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Home : Patterns : Close-Fitting Dress

Free Knitting Pattern: Close-Fitting Dress

Lion Brand® Glitterspun® (old)
Pattern #: 20265
Rating: *****5.0 (based on 1 review)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

SIZE: Small, Medium, Large, 1X
Finished chest 32˝ (34˝, 36, 38) inches
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.


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Glitterspun® (old)

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Glitterspun® (old)
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*Glitterspun (old) (Article #990). 60% acrylic, 27% Cupro, 13% Polyester; package size: 1.75oz/50.00 gr. (115yds/105m) pull skeins

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Close-Fitting Dress

Lion Brand® Glitterspun® (old)


18 sts + 26 rows = 4" (10 cm) in Stockinette st (k on RS, p on WS). 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


M1 (make 1) An increase worked by lifting the horizontal thread lying between the needles and placing it onto the left needle. Work this new stitch through the back loop.
ssk (slip, slip, knit) 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.

Row 1 K 1, (yo, k2tog) to last st, k 1.
Row 2 Purl.
Repeat Rows 1-2 for pattern.


Cast on 96 (100, 104, 108) sts. Work row 1 of lace pattern. Purl 1 row.
Next Row Skip first rep of lace pattern (k 2), cont in lace pattern across row. Continue in lace pattern, working one less repeat on every RS row and replacing it with St st until Row 1 is completely St st. Work even in St st until piece measures 21 (21, 20˝, 20)" from beg, ending with a WS row.
Dec Row (RS) K 1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, ssk, k 1. Repeat dec every 4th row 12 times more, then every other row 5 times – 60 (64, 68, 72) sts. Work even for 8 rows.
Inc row (RS) K 1, M1, k to last st, M1, k 1. Repeat inc every 6th row 6 more times – 74 (78, 82, 86) sts. Work even until piece measures 37" from beg.

Shape Armhole Bind off 3 sts at beg of next 2 rows.
Dec Row K 2, k2tog, k to last 4 sts, ssk, k 2. Repeat dec every other row 5 more times – 56 (60, 64, 68) sts. Work even until armhole measures 7˝", ending with a WS row.

Shape Neck and Shoulder Bind off 5 (5, 6, 6) sts, k 4 (5, 6, 7), join 2nd ball of yarn, bind off center 38 (40, 40, 40) sts, k to end. Working both sides at once, bind off 5 (5, 6, 6) sts at beg of next row; then bind off 4 (5, 6, 7) sts at beg of next
2 rows.

Work as for Back, reversing lace pattern (omitting at end of row), until armhole measures 3˝".
Shape Asymmetrical Neck K 14 (16, 18, 20), ssk, k 2, join 2nd ball of yarn, k 2, k2tog, k to end. Working both sides at once, rep dec at left front every 3rd row 8 (9, 9, 10) times more; and at right front every row 28 (29, 29, 30) times more. AT SAME TIME, when armhole measures same as Back, shape shoulder as for Back.

Sew shoulder seams. Sew side seams. With RS facing and crochet hook, work 1 row single crochet evenly around neck and armholes. Weave in ends.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) cont = continu(e)(s)(ing)
dc = double crochet dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing)
foll = follow(s)(ing) inc = increas(e)(s)(ing)
k = knit k2tog = knit 2 together
MC = main color p = purl
psso = pass slipped stitch over rem = remain(s)(ing)
rep = repeat(s)(ing) rev = revers(e)(ing)
rnd(s) = round(s) RS = right side
ssk = slip, slip, knit St st = Stockinette stitch
st(s) = stitch(es) tog = together
WS = wrong side yo = yarn over

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Pattern Average Rating: *****5.0 (based on 1 review)
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Close-Fitting Dress Reviewed by Guiomar M. Vicario on 2008-10-17 *****
I made this dress to my sister...she is 5'10 and she looked spectacular. I loved it.

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