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Nova

By Signe S. Simonsen
Easy

My favorite thing about the nordic winter is that it is the necessary precursor to the spectacular northern spring. Everything that was frozen and dormant now awakes so fresh and juicy, just bursting of life and greenness. The light returns and nature is so full of optimism and newness. I just love spring.

The Nova Dress is a fresh and simple little raglan dress in the vibrant colors of spring. The dress is knit in one piece from the bottom up in gorgeously soft yarn. It has a front flap which buttons with cute little buttons and makes it simple to get in and out of and fun to wear.


Size

2 [4, 6, 8, 10] years
Shown in 2 years

Finished Measurements

Chest: 22½ [24½, 26½, 28, 29½] inches
Length: 17 [20, 22, 24, 28] inches

Materials

Spud and Chloë™ Fine [80% wool, 20% silk; 248 yards /227 meters per 65 gram hank];

#7804 Cricket (C1); 2 [2, 2, 2, 3] hanks
#7806 Calypso (C2); 1 [2, 2, 2, 3] hanks

Recommended needle sizes

US #3/3.25 mm 24 inch circular needle
US #2/2.75 mm 24 inch circular needle
US #3/3.25 mm dpns (set of 4 or 5)
US #2/2.75 mm dpns (set of 4 or 5)

Notions

6 [6, 8, 8, 8] buttons (approx. 1 cm diameter or a little less)
5 stitch markers of one color
1 stitch marker of another color (beginning of round marker)
4-5 stitch holders or pieces of scrap yarn
Yarn needle

Gauge

24 sts and 36 rows = 4 inches in St st using larger size needles

Pattern Notes

Row gauge: It is especially important to pay attention to the row gauge in this pattern, as this will affect the length and fit of the finished dress. Adding extra rows to accommodate a different row gauge is quite possible, but will require pre-planning to ensure the sleeves and body stripes line up.

Making stripe transition as smooth as possible: Use the brilliant jogless jog technique.
When changing from one color to the other, bring the new strand up behind the other and make sure the float that travels up behind the stripe just knit is snug, but not too tight.

Work increases as a make one (m1): insert left needle from front to back under the strand running between the stitches and knit into the back of the strand.

Binding off: For the optimal fit in the neckline, the stitches along the raglan (ie. the button band) are best bound off loosely, and the stitches along the shoulders and neck tightly.

Skills Required

Casting on and binding off, knit and purl, decreasing and increasing, picking up stitches, yarn over, 3-needle bind off.


INSTRUCTIONS

Body

Using smallest size circular needle and C1 cast on 180 [190, 200, 214, 228] sts. Join in the round being careful not to twist. Place marker for beginning of round as well as after 90 [95, 100, 107, 114] sts.
Round 1: Knit around.
Round 2: Purl around.
Repeat Rounds 1 and 2, 3 more times for a total of 4 garter ridges.

Change to larger size circular needle and knit the next round.

Change to C2 and continue in St st always knitting 6 rounds of each color before changing to the other.

AT THE SAME TIME

Knit the following decrease round every 8 [9, 10, 10, 11] rounds a total of 11 [11, 11, 12, 13] times.

Decrease Round: K1, ssk, knit until 3 sts before marker, k2tog, k1, sl m, k1, ssk, knit until 3 sts before end of round, k2tog, k1.

After completing decreases there are 136 [146, 156, 166, 176] sts on needle.

Continue in pattern until work measures 12¾ [15¼, 16¾, 18, 22] inches and you have a total of 19 [23, 25, 27, 33] stripes including garter hem, ending with a 6 row stripe of C1.

Slip the 4 [4, 5, 5, 6] sts before and the 4 [4, 5, 5, 6] sts after both markers onto stitch holders or scrap pieces of yarn.
These are the underarm stitches (8 [8, 10, 10, 12] sts under each arm), which will be joined with stitches from each sleeve.

Break both strands of yarn and let work rest on the circular needle.

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Sleeves

Using smallest size dpns and C1 [C1, C2, C1, C1] cast on 28 [32, 34, 38, 40] sts. Join in the round being careful not to twist, place marker for beginning of round.
Round 1: Knit around.
Round 2: Purl around.
Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 once more.

Change to larger size dpns and knit the next round.

Change to C2 [C2, C1, C2, C2] and continue in St st, working 6 rounds of each color before changing to the other.

AT THE SAME TIME

Knit the following increase round every 4 [5, 5, 6, 6] rounds a total of 9 times.

Increase Round: K1, m1, knit to 1 st before end of round, m1, k1.

Continue in pattern until work measures 8½ [10½, 11½, 12½, 13¾] inches and you have a total of 13 [17, 18, 19, 21] stripes including garter cuff, ending with a 6 row stripe of C1: 46 [50, 52, 56, 58] sts.

Slip the 4 [4, 5, 5, 6] sts before and the 4 [4, 5, 5, 6] sts after the marker onto a stitch holder or scrap piece of yarn.
These are the underarm stitches (which will be joined with stitches of the body).

Break both strands of yarn* and slip remaining stitches from the dpns onto the right tip of the circular needle holding the body sts.

Knit a second sleeve following the instructions above up until the *.

Yoke

Pick up the body and first sleeve resting on the circular needle. Slip the next 55 [60, 63, 68, 71] sts of the body from left hand needle onto the right hand one, so there are 5 sts left on the left needle before the 8 [8, 10, 10, 12] underarm sts on stitch holder/scrap yarn, place beginning of round marker, and knit the next 5 sts on needle using C2.

