For those of you not on Ravelry, here at last is the HELENA I finished a few days ago.
This is a super easy top down knit. Very very quick knit. I think it took maybe 3-4 evenings. The yarn is mother-friendly Lion Cotton-Ease (50% cotton/50% acrylic) in a lovely dusty TerraCotta. The smallest size took less than 2 skeins. I love the new colors this comes in and have a small stash just for cute baby things. I used size 6 KPOs for the body, and size 2s for the edgings.
I must say I ADORE this picot hem on the bottom and sleeves. However, the K2Tog broke TWO, count em, TWO of my bamboo doublepoints on the sleeve hems. The picot hem gives such a finished and professional look!
I didn't care for the tie-front so I took another Raveler's idea and made a crochet double loop closure with shank buttons.
I used the numbers for the smallest size. This came out to fit about a 6-12 month old (depending on the size of the 6-12monther ;0)
It was a very satisfactory knit and I can see myself making this pattern again in the future.