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Sakura

Knitting
March 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
656 - 1094 yards (600 - 1000 m)
1-3, (3-6), 6-9, (9-12), 12-18, (18-24) months
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

Yarn Requirements (yardage is estimated):
2, (2), 2, (2), 3, (4) skeins of MC: white
1 skein of CC: dark pink
A few meters/yard of scrap yarn in pattern color A and B: green and brown

Sizes available:
1-3, (3-6), 6-9, (9-12), 12-18, (18-24) months
Finished measurements:
Chest circumference : 46 cm/18“, (48cm/19“), 51 cm/20“,
(53 cm/21“), 56 cm/22“, (61 cm/24“)
Total length: 30 cm/12“, (33 cm/13“), 36 cm/14“,
(39 cm/15,5), 42 cm/16,5“, (48 cm/19“)
Size information:
The sizes run a little more on the bigger side, because each baby is different and I think there is nothing worse than -after all the work is done- having a dress that is too small.
So if you’re not sure about the sizing or if you want a perfect fitting dress, follow the chest measurements to find the right size.

Note:
The pattern does not provide a tutorial for stranded knitting. So if you are inexperienced in colorwork yet, but want to knit this dress anyway, please check out (online) tutorials.

I really want to thank soknitpicky. Only her notes about the color transition for her Yoshino dress made it possible to create this pattern. See also her blog on this.

For this color transition part, you need access to a random number generator while knitting this dress. There are several free online number generators you can use.
There are two ways you can use them:
Either you generate number by number as it is needed. Then you have to knit with a computer/tablet/smartphone at hand.
Or you generate the numbers you are going to need in advance and write them down. Then you are independent from an online access and you can knit wherever you like.

Although I had a couple of test knitters (many thanks to them), this pattern is certainly far away from being perfect. So I would really appreciate if you would PM me, for any feedback about
• typos, grammar, spelling and punctuation (I am not a native English language speaker),
• accuracy and clarity of instructions, stitch counts and charts,
• yardage used.
• finished size, measurements and fit of the dress.