Project 40: Garesco polka dots dress
Started July 26, 2014 - Finished July 31, 2014
Garesco by Teresa Dair
Incorporates: VICTORIA - Fine art lace stole pattern
:US 7 - 4.5 mm US 9 - 5.5 mm US 10 - 6.0 mm
4 skeins = 872.0 yards (797.4 meters), 200 grams
Color family: Black
66% Cotton, 31% Linen / Flax, 3% Nylon
218 yards / 50 grams
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Note on the project. I tried to be very descriptive this time on how I made this dress in case people want to make something similar. And why not?? It is a truly easy dress, where a lot of optional possibilities can be added to increase sophistication.
This dress is seamless, yoke, in round from top down. Very easy pattern:knit st allover! Great project for beginners. But it does not have to be boring! I have added beads and chose interesting yarn with texture.
Note on yarn selection. This is a very unique yarn. Not soft, rather rough. The fabric comes out so amazingly textured and looks like icy broken glass that is held by an invisible film. Highly highly recommend!!!
On US 7 casted on 92 sts joined and started to knit in rounds in st. sts placing medium sized black glass pearly beads (I don’t know the size). Knitted for 5” increasing the circle to 142 sts. Then knitted for 40 sts, placed next 31 sts on the holder, casted on 14 sts, cont to knit for 40 sts, placed on the sts holder the next 31 sts, casted on 14 sts. Now I have joined the bodice (108 sts in round). Continued to knit in round and placing beads as desired.
When fabric under the armsye grew 7.5” to my high waistline, reduced st count by 18 sts ( now I have 90 sts). Cont to knit as establish for 1.5”. Then I started knitting waistband in the following manner: knit in ribbing pattern 3x1 for 3 rows, on the next row knitted (k2tog, double yo) to the end, on the next row knitted all sts treating double yo’s as 1 st. This row created big holes all around the waistline for skinny belt. Again started to knit in ribbing pattern for several rows.
Embellished the the collar with “Victoria fine are lace” border on the crochet hook 3.5mm (but this could be optional for people, who are not into crocheting).
The top portion is done, cont to knit the skirt section…
Cont to knit by increasing the st count to 110 (20 sts more) by making sts (M1) on US 9. I have switched to a larger needles because I wanted to relax fabric even more since the yarn is rough and heavy. Cont knitting in st. sts pattern until desired length, ended up with 220 sts on the bottom. Most increases happened towards the bottom of the skirt, within 9” from the desired length (from 160 sts, just 3” above the knees). Total length of the skirt section is 26”. Needles were switched again on US 10, when skirt part grew 18”. Beads are placed sparingly for just a touch of sophistication ;). Embellished the skirt bottom with “Victoria fine are lace” border on the crochet hook 3.5mm (but this could be optional for people, who are not into crocheting). Beads were also placed on the border to keep it heavy. Heaviness makes this particular dress look like glamorous armor…love it, love it… and keep it down nicely stretching the fabric downwards since I will not be able to iron it because of the beads.
Note on the embellishments. If I wanted to increase “the dressiness” of the dress, I could add flowers, knitted or already made in ribbons. The possibilities are endless, anything could be added and turn this dress to an evening dress.