First Steps Dress

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First Steps Dress

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This fun, simple dress for toddlers with increasing stripes is a blast to knit.

12 mos
18 ins [45.5 cm]
25 ins [63.5 cm]
18 mos
19 ins [48 cm]
26 ins [66 cm]
2 yrs
21 ins [53.5 cm]
27 ins [68.5 cm]
4 yrs
23 ins [58.5 cm]
28½ ins [72.5 cm]
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The materials for this project cost $23.59

Step 1:

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Size:

  • 12 mos
  • 18 mos
  • 2 yrs
  • 4 yrs
To fit chest measurement
18 ins [45.5 cm]
Finished chest
25 ins [63.5 cm]

Step 2:

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Main Color (MC)

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Contrast A

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Single Point Aluminum Knitting Needles 14"

Size 7/4.5mm
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Single Point Aluminum Knitting Needles 14"

Size 8/5mm
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Takumi Bamboo Circular Knitting Needles 24"

Size 7/4.5mm
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Aluminum Stitch Holder

3" 1/Pkg
$2.70

ButtonTHIS Solid Color Buttons 1" 4/Pkg

Pink
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The materials for this project cost $23.59

Abbreviations

Inc = Increase(ing)

K = knit

pat = pattern

psso = pass slipped stitch over

rem = remain(ing)

rep = repeat

RS = right side

Sl1 = Slip next stitch knitwise.

st(s) = stitch(es)

WS = wrong side

yfwd = yarn forward (makes 1 extra stitch)

Details & Instructions

MEASUREMENTS

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]

MATERIALS

Dress

GAUGE

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

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 (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 (-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 (-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.