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Simple Toddler Summer Dress Knitting Pattern

I just finished knitting a simple summer dress for my 16 months old daughter, Charlotte.

For this project, I used milk cotton yarn made in China. It has no label on it, but here are the yarn detail information:

  • 20% Skin-velvet, 60% Mercerized cotton, 20% Milk protein fiber
  • Needle size: 2.5 – 3.5 mm
  • 225 meter per skein.

I used 1 skein for main color and less than 1 skein for secondary color.

Simple Toddler Summer Dress Knitting Pattern

by Effi GratiaProject.com
2015, January 7th

Gauge: 5 stitches and 7 rows per inch
Finished dress: chest 10 inches, length 13 inches

Materials:

  • Light worsted weight yarn, about 200 yards for color A (mine is multi-color orange-brown-yellow), and 160 yards for color B (orange).
  • Knitting needles circular or DPNs size US 7/4.5mm (I used circular needle 40 cm size US 7)
  • Stitch holder
  • Locking stitch markers
  • Darning needle

Notes:
For the front neck, I used Jeny’s surprisingly stretchy bind off, to create the drapey neck effect. A good Youtube tutorial for stretchy bind-off is here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abBhe-JYmgI.

Pattern is working from bottom to top, join in the round from the bottom, and then working in flat for the top area, started from the front and then the back part.

Instructions:

Using yarn color A, cast on 120, join in the round.
Row 1: k60, place marker, k60, place marker (right side)
Row 2-6: k until last stitch, ending with the wrong side
Row 7-26: Working in stockinette stitch, ending with the wrong side
Row 27: p until last stitch (right side)
Row 28: p until last stitch (wrong side)
Row 29-38: Change yarn to color B, do the stockinette stitch, ending with the wrong side
Row 39: Change yarn to color A again, p until last stitch (right side)
Row 40: p until last stitch (wrong side)
Row 41-50: Do the stockinette stitch, ending with the wrong side
Row 51: p until last stitch (right side)
Row 52: p until last stitch (wrong side)
Row 53-72: Change yarn to color B. Start decrease with following pattern: *(k4, k2tog), repeat * (total 100 stitches now). Do the stockinette stitch, ending with the wrong side
Row 73: Change yarn to color A again, p until last stitch (right side)
Row 74: p until last stitch (wrong side)

SHAPE THE ARM. Work from the front side.
Row 75: k50. Use stitch holder to save the next 50 stitches.
Row 76: p until last stitch (50)
Row 77: ssk, k46, k2tog (48)
ROw 78: p until last stitch
Row 79: ssk, k44, k2tog (46)
Row 80: p until last stitch
Row 81: ssk, k42, k2tog (44)
Row 82: p until last stitch
Row 83: ssk, k40, k2tog (42)
Row 84: p until last stitch
Row 85: ssk, k38, k2tog (40)
Row 86: p until last stitch
Row 87: k until last stitch
Row 88: p until last stitch
Row 89: k9, bind off loosely 22 stitches, k9
Row 90-96: Do the stockinette stitch (k9), for the next 7 rows. Bind off, cut the yarn.
Join new yarn to the other side. Do the stockinette stitch (k9) for the next 7 rows. Bind off, cut the yarn.

For the back side, join the yarn and knit directly from stitch holder, and follow the pattern for front side.

FINISHING
Using darning needle, seam the top and under arm area.
Weave in ends.
Blocks.

Thank you for reading my pattern. Hopefully you enjoy making this dress as I am.

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Preview for the finished knitted dress from the back side.
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Preview for the front side before making the arm holes.
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Preview for the back side before making the arm holes. I used Clover double ended stitch holder for the back side.
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Working for the back side arm holes area. knit directly from the stitch holder.
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I used Clover locking stitch markers as stitch holder.

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