Blythe On A Budget: DIY Knit Empire Dress

Written on June 15, 2011 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
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Supplies Needed

  • 3mm knitting needles
  • Sock/fingering weight yarn (under 10g required [under 42m or 45.9yd])
  • Yarn/darning needle
  • Snaps
  • Sewing needle and thread (matching colour to yarn)
  • Ruler
  • Decorations (buttons, ribbons, appliques) – optional

3 st per 1 cm

The yarn used in the dress shown is Regia Jacquard Color 4-ply by Schachenmayr nomotta in colour #5176 (50g per 210m or 230 yards)
Total number of stitches per row mentioned in brackets [#] at end of the row.
Casting off is also known as binding off.

Cast on 54 (leave a long enough tail at beginning for sewing up the back of the dress; I use the long-tail cast-on)
Knit 3 rows (garter) [54]
Alternate knit and purl rows (stockinette) until total length is 7cm [54]
(On knit side, decrease row): *k1, k2tog* [34]
Knit 6 rows even [34]
Knit 7, cast-off 3, knit 14, cast-off 3, knit 7 [28]
Knit 7, cast-on 4, knit 14, cast-on 4, knit 7 [36]
Knit 2 rows even [36]

Use yarn needle to sew up the back (up to the decrease row).

Sew a snap at the top of the back of the dress, add decorations as desired.

Notes on Pattern Use
This pattern may be used for personal or commercial use provided that full credit is given to for the pattern (please include a link to the website or pattern page in your sales description). This pattern is not for mass-production manufacturing. You may not sell or claim the pattern as your own. If you have any questions regarding these terms, please email Michelle at

4 Responses to “Blythe On A Budget: DIY Knit Empire Dress”

  1. […] those looking for a free pattern with very little shaping, you can check out the Knit Empire Dress pattern here on The skills you use in that pattern are casting on, knit stitches, purl […]

  2. Nikki AKA @missnikkidotcom

    I am totally going to ask my mom to knit this for me! LoL

  3. sylvia says:

    I am new to all this .Where might I look on the net for pictures showing the knitting patterns?

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