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Tea Party Frock

By Justine Turner
IntermediateOrganic

I love the look of little girls party dresses from the 40’s and 50’s – frothy white layered chiffon skirts accented with brightly colored satin sashes. Today’s little girl (and her Mom!) is to busy to fuss with all of that froufrou and scratchy netting, so I combined the cuteness of a full ruffled skirt and embroidered sash with the practicality of a square neck and angel sleeves creating a top which will look delightful over jeans or with her favourite skirt, and fab over a cute nappy cover or leggings for crawling babies.

Sizes

0-6 months (6-12 months, 12-18 months, 18-24 months, 2T)

Shown in size 2T

Finished Measurements

Chest: 18[19, 20, 21, 22] inches

Length: 8.75[10.25, 11.25, 12.5, 14.25] inches

Materials

Forever Green Elan Organic Merino (100% organic merino wool; 182 yards/166 meters per 1.75 ounce/50 gram ball] 

900 Ecru (MC); 1[2, 2, 3, 3] balls
903 Indie Blue (CC); 1 ball for all sizes

Recommended needle sizes

US #3/3.25 mm 16 inch circular needle

Notions

2 Stitch markers
4 Stitch holders
Yarn needle
.5 inch buttons - 2

Gauge

24 sts and 32 rows = 4 inches square in St st
24 sts and 50 rows = 4 inches square in Garter st
24 sts and 38 rows = 4 inches square in Ripple st

Pattern Notes

Ripple pattern

Work 7 rnds in St st (knit every rnd).
Next Rnd: Knit into front and back of every st (you now have double the number of sts)
Work 7 rnds in St st.
Next Rnd: K2tog across.  

Instructions are given for the smallest size, with subsequent sizes following in brackets.  If there is only one figure, it applies to all sizes. 
Garment is knitted in the round to underarms.

Skills Required

Knitting in the round using a circular needle, increasing, decreasing, simple embroidery


INSTRUCTIONS

SKIRT

With MC and circular needle cast on 140[150, 160, 170, 180] sts using a cable cast on.

Join to work in rnds, being careful not to twist. Place marker for beginning of rnd

– join is under left arm.

Work 6 (6, 6, 8, 8) rnds in garter st (knit 1 rnd, purl 1 rnd)

Work in ripple pattern for a total of 40[48, 56, 64, 72] rnds decreasing as follows:

Work 20 rnds.

Next Rnd: Knit around decreasing 15[18, 14, 12, 13] sts evenly spaced: 125[132, 146, 158, 167] sts.

Work 15 rnds.

Next Rnd: Knit around decreasing 15[18, 14, 17, 13] sts evenly spaced: 110[114, 132, 141, 154] sts. 

Tea PartySize 0-6 months ONLY

Knit 3 rnds, then proceed to Sash. 

Size 6-12 months ONLY

Work 11 rnds, then proceed to Sash. 

Sizes 12-18 months, 18-24 months, and 2T ONLY

Work 15 rnds.

Next Rnd: Knit around decreasing 0[0, 12, 17, 13] sts evenly spaced: 110[114, 120, 124, 141] sts. 

Size 12-18 months ONLY

Knit 3 rnds, then proceed to Sash. 

Size 18-24 months ONLY

Knit 11 rnds, then proceed to Sash. 

Size 2T ONLY

Work 15 rnds

Next Rnd: Knit around decreasing 0(0, 0, 0, 11] sts evenly spaced: 110[114, 120, 124, 130] sts.

Knit 3 rnds, then proceed to Sash. 

Sash

With CC, work 4[5, 6, 7, 7] rnds in St st (knit every rnd). 

Sizes 0-6 months, 12-18 months, and 2T ONLY

Next Rnd (eyelet holes): * K8, yo, k2tog; repeat from * around.

