Ode to Doris by Kelly van Niekerk

Ode to Doris

February 2015
DK (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch and lace pattern, blocked
US 6 - 4.0 mm
219 - 235 yards (200 - 215 m)
1 size: to fit a newborn babe, approximately 3-4kg (7-9lb) in weight, with a chest circumference of 37.5cm
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A tribute to the Dainty Doris hat pattern, this newborn cardy showcases all the things we love about the 1950s; femininity, practicality, and (post war) newborn babies!

This pattern is written for 8ply/DK weight yarn, and to fit a newborn babe 3-4kg (7-9lb) in weight, with an approximate chest circumference of 37.5cm.

Ode to Doris has you cast on at the neckline, and work flat utilising raglan increases, and forming a rounded garter neck line, before working the lacework fronts, until you reach the required chest size. From here the arm stitches are put on to waste yarn (or a stitch holder), and the body finished. Once the body is completed, the sleeve stitches are returned to the needles and worked in the round , before finishing gathered at the elbow.

knitting small circumferences in the round
long tail cast on
simple lace
working top down raglan construction
If you are not familiar with these techniques you may need to reference a knitting guide book, or view videos on the internet.

Ode to Doris not big enough?
”My Aunt Doris” is the extended version of Ode to Doris, and has now been released!
This extended version of the pattern covers from birth to 10 years of age, and can be purchased in 4ply/fingering, 5ply/sport, and 8ply/dk weight yarns in the My Aunt Doris eBook

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