Sweet Alice by DROPS Design

Knitted dress with lace pattern and hair bow in garter st, in DROPS Cotton Merino. For baby and children in sizes 1 month - 6 years.

DROPS design: Pattern no cm-007-bn
Yarn group B
Size: 1/3 - 6/9 - 12/18 months (2 - 3/4 - 5/6 years)
Size in cm: 56/62 - 68/74 - 80/86 - 92 - 98/104 - 110/116
150-150-150 (200-200-250) g colour no 06, red

DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE (80 and 40 cm) SIZE 3.5 mm - or size needed to get 22 sts x 30 rows in stocking st = 10 x 10 cm.
DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE (80 cm) SIZE 3 mm – for rib.

Measurements: Small approx. 5 x 8 cm Large approx. 9 x 12 cm
50 g colour no 06, red (small bow weighs approx. 6 g and large bow weighs approx. 10 g).

DROPS STRAIGHT NEEDLES SIZE 3.5 mm - or size needed to get 22 sts x 45 rows in garter st = 10 x 10 cm.
ACCESSORY: Silk ribbon or hair pin for fastening the bow.

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GARTER ST (worked in the round):
* K 1 round and P 1 round *, repeat from *-*. 1 ridge = 2 rounds.

GARTER ST (back and forth):
K all rows. 1 ridge = 2 rows K.

See diagrams A.1, A.2 or A.3. The diagrams show all rows in pattern seen from RS. See diagrams for desired size.
Size 1/3 + 6/9 months: Work A.1.
Size 12/18 months and 2 years: Work A.2.
Size 3/4 and 5/6 years: Work A.3.

Dec 1 st as follows after 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th marker: Slip 1 st as if to K, K 1, psso.
Dec 1 st as follows before 3rd, 4th, 6th and 1st marker: Beg 2 sts before marker, K 2 sts tog.

All dec are done from RS!
Dec as follows after 4 edge sts in garter st: Slip 1 st as if to K, K 1, psso.
Dec as follows before 4 edge sts in garter st: Beg 2 sts before 4 edge sts and K 2 tog.

Worked in the round on circular needle from bottom up.
Cast on 152-160-176 (188-204-212) sts on circular needle size 3.5 mm with Cotton Merino. Work 3 ridges in GARTER ST in the round - see explanation above. Now insert 6 markers in the piece as follows: Insert 1st marker at beg of round (= side), 2nd marker after 23-25-27 (29-31-33) sts, 3rd marker after another 30-30-34 (36-40-40) sts, 4th marker after another 23-25-27 (29-31-33) sts (= side), 5th marker after another 23-25-27 (29-31-33) sts, 6th marker after another 30-30-34 (36-40-40) sts (23-25-27 (29-31-33) sts remain on round after last marker). Work in stocking st and move the markers upwards when working. REMEMBER THE KNITTING TENSION
When piece measures 4 cm, dec 1 st on each side of 1st and 4th marker, dec 1 st after 2nd and 5th marker and 1 st before 3rd and 6th marker – READ DECREASE TIP (= 8 sts dec). Repeat dec every 2½-3-3 (3-3-3½) cm 7-7-8 (8-9-9) times in total = 96-104-112 (124-132-140) sts. Continue in stocking st until piece measures 19-22-25 (25-28-32) cm. Switch to circular needle size 3 mm and work rib in the round as follows: K 1, * P 2, K 2 *, repeat from *-* until 3 sts remain on round and finish with P 2 and K 1. When rib measures 1½-1½-1½-2-2-2 cm, work lace edge as follows: K 1, * P 2 tog, 1 YO, K 2 *, repeat from *-* until 3 sts remain on round, finish with P 2 tog, 1 YO and K 1. Work until 1 round remain before rib measures 3-3-3-4-4-4 cm. Work next round as follows: Work rib over the first 48-52-56 (62-66-70) sts (= front piece), LOOSELY cast off the next 48-52-56 (62-66-70) sts with K over K and P over P (= back piece).

Switch to circular needle size 3.5 mm and work first row from RS as follows: 4 edge sts in GARTER ST – see explanation above, 12-14-15 (18-19-21) sts in stocking st, work pattern according to diagram A.1, A.2 OR A.3 (see diagram for your size = 16-16-18 (18-20-20) sts), 12-14-15 (18-19-21) sts in stocking st and 4 edge sts in GARTER ST. Continue pattern back and forth like this, AT THE SAME TIME after 1 cm, dec 1 st in each side - READ DECREASE TIP 2. Repeat dec in each side every 1-1-1½ (1½-1½-1½) cm 9-9-9 (10-10-10) times in total = 30-34-38 (42-46-50) sts remain. When piece measures 11-12-13 (15-16-17) cm from marker (adjust so that next row is from RS), work 3 ridges back and forth over all sts. Work next row as follows from RS: K 8 and slip these sts on 1 stitch holder for shoulder strap, cast off the next 14-18-22 (26-30-34) sts and K the last 8 sts (= shoulder strap).

Continue in garter st back and forth until shoulder strap measures approx. 18-25 cm (or desired length). Cast off and repeat in the other side. Sew strap to rib at the back of dress.

Cut 2 lengths Cotton Merino yarn of approx. 3 metres each. Twine the strands tog until they resist, fold the string double so that it twines again. Make a knot at each end. Beg mid front and thread tie up and down through eyelet row on rib in waist.

Numbers in ( ) applies to large bow.
Cast on 10 (20) sts on needle size 3.5 mm with Cotton Merino. Work in GARTER ST – see explanation above – back and forth until piece measures 8 (12) cm, cast off.

Cast on 10 (15) sts on needle size 3.5 mm and work 4 (5) ridges. Cast off. Sew the short ends tog to form a ring.

Pull the bow through the ring and fasten the two parts tog with a couple of stitches. Fasten bow with a silk ribbon or a hair pin with a couple of stitches.


= K from RS, P from WS
= P from RS, K from WS
= 1 YO between 2 sts
= K 2 tog
= slip 1 st as if to K, K 1, psso

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