Yoshimi Knit Dress
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Slacker chic meets mod minimalism in this easy-to-make, easy-to-wear dress!

If knitting garments seems a bit intimidating, we have the perfect project for you. The Yoshimi Dress was born out of our editor Lindsey's desire for a cool knit piece that didn't require advanced skills. This dress is so simple, and so flattering, you'll want to make one in every color. And be prepared for the onslaught of compliments, because we've literally been stopped on the street in this dress!*

Sizing: For Small-Medium we used just a little less than 3 skeins of yarn. For Medium-Large you may want to purchase 4 skeins just to be on the safe side. 

Editor's Note: Lindsey was listening to a lot of Flaming Lips albums while constructing this dress, specifically Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. 

*There have been a few questions concerning sizing of the Yoshimi dress. It's a generous, boxy fit (and the Cotton-ease yarn is nice and stretchy) so casting on 73 stitches will work for most all sizes. You might want to take length into consideration for larger sizes, as well as how much room to leave open for the neck and arm holes. 




Cast on 73 Stitches

Cast on 73 stitches, or swatch to obtain gague. 

Knit Front and Back Panels

Knit front and back panels using knit stitch, purl stitch, or both (stockinette). 

For our Yoshimi dress we knitted the front panel 28" long and 33" long for the back - which ended up being about 20 more rows of stitches for the back panel.

We recommend that you base the amount of stitches and rows on tension, yarn weight, and your individual measurements. 

(Oh, and for you knitting newbies - here's a link to our tutorial vid for how to cast off once you've reached your desired length!)

Stitch Panels Together

Once you've reached the desired length for both panels, use a yarn needle to stitch up the side seams using either strong embroidery floss or a couple of thinner strands of yarn. 

Make sure to leave approx. 7" for each arm opening and 10" for the neck opening. You can adjust either to fit your measurements accurately. 

Discussion 22

  • Narelle Adams commented 5 years ago

    i am wanting to make this in 8 ply. How many stiches would I need to make it for size 14 womens. Thank you.

  • Jennifer Gottlieb Dixon commented 8 years ago

    Ack!  I've been chugging along on US 11 needles!  Guess I have some frogging to do tonight and start again on  US 8.  :)  I thought the knit fabric seemed a bit loose. 

    TheMissLinds replied 8 years ago

    i'm so sorry jennifer! my mistake :( can't wait to see your finished version though!

  • Nora commented 8 years ago

    What's the width of the pieces?

  • Jennifer Gottlieb Dixon commented 8 years ago

    Going to cast this on tonight!  Well, as soon as I'm done typing, actually.

    Nora replied 8 years ago

    I'm starting this one, too! But in a different color, a kind of violet. Will post WIP soon...

  • Scarffaces commented 8 years ago

    Did you use size 11 (8mm) needles on cotton ease as is listed in the supplies?? I am currently attempting this but it doesn't look right! the yarn is too small for the needles :( maybe they need to be size 8 (5mm)? I think I will try with that. 

    TheMissLinds replied 8 years ago

    Ack sorry - that was totally a mistake on the needles size. Yes - size 8 (5mm)!!

  • Tifoli commented 9 years ago

    I am going to make this in yellow

  • Kollabora commented 9 years ago

    @Molly - we want to see the dress when you're finished!

  • Odette Rivera commented 9 years ago

    Are there any directions available for this?

    sally replied 9 years ago

    Hi Odette, the tutorial is back up. You may view it here http://kollabora.com/community/knitting/projects/yoshimi-knit-dress

    Let me know if you have anymore questions. 


    Odette Rivera replied 9 years ago

    Thank you!

  • Molly commented 9 years ago

    Can anyone share the pattern for this? I want to add it to my list of things to make for the holidays!

  • Allison Kathleen commented 9 years ago

    i can't believe this project is so easy and so inexpensive!

  • Sam Nicholas commented 9 years ago

    What size of garment does this make?

    TheMissLinds replied 9 years ago

    The dress is very loose knit so casting on 73 stitches works for most sizes. I would say the only thing you may want to take into consideration for larger sizes is length of the panels. 

  • Rachael commented 9 years ago

    So what size would 73 stitches across get you?

  • marcy harriell | oonaballoona commented 9 years ago

    fa-reaking AMAZING. 

  • Meg commented 9 years ago

    This is so cute! Casting on ASAP!

  • Nora commented 9 years ago

    Ohhhh - 90s are back! So excited!

  • Paivi Kankaro commented 9 years ago

    I love the grunge look and the fack that this project is so easy!

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