Tailored Tweed Dress

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An easy-to-wear cold weather layering piece, this dress is packed with details that make it a flattering fit: slipped stitch vertical “seams”; a ribbed waist to give or enhance an hourglass shape; bust and back hip darts for shaping; and herringbone edges for interest. This dress is knit in the round up to the armholes and edgings are picked up and knit, so there’s practically no seaming on this one. You can also replace the herringbone edges with simpler rib or seed stitch borders.

The tweed yarn gives this a wonderfully wintery, classic feel. Substitutes include Debbie Bliss Donegal Tweed Aran, Kilcarra Aran Tweed, Tahki Donegal Tweed, as well as Rowan’s Yorkshire Tweed Aran or Scottish Tweed Aran. Other aran weight yarns would work as well.

The picture shows size 35.5” worn with zero ease.

Sizes
Finished Bust Size 32 (35.5, 40, 43.5, 48, 53.8, 56)” to fit bust 31 (35, 39, 43, 47, 51, 55)”
Zero to 1.5” positive ease recommended.

Yarn
Commodum Aran Tweed (100% wool; 440 yards [400 meters]/250 grams): Color 4644, 880 (1,000, 1,150, 1,250, 1,400, 1,500, 1,600) yards  These yarn estimates are for a skirt length of 25”. If you want a longer skirt, plan on more yarn.

Needles/Notions
US#4 (3.5 mm): 24” circular  
US#10 (6.0 mm): 36” and 12” circular (a set of DPN may be used in place of the 12”
Stitch markers in several colors; stitch holders; tapestry needle.

Gauge
18 sts and 26 rows = 4” in st st after wet blocking, using smaller size needles.

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