Featherlight Lingerie Dress by Mari Lynn Patrick
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Featherlight Lingerie Dress

Knitting
February 2007
Lace ?
18 stitches and 23 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch with a single strand of yarn on larger needles
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
916 - 1374 yards (838 - 1256 m)
30 (34, 38, 42, 46)" (76 [86.5, 96.5, 106.5, 117] cm) bust circumference.

Pattern description from Lace Style: “We’re all familiar with gossamer shawls, but Mari Lynn Patrick went a step further and created a featherweight dress with handkerchief hem. She combined a fine mohair/silk yarn with relatively large needles to knit up a cloud-like fabric with lace accents. The skirt is worked first in two halves joined at the center to form a rectangle with a hole in the center. The bodice is worked next with a diminutive lace motif. The bodice and skirt are then sewn together with elastic thread. Additional bands of lace at the neck and hem add to the fine-lingerie look.”

Finished Size: 30 (34, 38, 42, 46)” (76 86.5, 96.5, 106.5, 117 cm) bust circumference.

Yarn: Sportweight (CYCA #2 Fine).
Rowan Kidsilk Haze (70% kid mohair, 30% silk; 229 yd (209 m)/25 g): #590 pearl, 4 (5, 5, 6, 6) balls.

Needles:

  • Skirt and bodice back - size 8 (5 mm): straight.
  • Bodice front and sides - size 3 (3.25 mm): straight.
  • Lace hem - size 7 (4.5 mm): 40” (100 cm) circular (cir).
  • Waist ribbing 0 size 7 (4.5 mm): 24” (60 cm) circular (cir).
  • Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
  • Note: Bamboo or other lightweight needles work best for this fine yarn.

Notions: Stitch holders, removable markers or waste yarn; tapestry needle; 1 spool of elastic thread in matching color (available at fabric stores).

Additional Gauge: 20½ stitches and 37 rows = 4” (10 cm) in fleurette lace pattern after blocking with a single strand of yarn on smaller straight needles.