With larger needles cast on 63 (74, 83) sts.
Knit 4 rows.
Change to St st (k on RS, p on WS) and work until piece measures about 9 1/2 (10, 11) in. (24 (25.5, 28) cm) from beg, end with a WS row. Note: End with a WS row means that the last row you work should be a WS row, and the next row that you are ready to work will be a RS row.
Next (Dec) Row (RS): K3 (2, 2), (k2tog, k1) 20 (24, 27) times - 43 (50, 56) sts at the end of this row.
Bind off all sts.
With RS facing and smaller needles, pick up and k43 (50, 56) sts evenly spaced across bound-off edge (top of skirt).
Note: An easy way to pick up sts evenly is to divide the bound-off edge of the skirt into sections, then pick up sts within each section. Use pins mark the sections as follows: fold piece in half to find the center, then mark center with a pin. Fold again to find center of each half of piece, mark each of these points with a pin. The bound-off edge of the skirt is now divided into quarters. To pick up sts evenly, pick up as follows:
For 12 months size, pick up and k10 sts in first quarter section of skirt, pick up and k 11 sts in each of next 3 quarter sections.
For 2 yrs size, pick up and k12 sts in first section, 13 sts in second section, 12 sts in third section and 13 sts in fourth section.
For 4 yrs size, pick up and k14 sts in each section.
Purl 1 row.
Next (Increase) Row (RS): K2 (3, 3), (kfb, k1) 20 (22, 25) times, k1 (3, 3) - 63 (72, 81) sts at the end of this row.
Continue in St st until piece measures 10 (10 1/2, 12) in. (25.5 (26.5, 30.5) cm) from beg, end with a WS row.
Next Row (RS): Bind off 7 (7, 8) sts, knit to end - 56 (65, 73) sts at the end of this row.
Next Row: Bind off 7 (7, 8) sts, purl to end - 49 (58, 65) sts at the end of this row.
Next (Dec) Row (RS): K1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 - 47 (56, 63) sts at the end of this row.
Next (Dec) Row (WS): P1, p2tog, p to last 3 sts, p2tog, p1 - 45 (54, 61) sts at the end of this row.
Rep last 2 rows until 43 (50, 55) sts rem.
Work even in St st until piece measures about 11 (12, 13 1/2) in. (28 (30.5, 34.5) cm) from beg, end with WS row.
Note: Work even means to work without making any increases or decreases.
Next Row (RS): K12 sts and slip these sts to a holder for left shoulder, bind off next 19 (26, 31) sts for neck, then k to end of row.
Continue on 12 right shoulder sts only.
Purl 1 row.
Next Row (RS): K to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 - 11 sts at the end of this row.
Next Row (WS): P1, p2tog, p to end of row - 10 sts at the end of this row.
Rep last 2 rows until 7 sts rem. Work even in St st on these 7 sts until Front measures 14 (15 1/2, 17) in. (35.5 (39.5, 43) cm) from beg. Bind off these 7 sts.
Sl 12 left shoulder sts from holder back onto smaller needle, ready to work a WS row.
Rejoin yarn and purl 1 row.
Next Row (RS): K1, k2tog, k to end of row - 11 sts at the end of this row.
Next Row (WS): P to last 3 sts, p2tog, p1 - 10 sts at the end of this row.
Rep last 2 rows until 7 sts rem. Work even on these 7 sts until same length as right shoulder. Bind off these 7 sts.
Make same as Front.
Seam Back to Front across top of right shoulder.
Note: Edging on neck and armholes is simply sts that are picked up and then immediately bound off, without working any rows.
From RS with smaller needles, and beg at left shoulder, pick up and k88 (104, 116) sts evenly spaced around neck.
Note: Pick up sts evenly as you did for bodice by dividing neck and armhole edge into quarters, then pick up and k22 (26, 29) sts within each quarter.
Bind off all sts. Sew left shoulder seam including edging.
From RS with smaller needles, pick up and k59 (70, 70) sts evenly around armhole. Bind off all sts. Rep edging around other armhole.
Sew side seams, including edging. Weave in ends.
Is this the most adorable little baby knitting pattern. I love the simplicity of it, yet it looks very fancy for the little one wearing it. I think you will agree it is so much fun to make these little items and have them ready for the next pregnant friend that says they are expecting a baby girl. Enjoy this one, I know I will.