Monday, August 5, 2013

Thia's Butterfly Cable Doll Dress

Thia's Butterfly Cable Doll Dress 

This little dress is knitted in the round. A little optional cable makes this a good learning experience. The bottom has a simple picot edge. A few added beads will turn the bit of pink into a butterfly. This dress is 6 inches, but that is easily adjustable to fit a taller or a smaller doll.

The Basic Doll Body (Knit) pattern is from Maggie Menzel. The one I made is 10.5 inches.  She also offers a crochet version.
I have a little eye painting thread that might be helpful. I learned to make eyes from doing Fiona McDonald's Dolls!   

Please let me know if you find any errors or need any help with this dress!

Worsted weight in two colors
MC=Main color
CC= Contrast color
Long circular knitting needles or DPNs Size 5.5mm (U.S.9)
Two buttons
Small beads.
Cable Needle
Stitch markers

Gauge: 20 sts and 28 rows = 4 inches

CO = Cast On
K = knit
P = Purl
St.St.= Stockenette Stitch
YO = Yarn over
K2tog = Knit 2 together
P2tog = Purl 2 together
S = Slip
CN = Cable Needle
MC=Main color
CC= Contrast color
B = Bead
CO =Cast On
BO = Bind Off
S = Slip
PM = Place Marker

With MC cast on 114 stitches ( if you want to work it flat, start with a purl row. and use st. st.)
Join into the round. PM at the beginning of the round.
Row 1-4: Knit
Row 5: K1,( YO, K2 tog) around
Row 6-11: K
Row 12-18: Follow the chart for color. Or and add color or decoration as desired later.
Row 19-24: Continue in St.St. Fit this on your doll, start decrease rows when it is to the arms.
Row 25: K2tog around (57 sts)
Row 26: K
Row 27: Decrease Row,(Fit this to your doll and decrease as desired (K1, K2tog, K2tog) around to last st (35 sts)
Row 28: With CC K around
Row 29: " P
Row 30: With MC K around
Row 31:  K9, CO 14 sts. (Left sleeve) K17, (front) CO 14 stitches (Right sleeve) K9 (63sts)
Row 32: K9, P14, K17, P14, K9
Row 33: K around
Row 34: Repeat Row 33
Row 35: K14, K2tog, K2tog, K 27, K2tog, K2tog K14 (59 sts)
Row 36: K around
Row 37: K13, K2tog, K2tog, K25, K2tog, K2tog, K13 (55 sts)
Row 38: K around
Row 39: K19, (Do not cut yarn) With CC, BO 6, K2tog Continue binding off, K1, K2tog, BO 6. This binds off the front of the dress. Leave a long tail for sewing
Row 40: Turn work P2, (P2tog) 3 times, P22, (P2tog) 3 times, P2
Row 41: BO with CC Leave a long tail to sew along front of sleeve to the front bodice. Turn first 4 rows under to make picot edge. Or add a ribbon in eyelet row and let the bottom curl up. Weave in ends.
Add beads to the butterflies by using a length of sewing thread (both arms length). Fold double and thread a needle that will fit through your bead. Slip beads on. Hold onto the end of the thread so you do not loose the beads and go under the bottom middle stitch of the butterfly and come out above that stitch. Now go back through the beads and tighten the thread. Secure with a few stitches under the beads. When it's secure, go back up through the beads, then tie a couple of square knots with the end of the thread. Cut off the threads leaving enough thread for anntanas. Put a little glue on the threads to hold them together.
Enjoy the dress! :)

Thank you to MsJodi for charting my butterfly design!

I hope you enjoy making this little doll dress! 
I reserve my rights with this pattern! You are welcome to make and sell as many dresses as you can make.  You may copy this pattern for your own use, but please do not sell the pattern. 
Thank you very much!