Sunday, 12 November 2017

Teddy Bear snowflake dress




I'm a bit late with this pattern but its so quick you could easily have it made by Christmas.  The dress is knit throughout in stocking stitch with garter stitch for the hem and collar.  There's a short back opening for easy fit, and only two side seams and two short shoulder seams to sew up.  I tried making it in one piece to the armholes but it was too fiddly to write up because of the motif.  The snowflake is the simplest one I could design and is really easy even if you're not keen on fair Isle.  Or you could stitch the motif on later using duplicate stitch. 

As I've been in a rush to get this posted please let me know if you find and mistakes of have any other problems with the pattern.  




Measurements:  15” Teddy bear 
Actual measurements:  Chest 15”, Length 8”           
Materials: 75g Blue double knitting yarn, 10g of white fluffy double knitting yarn (I used King Cole Cuddles dk)
Needles size 9 and 8, one small button
Tension: 24sts - 30 rows to 10cm (4in) in stocking stitch using no 9 needles (or the size required to give correct tension.
Abbreviations:  Ss: stocking stitch (one row plain, one row purl), gs: garter stitch, every row knit k: knit, p: purl, inc: increase, dc: decrease, beg: beginning, sts: stitches, tog: together, sl1: slip one,  psso: pass slipped stitch over, yf: yarn forward



Back

Using no 9 needles and white fluffy yarn, cast on 51sts
Work 6 rows garter stitch
Change to blue yarn
Work 8 rows ss
Dec 1st at each end of next and every following 8th row to 45sts   
Work 7 rows ss

Armhole shaping
(right side facing)
Cast off 2sts at beg of next 2 rows 41sts *
Knit
K2, purl to last 2sts k2
Rep last 2 rows 3 times
Divide for back opening
K20 turn
Cast on 2sts, k1, purl to last 2sts k2
Next row:  knit
Next row:  k2, purl to last 2sts k2
Rep last 2 rows 3 times
Next row:  knit
Cast off 3sts, purl to end
Cast off 7sts knit to end
Leave 12sts on holder

Return to remaining sts right side facing
Next row:    knit
Next row:    k2, purl to last 2sts, k2
Rep last 2 rows 4 times
Buttonhole row:  k2tog, yf, knit to end
Next row:    k2, purl to last 2sts, k2
Next row:    cast off 3sts, knit to end
Cast off 7sts, purl to end.
Leave 11sts on holder.

Front
Using no 9 needles and white fluffy yarn, cast on 51sts
Work as back to * AT THE SAME TIME begin snowflake motif on row 21
Continuing with motif work as follows:
Next row:   k2, k2tog, knit to last 4sts, k2tog, k2
Next row:   K2, purl to last 2sts k2
Rep last 2 rows   37sts
Next row:   knit
Next row:   k2, purl to last 2sts, k2
Rep last 2 rows 2 times
Divide for neck
K11, turn continue for left neck   
Next row:   Purl to last 2sts, k2  
Next row:   knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1
Rep last 2 rows to 7sts
Work 3 rows ss with gs border
Cast off

Slip next 15st on to holder
Join yarn to remaining sts, right side facing
Next row:   K1, k2tog, knit to end
Next row:   k2, purl to end
Rep last 2 rows to 7sts
Work 3 rows ss with gs borders.
Cast off.

Collar

Sew shoulder seams
Left collar
Using no 9 needles and white fluffy yarn, start at left back right side facing, knit across 11sts, pick up and knit 13sts down left front, 8 across front    32sts
Change to no 8 needles.
Knit 8 rows gs, decreasing 1st at each end of 5th and 7th rows.
Cast off

Right collar
pick up middle st at front neck
With right side facing and no 9 needles, join fluffy yarn and knit into the last st worked on left collar (middle st of 15 for neck, see photo) knit across remaining 7sts of front, pick up and knit 13sts up right front, and 12sts across back. 33sts
Change to no 8 needles.
Knit 8 rows gs, decreasing 1st at each end of 5th and 7th rows.
Cast off

Leave a longish tail for slipstitching collar down.

To Finish
Sew side seams
Sew button to match buttonhole
Slip stitch collar down at front to keep in place

Fasten off all ends


snowflake chart