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Seamless Flower Dress

Knitting
April 2011
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches in stockinette
339 - 1039 yards (310 - 950 m)
0-3, 3-6, 6-12 months, 1-1.5, 1.5-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 years
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Fun to knit and to wear, Seamless Flower Dress has an unusual construction - you work upper front and back from the centre of the flower outwards, then add a top down skirt and raglan sleeves - and you do it all seamlessly. The dress can be made in wool, cotton or acrylic; with long or short sleeves, so you can make a warm or cold weather version - or both.

A t-shirt version and a baby hat pattern are also available:
Seamless Flower T-shirt
Baby Flower Hat (free pattern)

Skills needed
Working in the rnd, inc, dec, provisional CO, short rows.

Sizes
0-3 months (3-6 months, 6-12 months, 1-1.5 years, 1.5-2 years, 3-4 years, 5-6 years, 7-8 years).
Finished chest circumference: 46 (50, 53, 56, 60, 64, 68, 72) cm/ 18 (19.5, 21, 22, 23.5, 25, 26.5, 28) in.
Shown in size 3-4 years (short-sleeved dress) and 5-6 years (long-sleeved dress).

Gauge
St st, with 4 mm needle(s), after blocking: 22 sts and 30 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in
i-cord BO, with 5 mm R needle: 22 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in

Materials
Yarn:
DK yarn: cotton, cotton blend, wool, wool blend, acrylic. For best results use smooth yarn with good stitch definition.
Long-sleeved dress was knit in Sublime Extra Fine Merino DK (100% merino, col. 204, 116 m/ 127 yds per 50g ball), short-sleeved dress in Wendy 100% cotton DK (100% cotton, col. 131, 108 m/ 118 yds per 50g ball).

Yarn amount:
Short-sleeved dress: 310 (400, 450, 450, 500, 550, 650, 750) m/ 340 (440, 500, 500, 550, 610, 710, 820) yds.
Long-sleeved dress: 400 (450, 500, 600, 650, 750, 850, 950) m/ 440 (495, 550, 660, 715, 825, 935, 1045) yds.

Needles and notions:
4 mm (US size 6) cir needles, 40-100 cm/ 16-40 in long,
one set of 4 mm (US size 6) DPNs,
one set of 3.5 mm (US size 4) DPNs (for short-sleeved dress only),
one 5 mm (US size 8) DPN or straight needle,
removable st markers,
scrap yarn,
3.5 mm (US size E) crochet hook,
1 small button, 12-15 mm in diameter,
yarn needle.

Take time to make a gauge swatch. Adjust needle size, if necessary.