Aloha Stripes Beach Dress

Skill Level: Beginner

Size: 3m (6m, 12m, 18m, 24m, 2, 3, 4) to fit chest of 16 (17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23)”

Shown in size 3

Gauge: 21 sts and 32 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking

Materials

Yarn: Cascade Yarns Sarasota Solids (60% Cotton, 40% Acrylic; 314 yards [287.5 meters]/100 grams): 234 Blue Turquoise (MC, 1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2) balls), 227 Coral Rose (CC, 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1) balls)

Needles: US size 4 (3.5 mm) 24” circular, US size 4 (3.5 mm) 24” DPNs

Notions: Tapestry needle, 2 (3, 4, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6) 1” buttons, US Size H/8 (5.0 mm) crochet hook

Pattern Notes

The dress begins flat at the top and worked down and joined in the round after the waist.

The buttons are secured with a crocheted single chain which is added during finishing, as are the i-cord straps.

Pattern

Top Edge

With MC, CO 84 (90, 94, 100, 106, 110, 114, 120) sts.

Knit 8 rows.

Bodice

Row 1 (WS): Using CC, knit.

Row 2 (RS): Using CC, k5, p until 5 sts rem, k5.

Row 3: Using MC, knit.

Row 4: Using MC, k5, p until 5 sts rem, k5.

Row 5: Using MC, knit.

Row 6: Using MC, k5, p until 5 sts rem, k5.

Work these 6 rows a total of 3 (4, 5, 6, 7, 7, 7, 7) times.

Skirt Join Detailing

Row 1: Using CC, knit.

Row 2: Using CC, k5, p until 5 sts rem, k5.

Row 3: Using MC, knit.

Row 4: Using MC, k5, p until 5 sts rem, k5.

Row 5: Using MC, *k2, m1; rep from * until 2 sts rem, k2. (125 (134, 140, 149, 158, 164, 170, 179) sts)

Row 6: Using MC, k6, p until 6 sts rem, k6.

Row 7: Using CC, knit.

Row 8: Using CC, k6, p until 6 sts rem, k6.

Row 9: Using MC, knit.

Row 10: Using MC, k6, p until 6 sts rem, k6.

Row 11: Using MC, knit.

Do not turn work, instead join for working in the rnd.

Rnd 12: Using MC, p6, k until 6 sts rem, p6.

Rnd 13: Using CC, knit.

Rnd 14: Using CC, k6, p until 6 sts rem, k6.

Rnd 15: Using MC, knit.

Rnd 16: Using MC, k6, p until 6 sts rem, k6.

Rnd 17: Using MC, knit.

Rnd 18: Using MC, p6, k until 6 sts rem, p6.

Rnd 19: Using CC, knit.

Rnd 20: Using CC, p5, k until 5 sts rem, p5.

Rnd 21: Using MC, knit.

Rnd 22: Using MC, k4, k until 4 sts rem, k4.

Rnd 23: Using MC, knit.

Rnd 24: Using MC, p3, k until 3 sts rem, p3.

Rnd 25: Using CC, knit.

Rnd 26: Using CC, p2, k until 2 sts rem, p2.

Rnd 25: Using MC, knit.

Rnd 26: Using MC, p1, k until 1 st rem, p1.

Rnd 25: Using MC, knit.

Rnd 26: Using MC, knit.

Remainder of Skirt

Rnds 1-2: Using CC, knit.

Rnds 3-6: Using MC, knit.

Work these 6 rnds 2 (4, 6, 8, 10, 10, 11, 11) times total.

Work Rnds 1-2 once more.

Bottom Border

Rnd 1: Knit.

Rnd 2: Purl.

Work these 2 rnds a total of 4 times.

BO all sts.

Straps (make 2)

The Straps are made of i-cord.

Using a DPNs and MC, CO 3 sts.

Knit the 3 sts, *do not turn your work but slide the sts to the other end of the needle that they’re on.  Pulling the yarn tightly and knit the sts again; rep from * until Strap meas 4.5 (4.75, 5, 6, 7, 8, 8, 8).

Finishing

Using MC and crochet hook, single crochet into the right side of the back opening.

Make Loop: Chain 10, then single crochet into the right side of the back opening 1” above the last point the yarn was attached to that side.

Make a total of 2 (3, 4, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6) loops. Cut yarn, pull through last st, and weave in ends.

Sew a button opposite each loop.

Weave in any rem ends. Block.

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