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Flitter

by Erika Neitzke

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Intermediate

The two women who influenced my creativity the greatest were my grandmother and my mother. My Grossi (grandmother in Swiss-German) taught me the basics of knitting despite a language barrier and my infrequent visits. My mother, a seamstress herself, taught me the basics of sewing when I was little and let me use scraps of fabric to make clothes for my dolls. Flitter is the fusion of these two influences in a dress that is comfortable to wear, fun to twirl in, and oh so girly!


 


Sizes

18 months[2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8] years

Finished Measurements

Chest Measurement: 18[18¾, 19½, 20¾, 21½, 23, 23¾, 25] inches
Length: 17¾[18⅞, 20½, 22¼, 24, 25¾, 28⅝, 29⅞] inches

Materials

Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima [100% Pima cotton; 220 yards / 201 meters per 3.5 ounce / 100 gram hank];

#3752 Coral

Recommended needle sizes

US 5 (3.75 mm) 20 inch circular needle
US 3 (3.25 mm) dpns (set of 2)
US F/5 (3.75 mm) crochet hook

Notions

44-45 inch wide lightweight woven cotton or cotton/silk blend fabric - ¾[¾, 1, 1, 1, 1¼, 1¼, 1¼] yards
2 stitch markers (different colors to mark end of round)
cable needle
tapestry needle
sewing needle
coordinating thread
⅜ inch elastic - 27 inches long for all sizes
sewing pins
safety pin

Gauge

With larger size needles, 23 sts and 28 rnds = 4 inches in Bead St
Gauge is critical for this design.

Pattern Notes

Skirt pattern template (PDF)
Bead St
– slip 3 stitches to cable needle, wrap yarn counterclockwise 3 times around stitches on cable needle; knit 3 stitches from cable needle
I-cord – knit stitches on dpn, do not turn work; * slide stitches to the opposite end of dpn, knit stitches; repeat from * until you have reached desired length.
Crab Stitch (also called reverse single crochet) – with RS of work facing, working left to right, insert hook in next stitch to the right, yarn over and draw yarn through stitch, rotating hook so loop just formed is to the left of the first one (2 loops on hook). Yarn over, draw yarn through the 2 loops on hook.
Staystitch – Stitch ¼ inch from the raw edge of fabric. Staystitching prevents the fabric from stretching, especially around curved edges.
Rolled hem – With fingers, fold fabric under by ⅛ inch, then fold a second time by ⅛ inch; pin in place.
Topstitch – Sew a straight stitch on the outside fabric, usually parallel to a seam or an edge.
Backstitch – Sew in reverse for a few stitches to anchor the seam and prevent stitches from coming unsewn.
Overcast stitch or whipstitch (sewing fabric to knit) – With sewing needle and thread, catch top edge of fabric, then catch a few stitch bumps on knit piece, pull thread through; repeat the process, always entering the fabric first, then the knit piece.

Skills Required

knitting in rounds, basic decreases, i-cord, basic sewing skills, basic crochet skills

Instructions

Bodice
Cast on 156[162, 168, 180, 186, 198, 204, 216] sts on circular needle, PM. Join in the round, careful not to twist sts.
Rnd 1: Knit around.
Rnd 2: *K1 and slip back to left needle, with right needle lift next 4 sts, one at a time, over first st and off needle, yo, knit the first st again, k1; repeat from * to end of round: 78[81, 84, 90, 93, 99, 102, 108] sts.
Rnd 3: *(K1, p1, k1) in yo, k2tog; repeat from * to end of round: 104[108, 112, 120, 124, 132, 136, 144] sts.
Rnds 4-6: Knit around.
Rnd 7: K51[53, 55, 59, 61, 65, 67, 71] sts, pm, knit to end of round.

