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Dress Knitting Patterns


Klara Nilsson | Updated on July 26, 2022

Whether you’re an adventurous beginner or a seasoned expert, every single knitter should experience the wonder of knitting their own dress. If you’re bored of simple scarves and socks, it’s the perfect project to break the monotony and create something you actually want to wear.

The beauty of dress knitting projects is in their versatility. There’s not just one shape, style, or purpose – you can find hundreds of dress patterns for every body shape, season, and silhouette.

That’s why we’ve curated this collection of 15 dress knitting patterns for all body types and occasions.

If you need something cozy, we’ve chosen patterns for chunky sweater dresses with ribbing, bulky wool yarn, and thick sleeves. If you want something lighter, we’ve collected patterns for fitted summer dresses with straps and slips, too.

We’ve focused on flexibility in this collection. Many of the knitting patterns listed here can also be knitted as long or short dresses, skirts, tops, and even sweaters.

The majority of these dresses are knitted from the top down, which means it’s easy to work them to your desired length and knit them longer or shorter if you’d like to. You can pick the pattern that suits you best and decide whether to keep it as a cute summer mini dress or work it all the way down to your ankles.

15 Unique Dress Knitting Patterns (For All Seasons)

In this list, you’ll find 15 dress knitting patterns for adults which require a beginner or intermediate skill level. They use basic techniques including knitting in the round, increasing and decreasing, and some minimal colorwork. Some can even be knitted flat using straight needles.

Choose from a range of classic silhouettes and more modern shapes. If you want something completely unique, you’ll find some vintage knitted dress patterns from the 1950s and 1970s, too.

1. The “Oh My Figure” Dress

Oh My Figure Dress Knitting Pattern
Price$12.17/£9.02
Techniques RequiredRib Stitch
Raglan Increasing
Tubular Cast On
Suggested YarnBamboo Tencel Double – Go Handmade
Kid Silk – Drops
Designer’s WebsiteThe “Oh My Figure” Dress – Oh My Knits

Knitted with two strands of yarn held together, the “Oh My Figure” dress pattern is worked in the round using rib stitch from the top down. From here, you’ll use raglan increases and decreases to shape the fitted dress to its end.

The fine details and ribbing on this dress pattern are designed to create a feminine, hourglass shape that will enhance the curves on any body type. The knitting pattern includes instructions for a long dress, short dress, skirt, sweater, and a top, which means you get five dress patterns for the price of one!

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle Size US Size 4/3.5mm Circular Needles (40-80cm Cable)
Yarn Weight 50g = 130m (Yarn A)
25g = 210m (Yarn B)
Yarn Quantity 500g-800g

2. The “Ski Dress” Knitting Pattern

Ski Dress Pattern
Price$10.00/£7.41
Techniques RequiredFlat Knitting
Fair Isle Colorwork
Suggested YarnN/A – See Pattern
Designer’s Website“Ski Dress” – NathaliesKnit on Etsy

Ideal for spring and summer, this easy knitting pattern is for a fitted mini dress measuring 30 inches (76cm) in length, with instructions to adjust the length if necessary. Using DK weight yarn in three colors, the dress is knit flat with some basic fair isle colorwork and then seamed together at the end.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 7/4.5mm Straight Needles
Yarn WeightDK/Light Worsted Weight
Yarn QuantityN/A – See Pattern


3. Three-Tiered Summer Dress

Three-Tiered Summer Dress Knitting Pattern
Price$5.60/£4.65
Techniques RequiredLinen Stitch
Decreasing
Suggested YarnSimply Aran – Paintbox Yarns
Designer’s WebsiteThree-Tiered Summer Dress – TheSnuggleryPatterns on Etsy

Another perfect pattern for summer, this dress is knitted using linen stitch, circular needles, and 600m of worsted weight yarn to create an A-line shape that’s flattering on all figures. It’s worked from the bottom up in one singular piece, which means there’s no seaming required at the end.

