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I have been knitting on and off since my teens, but became somewhat obsessed with it in 2007. I love squishy wools for the short, mild Los Angeles winters, and like cottons and blends for the rest ...

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Elise Girl's Dress

from Brenda Castiel Designs
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Elise Girl's Dress
Elise Girl's Dress
Elise Girl's Dress
Elise Girl's Dress
Elise Girl's Dress
Elise Girl's Dress

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Increase/Decrease

Pattern Description:

This sweet dress looks like an old-fashioned pinafore, but it has the simplicity and ease of today's lifestyle. It features a garter stitch yoke, and the body is done in stockinette stitch with "stripes" of ruching in reverse stockinette stitch. The sleeves and hem are accented with pretty ruffles.
It is knitted in the round so there are no seams to sew up.

Wear it on its own in summer, or over a long-sleeved top with tights in winter - very versatile.

The really unique feature is that the dress is completely reversible - both inside and out and back to front. If your little girl gets her dress dirty and there's no time to go home and change, just put the dress on inside out, or backwards, and you're good to go! How cool is that ?

It just uses simple knit and purl stitches which give an interesting texture, while being easy enough for a novice knitter.
Feel free to embellish it with a crochet edging, or a bow or a flower.


18 sts per 4 in/10cm

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Sizes 2, 4, 6, 8


  • Worsted weight or Aran wt yarn 480-740 yds/430-675m (dep on size)

You Will Also Need:

  • size 7 US/4.50mm needles, 2 circs or DPN
  • Stitch markers

Suggested yarn:

480 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Knit Picks Comfy Worsted