Groovy Maxi Dress by Sachiko Burgin

Groovy Maxi Dress

Knitting
January 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
3.5 mm (E)
1377 - 2295 yards (1259 - 2099 m)
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This pattern is available for $6.00.

Pattern currently being reworked

This simple dress worked from the top down is very easy to customize. Play with the length, knit it in stripes or a solid colour, or add other embellishment to suit your personal taste.
Knit using a fingering weight yarn, the gauge is slightly unusual due to the use of slightly larger needles creating a fabric that is quite stretchy. Choose your size based on how much positive or negative ease you wish to achieve for your garment.
I have listed many sizes. To avoid confusion, I recommend highlighting all the numbers that pertain to the size you choose to make before beginning.

Finished Measurements:
Bust: 26.5 (28, 30.5, 32, 34.5, 36, 40, 42.5, 45.5, 47, 50.5, 52, 54.5) inches
Waist: 24 (26.5, 28, 30, 32, 34, 37.5, 40, 43, 45, 48, 49.5, 52) inches
Hip: 30.5 (33, 34.5, 36, 38.5, 40, 44, 46.5, 49.5, 51, 54.5, 56, 58.5) inches

Gauge:
20 sts x 32 rows per 4 inches in st st on 4 mm (blocked)

Yarn:
3 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5) balls of Fingering/Sock weight yarn (459yds/420m/100g) Yarn requirements may vary depending on the length of your dress. If you are very tall, you may require extra yarn)

A note about the yarn: The dress that I originally knit (shown in pattern photo) was made using Noro Kureyon Sock. I am aware that this yarn has been discontinued in North America and may be difficult to find. I have listed other yarn choices that will help you achieve a similar effect, such as Noro Silk Garden Sock. These yarns may have different yardage amounts so more or less balls of yarn may be necessary when substituting.

Tools:
4 mm circular needle 24” 4 mm circular needle 32” (optional) 3.5 mm crochet hook 6 stitch markers 2 stitch holders Darning needle

Required Skills:
Cable cast on
Garter stitch
Increasing (M1L, M1R)
Decreasing (K2tog, SSK)
Stockinette stitch (worked flat and in the round)
Single crochet (to finish neck and armhole edging)
Stretchy Bind off (I used Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off found at www.knitty.com)