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Novita Nalle: Joulutarina (A Christmas Story) knitted dress

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The feminine Joulutarina knit dress is the loveliest of Christmas garments. The bright, Christmassy red is balanced by the restful shades of grey, blue and white in the yoke. Knitted top-down in the round using Novita Nalle.
Magazine Novita Talvi 2021 -lehti (in Finnish)
Pattern N:o in Magazine 32
Skill level Intermediate
Novita Nalle: Joulutarina (A Christmas Story) knitted dress

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Novita Nalle: Joulutarina (A Christmas Story) knitted dress
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    Availability:In stock
    SKU N042132
    Pattern details
    Size
    XS(S)M(L)XL

    Yarn demand

    Novita Nalle

    (549) Christmas 550(600)650(700)800 g

    (010) Off White 50(100)100(100)100 g

    (043) Stone 50(50)50(<100)100 g

    (044) Graphite 50(50)50(50)50 g

    (160) Jeans <50(50)50(50)50 g



    Needles and other supplies

    Circular needles (40 cm / 16 in; 80 cm / 32 in) Novita 3–3.5 mm (UK 10–11 / US 2½–4) or size needed; 3–3.5 mm double-pointed needles for the sleeves



    Designer
    Sisko Sälpäkivi

    Details

    Yoke

    Using the shorter circular needle and Christmas, cast on 98(100)100(104)108 sts and work ribbing in the round for 2.5 cm. Switch to the larger needles. Work 1 round in stockinette st, evenly increasing 16(20)26(28)30 sts = 114(120)126(132)138 sts.

    Begin the colourwork pattern on row 1 of the chart. Repeat the 6 st pattern 19(20)21(22)23 times. Work row 2 of the chart.

    Work rows 3–5 of the chart. On row 3, 1 st increased in each pattern repeat. 133(140)147(154)161 sts on the needles.

    Work rows 6–8 of the chart. On row 6, 1 st increased in each pattern repeat. 152(160)168(176)184 sts on the needles.

    Work rows 9–17 of the chart. On row 9, 2 sts increased in each pattern repeat. 190(200)210(220)230 sts on the needles.

    Work rows 18–30 of the chart. On row 18, 2 sts increased in each pattern repeat. 228(240)252(264)276 sts on the needles.

    Work rows 31–38 of the chart. On row 31, 2 sts increased in each pattern repeat. 266(280)294(308)322 sts on the needles.

    Work rows 39–65 of the chart. On row 39, 2 sts increased in each pattern repeat. 304(320)336(352)368 sts on the needles.

    After row 65, work stockinette st in the round using Christmas.

    Note: When the yoke measures approx. 23(23)23(24)24 from below the neck ribbing, separate the sleeves: 89(96)102(107)112 back sts + 63(64)66(69)72 sleeve sts + 89(96)102(107)112 front sts + 63(64)66(69)72 sleeve sts.

     

    Body

    With the back and front sts, work stockinette st in the round using Christmas: work 89(96)102(107)112 back sts, cast on 12(15)17(22)26 sts for armhole, work 89(96)102(107)112 front sts, cast on 12(15)17(22)26 sts for armhole = 202(222)238(258)276 sts.

    When the body measures 10(10)11(11)12 cm from the armhole, place markers at the sides and at the front and back midpoints.

    On the next round, increase 1 (knit the strand of yarn between the sts through the back loop) on both sides of the marked sts. 8 sts increased, 210(230)246(266)284 sts on the needles. Repeat the increases every 3 cm 19 more times = 362(382)398(418)436 sts.

    When the body measures approx. 70(71)72(73)74 cm from the armhole, evenly increase (sizes XS, S, M) 6(2)2 sts or decrease (sizes L and XL) 2(4) sts = 368(384)400(416)432 sts.

    Begin the colourwork pattern on row 1 of chart II. Repeat the 16 st pattern 23(24)25(26)27 times. Work rows 2–10 of the chart, then knit 1 round using Christmas.

    Work ribbing in the round for 3 cm, then loosely bind off in pattern.

     

    Sleeves

    Place the 63(64)66(69)72 sts on the double-pointed needles and pick up 11(14)17(21)25 additional sts from the armhole cast-on = 74(78)83(90)97 sts.

    Divide the sts onto four needles. Using Christmas, work stockinette st in the round. The beginning of round is at the midpoint of the armhole cast-on.

    After 3(3)3(2)2 cm, begin decreases: k1, k2tog, work to last 3 sts, skp (slip 1 knitwise, k1, pass the slipped st over), k1. Repeat the increases every 3(2.5)2.5(2.5)2 cm 12(13)13(16)19 more times = 48(50)55(56)57 sts.

    When the sleeve measures 38(39)40(40)41 cm from the armhole, begin the colourwork pattern on row 1 of chart II. The midpoint of the piece is marked with an arrow, use that to determine the starting point. Work rows 2–10 of the chart. Using Christmas, knit 1 round and decrease 0(0)1(0)1 sts = 48(50)54(56)56 sts.

