I created this dress to go with the Nursery Baby Doll you will need to purchase their pattern for the doll first. If you click on the link you will find ordering instructions, the pattern for the doll, a bunny suit, a bunny hat, and booties is $5.00. (The doll is super cute and quick to knit up)
The dress is knit from the bottom up. You will need basic skills: knit stitch, purl stitch, and simple decreasing. Please be sure to check your gauge. I know it's a hassle, but I tend to knit a little loose. I wouldn't want you to come to the end of the project and find that the dress was too big. The dress is plain (other than the ruffle) and easily adapted. You could add stripes or some intarsia. I added a little flower embroidery at the end, but you could just as easily add buttons or other embellishments, have fun with it! I didn't include any buttons up the back in mine, because I designed this for a child under 3 and buttons can be choking hazards. That doesn't mean you couldn't if you wanted too. Please contact me if you have any concerns, confusions, or comments!
(Oct 2012-If you are using a different sized needles than the pattern calls for go up 1 or 2 needle sizes to knit the dress. For example: I have knit the doll with size 5 needles and her clothes with size 6 and adjust the length of the dress by trying it on the doll.)
baby weight/sport weight/dk weight yarn (it's marked 3 on the label)
size 4 needles
bits of yarn to embroider a flower to the dress
gauge 6 stitches by 7 rows equals 1 inch
Cast on 91 St
- k3, *p5, k3* (WS)
- p3, *k5, p3*
- k3, *p5, k3*
- p3, *k1, slip 1, k2tog, psso, k1, p3*
- k3,* p3, k3*
- p3, *k3, p3*
- k3, *p3, k3*
- p3 *slip 1, k2tog, psso, p3* (44 st)
- k3 *p1, k3*
- p3 *k1, p3*
- as 9th row
knit across all stitches (RS)
continue in stockinette (knit RS rows and purl WS rows) stitch until piece measures 2 1/2 inches from cast on edge.
- k1, k2tog, k17, k2tog, knit to last 2 stitches k2tog, k1
- st st 3 rows
- (RS) k1, k2tog, k to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1
- st st 3 rows
- (RS) k1, k2tog, k to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1 (40 st)
continue in stockinette stitch until pieces measure 4 inches from cast on edge
Turn the work leaving the other 30 stitches on the other needle. Now just work with the 10 stitches
work in garter stitch (knit every row) for 14 rows ending after knitting a WS.
Rejoin yarn on the RS
Turn the work leaving the other 10 stitches on the other needle. Knit in garter stitch (knit every row) for 10 rows ending after knitting a WS.
With RS facing you k6, k2tog, k2tog , turn work
(8 st) knit
k4, k2tog, k2tog
Rejoin yarn with RS facing you. Work the left side of the front
(RS) k2tog, k2tog, k6
|sew 3 inches|
Work as shoulder 1 and bind off
Sew the tops of the shoulders together. There will be extra stitches at the back.
Sew the two halves together for no more than 3 inches.
Embroider something cute on the front if you desire.
p - purl
slip 1, k2tog, psso = slip the next stitch knit wise, knit the next two together, and then lift the slipped stitch up and over the k2tog and off the needle
st - stitches
st st - stockinette stitch (knit the RS and purl the WS)
WS - wrong side or the back side of the work
RS - right side or the front of the work
* * - repeat