Sizes 6-12 months and 18-24 months ONLY

Next Rnd (eyelet holes): K9, yo, k2tog, (k8, yo, k2tog) [3, 4] times, (k9, yo, k2tog) twice, (k8, yo, k2tog) [4, 4] times, k9, yo, k2tog.

All Sizes

Work 4[5, 6, 7, 7] rnds in St st.

FRONT

You will be working the top in garter st (knit every row).

Knit 55[57, 60, 62, 65] sts, place the next 55[57, 60, 62, 65] on a holder for backs.

Next Row: Knit across.

Next Row (RS): K1, M1, pm, knit across to last st, pm, M1, k1: 57[59, 62, 64, 67] sts.

Next Row: Knit across.

Next Row: Knit to marker, M1, slip marker, knit to marker, slip marker, M1, knit to end: 59[61, 64, 66, 69] sts.

Next Row: Knit across.

Repeat last 2 rows, 10 (11, 12, 13, 14) times: 79[83, 88, 92, 97] sts.

Tea PartyNeck Shaping

Next Row: Knit to marker, M1, slip marker, k16, bind off next 21[23, 26, 28, 31] sts, k16, slip marker, M1, knit across: 30[31, 32, 33, 34] sts each side. 

Right Shoulder

Next Row: Knit across.

Next Row: Knit to marker, slip marker, M1, knit to end: 31[32, 33, 34, 35] sts.

Repeat last 2 rows, 2[2, 3, 3, 3] times: 33[34, 36, 37, 38] sts.

Work even until Sleeve measures 3[3.25, 3.5, 3.75, 4] inches from Sash, ending with a WS row.

Break yarn leaving a 12 inch tail for grafting.

Place shoulder sts on a holder. 

Left Shoulder

Rejoin yarn at neck edge.

Next Row: Knit across.
Next Row: Knit to marker, M1, slip marker, knit to end: 31[32, 33, 34, 35] sts.
Repeat last 2 rows, 2[2, 3, 3, 3] times: 33[34, 36, 37, 38] sts.
Work even until Sleeve measures 3[3.25, 3.5, 3.75, 4] inches from Sash, ending with a WS row.

Break yarn (leaving a tail as before) and place on holder. 

Tea PartyBACK

With RS facing, place 55[57, 60, 62, 65] sts from Back st holder on needle and knit 2 rows.

Right Shoulder

Next Row (RS): K1, M1, pm, knit 26[27, 29, 30, 31] sts, place rem sts back onto st holder and continue on the right back: 27[28, 30, 31, 32] sts.
Next Row: Knit across.
Next Row: Knit to marker, M1, slip marker, knit to end.
Repeat last 2 rows 14[15, 17, 18, 19) times: 42[44, 48, 50, 52] sts.
(stop sleeve increases now)

Next Row (WS): Bind off 10 (11, 13, 14, 15) sts, knit aross.

Work even on remaining sts until Right Shoulder measures same as Front to shoulder, break yarn (leave a couple of inches as a tail to darn in) and place sts on a holder.

Left Shoulder

Rejoin yarn at center back, knit across to last st, pm, M1, k1.

Next Row: Knit across.
Next Row: Knit to marker, slip marker, M1, knit to end.

Repeat last 2 rows 14[15, 17, 18, 19) times: 43[45, 48, 50, 53] sts.
(stop sleeve increases now)

Next Row: Knit across.
Next Row: Bind off 11[12, 13, 14, 16] sts.

Work even on remaining sts until Left Shoulder measures same as Front to shoulder, break yarn (leave a couple of inches as a tail to darn in) and place sts on a holder.

FINISHING

With right sides facing, graft shoulder seams.
Darn in loose ends.
Embroider lazy daisies around eyelet holes.
Sew buttons onto back and crochet simple loops on the opposite back.
Block gently.

 

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Justine lives in Auckland, New Zealand and has been designing knitwear for babies and children since her first daughter was born, however it took her until 2006 to start sharing her patterns with the world via her website and Ravelry where you can find her as justjussi.

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