Princess Morgan Frilly Jumper by Susan Elston

Princess Morgan Frilly Jumper

This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

After seeing some cute, fun knit dress designs for little girls that utilize ruffled scarf yarn in the skirt, I wanted to knit a jumper for my grand niece, Morgan. However, since none of the dress designs I had seen were quite what I had in mind to make for her, I started working freehand, from the bottom hem of the skirt upward.

The skirt and the bodice part of the jumper were totally straightforward, so I had no trouble improvising them. But I knew I was going to be in trouble when it came to making armholes and a yoke because I had never done anything like that before from the bottom up. So I started scouring through Ravelry patterns in the hope that I would find a bottom-up little girls top pattern with a yoke design that would be close enough in garment size, needle size, and yarn weight that I could use its yoke to finish the jumper I was working on.

The yoke of Kristy Demoe’s gorgeous Arrowhead Lace Topper fit the bill EXACTLY. After finishing my prototype for the Princess Morgan Frilly Jumper pattern, I approached Kristy to ask her permission to use her work as part of this free pattern, and she agreed. Therefore, to complete this dress pattern, you will need to also download a copy of Kristy’s free pattern at the link above.

Princess Morgan Frilly Jumper knits up quickly in aran or worsted weight yarn on circular needles and is easy enough for an advanced beginner. This pattern is free because it is ONLY being released in little girls’ size 4.

The skirt is a simple garter stitch in the round. Ruffles are added on alternating rows by holding the main and scarf yarns together. The bodice is a very stretchy twisted rib. And it is all elegantly topped off by Kristy’s Arrowhead Lace yoke. Instructions for an optional button-on flower are included.

Dress sample shown in the photos is made with Red Heart With Love Candy Pink 100% acrylic yarn and Rozetti Yarns Marina Multi Valentine 100% acrylic ruffle scarf yarn.

Approximate finished dimensions: Dress circumference: 24 inches. Hem to neck length: about 21 inches.

Update: I got some photos today of Morgan wearing her dress, and it just barely fits her but I think she looks beautiful! Mom reports that getting Morgan’s head through the neck opening was pretty tight, so I will definitely have to make the next one larger.