Helter Skelter dress by Angela Gardner

Helter Skelter dress

January 2019
Aran (8 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
938 - 1024 yards (858 - 936 m)
one size, adjustable
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This short fitted dress is worked in the round from the top down.

The spiraling lines of lace holes gives the fabric of this dress a stretch-to-fit character, like a bias-cut dress. The same dress will accommodate a variety of sizes, and simply fall longer on a slimmer figure.

The dress is designed to have negative ease on the bust, to be fitted at the waist, and to have a little positive ease on the hips.
The pattern is written in one size, to fit bust 39”, waist 31”, hips 40”
Instructions for adapting the pattern to your measurements are provided to ensure the best fit for you.
There is a lace stitch pattern worked over 7 stitches followed by a stocking stitch section. the rounds overlap by 2 stitches each time, pulling the pattern into a spiral.

There is no difference in shaping between the front and back as you knit. A neckband is worked at the end to adjust the fit.

The pattern uses woolyknit aran which suggests 5mm needles, I have used 4mm needles to create a firm fabric. .

Note: from experience,when trying on your dress, knit to the middle of a stocking stitch section, these stitches are easier to recover than the lace section if you loose a couple of stitches from your needles.

The neckline of the pattern is slightly larger than the samples shown, but still a fitted round neck.

You will want to be confident with reading your knitting and keeping track of increases, as well as working shaping according to fit, to get the most out of this design.