Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Seashell Sun Dress

Seashell Sun Dress
by Petra Wright

Skill Level: Intermediate Size: 12-24 months Finished Size: 17 inches long
Materials: Cara (3 50 g. balls) or other DK weight yarn to achieve same gauge
Knitting Circular Needles size 3 24"
Gauge: 7 stitches and 10 rows = 1 inch.

With circular needles, cast on 247 stitches. Join being careful not to twist yarn. Place marker
Seashell Trim
Row 1: K1 Yo *K5, sl 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th stitch over the first stitch, yo; repeat from *; end K1
Row 2: K1, *[p1,yo,k1 tbl] in next stitch] k1; repeat from * to end
Row 3: K1, k1tbl, * K3, K1tbl; repeat from *, end k3;
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: Knit
Row 6 : Purl

Knit until piece measures 9.5 inches from beginning. (197 stitches)
Next Row: *K1, K2tog ; repeat to end (132 stitches)

Lace Pattern (Twisted Openwork)

Stop working in the round. Turn work when reaching marker.
Row 1 and 3: P1, *K3, p1; repeat from * to end
Row 2: *K1, p3; repeat from *; end k1
Row 4: *K1, yo, p3tog, yo, K1; repeat from * to end
Row 5 and 7: K2, p1 * k3, p1; repeat from *, end k2
Row 6: P2, K1, *p3, k1; repeat from * ; end p2
Row 8: P2tog, yo, k1, * yo, p3tog, yo k1, repeat from * to end
Row 9-16: Rep. Row 1-8 of lace pattern.
Place 66 stitches on a holder.

Continue working in pattern; work only the front section (66 stitches). Bind off 8 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows. Bind off 2 stitches at each end of the right-side rows 4 times. Continue until piece measures 3” from beginning of lace pattern.

K12 stitches and place on holder. Bind off middle 18 stitches. Knit to end.

Front Strap
Work in stockinette stitch until strap measures 3.5 inches. Bind off
Remove stitches from holder and work in stockinette stitch for 3.5. Bind off.

Continue working sane as front to create arms and neck.

Back Strap
Work in stockinette stitch until strap measures 3 inches.
K4, yo, k2tog, k to end; purl next row; knit next row; purl next row; bind off.
Remove stitches from holder and work as other back strap. Bind off.

Crochet edging on straps (SC, HDC, SC in approx. every fourth stitch).
Sew open side from beginning of lace pattern to arm hole.
Sew buttons on front straps. Weave in ends.


  1. This dress is adorable!! But row1 confuses me: Row 1: K1 Yo *K5, sl 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th stitch over the first stitch, yo; repeat from *; end K1. How do you "sl 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th stitch over the first stitch?? Do you mean slip the first one over the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th? Or do you mean transfer the k5 stitches to the left needles, then slip the 2nd - 5th stitches over the first?? Thank you!

  2. Row 7 and 8 of lace pattern?
    Very sweet, want to try this.

  3. I think in knitting it is sometimes clearer when you have it on your needles. You will Knit 5 stitches onto your right needle. You will then pass the first four stitches over (and off the right needle) the last knit stitch. This stitche is written the same way Nicky Epstein wrote it in “Knittin on the Edge” for the “Petite Shells” stitch. Hope this helps. It makes a lovely little dress!

  4. Hi, I can't wait to start this little dress. Can you please explain to me row 2 seashell trim k1 [p1,yo,k1,tbl]in next stitch k1. Do I do p1, yo, k1 tbl all in 1 stitch and than knit1? Or do i do it all separately k1, p1, yo, k1tbl, k1

  5. I loved the picture of this dress and couldn't wait to get started on it...but now I wish I never had! There are SO many mistakes in there, I had to redo SO much of the dress to make it work, it's ridiculous. The latest mistake that threw me off: You start out with 66 stitches for the front, bind of 2 x 8=16 which gives you 50 stitches. Then you bind of 2x2x4=16 which gives you 34 stitches. Well, and then you knit 12 for one strap, bind of 18 and are left with 4 for the other strap. WTH?! So do I now not bind of as many on my way up to the strap or do I make the strap less than 12 stitches?! Seriously, I have never been this frustrated with a knitting pattern before!

  6. hi,
    I loved the pattern, and planning to knit it for my 1 year old daughter,since I am a beginner, it would be difficult for me to correct the mistakes,so please can any one post the corrected version of this soon.thank you

  7. I just started this sundress and followed the directions very carefully. No where do you indicate how many shells you should have when you finish row 1, and I have 49. A bit farther down you indicate you should have 197 stitches and I have only 100 as each time you do a "set" in row 2, you are increasing 1 stitch and decreasing 4 stitches, which would make 100 correct???

    1. I also have 49 shells. In row two you are increasing 2 stitches per set as you are making one st with your yarn over and you are making an extra stitch by p1 and k1tbl in the same st. I came up with 201 st rather than her 197 st. So am now trying to figure out how that will affect the top.

  8. I agree with anonymous. what's going on when you work the 66 stitches? knit 12, put on holder, bind off middle 18, knit how many to end? you should be working with 34 stitches, that leaves 4 stitches to do what with?