Project 49: #144 Amber dress
Started Jan 7, 2015 - Finished Jan 16, 2015
#144 by Hitomi Shida (志田 ひとみ)
US 6 - 4.0 mm US 9 - 5.5 mm
Yarn: madelinetosh Pashmina
5 skeins = 1800.0 yards (1645.9 meters)
Colorway: Amber Trinket
Color family: Brown
75% Merino, 15% Silk, 10% Cashmere goat
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Note on the pattern and yarn. This pattern comes from a book “Treasury of Couture Knitting Pattern 250 “ p.68 #144 by Hitomi Shida (Japanese designer). The yarn works GREAT for this pattern; it is so soft and pleasant to work with.
Construction of the dress. Top down, in rounds, yoke, seamless, maxi dress.
Top section. on Us 9 casted 70 sts, knitted all sts, then increased to 140 sts count by doing yo’s after every stitch. Knitted all sts on the next row, then continued to knit in hillflower pattern (4 reps in rounds) adding appropriate amount for sts = total 152 sts. Then started to increase sts for sleeves (38 sts for each sleeve). I did not bother to knit sleeve sts in the patter, since it is rather complicated while I was increasing, I simply did purl and knit rows combination. When reached the desired length to armsye area, separated sleeves from bodice by place 38 sts on the holder for each sleeve and casting additional 19 sts for under arm areas. Continued to knit bodice in hillflower pattern gradually decreasing 19 sts under armpit area to 0 st count. When bodice grew to a desired waist line, started to knit in ribbing 3x1 switching to US 6 for 3”. Binded off and inserted elastic for a fitted look using crochet hook.
Sleeves. On US 9 started to knit sts from the sts holder and picked additional sts all around the armsye area. On the next row adjusted sts count to get 57 sts (for 1.5rep wide). Sleeve is 1.5 reps long. Inserted elastic in cuffs.
Skirt section. on US 9 picked up sts all around the waist line, knitted several rows increasing sts to 228 sts (6 reps) and cont to knit hillflowers pattern for 1 full reps (28 rows). On the next row increased sts by 76 sts (304 sts total for 8 reps in rounds) , knitted 3.5 more reps long.