The weather was so beautiful this week and I finally got a chance to take photos of my recent machine knitting+hand knitting experiment – Ocean dress. I wanted to finish the dress in January to wear it on my birthday, but I just didn’t have enough time.
The body of a dress is very simple – standard double tapered fit. I started at the hem, increased to the full hips, decreased to waist and increased to bust. Though it is pretty fitting, it is not tight or clingy, it is very very comfortable. This is what I love about knit dresses – you can actually freely move in them!
The back is absolutely identical to the front. I didn’t shape neckline at all, just bound off to create a boat neck style. The hand knit lace part is mirrored on the back.
The lace starts right after the armhole bind off. The armhole is very short, probably the shortest I’ve ever made for my size, but it is not too tight and I hope it will stay this way and not stretch over the time. I secured it with the slip stitch chain (it is done in the same way as I showed you in my last tutorial of making slip stitches chain along the neckline) and then one row of single crochet with 1.6 mm hook. This way it stays perfectly flat.
I love this dress. It is very special to me, because the inspiration came from Vogue Knitting. When I just learned how to knit and purl and became interested in knitting magazines, this was the first magazine I bought. I was enchanted, overwhelmed and amazed with the knitwear and photography there. And I made a decision to learn to knit as fast as possible to be able to recreate its designs.
I loved planning the dress, working on it and have it as one more chapter in my knitting story here. Thank you for cheering me up through this project, as always you are my biggest motivation and inspiration!
Today is the birthday of one very special girl – an amazing knitter and a wonderful friend. Zeta, happy birthday! Thank you for being you!!
Have a great Sunday!
You can read a detailed FO post about the dress and the techniques used here – Ocean Dress. FO Details.