Crumpets • Child’s Knit Dress Pattern

Crumpets • Child’s Knit Dress Pattern

Knit this adorable child’s dress with a smocked bodice and lacy crochet hem.

Dear Logic,

We’ve been friends for so, so many years. Thick and thin, you’ve always been there.

Remember 7th grade, when every girl was wearing electric blue eyeshadow? You said, “That would be grody-to-the-max with your coloring! Like, try mauve instead.”

The mauve made my eyes look really green. You were right.

And remember that time when you suggested I pop half the batch of freshly baked cookies into the freezer so I didn’t eat all of them right then and there (like that time before)? You were soooooo right!

You’re always right.

Except…remember that time that I was watching my little three year old daughter play tea-party, and thought…”I should knit her a tea-party dress!”?

And you said, “Girl! That would take forever!”

And I said, “No! She needs a princess tea-party dress. I’m thinking petit-four pink, smocking at the bodice

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a sweet little crochet edge…”

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And you said, “Uh-uh! She will have outgrown that thing into a smocked, crochet edged, petit-four pink cowl before the tea is even done brewing!”

And I said, “Whatev! She’s my GIRL! If I’m feeling the inspiration, I gotta go with it!”

And you said, “Oh. You’re feeling now? Awesome. Why don’t you just go hang out with Feelings then, if you guys are so close.”

Then we didn’t talk for a while.

And I knit a lot.

Specifically, I knit a smocked bodice, sweet crochet-edge hem, petit-four pink princess tea-party dress.

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And my daughter and I had one, maybe two, tea parties before she outgrew it.

Yeah, yeah, Logic, your words rang through my head as we tried to make it a trendy ‘snug empire-waist shirt’ with jeans. And maybe I remembered your advice when I realized her stuffed animals got more wear out of it that she did. I might have even considered that knitting for children is self-indulgent and silly.

But then I ran across pictures of a tea party from long ago.

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And I realized that the girl who now battles me about combing her hair each morning; who stuffs the wrapper evidence of stolen candy underneath her mattress; who rolls her eyes and says, “OMG, Mom!” when I ask her to remove her school backpack from the doorway to the bathroom…used to be the girl in the smocked bodice, sweet crochet-edge hem, petit-four pink princess tea-party dress.

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Call me crazy, Logic, but it seems ironically and very, very rationally important to recall those memories right now!

Which is the point of this note: to say you were wrong and right.

A seemingly illogical statement to make, but sometimes there is no black or white.

No right or wrong.

No Logic vs. Feeling.

There is just embracing The Now.

Once upon a time The Now called for a smocked bodice, sweet crochet-edge hem, petit-four pink princess tea-party dress.

And somehow, The Now also calls for that same smocked bodice, sweet crochet-edge hem, petit-four pink princess tea-party dress.

So Logic, I totally get it. Thank you for your sage advice. Thank you, even though I didn’t follow your advice. Thank you for letting me know that sometimes you and Feelings secretly get all buddy-buddy for the bigger picture.


Crumpets Dress • Make Ad Lib


Size: 6 Months (1, 2, 4, 6) years

Chest: 17 (18, 21, 23, 25) inches

Length: 12 (14.5, 16.5, 22, 28) inches

  • Worsted weight (CYCA #4 Medium) yarn
    • Sample shown: Discontinued Lion Brand Cotton Ease (50% Cotton/50% Acrylic) 3.3oz/100g, 207yd/188m 101 Strawberry and Cream; 2 (3, 5, 6, 8) skeins

20 stitches and 32 rows = 4″ in stockinette stitch


Dress is worked in the round from top to bottom

  • Knit Picks CotLin DK Yarn, 3 (4, 6, 7, 9) skeins
  • Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton
  • Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton
  • Adriafil Amami
  • Baby Bee Hushabye
  • or shop Etsy for discontinued Lion Brand Cotton Ease

This pattern is available for purchase on Ravelry.

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2 thoughts on “Crumpets • Child’s Knit Dress Pattern”

  • What a beautiful story! How often logic can be both right and wrong. Thank you so much for this reminder. Unfortunately, my own little is not little anymore, but this is a beautiful dress.

    • Time goes so fast when you have kids, but it sure is nice to have reminders of days gone by, isn’t it? Thanks for the comment and the compliments!


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