My knitter friends who live in the internet, I’m pleased to report back with full real photos of The Knitted Dress. And that I am in fact still wearing it now and it is so comfortable that while I won’t be casting on another knitted dress right this second, it is a nice enough thing to be wearing that I definitely would do another one at a future date.
This is the Ossel dress, pattern from Twist Collective by Allison Green. I bought the pattern a little over a year ago when we were coming through a serious Game of Thrones winter and the very idea of being covered in wool from shoulder to knee seemed like a really really really great idea. But buying a pattern is just so much easier and faster than actually knitting a pattern, so it took me several more months to actually get around to knitting it. I chose this for my Christmas Day cast on (I like starting a new project as a present to myself).
The pattern is neatly written and has just enough challenge with the cables on the sleeves and front that the hardest part was the back – all moss stitch – and actually only took a couple more skeins than I would normally use to knit a sweater of similar fit. It turns out the epic endless grey moss stitch was, uh, a bit of hyberbole. That, you know, happens sometimes when you decide to knit a grey mostly moss stitch dress.
I would say the biggest challenges are very similar to the kinds of challenges a knitter has when making a sweater – deciding what kind of fit you want (negative ease, zero ease, or positive ease), knowing your measurements, choosing a pattern size, choosing what modifications you want to make. The main difference, besides the bare fact of having to knit more fabric, is knowing the length and being aware of your full hip measurement and how you want things to fit over your legs. If you’ve knitted a skirt before you’ve had to make all of those decisions already, but if you’ve only done sweaters, that’s new territory.
In retrospect I wish I’d made it maybe an inch or two shorter, but otherwise I’m pretty pleased. I like the saddle shoulder construction and the i-cord bind off for the neckline, and it’s a simple enough style that modifying in order to add or subtract width, or combine sizes for upper body & lower body, would be pretty reasonable. My only gripe is that this pattern does not indicate length measurements in inches, but in pattern rows, nor does the pattern schematic indicate a length measurement for the skirt section. Somebody who is 5’2 is going to make a waaaayyyy different dress from me even if they have the same bust size, so information like that is super useful. (You can also dive into pattern details to find this out by taking the number of rows and dividing by row gauge, then getting inches as a result, this is also true and is what I did.)
All in all though, this is a nice comfy dress and I’m glad I knitted the pattern. It’s the first time I’ve knitted something that was basically a fully formed outfit, and I even grabbed some accessories from the mall sale racks to dress it up a bit and treat it nice. Accessorizing knitted things just like regular grownups do with regular clothes! Amazing, I will do this more often.
I hope you’ve got some finished projects (or soon to be finished projects) to celebrate as well. Happy knitting!
Thank you, Needlework, for letting me snap some photos while visiting your shop today! It was the perfect background.