Pattern of the Week: Coastal Dress

My love of stripes knows no bounds. So when the knitscene team was deciding who would get to write about each of the projects from our awesome Summer 2018 issue, I immediately volunteered to write about the fabulously striped Coastal Dress—while wearing a striped shirt, no less. (And I’m wearing an entirely different striped shirt as I write this. I might have a problem.)

Anyway, if you love stripes as much as I do, you’re going to want to get this knitted dress on your needles ASAP. The simple but striking stripe pattern, flattering A-line silhouette, and handy breast pocket make the Coastal Dress a must-knit for summer. It’s cool, lightweight, and breathable but still provides some protection from the sun, which is great for those of us who burn easily! It also gives you enough coverage that you’ll feel comfortable stopping for a cold drink or some ice cream on your way home from the pool. Plus, it’s a breeze to make because there’s no need to weave in a million yarn ends when you’re done—you simply carry the yarn with you as you knit!

If your poolside style could use a refresh, this is definitely the dress for you. Get the Coastal Dress on your needles this month so you’ll be done in time to wear it on the first pool day of summer!

coastal dress

Pattern Details

DESIGNER Amy Gunderson

DIFFICULTY Intermediate

FINISHED SIZE 31¼ (35½, 39¾, 43¾, 48, 52¼, 56¼)” bust. Dress shown measures 35½”; modeled with 4″ of positive ease.

YARN Fibra Natura Flax Lace (100% linen; 547 yd [500 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): #104 blue spruce (A), 1 (1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2) skein(s) and 102 pale blush (light pink; B), 1 (1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2) skein(s). Yarn distributed by Universal Yarn.

NEEDLES  Size 3 (3.25 mm): 16″ and 24″ circular (cir). Size 4 (3.5 mm): 24″ cir. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS  Markers (m); stitch holder; tapestry needle.

GAUGE 23 sts and 32 rows = 4″ in St st on larger needles.

The Coastal Dress is Calling…

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