Fall Is In The Air!

It’s getting cooler by the day, so Mommy made us some lovely warm housecoats.
Mine is pale yellow. It has a garter stitch bodice with the sleeves knit in.

I chose brown buttons to contrast with the yellow.

I like the garter stitch block pattern in the skirt.

Mine is soft blue with a different skirt pattern.
I chose purple buttons because I liked them with the blue.
My housecoat is so warm and comfy, I don’t want to change out of it today.

You can make a housecoat of your own if you know how to knit. Mommy is putting the pattern here for you to use.

Knitted Housecoat for Kruselings Dolls

Materials:

2.75 mm needles (UK – 12, US – 2)

Fingering yarn – 1 ball 

5 small buttons 

Tension:

7 stitches per 1”/2.5 cm, in stockinette stitch

Stitches Used:

Stockinette stitch – knit one row, purl next row

Garter stitch – knit every row

Abbreviations:

K – knit

P – purl

Sl – slip

St – stitch

Dec – decrease (k 2 tog)

Inc – increase

Yo – yarn over

Housecoat:

Beginning at lower edge, cast on 76 stitches.

  1. *K 1, p 1,* repeat from star to star to end of row.
  2. Repeat row one.
  3. Knit.
  4. K 1, purl to last stitch, k 1.
  5. Knit.
  6. K 1, p 1, k 2, *p 6, k 2,* repeat from star to star to end of row.
  7. Knit.
  8. K 1, p 1, k 2, *p 6, k 2,* repeat from star to star to end of row.
  9. Knit.
  10. K 1, purl to last stitch, k 1.
  11. Knit.
  12. *P 6, k 2,* repeat from star to star to last four stitches, p 3, k 1.
  13. Knit.
  14. *P 6, k 2,* repeat from star to star to last four stitches, p 3, k 1.
  15. Knit.
  16. K 1, purl to last stitch, k 1.

Repeat rows 5 to 16 for pattern three times more, ending with a row 14.

Decrease for Bodice:

  1. *K 2 tog,* repeat from star to star to end of row (38 stitches).
  2. Knit.

Right Bodice and Sleeve:

3) K 10.  Leave remaining stitches on a spare piece of yarn or a stitch holder.

4) Cast on 14 stitches for sleeve, knit to end of row.

5) Continue in garter stitch (knit every row) for ten more rows, ending at neck edge.

6) Cast off 3 stitches, dec, knit to end of row.

7) Knit.

8) K 1, dec, knit to end of row.

9) Knit.

10) K 1, dec, knit to end of row.

11) Knit.

12) Cast off.

Bodice Back and Sleeves:

  1. Return to the next 18 stitches on the spare piece of yarn or stitch holder.  Knit 18.  Leave the remaining 10 stitches on the yarn or stitch holder.
  2. Cast on 14 stitches, knit to end of row.
  3. Cast on 14 stitches, knit to end of row (46 stitches).
  4. Continue in garter stitch for 14 more rows.
  5. Cast off.

Left Bodice and Sleeve:

  1. Return to the last 10 stitches on the spare piece of yarn or stitch holder.  Knit 10.  
  2. Knit.
  3. Cast on 14 stitches, knit to end of row.
  4. Continue in garter stitch for 10 more rows, ending at neck edge.
  5. Cast off 3 stitches, dec, knit to end of row.
  6. Knit.
  7. K 1, dec, knit to end of row.
  8. Knit.
  9. K 1, dec, knit to end of row.
  10. Cast off.

Sew sleeve seams at underarms and shoulders.

Neck Edge:

  1. Right side facing, pick up 6 stitches from right front neck edge to shoulder, 12 stitches from back neck edge, 6 stitches from shoulder to left front neck edge (24 stitches).
  2. *K 4, dec,* repeat from star to star to end of row.
  3. *K 3, dec,* repeat from star to star to end of row (16 stitches).
  4. Knit.
  5. Cast off 15 stitches, leaving last stitch on needle.

Left Front Placket:

  1. Right side facing, pick up 10 stitches down left bodice edge by working 1 stitch in each garter stitch ridge; then, pick up 34 stitches down left front skirt by working as follows: *pick up a stitch in each of the next 3 garter stitch ridges, pick up 1 stitch in-between last garter stitch ridge and next ridge,* repeat from star to star, ending with pick up 2 stitches (45 stitches).
  2. Knit 5 more rows in garter stitch.
  3. Cast off.

Right Front Placket:

  1. Right side facing, beginning at lower skirt edge, pick up 2 stitches, *pick up 1 stitch in-between last garter stitch ridge and next ridge, pick up a stitch in each of the next 3 garter stitch ridges,* repeat from star to star until 34 stitches have been picked up; then, pick up 11 stitches along right bodice edge by working in each garter stitch ridge (45 stitches).
  2. Knit 3 more rows in garter stitch.
  3. Buttonhole row: k 9, *k 2 tog, yo, k 6,* repeat from star to star to last 4 stitches, k 2 tog, yo, k 2.
  4. Knit.
  5. Cast off.

Sew in all yarn ends.  Sew buttons to left front placket to correspond to buttonholes in right front placket..

Alternative Skirt Pattern for Housecoat:

Beginning at lower edge, cast on 76 stitches.

  1. *K 1, p 1,* repeat from star to star to end of row.
  2. Repeat row one.
  3. K 38, inc, knit to end of row (77 stitches).
  4. K 1, p 2, k 1, *p 6, k 1,* repeat from star to star to last 3 stitches, p 2, k 1.
  5. Knit.
  6. Repeat rows four and five for pattern, for 44 more rows, ending with a knit row.
  7. K 1, p2, k1, *p 6, k 1,* repeat from star to star five times, dec, continue in pattern to end of row.

Decrease for Bodice:

  1. *K 2 tog,* repeat to end of row (38 stitches).
  2. Knit.

Complete bodice and sleeves as for original housecoat pattern above.

Copyright 2020 Cynthia’s Designs

Please enjoy this pattern, but do not reprint without permission.  If selling items made from this pattern, please credit Cynthia’s Designs for the pattern.

4 thoughts on “Fall Is In The Air!”

    • So true…although we hope the winter weather will stay away for awhile yet! So nice to hear you like the pattern…we are going to make three more robes for the other girls eventually. We are sure, too, that before long, Michael will want a housecoat of his own, styled more for the boy he is.

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