July 2008
DK (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in stocking
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
200 - 900 yards (183 - 823 m)
15 - 28" chest (approximately newborn to child size 10)
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Lily is a simple seamless easy-to-knit dress that is easy enough for a beginner to tackle. Designed as a stash buster knit, ideally suited to variegated yarn, this dress can be made with as little as 200g of of DK/8ply weight yarn and half a ball of contrasting scraps. Inspired by ballet style knits; this dress has a fake waist sash, crossover bodice, flared sleeves and a lovely elongated skirt.

This garment is knit from the top down in one piece. Initially, even though you are using circular needles, you will be knitting flat. After finishing the bodice knit flat, the garment is joined in the round just before the sash. The skirt of the dress is knit in the round with increases to shape the skirt. The sleeves are also knit in the round using your preferred method of small circumference knitting.

To fit actual chest measurement of:
15-21: 15/38 (16/41, 17/43, 18/46) /19/48.5, 20/51, 21/53.5/
22-28: 22/56 (23/58.5, 24/61, 25/63.5) /26/66, 27/68.5, 28/71/ inches/cms.

Skill Level:
Beginner to Intermediate

Techniques used:
knit and purl
Increasing and decreasing
Working in the round on circular needles
Working small circumference in the round
Picking up stitches

DK/8ply weight yarn in two colours:
Main Colour:
15-21: 200/185 (250/230, 300/275, 350/320) /400/365, 480/440, 510/470/
22-28: 540/495 (600/550, 660/605, 720/660) /780/715, 840/770, 900/825/
yards/metres approximately.
Contrast Colour:
40 to 150 yards/35 to 140 metres

Sample garment shown in The Wool Company’s Utiku Multi Colours Watermelon colourway (pink/green) and indie dyer hand-dyed now discontinued. (blue/pink)

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Please note: I’ve changed the name of this pattern, as reflecting on it now 11 years after publication I don’t think it is an appropriate name. I’m deeply sorry if the previous name offended anyone. The name was chosen as a play on the flower of the same name, and I understand that that lack of thought and consideration was a mistake.