Project 65: Bell Lace dress
Updated: Oct 21, 2019
Started Nov 26, 2015 - Finished Jan 11, 2015
Pattern: Wedding Bell Lace Wrap by Linda Lehman
US 000 - 1.5 mm US 8 - 5.0 mm
Yarn used: 618 yards
0.2 skeins = 60.0 yards (54.9 meters), 5 grams
Colorway: 29 Pewter
Color family: Gray
0.7 skeins = 558.6 yards (510.8 meters), 70 grams
Color family: White
61% Mohair, 35% Silk, 4% Wool
300 yards / 25 grams
50% Silk, 50% Merino
798 yards / 100 grams
My tutorials. See my tutorial how to block dresses: https://www.heavenlyclassyknits.com/tutorials
Construction of the dress. Bottom up with raglan yoke, circular knitting.
Bodice and Sleeves.On US 000 casted 252 sts for 14 reps with Findley yarn. Started to knit bell lace stitch pattern that is also published on p. 291 “A second treasury knitting patterns” by Barbara.G. Walker. Knitted 10 reps long and set it aside. Then knitted separately sleeves from bottom up 3 reps wide and 5 reps long and joined them to the bodice. Then knitted for 2 more reps and binded off. Crocheted 2 rows with single sts for a sturdy finish. Then on US 8 picked up sts around the shoulders, switched to Cascade kid seta yarn to shape shoulders and collar in plain st. sts pattern.
Finishing touches. Picked up sts around the bottom of the skirt on US 8 with Cascade kid seta yarn and started to knit in 1x1 ribbing for 6”, then knitted in Old Shale pattern for additional 8” alternating yarns for a funky look. Also knitted old shale with Cascade yarn the cuffs on the sleeves.
Coloring. Dyed the whole project with Jacquard acid dye in black to light gray.
Yarn notes. Note that Findley yarn is very stretchy, so knit 6”-8” less of the desired length. I have gained that much after blocking. This yarn is absolutely lovely. Has a wonderful shine, almost like a translucent metallic look!