The instructions included are for a short-length dress. If you’re looking to knit a longer dress than the one pictured, we recommend purchasing more yarn than the quantity estimated above.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeN/A – See Pattern
Yarn Weight100g = 184m (Worsted/Aran Weight)
Yarn Quantity600m

4. “Daisy Chain” Dress and Crop Top Pattern

Daisy Chain Summer Dress Knitting Pattern
Price$9.04/£6.70
Techniques RequiredRound Knitting
Leaning Decreasing
Suggested YarnPima Cotton – We Are Knitters
Designer’s Website“Daisy Chain” Dress and Crop Top – FridayKnitsDesigns on Etsy

This knitting pattern includes instructions for 8 dress sizes, with up to two inches of positive ease. The pattern is worked from the top down and shaped at the waist, where you can decide to continue knitting down into a dress or keep the beginning as a summer crop top instead.

To knit the dress you’ll need knowledge of round knitting, left and right leaning decreases, and 3 to 5 skeins of yarn in the primary color. If you have any trouble, you can find a tutorial video from the designer on Youtube.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 8/5mm Circular Needles (80-100cm Cable)
Yarn Weight100g = 212m
Yarn Quantity3-5 Skeins (Color A)
1 Skein (Color B)

5. Augustins “No. 21” Dress

Augustins No. 21 Dress Pattern
Price$6.74/£5.03
Techniques RequiredStockinette Stitch
Lace Knitting
Suggested YarnDouble Soft Merino – Knitting for Olive
Soft Silk Mohair – Knitting for Olive
Designer’s WebsiteAugustins No. 21 Dress – Augustins

The “No. 21” knitting pattern from Danish designer Augustins creates a classic, vintage-style dress with puffy sleeves, a fitted i-cord waist, and a gentle drape. Simple to construct, the dress is worked in the round from the top down in stockinette stitch, while lace panels are knitted for decoration around the sleeves and skirt.

If you like the style of this dress, take a look at our list of skirt knitting patterns for more patterns by Augustins.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle Size US Size 11/8mm Circular Needles
US Size 13/9mm Circular Needles
US Size 15/10mm Circular Needles
Yarn Weight 50g = 125m (Yarn A)
25g = 225m (Yarn B)
Yarn Quantity 400g-700g (Yarn A)
125g-200g (Yarn B)

6. “Boring A-Shaped Dress” Pattern

Boring A-Shaped Dress Pattern
Price$8.37/£6.20
Techniques RequiredStockinette Stitch
Suggested YarnN/A – See Pattern
Designer’s Website“Boring Dress” – Boring Knit

This knitting pattern creates a cotton strap dress that sits just above the knees, between 115cm and 119cm in length. With instructions for 6 sizes, you’ll need two sets of circular needles and 400g to 600g of yarn in a cotton and wool blend. If you like this aesthetic, you can also check out our list of knitted pants patterns for more designs by Boring Knit.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 7/4.5mm Circular Needles (80cm Cable)
US Size 8/5mm Circular Needles (60cm Cable)
Yarn Weight50g = 100m
Yarn Quantity400g-600g

7. Vintage Ladies Polo Neck Dress

Women's Vintage Sleeveless Knitted Dress Pattern
Price$2.12/£1.57
Techniques RequiredN/A – See Pattern
Suggested YarnN/A – See Pattern
Designer’s WebsiteVintage Ladies Polo Neck Dress – Hobohooks on Etsy

The first vintage dress knitting pattern in this list, this pattern includes instructions for a sleeveless polo neck dress that’s worked up using DK weight cotton yarn. If the yarn you need is discontinued, simply check the recommended needle size and find a substitute that knits to the same tension.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 3/3.25mm Circular Needles
US Size 6/4mm Circular Needles
Yarn WeightDK Weight
Yarn QuantityN/A – See Pattern

8. “Maid You Fall” Dress Knitting Pattern

Maid You Fall Dress
Price $12.00/£9.42
Techniques Required Mattress Stitch
German Short Rows
Increasing & Decreasing
Suggested Yarn N/A – See Pattern
Designer’s Website “Maid You Fall” Dress – OshenKnits on Etsy

This dress is knitted seamlessly from the top down. It’s designed with a dropped neckline, wide sleeves, and a simple cord to tighten the fit around your bust. The pattern includes instructions to knit the dress to fit your exact size and shape, which means you can choose to knit it longer or shorter if you’d like to knit a cropped sweater instead.

