The Violet Gift Dress. Details.

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The Violet Gift Dress. Details.

FO – The Violet Gift dress. Machine knitting.

Machine Knitting Dress

It was a long-playing project… I started it back in November, so it took me more than 4 months to finish! Mostly it was due to the fact that the Violet Gift was the first project on my post-hurricane knitting machine. I cleaned and oiled it before using, but as it turned out not good enough. After 50 or so rows I noticed oily spots on the fabric and had to take it off the machine. I did a thorough research and as it turned out I overoiled my machine and had to take the sponge bar and every single needle (150!!!) out, wash it with soup, dry it and put it back one by one. This YouTube video helped tremendously! And Ravelry Machine knitting group, of course. Guys, you are the best!!!

I think it took me two full Woolful podcasts just to put each needle back into machine! But it was such a great experience, now I take a proper care of my machine and I am more aware how it works and where to look if something goes wrong. One more proof of not to be discouraged by mistakes and failures – they help you move forward.

Anyway, the dress is off the machine, blocked and ready to be put on. Violet Gift, as you can guess, is a gift. For my dear friend Elena. We made some pictures of her wearing the dress and as soon as they are ready I am going to post about it. For now, I’ll walk you through the details.

Project Notes

Ravelry page.Β The Violet Gift Dress

Pattern. Mine

Knitting machine. The dress was knit on Silver Reed LK150, stitch dial for the hem – 3.5, stitch dial for the main body – 4.

Yarn. Everything started with these beautiful skeins. Can you guess the fiber? Of course, it’s cotton πŸ™‚ Armonia – local, 100%, mercerized. I can never get enough of it! I use the same yarn for my machine knitting that I use for hand knitting. Love this color!


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Fit. It’s a classic double-tapered silhouette. It’s basically a modification of my Marine Dress that I made for myself several months ago.

Machine Knitting Dress

Design details.

Hem. I knit 20 rows, then turned the edge and put the cast on stitches with current stitches on the machine needles and knit them together. It gives you a very neat edge that doesn’t roll up.

Machine Knitting Dress

Waist is accentuated by simple crochet ties. Just chain as many stitches as you need to get the proper length and single crochet one row. I used the contrasting ivory color.

Machine Knitting Dress


Machine Knitting Dress

…is trimmed with beautiful reverse single crochet stitch. It’s funny, in Russian it’s called a “crayfish step stitch”, because you go backwards with your hook. πŸ™‚ This YouTube videoΒ very clearly explains how to crochet it.

Machine Knitting Dress

Armholes are trimmed with basic single crochet.

Machine Knitting Dress

I was so happy to finish this dress and now my mind is already full of ideas what to make next!

I hope you had a lovely week! Happy Sunday!


By | 2015-05-22T21:10:28+00:00 April 12th, 2015|Finished Objects, Machine Knitting|16 Comments


  1. Zeta April 12, 2015 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    I like the neck shaping. V-neck is my favorite and this way looks very neat. Will sure try it. πŸ˜‰

    • Alina April 12, 2015 at 2:12 pm - Reply

      V-neck always looks great! Reverse crochet stitch not only emphasizes the neckline, but also it holds the stitches perfectly together! Love using it, I am sure you will find it useful too.

  2. alexis April 13, 2015 at 4:50 am - Reply

    Your right, that yarn is absolutely beautiful! It looks great on the finished dress too. Perfect for springtime.

    I’ve been curious to try machine knitting for a while now, but I have no idea where to start -what machine to use etc. Maybe I’ll browse the discussions of the Machine Knitting Revelry Group.

    • Alina April 13, 2015 at 5:27 am - Reply

      You should definitely try it! It takes time to master it, but that what makes it interesting!

  3. Julie April 13, 2015 at 9:55 am - Reply

    that dress is so beautiful!! I love the colour, and the contrasting white belt is just the right finishing touch. beautiful!

    • Alina April 13, 2015 at 3:40 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Julie! I was really happy to finally finish it!

  4. Karen April 13, 2015 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    Oh, this is simply beautiful. I love purple and the style of your dress is perfection. Is knitting on a machine hard? I’ve never tried it. Another thing I’m a little nervous of. . . . .

    • Alina April 13, 2015 at 3:43 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Karen! It’s not hard when you finally get it. But it definitely took me some time to figure it out! As I mentioned before I would definitely label a garment knit on this machine as handmade, as there is still so much handwork involved!

  5. Rebecca April 14, 2015 at 2:50 am - Reply

    What a great job you have done. It is elegantly minimal and the finishing makes it a very classic piece of knitting. Beautiful work.

  6. zauberflink April 15, 2015 at 6:24 am - Reply

    Wow – so pretty and sooooo neat! I love it!

  7. Carmela Biscuit April 15, 2015 at 9:36 am - Reply

    Fantastic dress, looks so professionally made and finished. The color is amazing!

    • Alina April 15, 2015 at 4:47 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Carmela! Still so much to learn in garment making!!!

  8. Nicky April 15, 2015 at 10:20 am - Reply

    Beautiful work Alina! Can’t wait to see it modeled in pics! *hint, hint* πŸ˜€

    • Alina April 15, 2015 at 4:48 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Nicky! The modeling post is ready πŸ™‚

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