I have gotten my rear in gear and finally finished typing up the child’s dress pattern I showed you all a picture of last post. I put the pattern up as a free ravelry download but thought I would also include a text version here.
by Dee Anna Rendall
This dress is knit from the bottom up with seed stitch bands at the bottom, waist and top of the dress. The waist is decreased using an interesting method that reminds me of pin tucks in sewing. Ribbon is used for straps that tie at the shoulder. I made this pattern with the hope that it would last two seasons. The first season as a dress with a regular waist and the ribbons tied in bows and the second season as a long top with an empire waist and the ribbons tied in knots. Children don’t always fit into our plans but I can cross my fingers and hope.
Yarn: Berroco Cotton Twist (70% cotton, 30% rayon; 85yds/ball) 3(4,5) balls
Needles: 16″ US Size 7 (or size needed to obtain gauge)
Notions: spare needle (preferably US 7), stitch marker, 4 feet of ribbon for straps
5 stitches/inch, 7 rows/inch in stockinette
Round 1: K 1, P 1
Round 2: P 1, K 1
BOTTOM BAND: Cast on 126(144,162) stitches. Place marker and join for knitting in the round being careful not to twist. Knit seed stitch pattern for 8 rounds.
SKIRT: Knit every round until skirt measures 9”(10”,11”) from cast on edge.
PIN TUCK ROUND: K 3, *Slip the next 6 stitches onto the spare needle, hold the spare needle behind your working needle and knit the first stitch on the working needle together with the first stitch on the back needle. Continue knitting stitches together, one from the front needle and one from the back, across the remaining 5 stitches, K 6, repeat from * until 3 stitches remain, K 3.
WAIST BAND: Knit seed stitch pattern for 6 rounds.
BODY: Knit every round until body measures 4”(5”,6”) from pin tuck round (this measurement includes the seed stitch waist band.)
TOP BAND: Knit seed stitch pattern for 6 rounds. Bind off all stitches in seed stitch pattern.
FINISHING: Weave in all ends. Cut the ribbon into four 10”(11”,12”) pieces. Sew them to the top band for straps that can be tied at the shoulder.
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