With the cold months approaching I wanted to do a knitted dress for Maya. Not that she doesn’t have knitted dresses. She has a few really pretty ones made for her from relatives and friends. But I wanted to do one myself. And I also wanted to take the challenge to design the pattern myself.
This dress is made in two parts, a bodice and a skirt. I have used a ready pattern for the bodice which I have adapted slightly to make it look the way I wanted.
Also, for this project I have used the rice stitch (or what I know to be the rice stitch) and the pick up and knit technique. I have put a short explanation for both before the beginning of the pattern below.
The dress is super easy to make and requires basic beginner’s knitting knowledge. There are a number of options to decorate it or use different colours to get more funky look. Hope you enjoy it!
Across the internet and in a number of knitting books I have seen the rice stitch explained in a number of different ways. In this project I have worked in the way I know it, the way I learnt it from my grandma. It is different from the way I’ve seen other people do it, but this is how I have worked it since I started knitting. The rice stitch can be worked on as many stitches as you want and the trick is to remember to always knit the same stitch on the previous stitch. So on every purl stitch you’d purl and on every knit stitch you’d knit. If you work a knit stitch over a purl stitch and the other way round, this will create a ribbed pattern. So here is how to work the rice stitch over a two stitch project:
Row 1: p1, k1
Row 2: k1, p1
(You would begin a new row with the same stitch you had finished the previous row.)
Pick up and knit
This is a technique used widely in knitting projects. It is mostly used to achieve pretty edgings. I have used it a lot in the project for this dress. If you are new to this technique, here is a great video tutorial to show how to do it.
The Snow White Baby Dress Pattern
Using 3mm needles cast on 58 stitches. Knit three rows in rice stitch, (first row is WS). Then change to 3.25mm needles and continue in stocking st until work measures 12cm.
Then shape the armholes as follows:
Starting on a RS row cast off 4 sts at beginning of next two rows (50 st). Then decrease one st at each end of next row and every following alternative row until there are 44 sts remaining. Work 23 more rows without shaping.
Then shape the back neck as follows:
Next row purl 14 sts and turn. Continue on these 14 sts and decrease one st at neck edge on every following alternative row until there are 9 sts remaining. Work three more rows in stocking st and then cast off remaining sts for shoulder.
Leave next 16 sts on a holder and with RS facing rejoin yarn to remaning sts and knit to end. Then continue on these 14 sts in stocking st decreasing one stitch at neck edge on every following alternative row until there are 9 sts remaining. Work four more rows and then cast off.
With RS facing pick up and knit 10 sts evenly along right back neck, knit across sts on the holder, pick up and knit 10 sts evenly along the left back neck. Work two rows in rice st and then cast off on the next row keeping the rice sts pattern.
Work as for back until youâ€™ve shaped the armholes and there are 44 sts remaining. Work 9 more rows in stocking st without shaping.
Then shape neck as follows:
Next row purl 16 sts and turn. *Continue on these sts decreasing one st at neck edge on every row until 14 sts remaining, then continue decreasing one st on every following alternative row until 11 sts remaining, then on every following fourth row until 9 sts remain. Work 11 more rows in stocking sts then cats off for shoulder.*
Leave next 12 sts on a holder. With RS facing rejoin yarn remaining sts and knit to end. Repeat work from * to * working 12 rows instead of 11 before cast off for shoulder.
With RS pick up and knit 20 sts evenly along right front neck, knit across sts on front holder, then pick up and knit 20 sts evenly along left front neck. Work two rows in rice st and then cast off on the next row keeping the rice sts pattern.
With RS facing pick up and knit 58 sts from the bottom edge of the front bodice. Purl across the next row.
Work the following 8 rows as follows:
Row 1: k7, ktfb, *k9, ktfb, repeat from * three more times, k10 (63 sts)
Row 2 (and all WS rows): p
Row 3: k8, ktfb, *k10, ktfb, repeat from * three more times, k10 (68 sts)
Row 5: k9, ktfb, *k11, ktfb, repeat from * three more times, k10 (73 sts)
Row 7: k10, ktfb, *k12, ktfb, repeat from * three more times, k10 (78 sts)
Row 8: p
Continue in stocking st without shaping until work measures 12 cm from pick up edge ending on a RS. Then work 4 rows in garter st, then 6 rows in stocking st, then 10 more rows in garter st. Cast off purl wise.
The back skirt part is knitted in the same way as for the front skirt.
When both front and back pieces are finished sew the front and back shoulder edges to join together. Before finishing off the dress by sewing the side edges, the armhole bands have to be worked as follows:
With RS facing pick up and knit 90st along the right front and back armholes, trying to spread them evenly, 45 sts on each armhole. Work 2 rows in rice st and then cast off on the 3rd row keeping the rice st pattern. Then work in the same way to knit the band for the left armhole.
Finish off by sewing both side edges.