Little Lolita Dress (or French Maid, depending on the colour scheme…)

While I love knitting underskirts, I love knitting the little dresses from the top more (personally I like the raglan increase for sleeves better than just making “straps” by casting stitches off an on again). Therefore, this pattern will either create the illusion of an underskirt by the colour scheme – or not, depending on your point of view 😉

Lolita dresses

Again, for this pattern, here you will find the English version, the German translation has its own post here.

If you do not want to change colours (weaving in all these ends can be quite the hassle), just use one colour. For the green dress, I omitted the k1p1 ribbing for k one round, p one round, the continue in k.

For the collar, you can either start with 24 st (Abbey’s black dress), or with 32 st. (Draculaura’s dress), the difference is one more set of raglan increase. The pattern will start with 32 st. The open collar on the CaM vampire was more of a trial, and personally I did not like it, but if you like it, just knit the collar on two needles and close your round with your first k round with your main colour.

Ready for the pattern? 😉 Needles: 2mm, 5 dp for knitting in the round

Yarn: Crotchet thread size 5, for the green dress (100g / 560 m) (size 20 crotchet yarn?)

Cast on 32 st. and divide onto four dp needles (8 per needle) for knitting in the round
For the colour, knit 3-5 rows of k1p1 ribbing (alternatively, k one round, p one round, k one round) in your secondary colour (if you use two colours, else with your main colour) change to your main colour and k one round

We now begin the raglan increase:
on each needle, *k3, YO, k2, YO, k3* (repeat four times, one time on each needle)
k one round, the YO is knitted purlwise (to avoid holes) (=40 st; 10 on each needle)
on each needle, *k4, YO, k2, YO, k4* (repeat four times, one time on each needle)
k one round, the YO is knitted purlwise (to avoid holes) (=48 st; 12 on each needle)
on each needle, *k5, YO, k2, YO, k5* (repeat four times, one time on each needle)
k one round, the YO is knitted purlwise (to avoid holes) (=56 st; 14 on each needle)
on each needle, *k6, YO, k2, YO, k6* (repeat four times, one time on each needle)
k one round, the YO is knitted purlwise (to avoid holes) (=64 st; 16 on each needle)

Now we divide off the stitches for the sleeves:
k 8, put 8 st on stitch holder/safety pin/spare yarn/whatever, put another 8 st on stitch holder/safety pin/spare yarn/whatever, k16, put 8 st on stitch holder/safety pin/spare yarn/whatever, put another 8 st on stitch holder/safety pin/spare yarn/whatever, k8 (you should now have on your needles 8st – 16 on two holders – 16 st on your needles – 16 on two holders – 8 on your needles = round of 32 st and to sleeves of 16 st each)

Now you happily knit along in the round, round and round, until the bodice piece is about 4 – 5 cm.

Then we increase for the skirt: kfb of each stitch = 64 st

Again, knit round and round, to desired lengths (I like the whole dress to be about 10.5 cm). For the hem of the skirt, change to your second colour (or not), then:
purl one round,
knit one round,
purl one round,
bind off in knit stitch

Now for your sleeves, divide the 16 st. onto three dpn and knit to desired lengths. If you wish, finish at the hem with your secondary colour just as described for the skirt part. (It is recommended to start your round under the arm, because you will need the yarn end to stitch close the little holes which result from putting the stitches for the sleeves aside.)

Weave in all ends and, using the yarn tail from beginning your sleeve, carefully stitch close the little holes under the arms.

Alternatively, you could pick up two more stitches under the arm for the sleeves, which might avoid the holes (but that is hit and miss with me at least…)

You know where to find the pattern for the socks 😉 For the socks I recommend using size 1.5 mm dpn the green dress was also made with 1.5 mm needles, therefore fits a tad more snugly), using the same yarn as the dress, but cast on 18 st (instead of 14 as with 2 mm dpn)

Lovely Draculaura’s face was again painted by the talented Kaki.

Abbey is wearing cute little boots from Mimiwoo.

EDIT: The socks also work very well withe needles 1mm (also cast on 18 st, but your mileage may vary depending on the yarn you use)

 

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