Knit dress for Emerald Witch

This knitting pattern is for a sleeveless dress for Emerald Witch dolls. But will it also work as a top for Blythe dolls. The dress has got square neckline, eyelets at bust level that you can thread with a ribbon and the feature being the skirt part, it is texture knitting by doing knits and purls by following a chart.

If you have problems with doing some stitches you can visit the great site with videos that helped me teach myself how to knit.

 

Getting started

Difficulty level Medium to advanced
Knitting techniques you should know knit, purl, knit 2 together (k2tog), purl 2 together (p2tog), cast on, binding off, binding off purl-wise, yarn over and knitting by chart. Abbreviations explained.
Stitch gauge
2.75 to 3 stitches per cm.
Yarn Cotton yarn 8/4, about the thickness of “fingering” yarns. It is better if it is soft and porous as opposed of being tightly spun and shiny.

Figuring out the correct needle size

Make swatches until you get the correct gauge. The bigger the swatch then more exact the result. If you make a bigger swatch and measure 5 cm on that then you can divide by five to get the more exact result. Change to bigger needles if you get too many stitches per cm. Change to smaller needles if you get too few stitches per cm.

In the picture example above I knit a piece out of Stoff & Stil Cotton 8/4 using 2.5 mm needles. The number of cast on stitches is random, you may cast on as many stitches as you want. The more the better. Same thing with the knitting rows. Then when I have finished a good size swatch and bound it off I used a ruler to measure out 5 cm and marked with pins on the swatch piece. Then I counted the number of stitches between the needles. In this example it is 14.5 stitches within the 5 cm space I measured. Divide the 14.5 with 5 and you would get a result of 2.9 stitches per centimeter. That’s an acceptable result. Then you can put the swatch aside for future reference and finally start knitting the real deal!

Don’t skip on doing the gauge swatch because you may get a result like this picture!

Making things easier

To make the dress without eyelets, knit across all the stitches on row 21 instead.
Too difficult to follow the texture chart? Do it in stockinette stitches instead to get a smooth dress. Don’t forget the decreases, though or you will get a quite boxy dress.

The chart

Please click on the texture pattern you like to get the PDF file of the chart.

Front piece

Cast on 26 stitches.

Work using the chart of your choice. Start where the cross is, go left for the first row, then you go right for the second row, left again for the third row… On row 6, 12 and 18 you make a decrease (k2tog or p2tog) on both sides. Work until you have done 20 rows.

You should now have 20 stitches on the needle.

Row 21 – the eyelet row  Knit 1, * yo, k2tog, repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1.
Row 22 purl all stitches
Row 23 Cast off 3 stitches, knit until end. 17 stitches on needle.
Row 24 Cast off 3 stitches purl-wise, return last stitch to left hand needle,  decrease (p2tog), purl until last two stitches, decrease (p2tog). 12 stitches on needle.
Row 25 Knit all stitches
Row 26 Purl 4 stitches, cast off 4 stitches purl-wise, purl the last 4 stitches. Now you should have 4 stitches on the needle then a gap of the cast off edge and finally the 4 last stitches on needle.
Row 27  Working only on one strap, ignoring the other 4 stitches: knit all 4 stitches.
Row 28  Purl
R0w 29 Knit
Row 30 Purl
Row 31 Knit
Row 32 Purl
Row 33 Knit
Row 34 Purl
Row 35 Knit
Row 36 Bind off purl-wise.
Row 27 again, for the other strap Rejoin (re-attach) yarn 4 stitches in from right, in the corner of the neckline. Knit until end. 4 stitches on needle.
Row 28-36 Repeat as on the other side.

Back left piece

Cast on 15 stitches.
Work by the chart. Decrease (k2tog or p2tog) on row 6, 12 and 18.  On row 6, 12 and 18 you make a decrease (k2tog or p2tog) following the shape of the chart. Work until you have done 20 rows. Work by the chart until you have done 20 rows.

You should now have 12 stitches on the needle.
Row 21 – the eyelet row  Knit 1, * yo, k2tog, repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1.
Row 22 Purl all stitches
Row 23 Knit all stitches
Row 24 Cast off purl-wise 3 stitches, return last stitch to left hand needle, decrease (p2tog), purl the rest of the stitches. 8 stitches left on the needle.
Row 25 Bind off.

Back right piece

Cast on 15 stitches.
Work by the chart. Decrease (k2tog or p2tog) on row 6, 12 and 18.  On row 6, 12 and 18 you make a decrease (k2tog or p2tog) following the shape of the chart. Work until you have done 20 rows. Work by the chart until you have done 20 rows.

You should now have 12 stitches on the needle.
Row 21 – the eyelet row  Knit 1, * yo, k2tog, repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1.
Row 22 Purl all stitches
Row 23 Cast off 3 stitches, knit until end. 9 stitches left on the needle.
Row 24 Purl until last 2 stitches, decrease (p2tog).
Row 25 Bind off.

Finishing

Block/shape the pieces. I pin the pieces to the iron board (or similar “pinnable” surface that won’t bleed dye into your knitting) shaping them into how I want them to look like. Matching edges, squaring the neckline, making the straps nice looking. Small things like these can be fixed by blocking. To block you can either do as me – spritz with water spray bottle and let it air dry until next day or you may steam the pieces with your iron if you are impatient.

Seam the shoulder strap seams, using horizontal mattress stitch technique for best result.

Seam side seams, using vertical mattress stitch technique for best result.

Seam the lower part of center back edges, from bottom to about halfway up leaving the top half open.

Secure all yarn ends.

Sew on snap buttons.

Thread ribbon or yarn through the eyelet holes. Hand-sew using sewing thread: Secure the end of the ribbon at the edges of center back. (see picture) Tie a nice bow in front and secure it if needed with a few stitches.

Copyright

This pattern is for personal use only. Do not sell the pattern nor the finished garment. If you wish to sell garments using this pattern please contact me first and we can work out something good together.

Thanks

My thanks goes to Paula K for her awesome help with the knitting lingo for this text. Sadly I lost the text so I had to re-create the text using different pieces of older drafts so if you see mistakes here then it is entirely my fault.


4 responses to “Knit dress for Emerald Witch”

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Leah:

Thanks for sharing that pattern Helena! It’s very cute, I need to try it out :D

October, 28 2011 at 04:58 Permalink

admin:

Thanks, Leah! :)
You have to wait until I have added the charts, should be tonight or tomorrow, Swedish time. But if you want to start right away you can start with choosing yarn and figuring out the needles size. :)

EDIT:
And now I have added the charts. :) Let me know if there’s any problems.

October, 28 2011 at 12:01 Permalink

Holly:

I’m just trying to learn to knit, so this is awesome, thanks! Really clear instructions :)

December, 08 2011 at 14:58 Permalink

admin:

Thank you! <3 I hope you will get a result you like. :)

December, 08 2011 at 15:17 Permalink



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