The Gift Of Knitting – Ocean

The Gift Of Knitting – Ocean

Ocean Dress

Knit Dress

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!

Knit Dress

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.

Knit Dress

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.

Knit DressI 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!

Knit Dress

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.


By | 2017-01-01T19:05:27+00:00 March 20th, 2016|Finished Objects, Machine Knitting, Machine Knitting Challenge 2016|38 Comments


  1. Wendy March 20, 2016 at 9:15 am - Reply

    Oh my goodness, that dress is absolutely stunning. Well done 🙂

    • Alina March 20, 2016 at 10:04 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Wendy!

  2. Corinne March 20, 2016 at 11:50 am - Reply

    It looks amazing. Everything is fitting perfectly. What an achievement to do such a beautiful project from an idea to the finish all by yourself!

    • Alina March 21, 2016 at 9:38 am - Reply

      Thank you, Corinne! It was a great challenge!

  3. Christine March 20, 2016 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    Wow you are so talented! You like stunning in this dress. What an accomplishment!

    • Alina March 21, 2016 at 9:39 am - Reply

      Thank you, Christine! I definitely don’t consider myself “natural”, it comes with practice.

  4. Erika March 20, 2016 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    This is absolutely stunning, Alina. The body is really neat, but the lacework is spectacular… And today I knit my first lace pattern! I can only dream of having these amazing skills one day! Hats off to you!

    • Alina March 21, 2016 at 9:40 am - Reply

      Thank you, Erika! Just practice, practice, practice and then any stitch pattern will be a piece of cake!

  5. Zeta March 20, 2016 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    Oh aren’t you the sweetest?
    Thank you so much for remembering my birthday!
    Your dress is just jaw dropping!
    It takes a perfect figure and you’ve got one girl! 😉
    Stunning like a real model!
    Can’t help thinking that in white would be an amazing wedding dress….

    • Alina March 21, 2016 at 9:41 am - Reply

      Thank you, dear Zeta! I hope you had a great day!! My friend told me that if she gets married, she wants me to make something like that for her 🙂

  6. Pat March 20, 2016 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    It came out absolutely beautiful.

    • Alina March 21, 2016 at 9:42 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, dear Pat!

  7. Carmela Biscuit March 20, 2016 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    Beautiful, and such a perfect fit, you look like a nymph!

    • Alina March 21, 2016 at 9:43 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Carmela!

  8. sustainablemum March 20, 2016 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    It’s fabulous. A beautiful creation.

  9. Tien March 20, 2016 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous! It looks stunning on you! Love the beautiful lace detail and color.

    • Alina March 21, 2016 at 9:44 am - Reply

      Thank you, Tien! Everything started with this color, it just spoke to me!

  10. Andrea @ This Knitted Life March 20, 2016 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    Holy smokes! Would make a perfect wedding or bridesmade dress. It is that stunning and special! So impressed, my dear!!!!

    • Alina March 21, 2016 at 9:46 am - Reply

      Thank you, dear Andrea! I would love to make a weeding dress for my friend someday!

  11. Lindsay March 21, 2016 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful dress — and it looks amazing on you! We’re moving to Hawaii soon and I’m trying to come up with some warm-weather knits. This would make a great tank top! I’ll have to check out the original pattern and your mods and see if I can work something out. 🙂

    • Alina March 22, 2016 at 8:23 am - Reply

      Thank you, Lindsay! Yes, I also thought about making a similar tank top. Hawaii sound divine, I just love summer knitting! Have fun!

  12. Becki March 21, 2016 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    So beautiful – the dress as well as yourself. And the background in the photos is perfect!

    • Alina March 22, 2016 at 8:23 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Becki!

  13. Chris March 22, 2016 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    It is perfect! Love the color, it suits you well.

  14. Julie March 22, 2016 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    oh wow, that dress is a total knockout! You look amazing in it, and I love the lace detail at the top. What a great combo of machine knitting and hand knitting!

    • Alina March 23, 2016 at 10:12 am - Reply

      Thank you, dear Julie! It was a fun experiment!

  15. kaydeerouge March 23, 2016 at 4:38 am - Reply

    Lovely, lovely dress, and it looks simply stunningly beautiful on you – no, that should read: you look simply stunningly beautiful in it! I’ve loved reading your posts about how you made this dress – it makes it all the more special to see it now, and as you yourself said here, it’s extra special because you’ve been dreaming about it and working on it for so long. Just an amazing achievement to go from no knit skills to this. Your commentator is quite right – it would make a perfect wedding dress.

    • Alina March 23, 2016 at 10:14 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Katherine! Vogue Knitting was so inspiring when I just started knitting!

  16. Nicky March 26, 2016 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    This is beautiful and you look amazing in it!!!

    • Alina March 27, 2016 at 11:32 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Nicky!

  17. Sarah w. March 29, 2016 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    Incredible. This might be the most perfect knitted garment I have ever seen. It is flawless on you. Congratulations.

    • Alina April 3, 2016 at 11:09 am - Reply

      Oh, thank you so much for these wonderful words of support, Sarah!

  18. Tahnee April 2, 2016 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    Such a stunning dress, I love the fit and the colour!

    • Alina April 3, 2016 at 11:10 am - Reply

      Thank you, Tahnee! Color is my favorite detail in this dress!

  19. Ioana April 3, 2016 at 4:02 am - Reply

    STUNNING! It looks absolutely gorgeous on you! I also read your notes on mixing machine and hand knitting, thank you for sharing! I have a very basic knitting machine but I did not yet figured out how to make it work for me 😛

    • Alina April 3, 2016 at 11:11 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, dear Ioana! Oh, you should absolutely try your machine. it feels weird at first, but then you wouldn’t be able to live without it 🙂

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