my favorites for two reasons:  1) most of her patterns cover sizes infant to children’s size 12 so they are a good value for my money, and 2) she color codes her patterns, making it easy to read them and knit from them according to the size you are making.

She throws some pretty ingenious tips and tricks in there, too.  I love learning something new when I’m working on a project and I usually do from a Tikki Knits pattern.


Have you been crafting?  What about your kids?  I’d love to hear what you’ve been creating.  This post will be linked toKeep Calm, Craft On at Frontier Dreams.  Head over there to join in the fun!

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at

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  1. those knits are going to be lovely. i love the yarn in the top one, it looks like cotton candy. :)
    i too, love patterns with multiple sizes, then if you really like something you can re-knit it in a bigger size. :)
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  2. Thank you so much for linking that pattern, Kara! It is exactly what I have been looking for for my daughter since we are having our own roller coaster seasonal changes as well.

  3. The colours are a delightful reminder that spring will come, it’s not just you this winter does seem long.
    I love how flexible that pattern is, I’ll have to check out those patterns once I, um, learn how to knit. =)
    Until then, I’ll pick up any ideas and tips you share here or other places. =)
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  4. Lovely pattern thanks for sharing the link.
    It going to look lovely when its finished.
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  5. Very cute!
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  6. Thanks for sharing this site. I am knitting a shaw for a friend with cancer right now and will want a new project soon.

  7. I love that pattern! The yarn looks delightful too.

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