This little dress is easy to knit and looks great.

Easy Baby and Kids' Lacy Tank Dress Knitting Pattern

This is the sweetest little dress, with a lacy skirt and cute tank-style top. Its simple and delicate shape will look gorgeous on your favorite princess.

Size

0-6 months: chest 181/2" (47cm), length 17" (43cm)

6-12 months: chest 21" (53.5cm), length 18" (45.5cm)

2 years: chest 231/4" (59cm), length 20" (51cm)

3 years: chest 251/2" (65cm), length 21" (53.5cm)

What You'll Need

Yarn: DK weight yarn, about 548 [548, 685, 685] yards (500m [500m, 625m, 625m])

We used: Plymouth Yarns Wildflower DK (51% cotton, 49% acrylic; 137 yards [125m] per 50g skein): #53 Light Pink, 4 [4, 5, 5] skeins

Needles: US size 5 (3.75mm); US size 7 (4.5mm)

Notions: 4 stitch holders; tapestry needle

Gauge

24 stitches and 26 rows=4" (10cm) in stockinette stitch

Note: Instructions are given for smallest size; numbers for larger sizes are in brackets. When only 1 number is given, it applies to all sizes.

Ridged Feather Stitch

Row 1 (wrong side): Purl.

Row 2: Knit.

Row 3: Purl.

Row 4: Knit 1, *(purl 2 together) 2 times, *(yarn over, knit 1) 3 times, yarn over, (purl 2 together) 2 times; repeat from * until 1 stitch remains, knit 1.

The lacy dress can be made to fit all sizes from newborn to 3 years.

Make the DressBack

With size 5 (3.75mm) needle cast on 90 [101, 112, 123] stitches.

Next row (right-side set-up row): Purl.

Change to size 7 (4.5mm) needles and work Ridged Feather Stitch pattern beginning with row 1 (purl row) until piece measures approximately 9" [91/2", 101/2", 11"] (23cm [24cm, 26.5cm, 28cm]) ending with row 3 (wrong side).

Next row (decrease row): Knit 1, (purl 2 together) 2 times, *purl 3, (purl 2 together) 4 times; repeat from * until 1 stitch remains, knit 1. (58 [65, 72, 79] stitches)

Work even in stockinette stitch (knit on right side, purl on wrong side) until piece measures 4" [4", 41/2", 41/2"] (10cm [10cm, 11.5cm, 11.5cm]) from beginning of stockinette stitch, ending with a wrong-side row.

Shape Armhole

Note: In the following rows of armhole shaping, binding off of armhole edge stitches is worked on right-side and wrong-side rows. Decreases are worked on right-side rows only.

Continue in stockinette stitch, binding off 4 stitches at beginning of each armhole edge 0 [0, 1, 1] time(s). (58 [65, 64, 71] stitches)

Bind off 3 stitches at beginning of each armhole edge 1 [2, 1, 2] time(s). (52 [53, 58, 59] stitches)

Bind off 2 stitches at beginning of each armhole edge 1 [1, 2, 2] time(s). (48 [49, 50, 51] stitches)

Next right-side row: Knit 1, work slip slip knit decrease, knit across row to last 3 stitches, knit 2 together, knit 1. (46 [47, 48, 49] stitches)

Next wrong-side row: Purl.

Repeat last 2 rows 3 [2, 1, 0] time(s) more. (40 [43, 46 49] stitches)

Work even in stockinette stitch until piece measures 61/2" [7", 71/2", 8"] (16.5cm [18cm, 19cm, 20.5cm]) from beginning of stockinette stitch, ending with a wrong-side row.

Next row (right side): Knit 13 [14, 15, 16] stitches, bind off next 14 [15, 16, 17] stitches, knit to end. (13 [14, 15, 16] stitches on each side of neck edge)

Shape left side of neck bind-off (this will be the right side of neck as worn)

Note: In the following left-side neckline shaping rows, binding off of neckline stitches occurs on right-side rows only beginning at neck edge. On wrong-side rows all stitches are purled. Decreases are made on right-side rows at the neck edge.

Continue in stockinette stitch.

Next row and all wrong-side rows: Purl.

Right-side rows: Bind off 3 stitches at neck edge 0 [0, 1, 1] time(s). (13 [14, 12, 13] stitches)

Right-side rows: Bind off 2 stitches at neck edge 1 [2, 1, 2] time(s) more. (11 [10, 10, 9] stitches)

Next row (right side): Knit 1, work slip slip knit decrease, work to end of row. (10 [9, 9, 8] stitches)

Next row: Purl.

