Project 7: Snow drop dress
Started May 8, 2012 - Finished Jun 10,2012
Snowdrop Shawl by Nancy Bush
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
3.5 skeins = 1837.5 yards (1680.2 meters), 175 grams
Colorway: Blue Mist
Color family: Blue
by Wooly West
525 yards / 50 grams
My tutorials. See my tutorial how to block dresses: https://www.heavenlyclassyknits.com/tutorials
NOTE on the pattern: if you have “A Treasury of knitting pattern” by Barbara G. Walker, you can find similar (I believe it is exactly the same) motif. It is called “Diagonal Fern Leaf” p.211 in the “Lace” section. The only difference that you would need to add nupps (the bumps).FYI: I did buy the pattern from Woolly West though.
Note on the dress construction: sleeveless (tiny wings), 1 piece , seamless, fitted, falls just below the knees dress. Worn with a slip. All my calculations for decreases and increases come from simple gauging. Total dress length is 288 rows (from neck to bottom) after wetting and flat drying I have gained 7 “ in length: now length is 42” long.
Note on making nupps: I loved making nupps. The easiest way for me to handle them was to make 7 loops just like prescribed by the pattern, THEN…turn and purl them all at once. Turn again and continue. In the next round/row SKIP this stitch (since we already knitted it in advance). Now, you won’t lose half of your loops!
Note on the yarn: The yarn is awesome: springy, strong, soft and does not split!
May 8, 2012: It is a shawl pattern, I will attempt to make a dress… I guess I am obsessed with dresses. And off I go! May 9: Started the skirt from the bottom up with 720sts…takes 1 hour per row right now. The waist will be 180 sts, so it will get better. The first half of my skirt surely took me forever, but the upper skirt went in 1 week (due to significant decrease in sts number). June 8: I have decided not to lace up the whole bodice, but rather turn every other repletion into stockinette and slowly turn the rest repetitions into st. sts. This way I will have some texture and more definition. The only place I used size 2 needles is from armholes to the neck. Everywhere else is done with size 4 needles. June 10: The project is done. The dress is truly magnificent: large, almost weightless, thin as air, but still so intrigued in design. I am very pleased with the result.