Suitable for beginners, this is an easy pattern that only requires some worsted weight yarn and knowledge of basic knitting stitches including stockinette, mattress stitch, and some shaping.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:
Needle Size US Size 8/5mm Circular Needles
US Size 6/4mm Circular Needles
Yarn Weight 50g = 130m
Yarn Quantity 910m-2080m

9. The “Chestnut” Dress

Chestnut Dress Pattern Front
Price$6.85/£5.08
Techniques RequiredShort Rows
Round Knitting
Suggested YarnPelsuld 8/2 – Hjelholts Uldspinderi
Brushed Lace – Mohair by Canard
Designer’s WebsiteThe “Chestnut” Dress – PetiteKnit

The “Chestnut” dress pattern from PetiteKnit creates a comfortable, oversized dress with a turtleneck collar. Worked from the top down, the back and shoulders of the dress are knitted back and forth and shaped with short rows. Each section is then joined together, while the body and sleeves are simply worked in the round on circular needles.

Using stockinette stitch and a combination of wool and mohair yarn, the pattern comes with instructions for a dress approximately 130cm in length, with additional instructions to lengthen the dress to your preference.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 6/4mm Circular Needles (40-100cm Cable)
US Size 2.5/3mm Circular Needles (40cm Cable)
Yarn Weight100g = 400m (Yarn A)
25g = 210m (Yarn B)
Yarn Quantity600g-800g (Yarn A)
250g-400g (Yarn B)

10. Vintage Chunky Sweater Dress Pattern

Womens Chunky Vintage Sweater Dress Pattern
Price$2.12/£1.57
Techniques RequiredN/A – See Pattern
Suggested YarnDiana – Patons
Designer’s WebsiteVintage Chunky Dress – Hobohooks on Etsy

Another vintage design, this chunky sweater dress is worked up in fisherman’s rib to create a ladies knitted dress approximately 82cm to 97cm in length. Ideal for the colder seasons, you’ll need some bulky yarn and two pairs of circular needles.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 9/5.5mm Circular Needles
US Size 10/6mm Circular Needles
Yarn WeightBulky/Chunky
Yarn QuantityN/A – See Pattern

11. The “Peppermint” Dress

Peppermint Dress Knitting Pattern
Price$6.48/£4.80
Techniques RequiredN/A – See Pattern
Suggested YarnCuddle Me Cotton – HipKnitShop
Designer’s WebsiteThe “Peppermint” Dress – HipKnitShop

The “Peppermint” dress is knitted from the bottom up with 8 to 12 balls of light merino or cotton yarn, creating a breathable dress that’s great for spring and summer. With instructions for sizes from XS to XXXL, the dress measures from 64cm to 88cm in length. Designed to fit tightly over your bust, the knitting pattern also includes instructions to adjust the dress to fit any body type.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 6/4mm Circular Needles
Yarn Weight50g = 132m
Yarn Quantity8-12 Balls

12. “All of a Kind” Sweater Dress Knitting Pattern

All of a Kind Dress Pattern
Price$11.83/£8.77
Techniques RequiredN/A – See Pattern
Suggested YarnN/A – See Pattern
Designer’s Website“All of a Kind” Dress – KnitricotDesign on Etsy

This knitting pattern is for a sweater dress we see all over Instagram, and we absolutely love it. Knitted from the top down, the pattern is written in four sections: three for the body, and one for the sleeves. The instructions in each section are all based on your own measurements, which means you’ll finish with a dress that fits your body perfectly.

