The “Alia Dress”

 

My own pattern – I knit the bodice from two skeins (really barely needed any from the second skein) of Debbie Bliss pure cotton in dusty rose, on US 7s. Here’s the pattern:

CO 120 sts
P 1 row
K in the round until 4 ½”
BO 12 sts, work 48 sts, place on stitchholder, BO 12 sts, knit remaining 48 sts
SS from the point forward (not in the round)
Next row – BO 3 sts, knit to end
Next row BO 3 sts, purl to end
Next row BO 2 sts, knit to end
Next row BO 2 sts, purl to end
(next time – BO 16 sts for armhole, skip the following 4 rows of 3-st and 2-st BOs)
SS 10 more rows

Neckline: K 12 sts, place on holder, BO 13 sts, work remaining 12 sts
Purl 1 row
BO 2 sts, work to end
P 1 row
BO 2 sts, work to end
SS 19 rows (ending on WS)
BO all sts

Place 12 sts back on needle, rejoin yarn w/ WS facing
(WS) BO 2 sts, purl to end
Knit 1 row
BO 2 sts, purl to end
SS 19 rows (ending on WS)
BO all sts

Upper back:
Place held sts of back on needle, join yarn w/ RS facing
Work 21 rows, ending w/ WS

Shape neckline:
K14 sts, BO 19 sts, K 14 sts
P 1 row
BO 2 sts, knit remaining 12 sts
P 1 row
BO 2 sts, knit remaining 10 sts
P 1 row
BO 2 sts, knit remaining 8 sts
Work 5 rows (ending on WS)
BO all sts

Rejoin yarn, WS facing
BO 2 sts, P to end
K 1 row
BO 2 sts, P to end
K 1 row
BO 2 sts, P to end
Work 4 rows (ending on WS)
BO all sts

To make the skirt, I cut a piece of fabric 52” wide by 36” long, sewed a row of gathering stitches along the top edge, pulled the stitches to gather it to the same dimensions as the knitted bodice, then sewed the skirt side seam together to form a tube.  Then I machine stitched the bodice to the skirt (right sides together).  Finally, I machine stitched a 1” hem.

The skirt material is Japanese floral cotton from this Etsy site.  The dress would be considered size 7, I suppose (since that’s Alia’s age!)

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