Wednesday, August 17, 2011



Many thinks to Virginia J. for testing this pattern.

SIZE:  Measured across yoke at armhole stitches, you can see this little pinafore will fit a large range of sizes.
Caron One Pound (US 11 [8.0 mm] needle) 28 inches
Red Heart Super Saver (US 10 [6.0 mm] needle) about 24 inches
Pound of Love about (US (10 [6.0 mm] needle) 22 inches

Your choice of yarn and circular needle, see notes.
Button (3/4 inch)
Ribbon 5/8 inch 1 to 1 ½ yards
US 10 (6.0 mm) 24 inch circular knitting needle
US I (5.5 mm) crochet hook
4 Markers
Tapestry needle

GAUGE:  In garter stitch
Red Heart Super Saver 7 sts=2 inches
Pound of Love 8 sts=2 inches

1.  Read instructions completely through before beginning

2.  Different yarns and needles will make different sizes.  The pattern is the same for all the sizes.  The amount of yarn required will depend upon how long you make the garment.  The ones in the photos are 11 repeats of the skirt pattern.   The ounces listed should give you a rough idea of how much yarn you will need.

The Persimmon Is Caron One Pound and it weighs 6.9 ounces and was knit with a US size 11 (8.0 mm) 24 inch circular needle.  It measures 28 inches at the underarm.

The Pink one is Lion Brand Pound of Love and weighs 3.6 ounces and was knit with a US size 10 (6.0 mm) 24 inch circular needle.  It measure 22 inches at the underarm.

  1.  Because the garter stitch yoke is stretchy this little pinafore will fit many sizes.  The lucky girl will be able to wear it for quite awhile.  There is a nice chart of children’s measurements here:

  1. Rows and rounds start at center back.
  2. You decide the length:  top, pinafore or dress.
  3. If you want to use a larger button, just make the chain button loop longer.
  4. I always tack the center of the ribbon at the center back, so even if the bow comes untied it won’t come out of the pinafore.

K = Knit
P = Purl
YO = Yarn over
PM = Place marker
K2tog = Knit 2 together
PU = Pick up and knit
Kfb = Knit in front and back

Pickup and knit = PU

K2tog = Knit 2 together a decrease

Picot bind off

Inc = KFB, Knit into front and back of stitch

Cast on 40 stitches, leaving about a 9 inch tail.  More about this tail at the end of the pattern.

Row 1: K across. (40 sts)

Row 2:  K5, PM, K10, PM, K10, PM, K10, PM, K5.  (40 sts)

Rows 3-17:  K across inc 1 st before and after each marker.  (160 sts)

For the armhole bind off you can bind off plain or fancy it up with the picot bind off.  If you use the picot bind off, bind off two stitches before casting on the first two stitches for the picot bind off.

Row 18:   K20 (to first marker). Bind off 40 sts.  K40 (to marker 3).  Bind off 40 sts.  K20.  (80 sts)

Do not turn.  From now on you will be working in rounds, but we will keep the same row/round sequence.

Picking up one stitch in the first bound off sleeve stitch makes a smoother transition from skirt to sleeve.
Round 19:  K 20 sts, PU (pickup and knit) a st in the first bound off st, cast on 3 sts, K40 sts, PU a st in the first bound off st, cast on 3, K20.  PM (88 sts)

Round 20-21:  K around. (88 sts)

Round 22:  (Eyelet round)  K2, YO, K2tog.  Repeat around.  (88 sts)

Rounds 23-24:  K around. (88 sts)


Note:  There are no increases in the 4 underarm sts.  The different colors on this round don’t mean anything, just a tool for me to keep track of which part I’m working.

Round 25:  (K1, inc Kfb in next 4 sts) 3 times.  (K1, inc Kfb in 1 st, K1, inc Kfb in 1 st, K1).  K4.  (K1, inc Kfb in 1 st, K1, inc Kfb in 1 st, K1).  (K1, inc Kfb in next 4 sts) 6 times.  (K1, inc Kfb in 1 st, K1, inc Kfb in 1 st, K1).  K4.  (K1, inc Kfb in 1 st, K1, inc Kfb in 1 st, K1).  (K1, inc Kfb in next 4 sts) 3 times.  (144 sts) 

Round 26:  K2tog 3 times. *(YO, K1) 6 times. K2tog 6 times.  Repeat from * to last 12 stitches.  (YO, K1) 6 times.  K2tog 3 times.  (144 sts)

Round 27:  P. (144 sts)

Round  28:   K. (144 sts)

Round 29:  K. (144 sts)

Repeat rounds 26-29 until skirt is about 1/2 inch less than you want. 

Repeat rounds 26-28  once.

Bind off in knit.

Fasten off and weave in ending tail.

With your crochet hook, put hook through cast on row and pull up a loop using the beginning tail.  Chain 6.  Test to be sure your button will fit through loop.  Fasten off and weave end into row 1 or 2.

Sew on button.

Weave ribbon in and out eyelet round and tie in a bow.

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