Repeat last 2 rows 2 [1, 1, 0] time(s) more. (8 stitches)

Work even until piece measures 17" [18", 20", 21"] (43cm [45.5cm, 51cm, 53.5cm]) from cast-on edge. Place 8 remaining shoulder stitches on holder.

Shape second side of neck (this will be the left side of neck as worn)

Note: In the following neckline shaping rows, binding off of stitches occurs on wrong-side rows only beginning at neck edge. On right-side rows all stitches are knit. Decreases are made on right-side rows at the neck edge.

With wrong side facing, join new yarn and continue in stockinette stitch binding off 3 stitches at neck edge 0 [0, 1, 1] time(s), purl to end of row. (13 [12, 12, 13] stitches)

Next row and all right-side rows: Knit.

Wrong-side rows: Bind off 2 stitches at neck edge 1 [2, 1, 2] time(s). (11 [10, 10, 9] stitches)

Next row (right side): Knit to last 3 stitches, knit 2 together, knit 1. (10 [9, 9, 8] stitches)

Next row (wrong side): Purl.

Repeat last 2 rows 2 [1, 1, 0] time(s) more. (8 stitches)

Work even until piece measures 17" [18", 20", 21"] (43cm [45.5cm, 51cm, 53.5cm]) from cast-on edge. Place 8 shoulder stitches on holder.

Front

Follow instructions for back through armhole shaping until piece measures 51/2" [6", 61/2", 7"] (14cm [15cm, 16.5cm, 18cm]) from beginning of stockinette stitch, ending with a wrong-side row. (40 [43, 46, 49] stitches)

Next row (right side): Knit 16 [17, 18, 19] stitches, bind off 8 [9, 10, 11] stitches, knit to end of row. (16 [17, 18, 19] stitches each side of neck)

Shape second side of neck (this will be the left side of neck as worn)

Next row and all wrong-side rows: Purl.

Right-side rows: Bind off 3 stitches at neck edge 1 [1, 2, 2] time(s). (13 [14, 12, 13] stitches)

Right-side rows: Bind off 2 stitches at neck edge 1 [2, 1, 2] time(s). (11 [10, 10, 9] stitches)

Next right-side row: Knit 1, work slip slip knit decrease, knit to end of row. (10 [9, 9, 8] stitches)

Next row (wrong-side): Purl.

Repeat last 2 rows 2 [1, 1, 0] time(s) more. (8 stitches)

Work even until piece measures 17" [18", 20", 21"] (43cm [45.5cm, 51cm, 53.5cm]) from cast-on edge. Place 8 shoulder stitches on holder.

Shape Left Side of Neck (As Worn)

Continue in stockinette stitch, with wrong side of work facing, join new yarn, bind off 3 stitches at neck edge 1 [1, 2, 2] time(s), purl to end of row. (13 [14, 12, 13] stitches)

All right-side rows: Knit.

Wrong-side rows: Bind off 2 stitches at neck edge 1 [2, 1, 2] time(s), purl to end of row. (10 [9, 9, 8] stitches)

Next right-side row: Knit to last 3 stitches, knit 2 together, knit 1. (10 [9, 9, 8] stitches)

Next wrong-side row: Purl.

Repeat these 2 rows 2 [1, 1, 0] time(s) more. (8 stitches)

Work even until piece measures 17" [18", 20", 21"] (43cm [45.5cm, 51cm, 53.5cm]). Place 8 shoulder stitches on holder.

Finishing

With wrong sides facing (right sides together), seam left shoulder stitches of front and back together using 3-needle bind-off technique.

Work Left Armhole Band

With size 5 (3.75mm) needle and right side facing, pick up 64 [68, 76, 88] stitches around armhole edge starting at bottom of armhole of back piece.

Knit 4 rows. Bind off loosely.

Work Neckband

With size 5 (3.75mm) needle and right side facing, pick up 78 [84, 90, 96] stitches around neck edge starting at right shoulder of front piece.

Knit 4 rows. Bind off loosely.

With wrong sides facing (right sides together), seam right shoulder stitches of front and back together using 3-needle bind-off technique. Seam neckband edges together at right shoulder.

Work Right Armhole Band

With size 5 (3.75mm) needle and right side facing, pick up same number of stitches as left armhole band, starting at bottom of armhole of front piece.

Knit 4 rows. Bind off loosely. With yarn threaded on tapestry needle sew side seams using mattress stitch. Weave in loose ends to wrong side of dress.

Keep your little princess warm (and fashionable) with our next easy pattern -- keep reading for the pretty poncho knitting pattern.

For more helpful knitting tips and interesting patterns, try: