We went to the beach to take photos of the Debbie bliss dress I'd finished knitting, and washed up on the sand was a fishing creel that matched the turquoise colour of my dress!
I LOVE coincidences like that!
So here it is, my finished knitted dress, made following a Debbie Bliss pattern, (details at the end of this post).
The band under the bust stretches a little as the dress is worn, so it went from being a little tight, to just right.
As there is very little sleeve to knit, this project didn't take too long to make, two months.
Knitting with Debbie Bliss baby casmerino yarn was a real treat. It's so soft, but also gives good stitch definition, almost like a cotton yarn, though it's actually made using Merino, a bit of Cashmere, and a bit of manmade fibre, so there isn't the heaviness you get with cotton yarns. It's lovely and warm too. This yarn washes beautifully. I washed my dress in the washing machine on the handwash cycle, and gave it an extra spin in the washing machine, and the dress has come out of that well. The range of colours is mouth watering too, I'm a big fan of Debbie Bliss yarn colours, she does beautiful brights to elegant subdueds, something for everyone.
In the above photo, my favourite turquoise trainers, and my favourite turqouise Falke cotton rich tights (please may they never ladder or get holes in them, please may they stay forever perfect).
But turquoise trainers and lady-like knitted dress, do not the perfect fit make.
Even though I'd only increased my height to about 5 foot 4 wearing the heels, I felt like an Amazonian woman tottering about in these shoes all day. I very rarely wear heels, so it always feels a bit strange. I feel empowered because of the immense height I suddenly see the world from (!) but at the same time I feel quite vulnerable, like my feet are not firmly planted on the ground. Do you get that too?!
The pattern calls for Debbie Bliss Eco Baby yarn to be used, but this can be substituted with Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, which is what I did. The colour I used was 340031 (turquoise/acqua blue), eleven balls of it. My knitting tension is loose, so I had to go down from the 3.25 mm needles in the pattern, to 2.75 mm needles. The resulting fabric is quite firm, but I think that helps to keep the shape of the dress.
I started knitting this dress on 4th June, according to an old blog post, and finished the dress on 5th August. So let's say it took two months to complete.
As knitting patterns go, it was easy to follow, though I wouldn't give this pattern to a beginner, maybe intermediate, as you need to know what you're doing around the neck area, in terms of where to do the decreases, it's not explained very well.
I didn't knit the picot edge on the sleeves or hem, because they curl, and actually I prefer the simpler garter stitch edge.
Now I'm completely engrossed in knitting the Coraline Cardigan by Ysolda. And I've started sewing another Miz Mozelle Dress, doing a seam here and there. It all adds up, knitting a few rows and sewing a few seams here and there, before you know it, you've got a finished piece. In the fable of the Tortoise and the Hare, I'd probably be the Tortoise.
If you'd like to see other people's version of this dress on Ravelry, the link to the relevant page is here.
I hope you enjoyed the show today! Vanessa xxx