Modification Series. Soho Dress. Part II.

Modification Series. Soho Dress. Part II.

The last couple of days I’ve been knitting away on Soho Dress. I’ve been so inspired by the original pattern that all numbers for mods came together in an hour or so!

Knitting dress

Two types of yarn that I chose to combine (see Part I) are of different weight – silk yarn is slightly lighter than the linen/cotton blend. And it poses several difficulties. The pattern recommends to knit the top in a round, but after thinking everything through I decided to knit it flat. And here’s why. According to my swatches, silk yarn gives almost the same stitch count as the linen/cotton one, but row gauge is significantly different.

Knitting dress

If I was knitting it in a round, I would have to incorporate short rows in the silk yarn section to make up for the length difference between purl and knit sections. Surely seaming would be skipped, hence some time saved, but I would have to spend some extra time calculating the arrangement of short rows. Plus, I wouldn’t mind having more structure in a dress and seams help to achieve it. I am going to knit it flat and make two sections separately – the small purl block that later will be sewed to the main body. I will have to make four seams, but I don’t mind. This way it will be much easier to adjust the length of the purl section.

A little bit off the topic but recently I started enjoying seaming so much! I feel like as time passes by, I fall in love with my craft more and more. Each step of it makes me happy – choosing yarn, knitting a swatch, calculating numbers, knitting/crochet, blocking, seaming, even weaving the ends! I really do it with love, savouring each step of a process.

So, to continue with mods. I decided to make the purl section of 5 cm width. So if you are going to do the same, don’t forget to knit two swatches with both yarns, so you can calculate each section separately (giving that two types of yarn is of different weight, of course).

Knitting dress

subtracted the width of the purl silk section from the main body (10 cm overall) and calculated the rest using the linen/cotton swatch. Don’t forget to include selvage stitches to simplify seaming. Purl silk section is planned to be approximately 4-5 cm shorter than the main section, so it will sit a little bit higher than the linen/cotton part. That is important to take into account before calculating the length of linen/cotton section. I would recommend to establish the length of the purl section first, so you don’t end up with length that isn’t comfortable for you. Of course, you can knit both section the same length, but I personally think this little length difference between knit and purl sections is such an amazing design detail!

Instead of ribbing, I am using garter stitch at the hem.

Knitting dress

I am adding waist shaping to the pattern, this time I am going to try decreasing/increasing closer to the center rather than along the edges – 16 stitches from the edge to be precise. I think I’ve never tried it before, so I am curious what difference it will make in an overall look.

So, I think these are all the mods notes for now.

I hope you are having a wonderful week!

P.S. World Crafter is on the way! See you on Friday for some New York knits!


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6 Comments

  1. Zeta May 27, 2015 at 6:46 am - Reply

    Only by reading this post, I got a headache! If you feel joy with all this, I would recommend you to see a doctor immediately! 😉
    I’m so curious to see how it will turn out witg all this modifications…

    • Alina May 27, 2015 at 4:06 pm - Reply

      🙂 I am curious too! I became a complete social outcast because of this dress!

  2. Julie May 27, 2015 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    You are so right to seam this dress- especially using a fiber that has a lot of drape in it. The seams will help keep it from getting stretched out, and it will wear so much nicer! I totally agree that seaming gives great structure to knits.

    • Alina May 27, 2015 at 4:07 pm - Reply

      Seams are so worth to spend the extra time on! Huge difference!

  3. alexis May 28, 2015 at 4:04 am - Reply

    I may be a little nerdy, but I loved reading all the mathematical details in this post. You have a great mind for those knitting modifications!

    Also, I just wrote a blog post myself highlighting some knitting blogs I enjoy, and I included yours. I hope you don’t mind.

    • Alina May 28, 2015 at 5:39 am - Reply

      Oh, thank you so much, dear Alexis! Oh my! It’s such an honor to be among all these amazing blogs you featured!

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