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Crystal Palace Yarns - FREE PATTERN- Knit


Cuddles DK

Little Girl Dress

Designed by Gail Tanquary

Description:  This adorably sweet little girl’s dress has raglan sleeves and eyelet accents, finished off with a beautiful ribbon waistband.

Level:  Easy to Intermediate

Size:  Child size 1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6) yrs


  • 4 (5, 6, 8, 9, 10) balls of Crystal Palace Cuddles DK
  • Crystal Palace Bamboo needles
    16” circular needle - size 3
    26” circular needle - size 5
    26” circular needle - size 8
    9" Straight needles - size 5
  • 1½ yds ⅜” ribbon
  • Buttons 4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 6)

Gauge:  22 sts = 4” (top of dress) 20 sts = 4” (skirt)

Abbreviations:  BO- bind off; CO- cast on; cont- continue; k- Knit; K2tog- knit 2 sts together; p- Purl; PM- place marker, PRM- place raglan marker; rep- repeat; rnd- round; RS– right side; ssk– slip slip knit; St st- stockinette stitch (k on the RS and p on the WS); st(s)- stitch(es); tog– together; WS- wrong side; yo- yarn over



Using size 3 – 16” circular needle, CO 85 sts for all sizes. Beginning with a WS row and a purl st, work 3 rows in k1x p1 rib, ending with a WS row.


Buttonhole row: Work rib to last 4 sts, yo, K2 tog, p1, k1.

Work 2 more rows in rib, ending with a RS row. Change to size 5 – 26” circular needle and work next row (WS) as follows:


Rib 8 for button band, PM.

Purl 9 for left back, PRM.

Purl 12 for sleeve, PRM.

Purl 2, place odd colored marker, purl 23 for pattern panel, place odd-colored marker, purl 2, PRM.

Purl 12 for right sleeve, PRM.

Purl 9 for right back, PM.

Rib 8 for button band.


Next row (RS): Rib across button band, sl marker, (K to within 1 st of next raglan marker, yo, K1, sl marker, K1, yo) 4 times – 8 increases (4 raglans) made. K to last marker, sl marker, work rib to end.

Next row: Rib across button band, purl to last marker, rib to end (slipping all markers)


Begin pattern:
Row 1 (RS):
Rib 8, then making raglan increases at markers as above, knit to first odd-colored marker, P2, (K5, P2) 3 times, knit to rib making raglan increases, rib to end.

Row 2 (WS): Rib 8, purl to first odd-colored marker, K2, (P5, K2) three times, P to last
marker, rib to end.

Row 3: Repeat Row 1 to odd-colored marker, P2, (ssk, yo, K1, yo, k2 tog, P2) 3 times,
work as for Row 1 to end.

Row 4: Repeat Row 2.


Rep these 4 rows, making buttonholes every 8th row (always a RS row), until there are 30 (32, 33, 34, 35, 37) sts on each back section, including sts of button band, ending with a WS row. Work one RS row in pattern without raglan increases; work one WS row in pattern. Piece should measure 4 (4½, 5, 5¼, 5½, 6)” from neck ribbing.


Dividing row (RS): Work across sts of back in pattern (do not make raglan increases). Using size 5 straight needle, work across sleeve, leaving remaining sts on circular needle, using it as a holder. (Note: Divide the 2 sts between the yo increases, placing 1 st on the sleeve, the other st on the dress body).


On sleeve section only, work 5 (5, 5, 5, 7, 9) rows in St st, ending with a WS row.

Eyelet row (RS): K1, *yo, K2 tog* across sleeve.


P one row. Work 4 rows St st. BO loosely.*


Work across sts of front with size 5 circular needle, eliminating raglan incs. Work across sts of second sleeve with size 5 straight needle. (Note: Make sure to divide the 2 sts between the yo increases, placing 1 st on the sleeve and the other st on the dress body.) Complete as for first sleeve.


Work across sts of back.

Next Row (WS): Rib 8, P to button band, Rib 8, joining back and front together.

Next Row: Rib 8, K to button band, Rib 8.

Next Row: Rib 8, P to button band, Rib 8.

Eyelet Row (RS): Rib 8, K1, (yo, K2 tog) to button band, rib to end.

Next Row: Rib 8, P to button band, Rib 8.

Next row (RS): Rib 8, increase in every st across by tipping the left needle forward and knitting into the purl bump one row below, then knit into the st on the needle. Rib last 8 sts. Change to size 8 circular needle.

Next Row: Rib across button band, purl to button band, rib button band.

Next Row: BO sts of button band, K to end (eliminate ribbing on button band) and join to knit skirt in the rnd.


Cont knitting skirt until dress measures 14 (16, 17, 20, 22, 24)” from top of neck.


Work eyelet rnd: *yo, K2 tog* all around. Knit 3 more rnds. BO loosely.*


Fold on eyelet row and sl stitch hem into place for skirt and sleeves.* Lace ribbon through eyelets at waist. Sew bottom of button band in place. Sew on buttons.


*Alternative option: Instead of binding off at hem, leave stitches on needle and sew directly from needle to underside of dress.  This will reduce bulk at hem edge.



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January 2013

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