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Yarn: ( sport weighted yarn) Weight Category 2

(Thanks to Cascade Yarns for sponsoring the yarn for this pattern.)
Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Sport – Color Ruby (893) (1.75oz/50g, 136 yds/125m)
Amount Required(approx.): size 12/18m: 561 yds (5 skeins); size 1/2: 684 yds (6 skeins); size 3/4: 860 yds (7 skeins); size 5/6: 1004 yds (8 skeins); size 7/8: 1203 yds (9 skeins); size 9/10: 1389 yds (11 skeins); size XS: 1685 yds (13 skeins); size S: 1954 yds (15 skeins); size M: 2233 yds (17 skeins); size L: 2605 yds (20 skeins); size XL: 2923 yds (22 skeins).

Tools and Notions:

3.75 mm (US 5) double pointed needles/circular needles
darning needle
stitch marker
sew-on snaps (approx. 2 pairs), needle and thread of matching colr
frog closure (1 pair) or you can make your own

Finish Size:

Chest Circumference: size 12/18m: 22 ¼ inches; size 1/2: 24 ¼ inches; size 3/4: 26 ¼ inches; size 5/6: 28 ¼ inches; size 7/8: 30 ¼ inches; size 9/10: 32 ¼ inches; size XS: 34 ¼ inches; size S: 36 ¼ inches; size M: 39 inches; size L: 42 ¼ inches; size XL: 46 ¼ inches.
Dress length to underarm: size 12/18m: 11 inches; size 1/2: 13 inches; size 3/4: 15 inches; size 5/6: 17 inches; size 7/8: 19 inches; size 9/10: 21 inches; size XS: 25 inches; size S: 27 inches; size M: 29 inches; size L: 31 inches; size XL: 32 inches.
Sleeve length to underarm: size 12/18: 7 ½ inches: size 1/2: 8 ½ inches: size 3/4: 10 ½ inches; size 5/6: 11 ½ inches; size 7/8: 12 ½ inches; size 9/10: 13 ½ inches; size XS: 16 ½ inches; size S: 17 inches; size M: 17 inches; size L: 17 ½ inches; size XL: 17 ½ inches.

Gauge: (in 4″ x 4″/10cm x 10cm)

24 sts x 32 rows in stockinette st. (US 5 knitting needle)


bm = beginning of round marker
bo = bind off
co = cast on
k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 together
kfb = knit 1 in the front and back
m1l = make 1 knit stitch left
m1r = make 1 knit stitch right
p = purl
patt = pattern
pm = place marker
rep =repeat
rm = raglan marker
rnd = round
sbm = slip beginning of round marker
sm = slip marker
skp = slip, knit, pass slipped stitch over
st(s) = stitch(es)

Pattern Notes:

  • Difficulty Level: advanced
  • Sizing in pattern will be listed as 12/18m, 1/2 (3/4, 5/6, 7/8, 9/10) {XS, S, M, L} XL. When only one number is given, it applied to all sizes. You may circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.
  • Fits chest circumference: 18, 20 (22, 24, 26, 28) {30, 32, 34, 38} 42  inches with 4-6 inches positive ease. Pictured size 1/2 on a 2.5 year old with 4.5 inches positive ease.
  • This qipao dress is a raglan style sweater dress knitted from top down. Stitches for collar are picked up and knit after. Attaches (or called applied) i cord edging is used for front and cuff edging.
  • WIKI page about Qipao (旗袍) & Ruyi (如意) if you would like to learn something about Chinese culture.

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