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Beanie Baby Sun Dress Knitting Pattern

Betsy Baird

Beanie Baby Dress Knitting Pattern
This pattern is especially suitable for left over Red Heart variegated baby yarn. It takes me about an hour and a half to whip one of these out and it only has two ends to darn in. I recommend it for holiday charity bazaars. I also gratefully acknowledge the other designers whose ideas I have adapted here, especially Martha Haynes, Mary K. Dominski and Anne Bosch.

Materials:
#3 double point needles, set of five
1 oz. sport weight yarn
yarn needle for finishing

Gauge:
5 stitches/inch (gauge is not critical, toys are not fussy about fit)

Directions:
Cast on 22 stitches (suggestion: Cable Cast On).
Join and knit one round of k1p1 rib.

Yoke:
Divide stitches on four needles: 3, 8, 3, 8
Row 1: Increase 1 stitch at each end of each needle (suggestion: yarn overs one stitch in from each end).
Row 2: Knit even.

Repeat these two rows for a total of six times (70 stitches: 15, 20, 15, 20).
On last even round, k1p1 rib only on the two sets of 15 sleeve stitches.

Waist:
On next round, bind off the two sets of 15 sleeve stitches in knit.
Join body stitches and knit one round even (40 stitches: 10,10,10,10). Suggestion: Switch the order of each pair of underarm stitches to tighten gap.
K1p1 rib for three rounds.
Increase 1 in every stitch of next round (80 stitches: 20, 20, 20, 20). Suggestion: Knit in front and back of each stitch.

Skirt:
Knit 12 rounds even.
Seed stitch for next 4 rounds.
Bind off in pattern.
Darn in two ends.

©Elizabeth Baird.

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