Almost as good as hitting the mall

I’m pleased to report, knitter friends, that the knitted dress is finished! As per usual, once I actually sat down and worked on the seaming, it got done pretty quickly (as compared to just looking at the finished pieces and hoping they seamed up themselves). I even tried it on right when I finished and confirmed that it does indeed fit and I can sleep well at night knowing that I did manage to successfully execute my first knitted dress. Sure, it’s a lot of similar decisions to knitting a sweater (deciding fit, measurements, picking size, modifications, etc), but the first of any project is always a new frontier.

I’ll definitely get some proper modelled shots of this as well (maybe even get some nice bright tights or accessories to go with it – goodness knows the stores at the mall want us to do that sort of thing as though it’s almost spring or something), but for now my dress form can stand in. And now I have a knitted dress in my wardrobe.

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There are a couple of other projects on the needles that I should be attending to (including the Pi Shawl I started in the late fall and has a theoretical finishing deadline of Pi Day, which is in 10 days), but just to take the edge off of finishing a big grey project I decided to quickly cast on something in a colour, any colour.

I pulled some long-stashed skeins of Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label (I’ve had them for so long they are in her ‘original’ colour composition for the garnet colourway, which is different from her current one), and cast on a Duke Street Shawl for myself. It’ll be a pretty quick and cozy knit and might be just the ticket for a late winter/hopeful spring accessory. I might even make it a bit larger than the original pattern and extend the lace edging a bit, we’ll see how much the yardage wants to go for.

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It’s a whole new world after finishing a big project – it’s entirely likely a case of Start-itis is going to befall me, and I might not mind in the slightest if it does. New knits on the needles, huzzah!

Until next time!

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Pattern: Ossel, by Allison Green for Twist Collective
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers, #8401 Silver Grey

Pattern: Duke Street Shawl
Yarn: Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label, ‘garnet’ colourway

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29 comments

  1. A dress! Oh dear – I get excited when I finish a pair of socks ……..

  2. What a gorgeous dress – great job! And you know, this new shawl will look nice with it. 🙂

  3. How do I know it is really a dress and not a sweater? It is gorgeous. But I need to see the lwngth!

  4. Shirla Ghadaki · ·

    Very pretty. Nice knitting.

  5. You are an inspiration! Fab dress! Can’t wait to see modeled shots.

  6. Amazing!

  7. Wow, what a beautiful dress! Congratulations on finishing and now start something else!

  8. Beautiful

  9. Prairiepoet · ·

    That dress is gorgeous. I’d say it is Better than hitting the mall! What an accomplishment.

  10. Quite the feat. And loving the new garnet colorway.

  11. Beautiful – but I agree with Joan, I’d love to see the whole length.

  12. It looks beautiful and looks like it fits well. I never doubted you for a moment but doing that much miss stitch would have me in a dither. It is wonderful because I think it would look great with leggings, boots, heels, whatever. Wear it in good health and enjoy it.

  13. GIS ELLE TRICOTE · ·

    Pretty dress !

  14. I love that dress, and in fact just ordered yarn to make it. I’m also working on a large circular shawl; it’s going really slowly but I’m almost at the end of my second chart; just 2 more (huge) charts to go after that.

  15. That’s just amazing! Wow!

  16. so nice 🙂

  17. Wow! Wish I could knit like that! Could you do an article on tips for knitting… Eg neat edges,increases,decreases and seams please x

  18. Wow! Absolutely superb. Well done. What a success.

  19. It looks fantastic! I can’t wait to see more pictures of it. 🙂

  20. Marilee · ·

    So beautiful and what an accomplishment. I am looking forward to seeing it modeled. Love your posts and always look forward to reading them.

  21. Congratulations!

  22. slippedstitches · ·

    Well done.

  23. Fab☆loving all the different textures♡

  24. Tricia H · ·

    Well done! That looks absolutely beautiful!

  25. Gorgeous! I love the idea of a knitted dress; maybe one day I’ll actually get around to making one!

  26. Absolutely stunning! I love this! I’m hoping to get done with this scarf, so I can cast on something nice and pretty. Preferably something in green and yellow shades. I am soo ready for spring! (It’s snowing here today)

  27. Suzanne · ·

    The dress is gorgeous!!!

  28. It looks amazing

  29. the dress looks wonderful! I look forward to seeing it modelled 🙂 I am in the process of a new top down sweater, after unhappily discovering the one I just finished didn’t fit! It it taking me a while to nail getting my tension right, but I definitely aspire to one day being able to knit a dress like yours 🙂 a colourful knit afterwards is a must too! jenny xx

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