The amount of yarn you’ll need can vary between 500m and 1500m depending on how long you’d like to knit the sleeves and skirt of the dress. You can use any yarn you’d like as long as it meets the gauge specified in the pattern.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 11/8mm Circular Needles (60-100cm Cable)
Yarn WeightN/A – See Pattern
Yarn Quantity500m-1000m

13. Spring Dress by Josefine Dyring

Spring Dress Knitting Pattern
Price $7.09/£5.57
Techniques Required Shaping
Stockinette Stitch
Suggested Yarn Amira – Lang Yarns
Carly – Lang Yarns
Designer’s Website Spring Dress – Josefine Dyring Knit

The body of this spring dress is knitted from the bottom up with some basic shaping around the neckline and armholes. The pattern creates an elegant, tight-fitting sweater dress with a round neckline and a soft cabling effect.

The pattern for this knitted dress is ideal for beginners with some experience. It’s available in three colorways and includes detailed pictures and step-by-step written instructions to take you through the most difficult parts.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:
Needle Size US Size 10/6mm Circular Needles (60-80cm Cable)
Yarn Weight 50g = 100m (Yarn A)
50g = 130m (Yarn B)
Yarn Quantity 250g (Yarn A)
250g (Yarn B)

14. Nordic Summer Dress Pattern

Nordic Summer Dress Pattern
Price$6.48/£4.80
Techniques RequiredN/A – See Pattern
Suggested YarnPelini – Rauma
Designer’s WebsiteNordic Summer Dress Pattern – Witre Design

This is a summer dress knitting pattern with shoulder straps and a slightly looser, wide fit. Knitted from the bottom up, the dress uses a blend of cotton and linen yarn to create a highly-breathable fabric that will be soft and cool against your skin.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 10.5/7mm Circular Needles
Yarn Weight50g = 100m
Yarn Quantity450g-800g

15. Vogue 1950’s “Champagne Spritzer” Dress

Champagne Spritzer Vintage Dress Knitting Pattern
Price$1.50/£1.11
Techniques RequiredN/A – See Pattern
Suggested YarnN/A – See Pattern
Designer’s Website“Champagne Spritzer” Dress – TheStarShop on Etsy

If you want to knit a dress that makes you feel like a Bond girl, this pattern is for you. Named “Champagne Spritzer” for its luxurious and elegant design, this vintage dress knitting pattern comes straight out of the 1955 Spring/Summer edition of Vogue Knitting Magazine. You’ll need light, fingering weight yarn that will knit to the gauge specified in the pattern.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeN/A – See Pattern
Yarn WeightLight Fingering Weight (3 Ply)
Yarn QuantityN/A – See Pattern

How Do You Knit a Dress?

A knitted dress is an excellent project for those looking to develop their skills and expand their repertoire. Depending on your skill level and the complexity of the pattern you’re using, you can knit a simple dress with light worsted yarn in approximately 20 hours.

The amount of yarn you will need will depend entirely on your bust measurements and your preferences in sleeve and skirt length. This amount usually ranges between 500g and 1000g, which is a refreshingly large amount if you’re used to following small projects like mitten knitting patterns.

It’s usually safest to use the yarn that’s recommended in your chosen knitting pattern, but you can use whatever yarn you’d like as long as it meets the specified gauge.

The easiest way to knit a dress is to work the garment from the top down in the round using stockinette stitch for the body. Knit each sleeve separately to join at the end, and use simple increases and decreases to shape the waist. From here, you can keep knitting the body of the dress down to your desired length.

The most difficult part of knitting a dress in the round is usually the shoulders. These will have to be shaped properly for the dress to fit well – a process that often involves reading charts.

If you’re more comfortable using straight needles, you can also knit a dress flat and seam it together. To do this, work the dress in three sections: a front panel, a back panel, and then the sleeves.

You can use a simple rib or stockinette knitting stitch to finish each panel and then sew them together at the end.

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