    Work ribbing for 4 cm, then bind off in pattern.

     

    Knit the other sleeve in the same manner.

     

    Finishing

    Pin to measurements wrong side up, mist and allow to dry, or steam lightly.

    Pattern instructions
    Finished dimensions

    body circumference 88(96)104(112)120 cm / 34¾(37¾)41(44)47¼ in

    middle back length 98(100)101(104)106 cm / 38½(39¼)39¾(41)41¾ in

    inner sleeve length 46(47)48(48)49 cm / 18(18½)19(19)19¼ in



    Stitch patterns & gauge

    Stitch patterns Ribbing in the round: *k1, p1*, repeat *–*. Stockinette stitch in the round: knit all rows. Colourwork in the round: work stockinette st following the chart and instructions. Stockinette stitch (flat): knit the right side rows and purl the wrong side rows.

    Gauge 23 sts and 32 rows in stockinette st = 10 cm / 4 in; 24 sts and 29 rows in colourwork = 10 cm / 4 in

    Note The dress is knitted top down and seamlessly (see pattern for direction of knitting).



    Yoke

    Using the shorter circular needle and Christmas, cast on 98(100)100(104)108 sts and work ribbing in the round for 2.5 cm. Switch to the larger needles. Work 1 round in stockinette st, evenly increasing 16(20)26(28)30 sts = 114(120)126(132)138 sts.

    Begin the colourwork pattern on row 1 of the chart. Repeat the 6 st pattern 19(20)21(22)23 times. Work row 2 of the chart.

    Work rows 3–5 of the chart. On row 3, 1 st increased in each pattern repeat. 133(140)147(154)161 sts on the needles.

    Work rows 6–8 of the chart. On row 6, 1 st increased in each pattern repeat. 152(160)168(176)184 sts on the needles.

    Work rows 9–17 of the chart. On row 9, 2 sts increased in each pattern repeat. 190(200)210(220)230 sts on the needles.

    Work rows 18–30 of the chart. On row 18, 2 sts increased in each pattern repeat. 228(240)252(264)276 sts on the needles.

    Work rows 31–38 of the chart. On row 31, 2 sts increased in each pattern repeat. 266(280)294(308)322 sts on the needles.

    Work rows 39–65 of the chart. On row 39, 2 sts increased in each pattern repeat. 304(320)336(352)368 sts on the needles.

    After row 65, work stockinette st in the round using Christmas.

    Note: When the yoke measures approx. 23(23)23(24)24 from below the neck ribbing, separate the sleeves: 89(96)102(107)112 back sts + 63(64)66(69)72 sleeve sts + 89(96)102(107)112 front sts + 63(64)66(69)72 sleeve sts.

     

    Body

    With the back and front sts, work stockinette st in the round using Christmas: work 89(96)102(107)112 back sts, cast on 12(15)17(22)26 sts for armhole, work 89(96)102(107)112 front sts, cast on 12(15)17(22)26 sts for armhole = 202(222)238(258)276 sts.

    When the body measures 10(10)11(11)12 cm from the armhole, place markers at the sides and at the front and back midpoints.

    On the next round, increase 1 (knit the strand of yarn between the sts through the back loop) on both sides of the marked sts. 8 sts increased, 210(230)246(266)284 sts on the needles. Repeat the increases every 3 cm 19 more times = 362(382)398(418)436 sts.

    When the body measures approx. 70(71)72(73)74 cm from the armhole, evenly increase (sizes XS, S, M) 6(2)2 sts or decrease (sizes L and XL) 2(4) sts = 368(384)400(416)432 sts.

    Begin the colourwork pattern on row 1 of chart II. Repeat the 16 st pattern 23(24)25(26)27 times. Work rows 2–10 of the chart, then knit 1 round using Christmas.

    Work ribbing in the round for 3 cm, then loosely bind off in pattern.

     

    Sleeves

    Place the 63(64)66(69)72 sts on the double-pointed needles and pick up 11(14)17(21)25 additional sts from the armhole cast-on = 74(78)83(90)97 sts.

    Divide the sts onto four needles. Using Christmas, work stockinette st in the round. The beginning of round is at the midpoint of the armhole cast-on.

    After 3(3)3(2)2 cm, begin decreases: k1, k2tog, work to last 3 sts, skp (slip 1 knitwise, k1, pass the slipped st over), k1. Repeat the increases every 3(2.5)2.5(2.5)2 cm 12(13)13(16)19 more times = 48(50)55(56)57 sts.

    When the sleeve measures 38(39)40(40)41 cm from the armhole, begin the colourwork pattern on row 1 of chart II. The midpoint of the piece is marked with an arrow, use that to determine the starting point. Work rows 2–10 of the chart. Using Christmas, knit 1 round and decrease 0(0)1(0)1 sts = 48(50)54(56)56 sts.

    Work ribbing for 4 cm, then bind off in pattern.

     

    Knit the other sleeve in the same manner.