Knit the sts of the second sleeve still on the dpns onto the circular needle, place marker, knit the next 60 [65, 68, 73, 76] sts of the body (back), place marker, knit the sts of the first sleeve, knit 5 sts of the body sts (front), place marker, knit until beginning of round marker: 196 [214, 220, 238, 244] sts.

Decrease Round: K1, k2tog, knit to 3 sts before next m, ssk, k1, * sl m, k1, k2tog, knit to 3 sts before next m, ssk, k1; repeat from * around: 188 [206, 212, 230, 236] sts. sts.

Next Round: Knit around.

Maintaining stripe sequence, repeat these 2 rounds, 3 times, then repeat Decrease Round once more: 156 [174, 180, 198, 204] sts.

Dividing Yoke

Remove end of round marker and turn work.

You will now be working back and forth. First on the front flap sts, and then on the shoulders and neck of dress.

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Front Flap

Row 1: Purl to marker, remove marker and slip shoulder and neck sts to stitch holder or scrap yarn, or let them rest on the circular needle.
Row 2: K1, k2tog, knit across to last 3 sts, ssk, k1: 40 [45, 48, 53, 56] sts.
Row 3: Purl across.
Maintaining stripe sequence, repeat Rows 2 and 3 until you have 23 [27, 31, 33, 39] completed stripes: 26 [31, 22, 27, 30] sts.
Change to C2.

For size 4 years only:
Work another 4 rows as above: 27 sts.

All sizes:
Shape collar as follows:
Row 1: Purl across.
Row 2: K1, ssk, k2, turn.
Row 3: Sl first st, purl across.
Row 4: K3, ssk, k4, turn.
Row 5: Sl first st, purl across.
Row 6: K7, ssk, knit to last 3 sts before end of row, k2tog, k1.
Row 7: P4, turn.
Row 8: Sl 1, k to end.
Row 9: P3, p2tog, p4, turn.
Row 10: Sl 1, k to end.

Break both strands of yarn.

Flap Side Button Band & Garter Edging

With C1 and using the left tip of the circular needle, starting at the bottom of the right raglan opening, pick up 17 [20, 23, 26, 29] sts along right flap-side edge of raglan, pm, k1 st off needle, pm, knit until 8 sts remain on needle, k2tog, knit until 1 st remains on needle, pm, k1, pm, pick up 17 [20, 23, 26, 29] sts along left flap-side edge of raglan.

For sizes 2 [4] years:
Row 1: *Knit to m, m1, sl m, k1, sl m, m1; repeat from * once more, knit across.
Row 2: K4 [5], yo, k6 [7], yo, k6 [7], yo, k2, sl m, k1, sl m, k to m, sl m, k1, sl m, k2, yo, k6 [7], yo, k6 [7], yo, k4 [5].

For sizes 6 [8, 10] years:
Row 1: *Knit to m, m1, sl m, k1, sl m, m1; repeat from * once more, knit across.
Row 2: K4, yo, k6 [7, 8], yo, k6 [7, 8], yo, k6 [7, 8], yo, k2, sl m, k1, sl m, k to m, sl m, k1, sl m, k2, yo, k6 [7, 8], yo, k6 [7, 8], yo, k6 [7, 8], yo, k4.

All sizes:
Change to smaller size needle.
Row 3: *Knit to m, m1, sl m, k1, sl m, m1; repeat from * once more, knit across.
Bind off all sts (see Pattern Notes for tip).

Shoulder and Back

Row 1: Purl across.
Row 2: K1, k2tog, knit to 3 sts before next marker, ssk, k1, * sl m, k1, k2tog, knit to 3 sts before next m, ssk, k1; repeat from * once more.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 while maintaining stripe sequence until you have 24 [28, 32, 34, 40] completed stripes on the needle ending after a C2 stripe.

For size 4 years only:
Pick up C1 and repeat Rows 1 and 2 once more.

All sizes:
Break both strands of yarn.

Shoulder Side Button Band and Garter Edging

With C1 and the using the left tip of the circular needle, starting at the bottom of the right raglan opening, pick up 17 [20, 23, 26, 29] sts along right flap-side edge of raglan, pm, k1 st off needle, pm, knit to first back raglan marker, sl m, k to second back raglan m, turn
Slip first st, purl to first back raglan m, remove marker, turn
Knit to one st before second back raglan m, remove marker, k2tog, knit until 1 st is left on the needle, pm, k1, pm, pick up 17 [20, 23, 26, 29] sts along left flap-side edge of raglan.
Row 1: * Knit to m, m1, sl m, k1, sl m, m1; repeat from * once more, knit across.
Row 2: Knit across.
Row 3: * Knit to m, m1, sl m, k1, sl m, m1; repeat from * once more, knit across.
Bind off all sts (see pattern notes for tip).

FINISHING

Join underarm stitches from each sleeve with corresponding underarm stitches from the body using the 3-needle bind off.

Sew the ends of the garter button bands to the bottom of the raglan openings. Start with the shoulder side bands, then the flap side ones, making sure flap side ones are on top.

Sew on buttons. Weave in ends. Wash and dry flat.

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Signe

Signe lives in Copenhagen with her husband and 2 small kids. She learned to knit shortly after her first child was born, and hasn’t stopped since. Now that her kids are a bit older, she feels it’s time to try and make knitting an even larger part of her life by pursuing her dream of becoming a knitwear designer.

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