Our Midsummer Dress, designed by Tayler Harris, is as easy as a summer’s day, elegant but carefree… And also, one of the best ways we can think of to launch new colors in the summeriest of summery yarns: Our gorgeous Picnic Cotton!

Tayler Harris For Purl Soho: Midsummer Dress | Purl Soho

Tayler knit this dress from the bottom up, first in two pieces to make the split hem, then joining to knit in the round straight up to the armholes, where she separates again for the front and back. Some simple finishing, and it’s nothing but blue skies as you slip this beauty on! 

Tayler Harris For Purl Soho: Midsummer Dress | Purl Soho

Subtle details make all the difference. Lines of slipped stitches on the sides and front add both style and structure to the finished dress, and a collar extension worked around the back adds a bit of polish to the neckline.

Tayler Harris For Purl Soho: Midsummer Dress | Purl Soho

When you’re looking for light and airy, our Picnic Cotton is a wonderful choice, and with seven new colors, including the fresh Mint Julip above, there’s even more joy to be had! One hundred percent Peruvian Pima cotton, this yarn’s extra-long fibers mean that it’s durable enough for this everyday dress and soft enough that you’ll actually want to wear it every day!

Tayler Harris For Purl Soho: Midsummer Dress | Purl Soho

Picnic Cotton’s unique structure is called “ingabbiato,” which means caged and refers to its fluffy, white core wrapped in delicate, colored threads. The effect is a marled fabric with a subtly rustic texture… More details to elevate this lovely dress! 

Tayler Harris For Purl Soho: Midsummer Dress | Purl Soho

Whether you pick up one of Picnic Cotton’s inspiring new colors or a favorite you’ve been eyeing already, while away summer’s long days by casting on for this breezy, beautiful dress!

Tayler Harris For Purl Soho: Midsummer Dress | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Tayler Harris. Based in Utah, Tayler finds inspiration for her designs from the unique landscapes of her home state. From the beautiful mountains and canyons to the national parks and natural landscapes, she loves to incorporate the colors, textures, and shapes of her favorite places.

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Materials

Tayler Harris For Purl Soho: Midsummer Dress | Purl Soho
  • 10 (11, 12, 13, 14) (15, 17, 18, 19) skeins of Purl Soho’s Picnic Cotton, 100% Peruvian Pima cotton. Each skein is 164 yards/ 50 grams; approximately 1535 (1700, 1910, 2070, 2245) (2455, 2710, 2920, 3115) total yards required. We used the colors Blue Light and Mint Julep.
  • US 4 (3.5 mm), 40-inch circular needles
  • Spare US 4 (3.5 mm) needle
  • Stitch markers, including one unique
  • Stitch holders or scrap yarn
  • A Midsummer Dress Pattern (Please Note: The Midsummer Dress Pattern is no longer available for purchase. For assistance, please contact us at customerservice@purlsoho.com.)

GAUGE

26 stitches and 36 rows/rounds = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

SIZES

NOTE For help picking a size, please check out our Understanding Ease + Selecting Size Tutorial!

39½ (43, 48, 51¾, 55½) (59, 64, 67¾, 71½)

To fit actual chest circumference of approximately 30–32 (34–36, 38–40, 42–44, 46–48) (50–52, 54–56, 58–60, 62–64) inches, with 7–10 inches of ease

  • Finished Chest Circumference: 39½ (43, 48, 51¾, 55½) (59, 64, 67¾, 71½) inches
  • Finished Length from Shoulder to Bottom Edge: 37¾ (38½, 38¾, 39, 39½) (40½, 41¼, 42, 42½) inches

Sample: The Blue Light dress shown here is size 39¼, and the Mint Julep dress is size 43 worn with 9 inches of ease.

PATTERN

Tayler Harris For Purl Soho: Midsummer Dress | Purl Soho

Please Note: The Midsummer Dress Pattern is no longer available for purchase. For assistance, please contact us at customerservice@purlsoho.com.

Tayler Harris For Purl Soho: Midsummer Dress | Purl Soho
Tayler Harris For Purl Soho: Midsummer Dress | Purl Soho

Looking for more inspiration? Explore all of our free knitting patterns and knitting tutorials, shop for beautiful yarn or buy one of our many knitting kits, and cast on!