     

    Finishing

    Pin to measurements wrong side up, mist and allow to dry, or steam lightly.


    Skill levels

    Beginner

    Have you just learned to knit, maybe still trying to figure out the very basics like knit and purl stitches? Or are you picking up knitting again for the first time since elementary school? Start here.

    Technique

    Beginner-level patterns include only basic knitting techniques: knitting and purling. You’ll also need to cast on and cast off stitches. The projects can be worked flat or in the round. Easy, regular decreases are used. Most patterns are worked in stockinette or garter stitch. Other simple stitch patterns may occur, and they are always detailed in the written pattern. Stripes of different colours may be used, but no more advanced colourwork.

    Patterns

    All patterns are written and do not include charts. Abbreviations are not used. Getting gauge is not crucial to the finished piece. Patterns include mostly accessories such as scarved and beanies. Pillowcases and other home decoration pieces.

    Adventurous beginner

    Got the basics covered? You’d like to take a swing at your first pair of socks, perhaps some easy cables or colourwork? A treasure of patterns awaits you on this level.

    Technique

    Patterns on this level may include simple colourwork, cables or lace. Colourwork patterns repeats are relatively short, cables simple and symmetrical and lace patterns easy and relatively small, covering details rather than entire pieces. The colourwork, cable and lace stitches are not worked into decreases or increases. Colourwork yarn floats are short, max. 3-4 stitches. Picking up stitches may occur. On this level, you’ll also find easy patterns using domino knitting, log cabin knitting or tunisian crochet.

    Patterns

    Patterns may include simple charts. In case special techniques are employed, they are detailed our in the instructions, either as text or e.g. through videos. The patterns may also suggest ”shortcuts”, i.e. easier ways to accomplish a technique. Most of the basic socks with heel flaps or afterthought heels are on this level, as well as mittens with no-gusset thumbs. There’s also plenty of sweaters, usually yoke sweaters or raglan sleeve sweaters.

    Intermediate

    So knitting is a regular hobby for you? Abbreviations, charts and instructions are no more than a walk in the park? Perhaps you’re looking for something to challenge yourself with, even at the odds of frogging?

    Technique

    In addition to basic techniques, some special techniques may be employed on this level, e.g. short rows. The same pattern may include both lace and cables. Magic loop knitting or entrelac, two-coloured brioche stitch, also here. In general, patterns require a more advanced ability to "read" your knitting. Lace patterns are also more advanced than on the previous level, but the lace stitches are still worked on right side only. Intarsia may be included, but in relatively simple and symmetrical patterns.

    Patterns

    Patterns on this level can feature concurrent shaping, e.g. neckline shaping at the same time as sleeve decreases or sleeve decreases into cable pattern. Sweater sleeves may require more advanced shaping. Most of our sweaters are at this level. Other patterns include e.g. magic loop patterns and toe-up socks.

    Advanced

    Turn off that telly and lash the doors, maximum concetration required! Although this skill level doesn’t bring much more in terms of technique, there’s simply more going on at the same time. Skill, concentration and perception are requisite.

    Technique

    On this level, you’ll find more advanced intarsia patterns, including intarsia in the round. Brioche patterns with decreases and/or cables are also here. Beginning of rounds may shift and multiple markers are needed. Lace or cable stitches may be worked also from wrong side. We’ve also included patterns featuring steeks here. Steeking isn’t hard as such, but requires the nerves and confidence of an experienced knitter.

    Patterns

    Patterns may include complex steps and require simultaneous reading of both charts and written instructions. Gauge may vary over different steps of the project. The patterns often feature much details and a combination of techniques. The size of the project is not what determines whether it’s advanced or not; focus is on technique, overall complexity and the risk of errors during the project.

    Gauge & Swatching

    Gauge and Swatching

    Every pattern is based on a certain gauge, expressed as stitches or rows per 10 cm. It is important that you make a swatch to check your gauge before you start the actual project. If your gauge doesn’t match the pattern’s gauge, your finished garment won’t be the correct size either.

    Swatching Start by knitting a swatch. Use the yarn, the needles and the stitch pattern you intend to use in the project. Make the swatch a little wider than 10 cm, so that you’ll be able to measure the stitches properly. Block the swatch by pinning it to a surface, then steam it gently. Count the stitches; put a pin in a stitch, then measure 10 cm from that stitch and put another pin there. Count the stitches from pin to pin – that’s your gauge! If needed, measure both horizontal and vertical gauge (rows). If you’re measuring rib or brioche stitches, stretch out the swatch slightly before measuring.

    Adjusting gauge

    If your gauge doesn’t match the pattern gauge, you can adjust it by switching needle size. If your swatch has too few stitches per 10 cm (i.e. your knitting is too loose), switch to smaller needles. Conversely, if your swatch has too many stitches per 10 cm, your knitting is too tight and you’ll need a larger pair of needles. Always knit another swatch in order to determine proper gauge and sizing. Also note that the pattern yardage only applies to the pattern yarn, the yardage may differ if you choose another yarn.

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