Sweater dresses are scary knits. Because they are huge! It’s a dress, for goodness sake. So my goal in designing one was to make it worth the time. Melvie is versatile – it’s a cute skirt, it’s a cute tunic if worn over jeans, it’s cute under a jacket, and it’s cute by itself. The knit is loose so you won’t get sweat out on a warm day.


Melvie, my grandfather, would have been all over this sweater dress. He was all about legs, so he would have said it was pretty sexy. I can’t argue with that! This sweater dress is pretty sexy. So, Papa, this one is for you.

Melvie is a bubble skirt dress with cowl neck, slightly puffed sleeves, and button back closure.

Cute Back Buttons!


Finished Measurements 32 (36, 40, 44)” bust circumference. Dress shown in size 36″.


Yarn Knit Picks Swish Worsted (100% Superwash Merino Wool; 110 yds/50 g): Copper (MC): 7 (7, 8, 9) skeins, Bok Choy (CC): 1 (2, 2, 2) skeins.

Needles Size 9 (5.5 mm): 29″ circular (cir), size 9 (5.5 mm) double pointed needles. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge. Size G crochet hook.

Notions Markers (m), stitch holders or scrap yarn, 7 (8, 9, 10) 3/4″ fabric covered buttons, tapestry needle, fun fabric for buttons.


There are 3 different sizes used in this pattern to make sure this dress fits you perfectly. First is your Thigh measurements, used for the Bottom Dress Band, the second is your actual dress sizing based on your bust measurements, and third is your bicep measurement. So get out that highlighter and mark your measurements! Unless noted, follow your bust measurement sizing throughout.
Some of the sts counts are impossible to have counted out for you because of the variety of sizing options. As a hater of any math and all counting, I apologize for making you count your sts and work some math throughout this pattern. But I know you can do it!


18 st and 20 rows = 4″ square

This pattern can be purchased individually for $5.50. It’s also part of my Hello Winter! Collection of Knitting Patterns.

See all the patterns in the collection here.

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