Modification Series. Soho Dress. Part I.

My knitting monogamy wasn’t too long… I am still working on my Exploration Autumn, but when an email from Purl Soho with an announcement of a new pattern release came, I failed to resist.

knit tank
Pattern Notched Hem Tank Top

I can totally justify it with following:

1. It’s Purl Soho and they never disappoint me.

2. The design is so ingeniously simple!

3. ย I have a perfect stash yarn for this project. I’ve been breaking my head what to make with it for almost an year!

4. I wanted to join TTTKAL for the past week and this pattern is so perfectly perfect for it.

5. It is a free pattern, so why not?!

When I saw the pattern, I “saw” something different though. The pattern is amazing, but I want to modify it a little bit. It will be my new Modification Series experiment! Here is what I plan to do:

– I saw it in two colors. I am thinking to make a side purl panel in contrasting color.

– I am going to convert this tank in a dress. I know, I am incorrigible, it’s all about dresses. But it’s been awhile since I hand knit a dress, so I can indulge myself.

– The yarn will be of slightly different weight, so is the fiber content, hence the gauge will be different and I’ll have to make all the numbers all over again, but I don’t mind it – I actually enjoy it!

The yarn for this project is so special to me.


I plan to knit the main body in linen/cotton blend – beautiful Italian yarn I got during my trip to Russia last summer. It’s been almost an year!


I bought it in my home town’s LYS. It was my favorite yarn place, where I spent all my student money. I will always remember it…


For the small side purl block I will use a skein from Araucania Yarns – a gift from my dear friend from her trip to Alaska 2(!!) years ago – seriously deep stash! Chaiten Solid isย absolutely gorgeous 100% hand dyed silk, raw made in Italy and hand dyed in Chile. It’s such a special yarn that no pattern seemed to do full justice to it. It creates such an amazing fabric!


I really wanted to use it in a garment rather than an accessory, but the yardage wasn’t enough. The idea to mix it up with linen/cotton blend in one garment came to me only when I saw the pattern from Purl Bee. I feel like both types of yarn and a pattern were waiting for each other to be brought together in this future dress.


I named it Soho Dress. Let’s see where this modification experiment will take me! I will keep you posted on a progress!


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  1. Another modification so soon?! You like to trouble your mind,don’t you? ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I think that you are in the right path though and that you will make magic once more!

    • I know, right?!! Why do I have to complicate things? ๐Ÿ™‚ I just needed to cast on something which can tickle my brain a little bit more ๐Ÿ™‚ Let’s see what happens! Thank you for encouragement, dear Zeta!

  2. I can’t wait to see how your dress comes together. The colors are so complimentary. You will do the yarn justice!

    • Thank you, dear Pat! I’ve done all the numbers and I am working on it right now! Love the feeling of this yarn in my hands!

  3. Haha, what you call a modification, I call a whole new pattern. You are never afraid of a challenge! I can’t wait to see how it progresses.

  4. Lovely top to start with, can’t wait to see what you make of that! What is your home town (and the LYS there?). I’m always looking for new travel destinations; just recently visited Moscow and a couple of yarn stores there, you can read about it in my blog if you’re interested.

    • Thank you, Katrine! Are you in Russia right now?! So exciting! My home town is Cherepovets, but I can honestly say that you DON’T want to spend too much time there ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s really just an industrial town. What I would recommend is Saint Petersburg, of course, and Yaroslavl – it’s an old Russian town with amazing architecture and delicious food! Off to your blog to read about your trip!

  5. Can’t wait to see what you knit. The pattern has great bones already. You are really on top of your stash if 2 years is deep stash! I would be thinking of that as queued…deep stash for me would be 7 to 15 years… Oh the shame!

  6. I love the combination of yarn you chose for this. I cannot wait to see how it turns out. I have yet to knit a dress, but the thought of this one is inspiring me to pull out the patterns. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you, Natalie! I know that a lot of knitters are afraid to commit to knitting a dress as it seems such a long-playing project. But if you knit a sleeveless dress it can actually take less time that a sweater, where you have to knit sleeves and put everything together! And the result is always so gratifying! So hooray for knit dresses ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. As usual your creative mind is inspiring! Looking forward to seeing the finished knit. ๐Ÿ™‚ Love yarn that has a history.

  8. I think this is going to be gorgeous, Alina. I think you must be a very patient and brave sort of person to knit a dress – happy knitting!

    • Thank you, Leigh! It’s actually a very relaxing type of knitting once you are done with all the numbers, especially without sleeves!

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