Cozy Vintage Dress

Every woman wants a dress that fits and flatters to perfection. By pairing a vintage silhouette with a seeded rib stitch, the Vintage Ribbed Dress can achieve the fit that every woman is after. It’s perfect for date night or an office party, but comfortable enough to wear at home. The dress is fitted through the bust, waist and hips. It features a slight bell sleeve that stops at the elbow. The dress also features a pencil skirt with a vent in the back for ease of movement.

Skill Level: Easy

Size: Finished Bust Size 32 (36, 40, 44, 48)” to fit bust 34 (38, 42, 46, 50)”

2” negative ease recommended.

Shown in size 36”

Gauge: 8 sts and 12 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking

Materials

Yarn:

Super Bulky Weight Yarn Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick (82% Acrylic, 10% Wool, 8% Rayon; 106 yards [97 meters]/170 grams): 156 Grey Marble, 5 (5, 6, 6, 7) balls.

Needles: US size 13 (9 mm): 24” circular

Notions: Markers; stitch holders; tapestry needle; 24” #10 Brass Zipper

Pattern Notes

This pattern is worked in the round from the bottom up.

Pattern

CO 71 (77, 86, 92, 101) sts.

*Alt: Knit first 3 rows, then:
Row 1: K19 (21, 23, 26, 27), place marker, k36 (38, 43, 43, 50), place marker, k to end.
Rows 2-4: K all sts.

Row 5 WS): K3, p2, *k1, p2; rep from * until the last 3 sts, k3.

Row 6 (RS): K all sts.
Rep Rows 5-6 until piece meas 9” from CO, ending on WS.

Shape Vent and Hips

Row 1: BO 3 sts, k to 1 st before 1st marker, m1, k1, sm, k1, m1, k to 1 st before 2nd marker, m1, k1, sm, k1, m1, k to end – 72 (78, 87, 93, 102) sts.

Cont in est patt until piece meas 15” from CO, ending on WS.

Shape Waist

Row 1 (RS): K to 3 sts before 1st marker, ssk, k1, sm, k1, k2tog, k to 3 sts before 2nd marker, ssk, k1, sm, k1, k2tog, k to end – 4 sts dec’d.

Row 2 (WS): Work in est patt.
Row 3: K all sts.
Row 4: Rep Row 2.

Rep Rows 1-4 a total of 6 times – 48 (54, 63, 69, 78) sts.

Work in est patt until piece meas 24”, ending on WS.

Shape Chest

Row 1 (RS): K to 1 st before 1st marker, m1, k1, sm, k1, m1, k to 1 st before 2nd marker, m1, k1, sm, k1, m1, k to end – 4 sts inc’d

Row 2 (WS): Work in est patt.
Row 3: K all sts.
Row 4: Rep Row 2.

Size XS only

Rows 5-10: Rep Rows 3-4.

Sizes S and M only

Rows 5-8: Rep Rows 3-4.

Size L and XL only

Rows 5-6: Rep Rows 3-4.

All Sizes

Repeat these rows a total of 3 (4, 4, 5, 5) times – 60 (70, 79, 89, 98) sts.

Work in est patt until piece meas 35”, ending on WS.

Split/Shape Arms

Row 1: K to 2 (3, 3, 3, 3) sts before 1st marker, BO 4 (6, 6, 6, 6) sts, k to 2 (3, 3, 3, 3) sts before 2nd marker, BO 4 (6, 6, 6, 6), k to end – 52 (58, 67, 77, 86) sts remain.

Right Back

Row 2 (WS): Work in est patt.
Row 3 (RS): BO 1, k to end – 1 st dec’d.
Row 4: Work in est patt.

Work in est patt for 6½ (7½, 8½, 8½, 9)”.

At the beginning of a WS row, BO 6 sts – 7 (7, 9, 10, 10) sts.

Work in est patt for 1”.

BO all sts.

Left Back

Row 2 (WS): Work in est patt.
Row 3 (RS): K to last 2 sts, k2tog – 1 st dec’d.
Row 4: Work in est patt.

Work in est patt for 6½ (7½, 8½, 8½, 9)”.

At the beginning of a RS row, BO 6 sts – 7 (7, 9, 10, 10) sts.

Work in patt for 1”.

BO all sts.

Front

Row 1 (WS): Work in est patt.

Row 2 (RS): K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 2 sts dec’d.

Work in est patt for 3”.

Next Row (RS): K8 (8, 10, 11, 11), BO 8 (12, 13, 19, 25), k to end.

On the next RS row, BO 1 st at each neck side.

Work in est patt until Armhole meas 7½ (8½, 9½, 9½, 10)”.

BO all sts.

Collar

Using mattress stitch, seam front shoulders to back shoulders.

With RS facing and starting at back left, PU 64 (70, 79, 85, 94) sts evenly around.

Work in Garter St back and forth in rows for 1”.

BO all sts.

Sleeves (make 2)

CO 32 sts.

Work in Garter St for 1”.

Row 1 (RS): K all sts.
Row 2: P2, *k1, p2; rep from * to end.

Sizes 32 (36, 40, 44) only

Dec Row (RS): K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 30 sts.

All Sizes

Dec at the beginning and end of each RS row every 4 (4, 6, 10, 0) rows until 22 (24, 26, 28, 32) sts remain.

Work in est patt until piece meas 9”.

BO 3 (3, 3, 3, 3) sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows – 16 (18, 20, 22, 26) sts remain.

Work 2 rows even.

Rep Dec Row every 1 (2, 1, 1, 1) rows until 12 sts remain.

Cont in est patt until piece meas 11 (12, 13, 14)” from CO.

At the beginning of the next 2 rows, BO 3 sts on each side.

BO 6 sts.

Finishing

Block each piece and weave in ends. Insert zipper into the back and sew into the seam. Cont to seam the 2 back pieces until you get to the vent. Overlap the right back onto the vent/left back and seam.

Set sleeves into armholes. Sew sleeves.yarn ball

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