Thumbelina's Dress by Josie Mercier

Thumbelina's Dress

July 2014
yarn held together
+ Thread
= Fingering (14 wpi) ?
15 stitches and 18 rows = 1 inch
in stockinette stitch
US 000 - 1.5 mm
40 yards (37 m)
About 4½ " skirt circumference and 3¼ " total length.
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This dress is inspired by the tiny girl Thumbelina and her escape from a dreary winter spent underground to a beautiful springtime with her true love. The miniature dress (also pictured on page 128) is knitted in the round from the bottom up using embroidery floss. The embroidery floss is separated into six individual plies, as is common in cross-stitch and embroidery. Two plies are held together while knitting to create the shades of springtime colors in the dress.


  • You will always be knitting with two plies of embroidery floss, although you will not always be knitting with two plies of the same color. See “Prepare Yarn” for more information.
  • Work under strong light to better see the stitches.
  • Use wearable magnifying glasses or discount store reading glasses if necessary.
  • Loop the yarn around your finger once more than usual to help control the slippery strands and maintain an even tension.