Hearts & Stripes Forever Baby Dress

Give your sweet little one some love by making this Valentine-inspired baby dress.  This dress features contrast trim, heart-shaped pockets and heart buttons.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Finished Chest Size 16.5 (17, 18, 19, 20)” for infant size 3 (6, 12, 18, 24) months

Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking

Materials

Medium weight yarnYarn: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (100% Acrylic; 170 yards [156 meters]/100 grams): #177 Sage (MC, 1 skein), #099 Linen (CC, 1 skein)

Needles: US size 9 (5.5 mm) straight

Notions: Tapestry needle, two ½” heart-shaped buttons, 1 sheet red felt, matching thread, sewing needle

Special Stitches

Garter Stitch

Row 1: Knit.

Rep Row 1 for patt.

Pattern

Back

CO 42 (46, 48, 52, 54) sts.

Border

With CC, work in Garter Stitch for 4 (4, 6, 6, 8) rows.

Body

Change to MC.

Decrease 1 st each side on next row and every 14th row twice. (36 (40, 42, 46, 48) sts)

Work 0 (0, 2, 8, 10) rows even in St st.

Sizes 12 (18, 24) months Only

Decrease 1 st each side. (40 (44, 46) sts)

All Sizes

Work in St st for 16 (18, 18, 18, 20) rows.

Armhole

BO 3 (3, 3, 4, 4) sts at beg of next 2 rows. (30 (34, 34, 36, 38) sts)

Work even in St st for 1 (1, 1, 2, 2) rows.

Decrease 1 st each side. (28 (32, 32, 34, 36) sts)

Work even in St st for 1 (1, 1, 2, 2) rows.

Decrease 1 st each side. (26 (30, 30, 32, 34) sts)

Work in Garter Stitch for 14 (16, 16, 18, 18) rows.

Neck Shaping

Work 5 (6, 6, 6, 7) sts in est patt, sl next 16 (18, 18, 20, 20) to holder, join other end of yarn, work 5 (6, 6, 6, 7) sts in est patt.

Dec 1 st at Neck Edge. (4 (5, 5, 5, 6) sts)

Work even for 7 (7, 8, 8, 9) rows.

Sizes 6 (12, 18, 24) months Only

Dec 1 st at each end. (3 (3, 3, 4) sts)

Change to CC.

Work in Garter Stitch for 3 rows.

BO sts.

Front

Work same as Back to Armhole.

Armhole

BO 3 (3, 3, 4, 4) sts at beg of next 2 rows. (30 (34, 34, 36, 38) sts)

Work even in St st for 1 (1, 1, 2, 2) rows.

Decrease 1 st each side. (28 (32, 32, 34, 36) sts)

Work even in St st for 1 (1, 1, 2, 2) rows.

Decrease 1 st each side. (26 (30, 30, 32, 34) sts)

Work in Garter Stitch for 6 (8, 8, 10, 10) rows.

Neck Shaping

Work 9 (10, 10, 10, 11) sts, sl next 8 (10, 10, 12, 12) to holder, join other end of yarn, work 9 (10, 10, 10, 11) sts.

Decrease 1 st at neck edge every row 5 times. (4 (5, 5, 5, 6) sts)

Work even in St st for 2 rows.

Change to CC.

Work in Garter Stitch for 3 rows.

BO sts.

Finishing

Block pieces.

Sew Front to Back at side seams.

Front Collar

With CC and RS facing, pick up and k8 (10, 10, 12, 12) sts from left front neck edge, 8 (10, 10, 12, 12) sts from holder, 8 (10, 10, 12, 12) sts from right front neck edge. (24 (30, 30, 36, 36) sts)

Work in Garter Stitch for 2 rows.

BO sts.

Armholes

With CC and RS facing, pick up and k26 (30, 30, 34, 34) sts evenly around armhole.

Work in Garter Stitch for 2 rows.

BO sts.

Back Collar

With CC and RS facing, pick up and k6 (7, 7, 8, 8) sts below Garter Stitch border of right back neck edge, 16 (18, 18, 20, 20) sts from holder, 6 (7, 7, 8, 8) sts from left back neck edge, ending just before Garter Stitch border. (28 (32, 32, 36, 36) sts)

Work in Garter Stitch for 2 rows.

BO sts.

Sew Garter Stitch borders together at tops of front and back neck edges.

Cut heart-shaped pockets from red felt and attach.

Overlap straps by bringing back straps to front. Attach heart-shaped buttons.

Weave in ends.

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