• Kelly

Kelsey Dress - Free Knitting Pattern


Kelsey is a beautiful little raglan dress with a lace detail skirt.

The dress is knitted from top down in one piece with no seaming. It's a simple but beautiful design and one of my most popular.

Kelsey can be worn over any season. Pair it with sandals in the summer or with thick tights and a long sleeved vest in the winter. Your little girl will be over the moon.


Pin Now and Make it Later!


You can download the printer friendly version of my Kelsey pattern in my Ravelry shop here


Look at some of the beautiful versions of Kelsey so far. There are so many to choose from too. Maybe you'll find inspiration for your version too.



Top Left: Smartin3292, Top Middle: sanyshyn, Top Right: Mitt, Bottom Left: marycristygzz, Bottom Middle: HanKasparikova, Bottom Right: megansknitknacks



Watch the Step by Step Video



Pattern


DETAILS

Sizes (approx): 12m, (18m, 2yrs, 3yrs, 4yrs, 5yrs, 6yrs)

To Fit Chest (cm): 45.5, (48, 53.5, 56, 58.5, 61, 63.5)

To Fit Chest (in): 18, (19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25)

Actual Chest (cm): 47, (50, 54, 57, 59, 62, 64)

Actual Chest (in): 18.5, (19.5, 21.25, 22.5, 23.25, 24.5, 25.25)

Back Length (cm): 32.5, (34.5, 36.5, 38.5, 40.5, 42.5, 44.5)

Back Length (in): 12.75, (12.75, 14.25, 15, 16, 16.75, 17.5)


Needles

Circular Knitting Needles 4mm / US 6

Double Pointed Needles 4mm / US 6


Notions

Stitch markers (4)

Yarn needle

Row counter (optional)


Yarn

2, (3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5) 50g balls Jenny Watson Pure Merino DK, shade WM12 Purple

approx 248, (372, 372, 372, 496, 496, 620)meters / 270, (405, 405, 405, 540, 540, 675) yds


Gauge

10x10 cms (4” x 4”) = 22 sts x 30 rnds stocking st


Instructions

Written format.


Originally published

June 2013


Photography ©Kelly Menzies


ABBREVIATIONS

  • k - knit

  • p - purl

  • pm - place marker

  • sm - slip marker

  • rm - remove marker

  • kfb - knit into the front of the stitch and again into the back of the stitch to create an extra stitch yo yarn over the needle

  • k2tog - knit two stitches together

  • ssk - slip slip knit

  • m1 - make 1 st by picking up the strand of yarn between the two sts and knitting it through the back loop

  • rep - repeat

  • cm(s) - centimeters

  • in / “ - inches

  • rnd(s) - round(s)

  • st(s) - stitches

  • meas - measure

PATTERN

Note: Kelsey is knitted in the round from the top down.


DIRECTIONS

Using 4mm circular needle cast on 66 (70, 76, 80, 84, 88, 92) sts, pm and join in the rnd being careful not to twist.

Rnd 1: k, pm after each set of sts as follows: 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13) sts for first sleeve, pm, 26 (27, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33) sts for front, pm, 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13) sts for second sleeve, pm, 26 (27, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33) sts for back.

Rnd 2: p

2.

RAGLAN EDGING

Rnd 3: *kfb, k to one st before marker, kfb, sm, rep from * to end. 74 (78, 84, 88, 92, 96, 100) sts

Rnd 4: p

Rnds 5-8: rep Rnds 3 and 4 twice more. 90 (94, 100, 104, 108, 112, 116) sts

Change to stocking st

Rnd 9: *k1, yo, k to one st before marker, yo, k1, sm, rep from * to end. 98 (102, 108, 112, 116, 120, 124) sts

Rnd 10: k Rep Rnds 9 and 10 a further 9 (10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 14) times. 170 (182, 196, 208, 220, 232, 236) sts


ARMHOLES

Place the next 33 (36, 39, 42, 45, 48, 49) sts on holder, rm, k52 (55, 59, 62, 65, 68, 69), rm, rep from * to end, but do not remove final marker. 104 (110, 118, 124, 130, 136, 138) sts


BODY

Note: final marker will be at the start of each rnd. This should be at front.

K seven rnds

P one rnd

K one rnd

P one rnd

Next rnd: k52 (55, 59, 62, 65, 68, 69), pm, k to end


INCREASE ROUND

Size 12m: *m1, k2, (m1, k3) until to 2 sts, before m, m1, k2, rep from * to end. 140 sts

Size 18m: *(m1, k4) twice, (m1, k3) until 8 sts before m, (m1, k4) twice, rep from * to end. 144 sts

Size 2yrs: *(m1, k4) twice, (m1, k3) until 12 sts before m, (m1, k4) three times, rep from * to end. 154 sts

Size 3yrs: *m1, k5, (m1, k4) until 5 sts before m, m1, k5, rep from * to end. 154 sts

Size 4yrs: *m1, k5, (m1, k4) until m, rep from * to end. 162 sts

Size 5yrs: *k4, m1, rep from * to end. 170 sts

Size 6yrs: *(k5, m1) twice, (k4, m1) until 5 sts from m, k5, m1, rep from * to end. 170 sts





PATTERNED SECTION

Note: The side marker can now be removed. You now only need a start of round marker.

Rnd 1: * k1, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k2 (1, 3, 3, 1, 2, 2) rep from * to end

Rnd 2: k

Rnd 3: * k2, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k3 (2, 4, 4, 2, 3, 3) rep from * to end

Rnd 4: k

Rep Rnds 1 - 4 of pattern until work meas 30 (32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42) cm / 11.75 (12.5, 13.25, 14, 15, 15.75, 16.5) in or 2.5cm / 1” shorter than your desired length, ending after Rnd 4

Work eight rnds in garter st (k one rnd, p one rnd)

Cast off loosely


SLEEVES

Place the 33 (36, 39, 42, 45, 48, 49) sleeve sts on 4mm dpns to work in the rnd

Work eight rnds in garter st

Bind off loosely

Rep for second sleeve


FINISH

Weave in loose ends.

Using a darning method, sew up and holes in the underarms.

Block lightly to open up patterned section.




Download the printer friendly PDF version here -

warning - this link takes you to Ravelry which is currently causing some people migraines, sickness and seizures. As soon as I can get a free pattern download link away from Ravelry, I will fix this.


I hope you enjoyed making the Kesley dress.

Please take a moment to upload your projects to Ravelry (see above warning) and don’t forget to PIN this pattern on Pinterest so you can make it again next time. Share your Kelsey Dress on Instagram with hashtag #KesleyDress, then drop by the RowRow and Kades Wool Baa Facebook group and share it there too!



Join my Mailing List

© 2020 by RowRow and Kades