Saturday, April 28, 2007

Free Pattern: Daisy Fly Dress

Daisy Fly Dress
Pattern by Kristin

This is a simple pattern that really showcases a very unique yarn that has been described on this blog as daisies and gingham, Katia Margarita. Shaping of the dress is achieved by changing needle sizes rather than by decreasing stitches. The dress is made wide and loose, making it ideal for growing babies. If the armholes are made longer, this dress could even be a cute toddler tank.

2 skeins of Katia Margarita (skirt)
1 skein of Katia Mississippi 3 (bodice)
16 inch circular needle in the following sizes: US 10.5, US 10, US 9, US 8, and US 4
Tapestry needle
US E/4 crochet hook

3 st/in using Katia Margarita and US 10.5
5 st/in using Katia Mississippi 3 and US 4

Finished size:
Bottom of the skirt: 28 inches circumference
Bodice: 18 inches circumference

This is approximately 3-6 month size. By making the armholes wider, this could fit as a tank top up to 3 years.


With US 10.5 and Katia Margarita, cast on 100 sts; place marker and join in the round.
Knit 2.5 inches.
Change to US 10; knit 2.5 inches.
Change to US 9; knit 2.5 inches.
Change to US 8; knit 2.5 inches.
Skirt should be approximately 10 inches at this point, but continue with US 8 for desired length.
(For a shorter dress, knit only 2 inches with each needle size. Skirt will approximately be 8 inches long.)

Change to US 4 circular needles and Katia Mississippi 3. Knit 1 inch.
Next round: Slip marker, Bind off 2 sts, Knit 48 sts, Bind off 2 sts, knit remaining 48 sts. Place first group of 48 sts on extra circular needle and work back and forth on second group of sts.
Purl back across sts.
Decrease row: Knit 1 st, Knit 2 tog, Knit to last 3 sts, Knit 2 tog, K 1 st.
Work decrease round next row and every following 4th row, continuing in stockinette stitch.
When bodice measures 2.5 inches, on RS row, bind off center sts as follows: Knit 14 sts (if on decrease row, K 2 tog counts as 1 st), bind off center 16 sts, knit last 14 sts.

Work each shoulder strap separately as follows:
Decrease each RS neck edge while continuing armhole decreases every 4th row until you have 7 sts left. Continue until strap is 2 inches from neck bind off (if needed) and put sts on extra circular needle.

Reconnect yarn to held 48 sts and work exactly the same.

Join shoulder seams with 3 needle bind off.

With crochet hook, work one row of single crochet along each armhole edge and neck edge.

Weave in loose ends, block if needed.


Tonya said...

Love this pattern! Eventually, I will have a daughter and make her this dress. Or someone I know will have a baby girl and I will make her this dress.

And scannable yarn (one n or two?) means life will be much easier. It's totally a sign.

Robin said...

This is so cute! I can't wait to make it.

Sandy said...

How cute! Great choice for yarn. Love the bunny too!

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