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'Nala' - summer dress with cables

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'Nala' - summer dress with cables
'Nala' - summer dress with cables
'Nala' - summer dress with cables
'Nala' - summer dress with cables
'Nala' - summer dress with cables

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit and purl
  • basic knowledge in cable knitting
  • basic knowledge in crocheting single crochets and reverse single crochets
  • standard increases and decreases

Pattern Description:

A very summery dress with straps and beautiful cable borders at seams and waist. Skirt and top are directly knitted on the borders so that you won't have to sew them together. Detailed description of these technique is included in pattern.

I used double stranded Ito "Gima 8.5" lace yarn for this project - but you can use any fingering or sport yarn that obtains gauge.


21 sts and 30 rows = 4" x 4" (10 x10 cm)

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • US sizes 4/6, 8/10 and 12/14
  • Bust circumferences:38, 42.5 and 47 (158, 116 and 124 cm)
  • Waist circumferences: 28", 31" and 34" (72, 80 und 88 cm)
  • Length: 36", 37.5" and 38.5" (91, 95 und 98,5 cm)


  • 2400 - 3000 yds of fingering yarn
  • I used double stranded lace yarn Ito "Gima 8.5"

You Will Also Need:

  • US 4 (3.5 mm) circular needles
  • 2 buttons
  • 3.5 mm crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle

Suggested yarn:

3000 yards of Fingering weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Ito Gima 8.5 double stranded


# 034 (chestnut)

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Rita Maassen on
Willich, Germany

In my everyday life I work as a web and graphic designer. After work (and in nearly every free minute) I fetch my needles and start knitting. One day when my family and friends where completely ...

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