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
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.