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Sweater dresses are scary knits. Because they are huge! It's a dress, for goodness sake. So my goal in designing one was to make it worth the time. Melvie is versatile - it's a cute skirt, it's a cute tunic if worn over jeans, it's cute under a jacket, and it's cute by itself. The knit is loose so you won't get sweat out on a warm day. Melvie, my grandfather, would have been all over this sweater dress. He was all about legs, so he would have said it was pretty sexy. I can't argue with that! This sweater dress is pretty sexy. So, Papa, this one is for you. Melvie is a bubble skirt dress with cowl neck, slightly puffed sleeves, and button back closure. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY knit purl cast on bind off Inc dec button holes pick up sts GAUGE 18 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 32 (36, 40, 44)" bust circumference

Supplies Needed

  • 880 - 1210 yards worsted weight yarn
  • size 9 circular needles
  • buttons

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The Sweatshop of Love
The Sweatshop of Love
I'm a knitwear and embroidery pattern designer and knitting teacher from Michigan who currently lives in Chicago. My patterns have been published in Interweave Knits, Knitscene, and knit.wear magazines, and by Lion Brand Yarns. I self publish patterns and blog at The Sweatshop of Love and run Holla Knits and Red Letter Day Stitches.