Lion Brand® Sweet Sweater Dress
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Lion Brand® Sweet Sweater Dress

Bright little knit outfit doubles as a dress or a cute top.

Designed by Lion Brand®

Craft Time: varies
Uses Recycled Items: No
 
 
 
 
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Material List

  • Lion Brand® Amazing® (Art. #825) #200 Aurora 2 (3, 4) balls or color of your choice
  • Lion Brand® Knitting Needles Size 4 (3.5 mm)
  • Lion Brand® Knitting Needles Size 8 (5 mm)
  • Lion Brand® Stitch Holders
  • Lion Brand® Large-Eyed Blunt Needle
 

Project Instructions

SIZES
12 months (2 yrs, 4 yrs)
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.
 

GAUGE
18 sts + 24 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) in St st (k on RS, p on WS) with larger needles. BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.
 

FRONT
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.
Next (Decrease) Row: K3 (2, 2), (k2tog, k1) 20 (24, 27) times – 43 (50, 56) sts remain at the end of this row.
Bind off.
 

Bodice
Note: Binding off the skirt, then picking up sts with a smaller needle creates the a-line shape of this dress.
With RS facing and smaller needles, pick up and k43 (50, 56) sts evenly spaced across bound-off row (top of Skirt).
Purl 1 row.
Next (Increase) Row (RS): K2 (3, 3), (k into front and then into back of next st [making an increase of 1 st], k1) 20 (22, 25) times, k1 (3, 3) – total sts increased to 63 (72, 81) 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
Bind off 7 (7, 8) sts at beg of next 2 rows – 49 (58, 65) sts rem.
Next (Dec) Row (RS): K1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 47 (56, 63) sts rem at the end of this row.
Next (Dec) Row (WS): P1, p2tog, p to last 3 sts, p2tog, p1 – 45 (54, 61) sts rem 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 1/4 (12 1/4, 13 3/4) in. (28.5 (31, 35) cm) from beg, end with WS row.
 

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

BACK
Make same as for Front.
 

FINISHING
Seam Back to Front across top of right shoulder.
 

Neck Edging
Note: Edging on neck and armholes is simply a narrow band of 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. Bind off. 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.
Rep edging around other armhole.
Sew side seams, including edging.
Weave in ends.
 

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

Tips

Make the dress a little longer than needed to extend the wear.