Sized for Sasha!

Heidi was yearning for a housecoat like her little sisters, so I resized the pattern to fit her. Unfortunately, my local yarn store was in very short supply, so there were not many choices for this housecoat. I ended up using a Lion Brand yarn called Truboo, a rayon yarn made from bamboo. It was a difficult yarn to work with as it kept splitting, and ended up pilling quite a bit on the final product. I planned to retry the housecoat in a regular worsted weight acrylic yarn, but a heat wave this week has stalled that idea.

In any case, the pattern is being printed below if you would like to try your hand at a housecoat for your own Sasha. I have only made the housecoat the one time so far, so I am hoping there will be no errors in the pattern! Despite my dislike of the yarn used, the housecoat does fit Heidi well, and she is happy with the results. When the heatwave ends, I plan to knit this housecoat up again in a soft pink yarn for one of her sisters.

Housecoat for Sasha

Materials:

 2 balls Lionbrand Truboo Rayon from Bamboo yarn (3.5 oz/100 gram balls) – this is considered a DK/Light Worsted yarn

3.5 mm knitting needles (UK – 9, US – 4)

3.5 mm crochet hook (UK – 9, US – E/4)

7 medium buttons

Tension:

Approximately 5 stitches/8 rows per 1”/2.5 cm, in stockinette stitch

Stitches:

Garter stitch – knit every row

Stockinette stitch – knit one row, purl one row

Single crochet

Abbreviations:

K – knit

P – purl

Dec – knit or purl two together

Sc – single crochet

Housecoat:

Beginning at the bottom edge of housecoat, cast on 120 stitches.  Work six rows in garter stitch.

Begin skirt pattern:

  1. Knit across row.
  2. K 1, p 2, *k 2, p 5,* repeat from star to star to last 3 stitches, p 2, k 1.

Repeat rows one and two for pattern.

Continue in pattern until skirt measures 9”/23 cm in length.

Decrease for Bodice:

  1. *K 2 together,* repeat from star to star to end or row (60 stitches).
  2. Knit across row.

Divide for Front and Back Bodice:

Right Front Bodice and Sleeve:

  1. Knit 14.  Leave remaining stitches on a stitch holder or spare piece of yarn.
  2. Cast on 24 stitches for sleeve, knit to end of row.

Continue in garter stitch for 16 rows, ending at neck edge.

  1. Cast off 3 stitches, k 2 together, knit to end of row.
  2. Knit across row.
  3. K 1, dec, knit to end of row.
  4. Knit across row.

Repeat rows three and four, 3 times more (31 stitches).

Cast off.

Back Bodice and Sleeves:

Knit across 32 stitches from those left on stitch holder or spare yarn.  Leave remaining 14 stitches on the stitch holder.

  1. Knit across row.
  2. Cast on 24 stitches for sleeve, knit to end of row.
  3. Cast on 24 stitches for sleeve, knit to end of row (80 stitches).

Continue in garter stitch for 26 rows.  Cast off.

Left Front Bodice and Sleeve:

Knit across the last 14 stitches on the stitch holder or spare yarn.

  1. Knit across row.
  2. Cast on 24 stitches for sleeve, knit to end of row.

Continue in garter stitch for 16 rows, ending at neck edge.

  1. Cast off 3 stitches, k 2 together, knit to end of row.
  2. Knit across row.
  3. K 1, dec, knit to end of row.
  4. Knit across row.

Repeat rows three and four, 2 times more and then row 3, once. (31 stitches).

Cast off.

Sew sleeve seams at underarms and shoulders.

Neck Edge:

  1. Right side facing, pick up 7 stitches from right front neck edge to shoulder, 18 stitches from back neck edge, 7 stitches from shoulder to left front neck edge (32 stitches).
  2. Knit.
  3. *K 4, dec,* repeat from star to star to last 2 stitches, k 2 (27 stitches)
  4. Knit.
  5. Cast off 26 stitches, leaving last stitch on needle.

Left Front Placket:

  1. Right side facing, pick up 13 stitches down left bodice edge by working 1 stitch in each garter stitch ridge; then, pick up 44 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 4 stitches (58 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 4 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 44 stitches have been picked up; then, pick up 14 stitches along right bodice edge by working in each garter stitch ridge (58 stitches).
  2. Knit 3 more rows in garter stitch.
  3. Buttonhole row: k 6, *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.

Using crochet hook, and beginning at lower back hem edge, sc one row around entire housecoat, working 3 sc in each corner.  

Using crochet hook and beginning at underarm seam edge of sleeve hem, sc 25 stitches around each sleeve.

Sew in all yarn ends.  

Sew buttons to left front placket to correspond to buttonholes in right front placket.

Copyright 2020 Cynthia’s Designs

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