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Petite Purls
» model: Satya  » photos: Stacy Ziegler


By Allegra Wermuth

When Petite Purls was just a vision in my mind, I spent a lot of time thinking about designers that inspired me. One of the first designers to come to mind was Debbie Bliss, the Queen of children's knitwear designs. Her designs are always clean, classic and sweet, and the designs are timeless. My dress, Bliss, named after Debbie, is a top-down pattern with a cabled bodice, simple skirt, and sweet texture added at the hem. I guess you could call this my homage to Debbie.


12 months [18 months, 2T]
Shown in size 18 months


Chest: 18 [19, 20] inches
Length: 11.75[13, 14.25] inches


Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino [55% Merino Wool, 33% Microfiber, 12% Cashmere; 136 yards/125 meters per 1.75 ounce/50 gram skein]

Baby Blue (#340202) ; 3[3, 4] skeins

Recommended needle sizes

US #2/3mm 16 inch circular needle
US #3/3.25mm 16 inch circular needle


Cable needle
Stitch marker (to mark beginning of round)
Tapestry needle


32 sts and 36 rows= 4 inches in rose cable pattern on smaller size needles
26 sts and 32 rows= 4 inches in St st on larger size needles

Pattern Notes

The pattern is written to use M1 increases throughout the skirt for a smooth look. However, for more texture, you may choose to substitute kfb increases, as was done in the photographed model.


Using smaller needles, cast on 108[117, 126] sts. Pm and join into a round, being careful not to twist the sts.

Rnds 1-2: Knit tbl of each st around.
Work Rose Cable Pattern: (multiple of 9)
Rnds 3-4: * K1 tbl, p2, k4, p2; repeat from * around.
Rnd 5: * K1 tbl, p2, C4B, p2; repeat from * around.
Rnd 6: K1 tbl, p2, k4, p2; repeat from * around.
Repeat Rnds 3-6 for pattern until piece measures approximately 2.75[3, 3.25] inches from cast on edge, ending with Rnd 6.
Next 2 Rnds: Knit around.
At this point, you will be increasing two sts on every other round. Increase the sts evenly throughout round, but not in the same place on each increase round so that they will be disguised as much as possible. Use M1 to work your increases.

Change to larger needle.
Rnd 1: Knit around increasing 2 sts evenly spaced: 110[119, 128] sts.
Rnd 2: Knit around.
Repeat Rnds 1 and 2, 17[19, 21] times: 144[157, 170] sts.
Again, you will be increasing sts on every other round, this time 4 sts per round. Take care as to not increase in the same place on each increase round.

Rnd 1: Knit around increasing 4 sts evenly spaced: 148[161, 174] sts.
Row 2: Knit.
Repeat Rnds 1 and 2, 18[19, 20] times: 220[237, 254] sts total.


Eyelet Edging

Size 12 months and 2T Only
Rnd 1:
* Yo, k2tog; repeat from * around.

Size 18 months Only
Rnd 1:
K1, * yo, k2tog; repeat from * around.

All Sizes
Rnd 2: Knit around.

Size 12 months and 2T Only
Rnd 3: K2tog around: 110[127] sts.

Size 18 months Only
Rnd 3:
K1, k2tog around: 119 sts.

Picot Bind Off
* Using Cable Cast On, cast on 1 st, bind off 3 sts, slip st on right needle back to left needle; repeat from * around.


Strap (Make 2)

Using smaller needles, cast on 10 sts.
Row 1: K1 tbl, p2, k4, p2, k1 tbl.
Row 2: P1 tbl, k2, p4, k2, p1 tbl.
Row 3: K1 tbl, p2, CB4, p2, K1 tbl.
Row 4: P1 tbl, k2, p4, k2, p1 tbl.
Repeat Rows 1-4 until strap measures 5[6, 7] inches, ending with a WS row.
Bind off all sts in pattern.


Turn the dress wrong side out. Line up one strap with a rose cable segment on the bodice of the dress. Sew the edge sts of strap to the edge of the bodice. Sew second end to back of bodice in same manner, adjusting to fit. Repeat with second strap.

Weave in all ends. Block Lightly.

Note: Straps will stretch when blocking, so it is wise to err on the shorter side when deciding the length of the strap. Also, take extra care when blocking the eyelet and picot edge to help the fabric drape nicely.

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Katie Park

When she is not knitting or dreaming about knitting, Allegra Wermuth is a mother, wife, teacher and professional violinist living outside of Denver, Colorado. Her father taught her to knit six years ago when she wanted to knit small decorative scarves for all the women who were a part of her wedding. She hasn't put her needles down since. You can read about her adventures in knitting at her blog.

Pattern & images © 2009 Allegra Wermuth. Contact