You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make this clever design. Once you make one, you’ll want to make them for all the little ones you love!
13 sts = 4 inches/10cm in St st on ( 3 smaller needle. Exact gauge is not critical to this project.
Bluebell Rib (multiple of 5 sts + 2) Row 1 (RS): P2, *k3, p2; rep from * across. Rows 2 and 4: K2, *p3, k2; rep from * across. Row 3: P2, *k3, p2; rep from * across. Row 5: P2, *yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo, p2; rep from * across. Row 6: Rep Row 2.
Rep Rows 1–6 for pat.
Piece is worked as a square, and then folded and sewn at the sides, leaving openings for armholes. When worn, the looseness of the rib pattern tends to cause the piece to “grow” in width for a flexible fit.
When measuring length of the piece, be sure to do so with piece on a flat surface.
With larger needle, loosely cast on 82 (92, 102, 112) sts.
Rep [Rows 1–6 of Bluebell Rib pat] 1 (1, 2, 2) time(s).
Change to smaller needle and continue in pat until piece measures 12 (14, 16, 18) inches from caston edge, ending by working a Row 6 of pat.
Change to larger needle and work [Rows 1–6] 2 (2, 3, 3) times.
Bind off loosely.
Referring to diagram, fold piece in half matching cast-on and bound-off largerneedle edges. Mark sides 3 (31/2, 4, 41/2) inches from fold for armhole openings. Sew side seams tog joining area 3 to area 2 and area 4 to area 1 from marker to lower edge.
Referring to photo, weave ribbon between sts on each side and tie at center front.
When worn, 1 large-needle end becomes the collar and the other becomes the flounce.