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Sweet and Simple Baby Dress

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Perfect for novice knitters, the Sweet and Simple Baby Dress features a stockinette stitch construction with darling pink and white stripes. This adorable knit baby dress pattern will keep knitters engaged from cast on to cast off. This simple dress pattern is adorned with basic garter stitch edging. Have fun mixing and matching colors. The Sweet and Simple Baby Dress would look lovely in multiple colors or just one!

Sweet and Simple Baby Dress
Sweet and Simple Baby Dress
This image courtesy of bernat.com

Easy

Knitting Needle Size: 7 or 4.5 mm, 8 or 5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

Yarn Weight: (4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Materials:

  • Bernat® Handicrafter Cotton (50 g/1.75 oz/73 m/80 yds) or Bernat® Satin (100 g/3.5 oz/149 m/163 yds)
  • Main Color (MC) (White) 220 (244-340-366) m OR 240 (270-375-400) yds Contrast A (Pink) 220 (244-340-366) m OR 240 (270-375-400) yds
  • Sizes 4.5 mm (U.S. 7) and 5 mm (U.S. 8) knitting needles
  • Size 4.5 mm (U.S. 7) circular needle 24 ins [60 cm] long or size needed to obtain gauge
  • 2 st holders
  • 4 buttons

 

GAUGE
18 sts and 24 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] with larger needles in stocking st.

 

SIZES

Sizes 12 mos (18 mos-2 yrs-4 yrs)

To fit chest measurement
12 mos 18 ins [45.5 cm]
18 mos 19 ins [48 cm]
2 yrs 21 ins [53.5 cm]
4 yrs 23 ins [58.5 cm]

Finished chest
12 mos 25 ins [63.5 cm]
18 mos 26 ins [66 cm]
2 yrs 27 ins [68.5 cm]
4 yrs 28½ ins [72.5 cm]

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Stripe Pat
With A, work 8 rows in stocking st.
With MC, work 8 rows in stocking st.
Rep last 16 rows twice more.
With A, work 4 rows in stocking st.
With MC, work 4 rows in stocking st.
Rep last 8 rows twice more.
With A, work 2 rows in stocking st.
With MC, work 2 rows in stocking st.
These 76 rows form Stripe Pat.
For rem length of Dress rep last 4 rows.


Front


With MC and smaller needles, cast 86 (90-95-100) sts.
Knit 5 rows (in garter st), noting that first row is WS and ending with a WS row, inc 2 sts evenly across last row. 88 (92-97-102) sts.
Change to larger needles and proceed in Stripe Pat until work from beg measures 10 (13½-15-16½) ins [25.5 (34.5-38-42) cm], ending with a purl row.
Next row: (K1. K2tog) 29 (30-32-34) times. K1 (2-1-9). 59 (62-65-68) sts. Place marker at end of row.
Cont even in Stripe Pat until work from marker measures 2½ ins [6 cm], ending with a purl row.


Shape armholes
Keeping cont of Stripe Pat, cast off 4 sts beg next 2 rows.
Dec 1 st each end of needle on next 3 rows, then on following alt row once. 43 (46-49-52) sts.
Cont even in Stripe Pat until armhole measures 2½ (3-3-3) ins [6 (7.5-7.5-7.5) cm], ending with a purl row.


Neck shaping
Next row: Keeping cont of Stripe Pat, K14. Turn. Leave rem sts on a spare needle.
Dec 1 st at neck edge on next 3 rows, then on every following alt row twice. 9 sts.
Cont even in Stripe Pat until armhole measures 5 (5½-6-6) ins [12.5 (14-15-15) cm], ending with a purl row.
Next row: (Buttonhole row). With MC, K2. yfwd. K2tog. K1. Sl1. K1. psso. yfwd. K2.
Knit 2 rows. Cast off knitwise (WS). With RS of work facing, slip next 15 (18-21-24) sts from spare needle onto a st holder. Join appropriate color to rem sts and knit to end of row.
Dec 1 st at neck edge on next 4 rows, then on every following alt row once. 9 sts.
Cont even in Stripe Pat until armhole measures 5 (5½-6-6) ins [12.5 (14-15-15) cm], ending with a purl row.
Next row: (Buttonhole row). With MC, K2. yfwd. K2tog. K1. Sl1. K1. psso. yfwd. K2.
Knit 2 rows. Cast off knitwise (WS).


Back


Work as given for Front omitting all references to buttonholes.
Finishing
Pin garment pieces to measurements. Cover with a damp cloth, leaving cloth to dry.


Front neckband
With RS of work facing, MC and smaller needles, pick up and knit 17 (17-19-19) sts down left front neck edge. K15 (18-21-24) from front st holder. Pick up and knit 17(17-19-19) sts up right front neck edge. 49 (52-59-62) sts.
Knit 2 rows. Cast off knitwise (WS). Rep for Back neckband.


Armhole bands
With RS of work facing, MC and smaller needles pick up and knit 57 (61-66-66) sts evenly along armhole edge.
Knit 2 rows. Cast off knitwise (WS).
Sew side seams. Sew on buttons to correspond to buttonholes.

 

Sweet and Simple Baby Dress Chart

 

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I wish I had read the comments before trying to make this one. I hadn't done any knitting in awhile so I thought it was my fault that it was coming out so bog. Then I read them and sighed a sigh of relief, I wasn't as dense as I thought I was. Well at least not when it comes to knitting!

I agree with Ealizabethane... I ended up switching to size 5 and 6 needles and switched to a smaller size, I used the Bernat yarn recommended, It still looks huge, but since I don't see my grand daughter very often, I can't tell the sizing. One needs to be a somewhat experienced knitter since the pattern only gives directions for knitting up one side after the neckline split. It's easy to do if you are a knitter.

I have a story about this pattern: We have to be in Florida at the end of august, my brother in law is turning 60 and retiring, so his family is throwing him a blow out surprise party! Anyway he has 2 young granddaughters there-they're 4 & 6, so i thought I need something to knit for them that is florida suitable. I have cast this pattern on no less than 9x, I've switched needle 6x, changed yarn 4x and got both my daughter and my neighbour to come over and try to gauge it out, because I was certain that it was just me. All told 3 of us wasted a week on this pattern, then one night it dawned on me-its not the yarn , the needle or the knitters-the numbers are scewed! 86 stitches for front and back of the 12 month old size??? It comes out huge! no matter what you do-so I got online and I found another dress pattern that uses the exact same yarn and needle size with the same gauge-but the cast on for size 4 is 82 stitches, knit in the round! It is coming out terrific the first time round (sorry. pun intended)-so I would suggest that anyone using this pattern be mindful that if you intend it for a 6 year old, you may have to wait until they are 10 or 12 to see them wear it using these numbers. I really am loath to post anything negative about any of the patterns on this site, because I've been with this sight since the beginning and love it, but I wasted a week of precious knitting time, now I have to rush through them to make sure they are ready for florida! Happy knitting!

Can you post the pattern you used instead? I also attempted this one and gave up half way through when I realized it wouldn't fit for several (many) years. What a bummer!

would it be possible to put more patterns on 2 needles instead of circular needles please> hate using circulars thank you

Love the styling of this dress,so many different styling can be added to it. Wish they would do a larger range of sizes.This is so versatile,as the child grows it can be a dress then a baby doll top. Please please make sizes to 10 or12.

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