Free Doll Dress Knitting Pattern
For this knitted summer dress, I wanted to see if I could knit an entire dress seamlessly, as one piece. I did it!
The dress is knitted from the neck down. It features raglan-style shoulders. To add shape to the dress at the waist, I used 2x2 ribbing. Without it, the dress ends up looking a little sack-like :)
I chose a self-striping yarn with short color repeats, and I think this was a good choice. You could probably use a solid color if this dress is going to be part of an outfit, but for a stand-alone dress, a multi-hued yarn is best, I think.
Skills Required/Techniques Used:
-Knit & purl, cast on & bind off
-Increasing: yarn over (YO), knit front and back (kfr&b)
Jo-Ann Sensations (affiliate link) Breeze sport weight yarn 595 yards (544 meters) / 170 grams (6.00 ounces) color 27 purple lime - 0.3 skein
Notions: yarn needle, 5 stitch markers
Needles: circular US #2 (2.25 mm) OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE
Gauge: 22 st x 32 rows = 4" x 4" (10 cm x 10 cm)
K – knit
P – purl
St , sts– stitch, stitches
kfr&b - knit front and back
co – cast on
yo - yarn over
sm - slip marker
Stockinette Stitch in rounds: All rounds knit
2x2 Rib in rounds: All rounds *k2, p2 repeat from * to the end of the round
Garter stitch in rounds:
Round 1: knit
Round 2: purl
Repeat 2 rounds
Raglan increases: Increase for raglan by yarn over (yo) on each side of indicated, marked, stitch in every other round: yo, sm (slip marker), k1 (raglan st), yo. The number of sts increases by 8.
The dress is worked from top down in rounds without seams, with raglan increases.
Cast on 66 sts, join and continue to work in rounds, place a marker at the beginning of the round, slip marker while working. The beginning of the round is in the mibble of the back.
Rounds 1-2: knit
Round 3 (eyelet round): * k2tog, yo, repeat from * to the end of the round
Rounds 4-5: knit
Check sts (=66) and place 4 raglan markers : 10 (right back) - 1 (the first raglan line, place a marker before this st) - 11 (right sleeve) - 1 (the second raglan line, place another marker before this st) - 20 (front) - 1 (the third raglan line, place another marker before this st) - 11 (left sleeve) - 1 (the forth raglan line, place another marker before this st) - 10 (left back).
Round 6 and all even rounds: slip the beg. marker, *knit till the raglan marker, yo, sm, k1, yo - repeat from * 4 times, k the remaining sts. till the end of the round. (+8 sts)
Round 7 and all odd rounds: knit
Repeat rounds 6-7 eight more times.
After round 6 the number of sts = 74 sts
After round 8 = 82 sts
After round 10 = 90 sts
After round 12 = 98 sts
After round 14 = 106 sts
After round 16 = 114 sts
AFter round 18 = 122 sts
After round 20 = 130 sts
After round 22 = 138 sts
Divide for sleeves and bodice:
Round 24: sm, k20, bind off the next 29 sts, k40, bind off the next 29 sts , k20. = 80 sts
Rounds 25-26: knit
Rounds 27-40: work 2x2 rib: *k2, p2 - repeat from * to the end of the round
Round 41 (increase round): *kfr&b, k2 - repeat from * to the end of the round = 120 sts
Rounds 43-69: knit
Round 70: purl
Round 71: knit
Repeat rounds 70-71 two more times.
Weave in all yarn ends. Insert either a piece of yarn, or cord, or ribbon into the eyelet round along the neckline.