Pikku is a summer dress made of lace weight cotton yarn. It is worked seamlessly top down. At first you can use Pikku as a dress and as your baby grows the dress becomes a tunic. The pattern is available on my Ravelry store.
The sample is knitted with mercerized lace weight cotton yarn which is perfect for a baby’s summer dress since it can be washed in high temperature, it feels cool next to skin and is very durable.
When you select the size please note that babies grow at very different rates. Choose the size according to your baby’s bust measurement. You can easily adjust the length of sleeves and hem. The sample is size 68/74cm and shown on 9 months old baby.
Sizes: 1-3 months (6-9 months, 12-18 months).
16 (17.4, 18.4)’’ [41 (44, 47) cm]
Baby’s length approximately:
22/24’’ (27/29’’, 31/34’’) [56/62cm (68/74cm, 80/86cm)]
Yarn: Lace weight cotton yarn (meterage 601 yards / 550 meters / 100g) approximately 325 (358, 440) yards [297 (352, 402) meters]
Note that yardage usage may vary if your yarn/gauge differs.
Needles: US 0 30’’ [2mm 80cm] or longer circular needles. With thin cotton yarn I recommend using needles with sharp end.
Adjust needle size to obtain the correct gauge.
Other: Tapestry needle, stitch markers
Gauge: 28.5 sts and 50 rows per 4 inches (10cm) in stockinette after blocking.
USING THICKER YARN OR DIFFERENT GAUGE
The dress is designed for thin cotton yarn (meterage 601 yards / 550 meters / 100g) usually marketed as cotton crochet yarn. However, many of my testknitters wanted to use a little bit thicker yarn so I decided to make a calculator which gives you the dimensions of the dress for your preferred gauge.
For instance if your gauge is 26 sts instead of 28.5 / 4” (10cm) and you use stitch counts of size 1 the finished dress will be size 2. The average measurements I’ve used for designing can be found from craftyarncouncil.com. Compare the chest measurement and armhole depth to the dresses dimensions and you can estimate whether it fits a baby of certain age.
My gauge is sts and rows / 4” (10cm).
With the stitch counts provided in the pattern and your gauge (28.5 sts and 40 rows / 4” (10cm)) you would get the following measurements.
Measurements in cm
|Size 1||Size 2||Size 3|
|B (armhole depth)||10||11||11|
|C (chest = C*2)||20.5||22.1||23.7|
Measurements in inches
|Size 1||Size 2||Size 3|
|B (armhole depth)||4||4.3||4.7|
|C (chest = C*2)||8.2||8.8||9.5|
I hope you enjoy the pattern! Let me know if you find the calculator useful.