Bead Pattern
Bead Pattern Rnd 1: K0[1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10], (bead st, k9) 4 times, bead st, K0[1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10], sm, K1[2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11], (bead st, k9) 4 times, bead st, k1[2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11].
Bead Pattern Rnds 2-6: Knit around.
Bead Pattern Rnd 7: K6[7, 8, 10, 11, 1, 2, 4], (bead st, k9) 3 [3, 3, 3, 3, 5, 5, 5] times, bead st, k6[7, 8, 10, 11, 1, 2, 4], sm, k7[8, 9, 11, 0, 2, 3, 5], (bead st, k9) 3 [3, 3, 3, 5, 5, 5, 5] times, bead st, k7[8, 9, 11, 0, 2, 3, 5].
Bead Pattern Rnds 8-12: Knit around.
Repeat Bead Rnds 1-12 for pattern until Bodice measures 3[3¼, 3½, 3¾, 4, 4¼, 4½, 4¾] inches from cast on edge, ending with an odd numbered rnd.

Tip: Keep track of the Bead Pattern Rnd you are on for the rest of the bodice.

Next Rnd (Armhole Shaping): Work in pattern to within 3[3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5] sts of marker, bind off next 8 [9, 10, 10, 10, 11, 11, 11] sts, removing marker, work to last 5[6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6], bind off next 8 [9, 10, 10, 10, 11, 11, 11] sts, removing end of round marker.
Front and back bodice will be worked separately in rows. Begin working back and forth on the front bodice (there will now be a right and a wrong side). All WS rows will be worked as purl rows. Bead St will only be worked on RS rows.
Note: When decreasing, only work Bead St if there are 3 sts (not including the edge stitch) to work completely; if not, work those sts in St st.

Tip: Slipping the first st of each row while doing the armhole shaping will leave a nice edge for picking up the edging later.

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Bodice - Front
Row 1 (RS): Work 45[47, 47, 51, 53, 55, 57, 61] sts in pattern to bound off sts.
Row 2 (WS): Bind off 2 [2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3] sts purlwise, purl across: 43[45, 45, 49, 51, 53, 54, 58] sts.
Row 3: Bind off 2 [2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3] sts knitwise, work in pattern across: 41[43, 43, 47, 49, 51, 51, 55] sts.
Row 4: Bind off 2 sts purlwise, purl to armhole: 39[41, 41, 45, 47, 49, 49, 53] sts.
Row 5: Bind off 2 sts knitwise, work in pattern across: 37[39, 39, 43, 45, 47, 47, 51] sts.
Row 6: Bind off 1 st purlwise, purl across: 36[38, 38, 42, 44, 46, 46, 50] sts.
Row 7: Bind off 1 st knitwise, work in pattern across: 35[37, 37, 41, 43, 45, 45, 49] sts.
Row 8: Bind off 0[0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1] st purlwise, purl across: 35[37, 37, 40, 42, 44, 44, 48] sts.
Row 9: Bind off 0[0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1] st knitwise, work across: 35[37, 37, 39, 41, 43, 43, 47] sts.
Row 10: Bind off 1 st purlwise, purl across: 34[36, 36, 38, 40, 42, 42, 46] sts.
Row 11: Bind off 1 st knitwise, work in pattern across: 33[35, 35, 37, 39, 41, 41, 45] sts.
Row 12: Purl across
Work in pattern until front bodice measures 5[5½, 5¾, 6¼, 6½, 6¾, 7¼, 7½] inches from cast on edge.
Bind off all sts.

Bodice – Back
With RS facing, rejoin yarn to back bodice sts. Begin working back and forth.
Row 1 (RS): Work 43[43, 45, 49, 51, 55, 57, 61] sts in pattern across.

