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Free Knitting Pattern: Sweater Dress

Lion Brand® Bolero®
Pattern #: 50836AD
Rating: ****3.5 (based on 2 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy + (Level 3)

SIZE: XS, Small, Medium, Large
Body Bust Size 28-30 (32-34, 36-38, 40-42)" [71-76 (81-86, 91.5-96.5, 101.5-106.5)
Finished Bust Size 34 (38, 44, 50)" [86 (96.5, 111.5, 127) cm]
Finished Length 37 3/4 (38 1/2, 39 3/4, 41) " [96 (98, 101, 104) cm]
Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

CORRECTIONS: (applied Oct 22, 2009)

Shape Sleeve Cap
Row 6 Purl.
Repeat rows 3-6 four times, then Rows 1 and 2 only 3 (4, 5, 6) times more - 10 (12, 13, 14) sts.
Repeat Rows 3 and 4 only 1 (2, 3, 4) times more ­ 10 (12, 12, 12) sts.
The above is only a summary of corrections; the corrected pattern text is below (if free) or shipped upon completion of order (if purchased)
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Dress is knitted in stockinette stitch in four pieces with raglan sleeves and fashionable shaping.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 300-204: Bolero Yarn: Tutti Frutti
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*Bolero® (Article #300). 100% Wool; package size: 3.50oz/100.00 gr. (55yds/50m) pull skeins

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•  300-204 Bolero Yarn: Tutti Frutti
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Sweater Dress

Lion Brand® Bolero®


7 1/2 sts and 10 1/2 rows = 4" [10 cm] lin Stockinette st (k on RS, p on WS) using larger needles. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch


ssk slip next 2 sts as if to knit, one at a time, to right needle; insert left needle into fronts of these 2 sts and k them tog - dec made.
sk2p slip next st knitwise, k2tog, pass slipped st over just made st - 2 decs made.
kfb knit into the front and back of next st - inc made.

With smaller needles, cast on 54 (60, 64, 72) sts.
Row 1 WS K2, *p2, k2; rep from *.
Row 2 Knit the k sts, purl the p sts. Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for ribbing until piece measures 4" [10 cm]. Change to larger needles and work even in St st until piece measures 10" end WS. Dec 1 st each edge on next, then every following 4th row five times total, then work 4 rows even - 44 (50, 54, 62) sts.
Next Row RS K 12 (15, 17, 21), ssk, k1, k2tog, k10, ssk, k1, k2tog, k12 (15, 17, 21).
Next Row Purl.
Next Row RS K12 (15, 18, 21), sk2p, k10, sk2p, k12 (15, 17, 21).
Next Row Purl.
Next Row RS Dec 1 st each edge - 34 (40, 44, 52) sts. Work even until piece measures 27" [68.5 cm] from beg, end WS.
Next Row RS Inc 1 st each edge. Work 3 rows even. Repeat last 4 rows 1 (0, 1, 0) times - 38 (42, 48, 54) sts. Work even until back measures 29 1/2 (29 1/2, 30, 30 1/2)" [80 (80, 76, 77.5 cm], end WS.
Shape Raglan Armholes
Bind off 2 (2, 3, 4) sts at beg of next 2 rows.
Next Row K 1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k 1.
Next Row Purl. Repeat last 2 rows 10 (11, 12, 13) times.
Bind off remaining 12 (14, 16, 18) sts.


Work as for Back until there are 16 (18, 20, 22) sts, end WS.
Shape Neck
Next Row RS K1, ssk, k3 and slip to a holder, bind off center 4 (6, 8, 10) sts, k 3, k2tog, k1.
Right Shoulder
Rows 1, 3 and 5 WS Purl.
Row 2 Ssk, k2tog, k1.
Row 4 K2tog, k1.
Row 6 K2tog. Fasten off.
Left Shoulder
With WS facing, join yarn to 5 sts on holder. Repeat last 6 rows, reversing shaping.

With smaller needles cast on 22 (22, 26, 26) sts. Work ribbing as for Back for 4" [10 cm]. Change to larger needles and work in St st, inc 18 (20, 20, 22) sts evenly across first row - 40 (42, 46, 48) sts. Work even until sleeve measures 11 (11, 11 1/2, 12)" [28 (28, 29, 30.6) cm] from beg, end WS. Dec 1 st each edge every RS row 5 (4, 4, 3) times - 30 (34, 38, 42) sts.
Next Row Purl.
Next Row RS K12 (14, 16, 18), ssk, k2, k2tog, k12 (14, 16, 18).
Next Row Purl.
Next Row RS K12 (14, 16, 18), ssk, k2tog, k12 (14, 16, 18) - 26 (30, 34, 38) sts. Work even until sleeve measures 21 (21, 22, 22)" [53 (53, 56, 56) cm] from beg, end WS.
Shape Sleeve Cap
Place marker each edge of center 2 (2, 3, 4) sts.
Row 1 RS Bind off 2 (2, 3, 4) sts, k to one st before first marker, kfb, k to second marker, kfb, k to end of row.
Row 2 Bind off 2 (2, 3, 4) sts, purl to end of row.
Row 3 K 1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k 1.
Row 4 Purl.
Row 5 K 1, ssk, k to one st before first marker, kfb, k to second marker, kfb k to last 3 sts, k 2 tog, k 1.
Row 6 Purl.
Repeat Rows 3-6 four times ­- 12 (16, 18, 10) sts).
Repeat Rows 3 and 4 only 1 (2, 3, 4) times more ­ 10 (12, 12, 12) sts.
Next Row Purl. Bind off.

Sew side seams; sew sleeve seams. Sew in sleeves, leaving back of right raglan open.
From RS, with smaller needles, pick up and k 42 (50, 54, 58) sts evenly across neckline. Work ribbing as for Back for 5", end RS. Bind off knitwise. Sew neckband and remaining raglan seam. Weave in ends.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing)
inc = increas(e)(s)(ing) k = knit
p = purl RS = right side
st(s) = stitch(es) tog = together
WS = wrong side  

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Pattern Average Rating: ****3.5 (based on 2 reviews)
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Sweater Dress Reviewed by Karen Szewczuk on 2010-03-03 ***
THIS dress is beautiful so i spent the 200.00+ and made it ...if you do decide to make it email lion brand for corrections ...there are some...also i went by the bust size and decided to make a large, is way too large(WHY WOULD A PERSON WITH A 41 INCH BUST NEED A SWEATER THAT ENDS UP MEASURING 50 INCHES?, I FOLLOWED THIER JUDGEMENT AND BOY WAS IT WRONG)...and ITS too long ...the measurements do come out as specified...and i did not measure from my neck to my knee so my dress turned out three inches too long...make sure you measure neck to top of your knee then select proper size OR MAKE PROPER ADJUSTMENTS when knitting (i.e. knit it three inches shorter)...this project also uses more yarn than specified so order at least 3 more ...ill try to put pics up later i am now in the process of deciding to redo the whole thing, NIGHTMARE...i like it that much or i may just knit a super thin matching belt that triples around the waist with matching pom poms off to the left and wear this with wide bottom jeans and original kork ease sandals from sundance catalog in natural........ EN VOGUE

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