Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Shades of Summer Dress

This cute and flirty summer dress is knit from top down and is completely seamless.
The bodice is knit in seed stitch, while the rest of the dress is knit in stockinette stitch mostly.

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2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3 balls of dk cotton yarn in color A (about 110 yards per ball)
1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 5 balls of dk cotton yarn in color B (about 140 yards per ball)
3.5 mm circular needles (60 cm, and 80 cm)
4.0 mm circular needles (40 cm)
6 stitch markers
a few decorative buttons (optional)

This dress here is shown in size 3-4T. Color A yarn used is Silkience from Ella Rae, and color B is Cotton Joy (#706) formerly distributed by Needful yarns and at present can be obtained from Diamond yarns. The dress measures 17 inches from the underarm.

Gauge: 23 sts per 4 inches (skirt) and 21 sts per 4 inches (bodice)

Note on gauge and yarn:

Bodice gauge is most important. The pattern was designed with cotton yarn in mind. I have taken into the account the stretchiness of cotton, thus 2 inches of negative ease are in the design of the bodice. If however, you want to knit your project in wool, i would recommend to go up a size.

Sizes available: 

3-6 months (15-16 "),
6-12 months (17-18"),
1-2T (19-20"),
2-3T (21-22"),
3-4T (22-23"),
4-5T (23-24"),
5-6T (24-25")



  1. I love your work and this dress is so adorable!! You are a true artist!!

  2. Do you think it will be OK if I use Peaches&Creme cotton yarn that is 20in per 4in square for this pattern? Looks like an adorable little dress and I'm trying to find just the one I'd enjoy knitting. In summer I like to use cotton so if you have some other ideas for yarn, maybe Cotton Tots by Bernat? I don't buy expensive yarns so any help you can give I'd appreciate it. I took off work today because I just have to knit!!!

  3. Thanks! This was very helpful!

  4. That is an adorable dress!!! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I am currently knitting this great dress! I have a question on the cast on after you bind off the sections 1&3. Do you use the existing thread to cast on or start with a new skein?

    Thanks for the great patterns!

  6. On the pdf, one cannot click on the link telling how to make directional lifted increases. Should we look for it on YouTube?

  7. When prices are given in CAD, what is the conversion to USD? I am especially interested in the eBook, which costs $18 CAD.

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  10. I just wondered, can this dress be resized for an adult? It's so cute, I'd love to knit one for myself, as well as one for my granddaughter.

  11. Thank you for sharing your designs with us. Your work is amazing. You are very talented!

  12. Remember how people used to dress back in the fifties? Well, maybe you don't remember, but we've all seen the photos, and most of us have seen the TV show "Mad Men." stoner emojis

  13. You now have three loops left on your hook. Yarn over the hook again and pull it through the first two loops on your hook. Now there are two loops on your crochet hook. Wrap the yarn over the hook one more time and pull through both loops on your hook. One double crochet is made.