Knitted Baby Dress Pattern Size 3 to 6 Months

Finished Dress

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Kathryn's Little Dress

Since I started knitting several years ago, I have been making baby blankets, sweaters, and booties for everyone's babies. Now that I have my own little girl, I am finally able to create original baby dresses and test out new ideas. As with all my knitting, I keep things simple. There is very little shaping with this dress. The shaping is kept to the arms only. The neckline requires no shaping. Also, increases are made by knitting into the front and back of a stitch.

Supplies

  • Worsted weight yarn. For the yellow dress, I used less than half a skein of Caron's One Pound yarn.
  • Size 8 knitting needles.
  • Yarn needle for sewing up sides of the dress.

Gauge: 16 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches

Knit Front and Back

Dress Knit Pattern

Make 2, front and back.

Cast on 34 sts.

Row 1: Knit across.

Continue to knit each row until 2-1/2 inches in length.

Shape arms and body:

Row 1: k2, k 1 front and back (increase), k28, k 1 front and back (increase), k2.

Row 2: knit across.

Row 3: k2, k 1 front and back (increase), k 1 front and back (increase), k28, k 1 front and back (increase), k 1 front and back (increase), k2.

Row 4: knit across.

Row 5: k2, k 1 front and back (increase), k 1 front and back (increase), k32, k 1 front and back (increase), k 1 front and back (increase), k2.

Row 6: knit across.

Row 7: k2, k 1 front and back (increase), k 1 front and back (increase), k36, k 1 front and back (increase), k 1 front and back (increase), k2.

Row 8: knit across.

Row 9: knit across.

Row 10: knit across.

The skirt.

For the skirt part of the dress, you will need to make a row of increases:

Row 11: *k2, k 1 front and back (increase)*, k2, k 1 front and back (increase) (64 sts. total).

Row 12: knit across.

Begin lace skirt pattern:

Rows 1-4: *yo, sl 1, k1, psso*

Rows 5-8: knit

Complete lace pattern rows 1-8 six times or until desired length. Bind off.

Dress Panel

Knit two panels: front and back.
Knit two panels: front and back. | Source

Put It Together

You should now have two panels knit - the front and the back of the dress are identical. Place one panel on top of the other and line up the skirt edges. You will sew both sides of the skirt together, starting from the row of increases (row 11) and downward toward the end of the skirt.

Sew shoulders. Start at the edge of each top corner and sew in 1-inch.

Knitting the Dress

I'm working on the baby's dress while she chomps on my arm.
I'm working on the baby's dress while she chomps on my arm. | Source

Further Ideas

  • I was weary, at first, about making a baby dress without shaping the neckline, but after researching other patterns, I found that this is a common practice. To dress up the neckline, you can crochet around it in a contrasting color.
  • Crochet around the arm holes and bottom of the dress in a contrasting color.
  • Sew on crocheted shapes to the front of the dress.
  • Sew a ribbon onto the front of the dress.
  • Make matching booties using one of the many easy booties patterns online.
  • Knit the skirt part of the dress in stripes.

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Comments 3 comments

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Pauline Davenport 4 years ago from Isle of Man

It's lovely to see a knitting pattern as a hub and having read through the instructions it looks to be simple enough to make up reasonable quickly too. It's the prettiest dress. and I love the colour

Maybe could have done with and explanation of the abbreviations, and possibly a tension square instruction just for peace of mind, otherwise it's wonderful

I'm going to make this for my new niece whose two days old today. thanks for this lizyetter.

Your little girl is gorgeous by the way


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Riverfish24 4 years ago from United States

Nice work, the colour and pattern looks very pretty!


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kschimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA

Lovely little dress that even a new mom can knit!

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