Here’s a perfect summer dress for the little girl in your life. Designed for Swedish Midsommar celebrations, but wearable whenever and wherever the sun shines, this dress has a cheery overall floral pattern, an empire waist and a slightly bell-shaped skirt.
The dress is knit bottom up, starting with larger needles and the knit with smaller needles to give the dress it’s subtle bell shape. There is a dramatic decrease at the top of the skirt and then the bodice is worked back and forth. To shape the armholes, the work is split and the front and the back are worked flat separately. The top of the shoulders are joined with a 3-needle bind off. The armholes, neckline, and buttonhole are all finished with a single crochet chain.
Sizes Girls 2T, 3T, 4T, 5, 6-7 Yarn Berroco Modern Cotton 809-1422 yards (740-1300m) 2T - 2 skeins of each color 3T - 2 skeins of each color 4T - 3 white, 2 yellow 5 - 3 white, 3 yellow 6-7 - 4 white, 3 yellow Needles US 6 (4mm), US 2.5 (3mm) (or gauge-sized needles) Additional Materials 4mm or G Crochet hook, darning needle Gauge and Swatch Hem: 4mm 20 stitches = 4 inches or 10 centimeters Skirt: 3mm 24 stitches = 4 inches or 10 centimeters Bodice: 3mm with two strands of yarn, 16 stitches = 4 inches or 10 centimeters Skills Used Long-tail cast on Joining in the round Knitting in colorwork in the round K2tog Knitting flat in stockinette Three-needle bind off Single crochet (double crochet UK)