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Cocktail(Dress)

Knitting
August 2013
Light Fingering / 3 ply ?
26.5 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches in Stocking Stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
1009 - 2978 yards (923 - 2723 m)
XS to 4XL (see below)
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This dress is worked seamlessly from the top down.
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 sts 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.

Stripes & bolder colour are kept on the top to keep the focus near the face, enhance the shoulders and for a slimmer silhouette, while the pattern of the shoulder saddle adds some texture to the shoulders.
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.

Sizing (body size)
X-Small (31 inches or 78,5 cm bust),
Small (34 inches or 86 cm),
Medium (37 inches or 94cm),
Large (40 inches or 101,5 cm)
X-Large (43 inches or 109 cm)
XX-Large (46 inches or 116 cm)
3XL (49 inches or 124,5 cm)
4XL (52 inches or 132 cm)
(Shown in Size Small with ½ in./1cm positive ease at bust)

Yarn:
3(3,3,4,5,5,6,7) skeins of Holst Coast (MC colourway Denim) or approximately 848(928,1110,1319,1558,1833,2147,2504) yards or 775(849,1015,1206,1425,1676,1963,2290) meters.
1 skein of Holst Coast (CC colourway Silver grey) or approximately 84(92,109,130,154,182,212,247) yards or 77(84,100,119,141,166,194,226) meters.
1 skein of Holst Coast (CC2 colourway Fairy) or approximately 77(84,101,119,141,166,195,227) yards or 70(77,92,109,129,152, 178,208) meters.
…or any other fingering weight yarn
(at 382 yards or 349m/50gr ) which gives you the proper gauge.
Please keep in mind that yardage is an estimate.

Skill Level
Intermediate to advanced.