This sporty and comfortable dress is worked seamlessly from the top down. Stripes & bold color are kept on the top to keep the focus near the face, enhance the shoulders and create a slimmer silhouette, while the pattern of the shoulder saddle adds some texture to the shoulders. The back and front are worked from the shoulder saddles to the armholes. After the underarm the body is knitted to the hemline in one piece. The sleeve stitches are picked up and the sleeve cap is knitted with short-rows to allow the seed stitch pattern of the saddles to flow into the sleeve. The dress is shaped with darts for a three dimensional tailored result and the waist is kept slightly higher than usual.
Different positive ease at the bust, the waist and the hips allow for a more flattering shape, that does not cling to the body.
Techniques and methods are either explained in the pattern itself, or links are provided that point to web-tutorials.
The Cocktail(Dress) is also part of Shaken Not Stirred, an eBook that allows you to mix and match 2 different patterns including this dress & a jumper. To find out more about the contents of this e-book, click here.
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Light Fingering/Heavy Lace Weight
DESIGNER RECOMMENDED YARN: Coast by Holst Garn(55% Merino Wool / 45% Cotton; 50g/383yds): 3 (3, 4, 5, 5, 6, 7) Skeins Main Color (MC) & 1 Skein of Color A & Color B. Shown in Denim, Silver Grey & Fairy.
ALTERNATE YARN: Bio Balance by BC Garn (55% Wool / 45% Organic Cotton; 50g/246yds): 4 (5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11) Skeins MC, 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2) Color A & 1 Skein Color B. Slightly heavier than Coast but in beautiful, bold, heathered colors, too. This yarn will gauge up nicely and make a stunning yet practical dress. Please use the PRE-ORDER button to do a specific color combination that will ship immediately. Simply add your colors in the "Notes" at checkout.
SIZE: XS/S (M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL). designed with 1/2" positive ease in bust.
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: Bust - 31/34 (37, 40, 43, 46, 49, 52)"
YARDAGE: 848/928 (1110, 1319, 1558, 1833, 2147, 2504) yds MC, 84/92 (109, 130, 154, 182, 212, 247) yds Color A & 77/84 (101, 119, 141, 166, 195, 227) yds Color B. Please keep in mind that yardage is an estimate.
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate to Advanced
NEEDLES: Size US 4 / 3.5 mm, US 2.5 / 3.0mm & US 1.5 / 2.5mm 16-32" circular needles & Set Double Points in each size, or size needed to obtain gauge
OTHER TOOLS: Stitch markers, Stitch Holders or waste yarn, Tapestry Needle
GAUGE: 26.5 sts x 36 rows = 4" in Stockinette Stitch
Images courtesy of La Maison Rililie.