Row 2 (WS): Bind off 5[5, 5, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8] sts purlwise, purl across: 38[38, 40, 43, 44, 48, 49, 53] sts.
Row 3: Bind off 5[5, 5, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8] sts knitwise, work in pattern across: 33[33, 35, 37, 37, 41, 41, 45] sts.
Row 4: Bind off 3[3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6] sts purlwise, purl across: 30[30, 32, 33, 33, 36, 36, 39] sts.
Row 5: Bind off 3[3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6] sts knitwise, work in pattern across: 27[27, 29, 29, 29, 31, 31, 33] sts.
Row 6: Bind off 3 sts purlwise, purl across: 24[24, 26, 26, 26, 28, 28, 30] sts.
Row 7: Bind off 3 sts knitwise, work in pattern across: 21[21, 23, 23, 23, 25, 25, 27] sts.
Row 8: Bind off 2 sts purlwise, purl to armhole: 19[19, 21, 21, 21, 23, 23, 25] sts.
Row 9: Bind off 2 sts knitwise, work in pattern across: 17[17, 19, 19, 19, 21, 21, 23] sts.
Row 10: Bind off 2 sts purlwise, purl across: 15[15, 17, 17, 17, 19, 19, 21] sts.
Row 11: Bind off 2 sts knitwise, work in pattern across: 13[13, 15, 15, 15, 17, 17, 19] sts.
Row 12: Purl across.
Work in pattern until back bodice measures 5[5½, 5¾, 6¼, 6½, 6¾, 7¼, 7½] inches from cast on edge.
Bind off all sts.

Bodice Edging
With crochet hook and RS facing, join yarn with slip st in front upper right corner of bodice; work one chain st, work crab stitch across front top, around left armhole, across back top, and around right armhole.
Note: With crab stitch, you will work approximately 3 crab sts for every 4 knit sts.

Straps
With smaller size dpn, pick up and knit 3 sts at front upper right corner of bodice. Knit in I-cord until cord measures 4½[4¾, 5, 5¼, 5½, 6, 6¼, 6½] inches. Secure cord to back upper right corner. Repeat for strap from front upper left corner to back upper left corner.

With tapestry needle, weave in all ends.

Flitter Petal Skirt
Print out skirt pattern template (PDF), tape together per instructions on pattern and cut out appropriate size. Tip: when printing pattern, choose the option to print actual size (not fit to page). Check that the test square on pattern measures 1 inch on each side.

Cut out 8 petal skirt pieces from fabric, being careful to line up the grain line indicated on pattern with the grain line of the fabric.

With a long stitch length, staystitch around the curved edge of each petal. Gently pull on both ends of one thread to lightly gather the curved edge. This will help when sewing the rolled hem in the next step.

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Pin a ⅛ inch rolled hem toward the wrong side of fabric along the sides and curved part of each petal.

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Stitch along edge of rolled hem.

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Overlap two edges of petals by ⅛ inch and topstitch for 9[9½, 10¾, 11¾, 13¼, 14½, 16¾, 17½] inches, securing with backstitch at the split of the two petals.

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Repeat for remaining petals. Join first and last petals in the same manner to form a skirt tube.

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Fold under and press the top edge of skirt by ⅜ inch. Fold the waistband under a second time by another ½ inch and press. Stitch the folded edge of the waistband, leaving a 1 inch opening to feed the elastic through the channel.

Cut elastic to 17¼[18¼, 19, 20, 21, 21¾, 22¾, 23½] inches. Using a safety pin attached to one end of elastic, feed elastic through the channel at top of skirt. Taking care that the elastic is not twisted, sew the two ends of elastic together, overlapping by ¼ inch. Stretch the elastic to evenly distribute it in the channel. Stitch the opening of the channel closed. Clip threads.

Finishing

With bodice and skirt right side out, center one petal panel on front bodice and pin in place, overlapping by ¼ inch. Repeat for opposite panel on back bodice. Repeat for both sides.

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Turn bodice and skirt inside out. Using sewing needle and thread, sew skirt to bodice using overcast stitch. This will allow the knitting and elastic to stretch at the waistband. Clip threads.

 

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Erika has been knitting since her Swiss grandmother taught her at age 8. After
working as an engineer for a few years, she now keeps busy with raising a
daughter, teaching fitness classes at the gym, and figuring out how to make more
time to knit and design. She blogs about her knitting and sewing adventures and
can be found on Ravelry as defiknitely.

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