Sweet and simple and super-swingy… The idea was to give that gauzy, “tutu” feel while keeping this top modern and practical. The result is not too frilly but definitely girly!
This top is knit seamlessly from the top down. First it is worked flat with an I-cord edging, then it is worked in the round. Stitches are picked up around the body to create a welt, then the ruffled skirt is worked in the round to the hem. The sleeves are worked in the round. An attached I-cord and an I-cord button loop are worked on the neck portion.
Skills required: long-tail cast on, knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing, knitting in the round, picking up stitches, working a welt (explanations and link to an online tutorial provided,) working an I-cord edging, working an attached I-cord and an I-cord button loop closure (explanations provided).
Sizes available: 3mo (6mo, 12mo, 18mo // 2yo, 4yo, 6yo, 8yo) To fit chest: 16 (17, 18, 19 // 21, 23, 25, 26.5) inches or 40.5 (43, 46, 48 // 53.5, 58.5, 63.5, 67.5) cm.
Finished garment chest: 17.5 (18.5, 19.25, 21 // 23, 25, 26.75, 28.75) inches or 44 (46.5, 49. 53.5 // 58.5, 63.5, 68, 73) cm. Note: In general it’s best to go by the child’s actual chest measurements when selecting the appropriate size.
- knitting pattern (pdf file)
- US Imperial Measurements AND Metric Measurements
- Sizes 3mo to 8yo
- Suitable for intermediate knitters
Materials you need at home:
Main Color (MC): approximately 175 (200, 225, 275 // 300, 400, 500, 600) yds or 160 (183, 206, 251 // 274, 366, 457, 549) meters of aran weight merino yarn
Contrasting Color (CC): approximately 75 (100, 125, 150 // 175, 200, 225, 250) yds or 69 (91, 114, 137 // 160, 183, 206, 229) yds meters of aran weight mohair blend yarn.
Needles: - US 9 or 5.5mm 16-inch or 40cm circular needle for five smallest sizes, 24-inches or 60cm circular needle for three larger sizes. (or size needed to match stockinette stitch gauge). - 1 set of matching dpns for sleeves. - US 7 or 4.5mm or US 6 or 4mm 24-inch or 60cm circular needle to work the welt. - US 7 or 4.5mm dpns for I-cord and sleeve hems.
Notions: - 4 stitch markers - tapestry needle - 2 stitch holders or pieces of scrap yarn for sleeves - 1 button ¾” to 1 inch or 2 to 2.5cm diameter
Gauge: MC: 17 sts x 26 rounds = 4 inches or 10cm in stockinette stitch in the round using larger needles, after blocking CC: 18 sts x 24 rounds = 4 inches or 10cm in stockinette stitch in the round using larger needles, after blocking
Originally from France, I have been living abroad for as long as I can remember, with one brief parenthèse of Parisian life during my college years. After almost 12 years in the US, I am now living in Northern Germany with my husband and 2 kids.
I published my first pattern in 2008, and have been designing ever since, with a particular love for children’s knits that are timeless yet whimsical.