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Garland dress with leg warmers

We really like this geometric pattern! We made it as a unisex sweater first, but just had to see it as a dress too. Warm, cosy and so pretty!

Sizes

1 (2/3) 4/5 (6) 8 (10) 12 y
Size 12 y for free below, the rest can be bought here

Yarn
Dress and leg warmers:
Pickles Pure Thin Alpaca 250 (300) 350 (400) 400 (450) 500 g main colour
50 g of 7 different pattern colours

Needles
Dress: 32” (and 24” for the 2 smaller sizes) circular and DP needles US 4 and 6
Leg warmers: Dp needles US 4 and 6

Gauge per 4”
Stockinette: 18 stitches/26 rows
Rib: 24 stitches/26 rows

Measurements, lying flat:
Chest width: about 11 (12.6) 13.4 (14.2) 15 (16.1) 17”
Length: 18.9 (20.4) 22 (23.6) 25.1 (26.7) 28.4”
Length, leg warmers: 11 (12.6) 13.4 (14.2) 15 (16.1) 17”

The body
Knitted bottom-up double stranded.
Cast on 148 stitches LOOSELY on US 4 using the main colour. You need to cast on loosely to make the dress comfy to move in.

Knit a rib, K1 in the back loop, P1, for about 1.6”.

Swicth to US 6 and stockinette. Increase 32 stitches evenly on the first round = 180 stitches.
Place marker (PM) at the beginning of the round and after 90 stitches to mark the sides.
Decrease at every marker after about 3.9” measured from the end of the rib like this:
Knit until 3 s remain before the first
marker, SSK, K2, K2tog.
Repeat at the other marker = 4 s decreased.

Decrease in the same way 4 times in total (including the decrease just made) every 3.9”.
Continue in stockinette until the piece is 19.6” from where the rib ended.

Cast off 4 stitches in each side, 2 s on each side of the marker.
= 8 s decreased = 156 s. Put the work aside.

Sleeves
Cast on 36 s LOOSELY on DP needles US 4.

Knit a rib, K1 in the back loop, P1, for about 1.6”.

Switch to US 6 and stockinette. Increase 8 stitches evenly on the first round = 44 stitches

On the next round increase 1 stitch on each side of the first and last stitch of the round
Increase like this every 1.6” 6 times in total= 56 stitches.
Cast off the 2 last and 2 first stitches of the round when the piece is 12.2”=  52 stitches

Yoke
Place the sleeves onto the same circular needles as the body piece. One sleeve in each slot where you´ve casted off on the body, with the cast off edges facing eachother.
We started the round at the beginning of the left shoulder/arm of the child.
PM between the sleeves and the body piece = 4 markers
You know have 260 s.

Decrease like this on the next round:
K2tog. *Knit until 2 stitches remain before the next marker, SSK, K2tog* Repeat from * to * until 2 stitches remain, SSK = 252 s.

Knit stockinette for another 2” before starting the pattern.

If you haven´t knitted with two colours before, make sure to give enough yarn when knitting. We usually stretch the stitches on the right needles a bit every time we change colours.
This pattern requires that you K2tog two times in a row, and it will maybe create an uneven surface while knitting. This was evened out by damping the garment once we finished.


When you´ve finished the pattern (=84 s) you´ll knit 1 round in the main colour before switching to US 4 and knitting a rib,  Knit a rib, K1 in the back loop, P1, for about  1.6”. Cast off loosely enough for the head to fit.

Assemble under the sleeves.

Leg warmers
Cast on 46 s on US 6 using the main colour, double stranded.
Use US 4 and knit a rib in the round, K1 in the back loop, P1, for about 1.2”
Switch to US 6 and knit 2 garter ridges followed by 1 round in stockinette where you increase 10 stitches evenly = 56 stitches.
Continue knitting a rib in the round, K2 in the back loop, P2
Make a stripes pattern with uneven stripes until the piece is about 15.3”

Knit 2 garter ridges followed by 1 round of stockinette where you decrease 10 s evenly (K2tog) = 46 stitches.
Use US 4 and knit a rib in the round, K1 in the back loop, P1, for about 1.2”
Cast off.