Knitted Girls Pinafore

Imagine a charming outfit for little girls that exudes a sense of warmth and comfort. Picture a beautifully crafted pinafore made from soft, cozy knitted fabric. This adorable garment features intricate patterns and delicate details, perfect for adding a touch of sweetness to any child's wardrobe. The knitted girls pinafore is not only stylish but also practical, providing a versatile piece that can be dressed up or down for any occasion. Whether worn over a simple blouse or paired with a cute t-shirt, this pinafore is sure to become a favorite go-to piece for any young fashionista. With its timeless design and cozy feel, the knitted girls pinafore is a must-have for any little girl's closet. The versatility of this garment allows for endless styling options, making it easy to create a variety of cute and stylish looks. Whether worn with tights and boots for a more dressed-up ensemble or paired with sneakers for a casual day out, the knitted girls pinafore is a versatile piece that can be worn year-round. Its classic charm and comfortable fit make it a wardrobe staple that will never go out of style.

SIZE: Measured across yoke at armhole stitches, you can see this little pinafore will fit a large range of sizes.

Caron One Pound (US 11 [8.0 mm] needle) 28 inches

Red Heart Super Saver (US 10 [6.0 mm] needle) about 24 inches

Pound of Love about (US (10 [6.0 mm] needle) 22 inches


Your choice of yarn and circular needle, see notes.

Button (3/4 inch)

Ribbon 5/8 inch 1 to 1 ½ yards

US 10 (6.0 mm) 24 inch circular knitting needle

US I (5.5 mm) crochet hook

4 Markers

Tapestry needle

GAUGE: In garter stitch

Red Heart Super Saver 7 sts=2 inches

Pound of Love 8 sts=2 inches


1. Read instructions completely through before beginning

2. Different yarns and needles will make different sizes. The pattern is the same for all the sizes. The amount of yarn required will depend upon how long you make the garment. The ones in the photos are 11 repeats of the skirt pattern. The ounces listed should give you a rough idea of how much yarn you will need.

The Persimmon Is Caron One Pound and it weighs 6.9 ounces and was knit with a US size 11 (8.0 mm) 24 inch circular needle. It measures 28 inches at the underarm.

The Pink one is Lion Brand Pound of Love and weighs 3.6 ounces and was knit with a US size 10 (6.0 mm) 24 inch circular needle. It measure 22 inches at the underarm.

  1. Because the garter stitch yoke is stretchy this little pinafore will fit many sizes. The lucky girl will be able to wear it for quite awhile. There is a nice chart of children’s measurements.
  1. Rows and rounds start at center back.
  2. You decide the length: top, pinafore or dress.
  3. If you want to use a larger button, just make the chain button loop longer.
  4. I always tack the center of the ribbon at the center back, so even if the bow comes untied it won’t come out of the pinafore.


K = Knit

P = Purl

YO = Yarn over

PM = Place marker

K2tog = Knit 2 together

PU = Pick up and knit

Kfb = Knit in front and back


Pickup and knit = PU

K2tog = Knit 2 together a decrease

Picot bind off

Inc = KFB, Knit into front and back of stitch


Cast on 40 stitches, leaving about a 9 inch tail. More about this tail at the end of the pattern.

Row 1: K across. (40 sts)

Row 2: K5, PM, K10, PM, K10, PM, K10, PM, K5. (40 sts)

Rows 3-17: K across inc 1 st before and after each marker. (160 sts)

For the armhole bind off you can bind off plain or fancy it up with the picot bind off. If you use the picot bind off, bind off two stitches before casting on the first two stitches for the picot bind off.

Row 18: K20 (to first marker). Bind off 40 sts. K40 (to marker 3). Bind off 40 sts. K20. (80 sts)

Do not turn. From now on you will be working in rounds, but we will keep the same row/round sequence.

Picking up one stitch in the first bound off sleeve stitch makes a smoother transition from skirt to sleeve.

Round 19: K 20 sts, PU (pickup and knit) a st in the first bound off st, cast on 3 sts, K40 sts, PU a st in the first bound off st, cast on 3, K20. PM (88 sts)

Round 20-21: K around. (88 sts)

Round 22: (Eyelet round) K2, YO, K2tog. Repeat around. (88 sts)

Rounds 23-24: K around. (88 sts)


Note: There are no increases in the 4 underarm sts. The different colors on this round don’t mean anything, just a tool for me to keep track of which part I’m working.

Round 25: (K1, inc Kfb in next 4 sts) 3 times. (K1, inc Kfb in 1 st, K1, inc Kfb in 1 st, K1). K4. (K1, inc Kfb in 1 st, K1, inc Kfb in 1 st, K1). (K1, inc Kfb in next 4 sts) 6 times. (K1, inc Kfb in 1 st, K1, inc Kfb in 1 st, K1). K4. (K1, inc Kfb in 1 st, K1, inc Kfb in 1 st, K1). (K1, inc Kfb in next 4 sts) 3 times. (144 sts)

Round 26: K2tog 3 times. *(YO, K1) 6 times. K2tog 6 times. Repeat from * to last 12 stitches. (YO, K1) 6 times. K2tog 3 times. (144 sts)

Round 27: P. (144 sts)

Round 28: K. (144 sts)

Round 29: K. (144 sts)

Repeat rounds 26-29 until skirt is about 1/2 inch less than you want.

Repeat rounds 26-28 once.

Bind off in knit.

Fasten off and weave in ending tail.


With your crochet hook, put hook through cast on row and pull up a loop using the beginning tail. Chain 6. Test to be sure your button will fit through loop. Fasten off and weave end into row 1 or 2.

Sew on button.

Weave ribbon in and out eyelet round and tie in a bow.

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Josephine F Tankersley
Apr 10, 2024 02:58 PM

I can't wait to make all of this for my new great grand babies.  Do you know where I could possibaly find a KNITTED infant tux pattern?  I have looked everywhere !!  I'm wondering if any one still knits