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Free Knitting Pattern: Baby Sweater Dress

Lion Brand® Superwash Merino Cashmere
Pattern #: L0052AD
Rating: *****4.7 (based on 6 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy + (Level 3)

SIZE: 12 mos, 24 months (2 yrs), Child 4

Finished Chest 19 (22, 25) in. (48.5 (56, 63.5) cm)
Finished Length 14 (15 1/2, 17) in. (35.5 (39.5, 43) cm)


Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

CORRECTIONS: (applied May 29, 2013)
FRONT

Shape Neck

Continue on 12 right shoulder sts only.
Purl 1 row.
Next Row (RS): K1, k2tog, knit to end Knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 - 11 sts at the end of this row.
Next Row (WS): Purl to last 3 sts, p2tog, p1 P1, p2tog, purl to end - 10 sts at the end of this row.

Slip 12 sts from holder back onto smaller needle, ready to work a WS row.
Rejoin yarn and purl 1 row.
Next Row (RS): Knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 K1, k2tog, knit to end - 11 sts at the end of this row.
Next Row (WS): P1, p2tog, purl to end Purl to last 3 sts, p2tog, p1- 10 sts at the end of this row.
The above is only a summary of corrections; the corrected pattern text is below (if free) or shipped upon completion of order (if purchased)
 
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Superwash Merino Cashmere

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Superwash Merino Cashmere
Ivory Blossom Seafoam Slate Ebony Charcoal Heather Green Tea Wine
*Superwash Merino Cashmere (Article #821). 72% Superwash Merino Wool, 15% Nylon, 13% Cashmere    ; package size: 1.40oz/40.00 gr. (87yds/80m) pull skeins

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Baby Sweater Dress

Lion Brand® Superwash Merino Cashmere

GAUGE:

18 sts + 24 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) in St st (k on RS, p on WS) with larger needles;
26 sts = 4 in. (10 cm) in St st with smaller needles.

When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch

STITCH EXPLANATION:

kfb (knit in front and back) Knit next st without removing it from left needle, then k through back of same st - 1 st increased.

NOTES:

1. Dress is worked in two identical pieces, Front and Back.
2. The skirt of each piece is worked beginning at lower edge. At the top edge of the skirt, all stitches are bound off.
3. Stitches are picked up across the bound-off stitches of the skirt for the bodice. Binding off the skirt, then picking up sts with a smaller needle creates the shaping of this dress.



FRONT
Skirt

With larger needles cast on 63 (74, 83) sts.
Knit 4 rows.
Change to St st (k on RS, p on WS) and work until piece measures about 9 1/2 (10, 11) in. (24 (25.5, 28) cm) from beg, end with a WS row. Note: End with a WS row means that the last row you work should be a WS row, and the next row that you are ready to work will be a RS row.
Next (Dec) Row (RS): K3 (2, 2), (k2tog, k1) 20 (24, 27) times - 43 (50, 56) sts at the end of this row.
Bind off all sts.
Bodice
With RS facing and smaller needles, pick up and k43 (50, 56) sts evenly spaced across bound-off edge (top of skirt).
Note: An easy way to pick up sts evenly is to divide the bound-off edge of the skirt into sections, then pick up sts within each section. Use pins mark the sections as follows: fold piece in half to find the center, then mark center with a pin. Fold again to find center of each half of piece, mark each of these points with a pin. The bound-off edge of the skirt is now divided into quarters. To pick up sts evenly, pick up as follows:
For 12 months size, pick up and k10 sts in first quarter section of skirt, pick up and k 11 sts in each of next 3 quarter sections.
For 2 yrs size, pick up and k12 sts in first section, 13 sts in second section, 12 sts in third section and 13 sts in fourth section.
For 4 yrs size, pick up and k14 sts in each section.

Purl 1 row.
Next (Increase) Row (RS): K2 (3, 3), (kfb, k1) 20 (22, 25) times, k1 (3, 3) - 63 (72, 81) sts at the end of this row.
Continue in St st until piece measures 10 (10 1/2, 12) in. (25.5 (26.5, 30.5) cm) from beg, end with a WS row.
Shape Armhole
Next Row (RS):
Bind off 7 (7, 8) sts, knit to end - 56 (65, 73) sts at the end of this row.
Next Row: Bind off 7 (7, 8) sts, purl to end - 49 (58, 65) sts at the end of this row.
Next (Dec) Row (RS): K1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 - 47 (56, 63) sts at the end of this row.
Next (Dec) Row (WS): P1, p2tog, p to last 3 sts, p2tog, p1 - 45 (54, 61) sts at the end of this row.
Rep last 2 rows until 43 (50, 55) sts rem.
Work even in St st until piece measures about 11 (12, 13 1/2) in. (28 (30.5, 34.5) cm) from beg, end with WS row.
Note:Work even means to work without making any increases or decreases.

Shape Neck
Next Row (RS):
K12 sts and slip these sts to a holder for left shoulder, bind off next 19 (26, 31) sts for neck, then k to end of row.
Continue on 12 right shoulder sts only.
Purl 1 row.
Next Row (RS): K1, k2tog, knit to end of row - 11 sts at the end of this row.
Next Row (WS): P to last 3 sts, p2tog, p1 - 10 sts at the end of this row.
Rep last 2 rows until 7 sts rem. Work even in St st on these 7 sts until Front measures 14 (15 1/2, 17) in. (35.5 (39.5, 43) cm) from beg. Bind off these 7 sts.
Sl 12 left shoulder sts from holder back onto smaller needle, ready to work a WS row.
Rejoin yarn and purl 1 row.
Next Row (RS): K to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 - 11 sts at the end of this row.
Next Row (WS): P1, p2tog, purl to end - 10 sts at the end of this row.
Rep last 2 rows until 7 sts rem. Work even on these 7 sts until same length as right shoulder. Bind off these 7 sts.

BACK
Make same as Front.

FINISHING
Seam Back to Front across top of right shoulder.
Neck Edging
Note:
Edging on neck and armholes is simply sts that are picked up and then immediately bound off, without working any rows.
From RS with smaller needles, and beg at left shoulder, pick up and k88 (104, 116) sts evenly spaced around neck.
Note: Pick up sts evenly as you did for bodice by dividing neck and armhole edge into quarters, then pick up and k22 (26, 29) sts within each quarter.
Bind off all sts. Sew left shoulder seam including edging.
Armhole Edging
From RS with smaller needles, pick up and k59 (70, 70) sts evenly around armhole. Bind off all sts. Rep edging around other armhole.
Sew side seams, including edging. Weave in ends.


 
ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
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beg = begin(s)(ning) dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing)
k = knit k2tog = knit 2 together
p = purl p2tog = purl 2 together
rem = remain(s)(ing) rep = repeat(s)(ing)
RS = right side sl = slip
St st = Stockinette stitch st(s) = stitch(es)
WS = wrong side  


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Ratings and Reviews
Pattern Average Rating: *****4.7 (based on 6 reviews)
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Baby Sweater Dress Reviewed by Teri Balmforth on 2013-06-27 *****
I love how this turned out. I used a bright cotton to make this for my granddaughter. I have trouble sticking to a pattern as written but only changed this slightly. I knit the skirt in the round with circular needles then bound off. I cast on the bodice stitches and worked in two sides, front and back, as written in pattern, stitching up the sides when finished. I thought it turned out beautifully.


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