Saturday, 27 October 2018

Baby Annabell Festive Dress






While browsing online for ideas, I came across a lovely red and white fairisle knitted baby dress for sale.  As there aren't any babies in my family to knit for, (don't they grow up so fast) I made this for Annabell.  Then I found some bright yellow yarn in my stash so along with cream and a touch of green knitted up the second dress.  Now, as I may have mentioned before, I love knitting socks, especially tiny little socks like these which complete the outfit.

Iv'e given instructions for single point needles, but the dress can easily be adapted to knit in the round.  I knit the yellow dress and socks on 4mm circular needles which worked well

The sleeves are made first, then the dress in one piece to armhole shaping, the pieces are then joined to knit the yoke.  There is a small back opening for ease of fit.

There are two patterns for the socks;  one on spnds and the other dpns.  I found the pattern easier to write this way and avoids confusion.  

The socks are quite short but can easily be lengthened by adding a few more rows or a rib.  

I love my hobby of designing patterns and posting them online.  But I often can’t find anyone who has the time to test my patterns, although I do knit them up a few times myself.  So mistakes can slip by, especially typos when transferring the pattern to my blog.  So, please, please, if you find and errors or have any queries, let me know either by commenting below or contacting me via the contact form.   Thanks


To fit:  14”/36cm Baby Annabell doll
Actual measurements:
Dress:            Chest 14”, sleeve seam 3”, length from shoulder to hem 8”
You will need: 
Dress and socks:  50g red and 10g white dk yarn, 4mm and 3.25 needles, 1 small button
Tension (Gauge):  24sts x 28 rows using 4mm needles in stocking stitch over 10cm 
Abbreviations    
k: knit, p: purl, st(s): stitch(es),  tog: together, garter stitch: every row knit, yf: yarn forward, yb: yarn back, ssk: slip next 2 sts onto right hand needle, insert left hand needle into the front loops of both stitches then knit them together (or use s1,k1,psso) inc: increase by knit into first loop then knit into back loop of same stitch (kfb), m1: pick up loop between sts and knit into back of it.

If knitting in the round reverse stitches on alternate rows.  There is a separate pattern for socks knit in the round. 



Dress

Sleeves
Using 3.25mm needles, and red, cast on 26sts and knit 6 rows garter stitch
Change to 4mm needles and stocking stitch, follow rows 1 to 4 of chart
Fasten off white
Work 14 rows stocking stitch inc 1 stitch at each end of next and following 5th row    30sts
Cast off 3sts at each end of next 2 rows
Fasten off yarn and leave 24sts on holder

Front and back
Rows start at centre back
Using 3.25mm needles and red, cast on 120sts and knit 6 rows garter stitch
Change to 4mm needles and stocking stitch, work 2 rows
Follow rows 1 to 15 of chart
Fasten off white
Continue in stocking stitch until work measures 5”
Change to 3.25 needles
Decrease row:    k4, (k2tog) 26 times, k8, (k2tog) 26 times, k4   68sts
knit 6 rows garter stitch
Change to 4mm needles
Divide for armholes
(wrong side facing)  p14, cast off 6sts, p28, cast off 6sts, p14
Join sleeves (right side facing)
Row 1:   K14, knit across 24sts of first sleeve, k28, knit across 24sts of second sleeve, k14   104sts
Row 2:   purl
Shaping
Row 3:   k11, (K2tog, skk, k22) 3 times, K2tog, skk, k11                   96sts
Row 4:   p11, (k2, p22) 3 times,, k2, p11
Row 5:   k10, (K2tog, skk, k20) 3 times, K2tog, skk, k10                   88sts
Row 6:   p10, (k2, p20) 3 times,, k2, p10
Continue decreasing as set to 72sts ending on a wrong side row

Divide for back opening.  If knitting in the round change to rows here
Row 11: cast on 3sts, k10, (k2tog, skk, k14) 3 times, K2tog, skk, k7     67sts
Row 12: k3, p4, (k2, p14) 3 times, k2, p9, k1
Row 13: change to 3.25 needles:  k5(k2tog, k3) 11 times, k2tog, k5     55 sts
Row 14: buttonhole k2tog, yf, knit to end
Work 2 rows garter stitch,   fasten off red and join white
Knit one row, cast off.

To finish
Sew sleeve seam,   Sew back seam to beginning of opening, stitch back flap to underside, sew on button to match buttonhole
Fasten off all ends

Socks

Left sock   knit from toe up
Rows begin at inner leg
Using 4mm needles and red cast on 14sts
Row 1:  k1, m1, k5, m1, k2 m1, k5, m1, k1
Row 2:  purl
Row 3:  k1, m1, k7, m1, k2 m1, k7, m1, k1    (22sts)
Beg with purl row work 9 rows ss*


Instructions for wrap and turn to shape the heel
Knit row   yf, sl st from left hand needle onto right hand needle, yb, sl st back onto left hand needle turn
Purl row   yb, sl st from left hand needle onto right hand needle, yf, sl st back onto left hand needle turn

This will be abbreviated to wrt in the pattern
When wrapping stitches pull the wrapped st firmly to avoid a hole

Shape heel      right side facing
Row 1:  K8, wrt
Row 2:  p5, wrt
Row 3:  k4, wrt
Row 4:  p3 wrt
Row 5:  k4, wrt
Row 6:  p5, wrt
Row 7:  k6, wrt
Row 8:  purl to end
Work 7 rows stocking stitch inc 1 stitch at each end of next and following 4th row   (26sts)
Wrong side facing - Join in white and work first 2 rows of chart fasten off red
Using white purl one row
Cast off

Right sock
As left sock to *
Shape heel      right side facing
Row 1:   Knit to last 3sts, wrt
Row 2:   p5, wrt
Continue as left sock

Sew toe and side seams.  Fasten of ends
For plain socks omit chart rows and work 3 rows k1, p1 rib


Socks in the round  (both the same)  knit from toe up
Rounds begin at centre back
Using 4mm needles and red cast on 14sts, join into round
Round 1:  k1, m1, k5, m1, k2 m1, k5, m1, k1
Round 2:  knit
Round 3:  k1, m1, k7, m1, k2 m1, k7, m1, k1    (22sts)
Rounds 4 to 9:  knit
Shape heel      
Round 1:   K3, yf, sl st from left hand needle onto right hand needle, yb, sl st back onto left hand needle, turn (wrt)
Round 2:   p6, yb, sl st from left hand needle onto right hand needle, yf, sl st back onto left hand needle turn  (wrt)
Round 3:  k5, wrt
Round 4:  p4, wrt
Round 5:  k5, wrt
Round 6:  p6, wrt
Round 8:  k3   (this should be at the beg of round)
Work 1 round
Next round: k3, m1, k to last 3sts, m1, k3
Work 3 rounds
Next round: k4, m1, k to last 4sts, m1, k4
Work 1 round
Join in white and work first 2 rounds of chart, fasten off white
Work 1 round.   Cast off
Sew toe seam and fasten off all ends

For plain socks omit chart rows and work 3 rounds k1, p1 rib.

Chart














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