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Project 36: #26 Diagonal Rib Dress

Started May 26, 2014 - Finished June 10, 2014

#26 Diagonal Rib Top by Iris Schreier

Incorporates: Little Arrowhead Lace pattern

Craft: Knitting

Size: Small

Needle: US 3 - 3.25 mm US 6 - 4.0 mm US 7 - 4.5 mm

Yarn: Lorna's Laces Helen's Lace Multi

1.2 skeins = 1500.0 yards (1371.6 meters), 135 grams

Colorway: Amy's Vintage Office

Color family: Blue-green

Helen's Lace Multi

by Lorna's Laces

Lace

50% Wool, 50% Silk

1250 yards / 113 grams


Notes

My tutorials. See my tutorial how to block dresses: https://www.heavenlyclassyknits.com/tutorials

Note on the yarn/pattern. I purchased this yarn (very expensive) for the dye artistry. The person who hand painted this yarn is very talented. The colors go from turquoise to pitch back with intermediate colors of blue, navy and green. This pattern is just perfect for this yarn. The texture I got from ribbing pattern shows off the colors so well! I see myself doing many more projects based on this pattern! Since I had lots of yarn leftover, I have make just the top! That is how much I love the pattern and this yarn.

Top/Sleeves. Since I used yarn much thinner that the pattern calls for, I had to do some adjustments. I made top 110 sts wide, then knitted as established for 46 rows instead of 24. I also made sleeves longer and knitted them differently. I did not bother to do the cap. I simplified it by knitting from bottom up, where I got “rectangle +triangle sitting on the top of it” shape (80 sts wide), then stretched the triangle into the round form (sleeve cap like shape) and attached it to the top.

Skirt.

- Part 1. I also made 2 separate pieces as for top, only 156 sts wide and continued to knit as established for 12” long. So I got “rectangle +triangle sitting on the top of it” shape. Then I joined the rectangles and on each side. Then I had to fill in my triangles by simply knitting in rib pattern and decreasing on EACH row at base of the triangle and the tip of the triangle (s2k). The result I got is cylinder that was attached with crochet hook to the top.

- Part 2.After part 1 was completed, I picked up 330 sts around the bottom of the skirt on US 3 and continued to knit in “Little arrowhead lace” pattern on US 6. Half way to my desired length of this portion, I have switched to US 7 and increased sts count to 462 sts by simply adding (yo, ssk) and (K2tog, yo) for each repetition.

Overall. This project stuns with its simplicity (not necessarily was too simple to make it. I always thought allover lace is the only way to make a stunning garment. But now I see that solid fabric or simple ribbing with a touch of lace can also look amazing. This time the trick was multi-color yarn (not accidental dyeing, but very structured and thoughtful). I guess that is why it was so expensive. Highly recommend the pattern and the yarn. It worth the money! Period.