How to Knit a Dress
I would like to show you how to knit a dress using just a knit stitch and a purl. I have used this knitting wool, 50% of which is made of wool and 50% – of acryl. This manufacturer was recommended to me at shop – the wool combined with acryl will prevent the dress from the fluffs and make it hard-wearing. It is nice to the feel and not ticklish, so you don’t have to use a fabric softener after washing. The weave is quite simple, if you start knitting it right. The number of stitches for the back should be divisible by 15, so I’ve got 105. This is the top of the back. The whole dress will be made up of four such rectangles. I would like to tell how to make the weave in more detail. There are 115 stitches: make 3 lines of knit stitches and alternate the lines of purls and knit stitches after that. Then make a checkerboard order: 15 knit stitches and 15 purls and so on. 3 lines of purls are next to the block of garter stitches. So you can see the remaining sequence. You just need to keep to this pattern and try not to mat.
The dress is almost ready except for one sleeve. So I will use it to show you all the details of making the weave. There also will be such a shtick as a ribbing; I have knitted it using 4 knitting needles, but you may use 5. So it will look like this from the outside and inside. I like it that’s why I want to show you how to make it. The dress length consists of 17 blocks. It will stretch out and become longer after washing. So the width was already covered, no use in repeating. Ok, start making the ribbing, there will be 48 stitches. Two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten. Eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen. I won’t make it uniform now; I will divide them in equal number later. Sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty, twenty-one, twenty-two, twenty-three, twenty-four, twenty-five, twenty-six, twenty-seven, twenty-eight, twenty-nine, thirty. Thirty-one, thirty-two, thirty-three, thirty-four, thirty-five, thirty-six, thirty-seven, thirty-eight, thirty-nine, forty, forty-one, forty-two, forty-three, forty-four, forty-five, forty-six, forty-seven, forty-eight. Now knit a ribbing alternating lines of knit stitches and purls. Ok, the first line.
So I have knitted 4 sm of the ribbing. I have started from this side and knitted it circle-wise. Then I have turned it inside out, added 12 stitches: there were 48 stitches and now there are 60 of them. We do it to fit the pattern of 15 blocks. Now there are 60 stitches and I am going to show you how to make the pattern itself. As you see I’ve knitted 3 lines of knit stitches, it looks like this on the wrong side. There are 2 lines, but we need 3. Make 15 knit stitches on this side, 15 purls, 15 knit stitches and 15 purls. There also should be 3 lines. I will show you how to do this. I have knitted 4 sm of ribbing circle wise, using 4 knitting needles, then turned it inside out as I like this side of the ribbing more. I also knitted 3 lines back and forth as if using 2 knitting needles. You also need to add 12 stitches to get the stitches number divisible by 15: there were 48 stitches and now there are 60 of them. These 3 lines are finished. Now I am making a pattern, beginning from the knit stitches. I need to make a block of 15 stitches, so I make 15 knit stitches. Two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten. Eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen. Then make 15 purls. Two, three…So you got it, right? I am using several knitting needles as it won’t lay itself out properly if I use just 2. When I get an appropriate form I will use just 2. So we started making the pattern. You can go on knitting 3 lines. I will show you what you should do next.
I will tell you once again: there 3 lines of the garter stitches, and 3 lines of knit stitches alternating purls. Then make 3 lines of knit stitches.
As I have already said we make a ribbing with the length of 4 sm. Then we add some missing stitches and get 60 stitches. The pattern consists of the 15 stitch-blocks. Knit a three-quarter length sleeve, consisting of six blocks. Well. The dress itself consists of 4 rectangles, which are sewed together. There is a boat neck. I am showing you the back, the front is on the other side because I want to show you the gorge: it consists of 3 blocks. All the rest is the shoulder seam. It looks like this from the front. One, two, three, there are two and a half blocks in total. So this is the front and this is the back. Speaking of which the sleeve consists of 4 blocks and the arm hole – of 3, that’s why you need to stretch the sleeve out a little to combine 2 blocks with 3. You need it to make the sleeve sit fine. Do the same with the shoulder seam: stretch the back to combine 2 blocks of back with 2.5 blocks of the front. After that you need to wash the dress and to wash it off in a fabric softener to put the stitches into alignment. You don’t have to iron it, unless you really need it – if the stitches vary a lot. In this case press it with iron, but I didn’t need it. So we have such a dress.