Little Black Dress

This dress started with a question: what does one wear with thigh-high boots? I bought the aforementioned boots in a major sale when the Diane Von Furstenburg store near me was closing its doors. It was the early days of covid, back when I was asking optimistic questions like, what should I wear to all the Christmas parties that will definitely be hosted in 2020? Dressing rooms were closed and no wrap dress has ever fit me properly, but there were still the shoes. The glorious shoes. I walked away with a pair of boots so stunning they would have made Nancy Sinatra jealous.

And now I have something to wear them with.

Mock-Neck Sleeveless Dress

Size: 2

Materials:

Needles: US size 8 and US size 6

Yarn:

MC – Knit Picks Shine Worsted in Black, 10 skeins (750 yards, 17.64 ounces)

CC – Knit Picks Shine Worsted in Cream, 1 skein (75, 1.76 ounces)

Gauge: 10 stitches and 12 rows = 2 inches in ST (size 8 needles)

Body

CO 174 with size 8 needles. Join in round 

Row 1: *K2, p1; to end

Repeat row 1 for 12”

Row 2: *K1, SSK, k74 (continuing in 2×1 rib); place marker, repeat

Rows 2-5: *K1, SSK, continue in 2×1 rib to marker; repeat

Switch to CC

Rows 6-8: *K1, SSL, continue in 2×1 rib to marker; repeat

Switch to MC

Rows 9-11: * K1, SSK, continue in 2×1 rib to marker; repeat

Switch to CC

Rows 12-17: *K1, SSK, continue in 2×1 rib to marker; repeat

Switch to MC

Row 18: * K1, SSK, continue in 2×1 rib to marker; repeat

Rows 19-20: K in 2×1 rib

Switch to CC

Rows 21-23: K in 2×1 rib

Switch to MC

Row 24: K in 2×1 rib

Knit 2×1 rib for 7”

Armholes

Row 1: K1, SSK, k 66, continuing in 2×1 rib, k2tog, SSK. Place remaining stitches on stitch holder

Back

Row 2 (WS): P4, continue in rib to last 4, p4

Rows 3 and 5: K1, SSK, continue in rib to last 3, k2tog, k1

Row 4: P3, continue in rib to last 4, p3

62 stitches remain. Continue in 2×1 rib until armhole reaches 6” ending on WS row

Row 1: K28, continuing in rib, BO6, k in continued rib to end. Place right side of BO on stitch holder

Rows 2 and 4: Continue in rib to last 2, p2tog

Rows 3 and 5: BO5, continue in rib to end

Rows 6, 7, and 7: K in 2×1 rib

BO

Pick up right side of neckline from stitch holder

Rows 1 and 3: Continue in rib to last 2, k2tog

Rows 2 and 4: BO5 p-wise, continue in rib to end

Rows 5, 6, and 6: Continue in rib

BO p-wise

Front

Pick up front stitches from stitch holder.

Row 1: K1, SSK, k to last 4 continuing in 2×1 rib, k2tog, SSK

Repeat BACK

Neckline

Sew shoulders together at BO edges.

Switch to size 6 needles.

Row 1: Pick up and purl 92 stitches with MC. Join in round. 

Switch to CC

Rows 2-4: *K1, p1; repeat from * to end

Switch to MC

Rows 5-7: *K1, p1; repeat from * to end

Switch to CC

Rows 8-9: *K1, p1; repeat from * to end

Switch to MC

Row 10: *K1, p1; repeat from * to end

Repeat row 10 until neck measures 4″

BO loosely rib-wise

Skirt

Switch to size 6 needles

Row 1: Pick up and knit 174 stitches. Join in round

K in 1×1 rib for 4”

BO

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