Basic short-sleeved dress

Today I would like to present you a basic pattern. As I think this will be a bit of a longer post, you will find the German version in an individual post this time 😉

you can also knit the upper part in one color and the skirt in another

you can also knit the upper part in one color and the skirt in another

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As you can see, the good thing about this dress is that it is easy to customize, whether you would like fuller skirt or not, longer dress, shorter dress etc.! 🙂 Pattern under the cut: For the teen-sized Monster High dolls, please use:

  • 5 double pointed needles 2 mm
  • corresponding yarn (4ply, “sock yarn”)

(For the big sisters, use: 5 double pointed needles 2.5 mm or  3 mm and the corresponding yarn)

CO: cast on
YO: yarn over
BO: bind off
kfb: knit front and back
st: stich(es)
k: knit           p: purl
*xxx*: repeat * to *

CO 24 st, divide onto four double pointed needles (6 per needle for the mathematically challenged among us 😉 )

  • rounds 1-5: *k1 p1* (rib; this is the collar; for a higher collar just knit more rounds)
  • round 6: k around
  • round 7: *k2, YO, k2, YO, k2* (<-repeat per needle)
  • round 8: k around; knit the YO from the front (32 st)
  • round 9: *k3, YO, k2, YO, k3*
  • round 10: k around; k; knit the YO from the front (40 st)
  • round 11: *k4, YO, k2, YO, k4*
  • round 12: k around, k; knit the YO from the front (48 st)
  • round 13: k around
  • round 14: k7; BO 10; k14; BO 10; k7 (=28 st)
  • round 15: k around to join round again, BUT: k last st before BO and first st after BO together (26 st in round)
  • knit to desired lengths of upper part of the dress (I like to take about 4 cm to 5 cm)
  • (*hint hint*: for a short-sleeved shirt; BO in desired lengths; and/or end with 3-5 rounds k1 p1 rib)
  • for the SKIRT part:
  • You have your round of 26 st. In the next round, kfb of either each second or each third st.
  • k 5 rounds
  • NOW, EITHER keep this width and knit to desired lengths, OR:
  • repeat your increase of choice (kfb of each 2nd or each 3rd st)
  • Again, EITHER keep this width and knit to desired lengths, OR:
  • k 5 rounds
  • repeat your increase of choice
  • knit to desired length
  • to finish, either purl 1 round, knit 1 round, purl 1 round and then bind off;
  • OR: to finish, knit 3 -5 rounds in rib (k1p1), bin off in pattern
  • OR: to make a picot edge, knit 3 – 5 rounds, in the next round k1, *YO, k2tog* to last st, k1, knit same amount of rounds as before this round, bind off and sew the hem so the round with the holes gives the little “teeth” for the edge.

For the teenager monsters, I increased every 3rd stitch and did not repeat the increase (all but Frankie, for her every 2nd was increased); for the big sisters every 2nd st (3x repeat).
If you would like to, sew on little buttons, or pearls, or flowers, and/or adorn otherwise (e.g. a crochet edge around the armholes, a belt…)
As you can see, there are endless possibilities to customize this pattern. I would be glad to see your dresses! Please send me links etc. :3

To put the dress on your monster of choice, slide her feet through the collar and slide the arms in the armholes once the dress is up over the hips/butt.
It will be easier to dress your girl if you take the hands and/or lower arms off; but people with a bit of skill can also dress their girls with the arms still attached (no, I cannot 😉 )

If you have any questions, or if anything is not clear in this pattern, please let me know; this is the first pattern I tried writing down, so it can be that there are things I am just assuming but are lost if you knit it for the first time.

 

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