Knit a belted tunic dress

This versatile wrap dress, knit from 100 per cent cotton slub yarn in a seed stitch pattern, looks perfect dressed up or down.

By Suss Cousins

How to start the tunic dress

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An elegant, 1940s-inspired piece knit with 100 per cent cotton slub yarn in a seed stitch pattern will stay comfortable during a long wedding day. The dress is a classic shape that's exactly the kind of bridesmaid dress everyone wants: both flattering during the wedding and versatile for using afterward. It looks perfect with high heels and a pearl necklace, plus you can wear it over a silk camisole, with pants or a long skirt, or even over a bikini in the summer.

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Experience level: Advanced
Sizes: Small (medium, large, extra large)

Finished measurements
Chest: 34" (36", 38", 40")/86 (91, 96.5, 101.5) cm
Length: 36" (37", 38", 39")/91 (94, 96.5, 99) cm

Yarn
9 (9, 10, 10) skeins Suss Twisted (100% slub cotton; 2.5 ounces/71 grams; 108 yards/100 m), colour Nude

Notions
• 1 pair size 10 (6 mm) circular needles, 24"/61 cm long
• 1 knitting row counter
• 4 stitch markers
• 1 pair size 7 (4.5 mm) needles
• large tapestry needle
• sewing pins
• 1 size G (4 mm) crochet hook

Gauge
17 stitches and 24 rows = 4"/10 cm in seed stitch with size 10 needles.
24 stitches and 25 rows = 4"/10 cm in one-by-one rib stitch with size 7 needles.

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To work seed stitch
Row 1: Knit 1 stitch, purl 1 stitch, repeat until the end of the row.
Row 2: Purl all knit stitches and knit all purl stitches.

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Back
Cast on 64 (68, 72, 76) stitches with size 10 needles. Work in seed stitch for one row.

Cast on 4 stitches at the beginning of every row for 8 rows -- 96 (100, 104, 108) stitches, 9 rows total. You may wish to use a row counter for this project. Cast on 5 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows -- 106 (110, 114, 118) stitches, 11 rows total. Work the added stitches in the seed stitch pattern.

Decrease 1 stitch at the beginning and end of every 10 rows 4 (5, 6, 8) times -- 98 (100, 102, 102) stitches, 41 (51, 61, 81) rows total. Decrease 1 stitch at the beginning and end of every 8 rows 13 (12, 11, 9) times -- 72 (76, 80, 84) stitches, 145 (147, 149, 153) rows total.

To make cap sleeves, increase 1 stitch at the beginning and end of every 4 rows 10 (12, 13, 14) times -- 92 (100, 106, 112) stitches, 185 (195, 201, 209) rows total. Increase 1 stitch at the beginning and end of every 2 rows 4 (2, 1, 0) times -- 100 (104, 108, 112) stitches, 193 (199, 203, 209) rows total.

Bind off 5 stitches at the beginning of every row 12 (12, 8, 10) times -- 40 (44, 68, 62) stitches, 205 (211, 211, 219) rows total. Bind off 3 (4, 4, 4) stitches at the beginning of every row 4 (4, 10, 8) times -- 28 (28, 28, 30) stitches, 209 (215, 221, 227) rows total.

Bind off loosely in seed stitch pattern.

 Page 1 of 2 -- Learn how to make the front and finish your dress on page 2.



Excerpted from Wedding Knits: Handmade Gifts for Every Member of the Wedding Party by Suss Cousins, with photography by Suzuki K. Copyright 2007 by Suss Cousins. Excerpted with permission from Potter Craft, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced except with permission in writing from the publisher.

 

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