A princess dress

>> Tuesday, April 14, 2009

This dress. I'm not quite sure what to say about it. It is a product of a recipe at this blog. With percentages, gauge, and chest measurements off I went to create this dress. I think this will be my only dress as I cannot fathom a day when I would step out in public in a knitted dress. Mind you it isn't that I don't think they are pretty I'm just not sure that this post-two-baby-body could pull it off successfully.
It has a purple garter stitch collar and the same stitch with increases to create a ruffle arm band and another small ruffle on the bottom.

I used jaeger roma yarn in pink and purple. Size 6 needles.

A series of increases on the skirt helped make it twirly.
As always there was lots of running.

And a little color work on the front.

This dress was so much fun to knit, precisely because it wasn't a pattern. It gave me a small taste of design on a large scale. I would really like to branch out a bit more into designing things to fit myself. I am just trying to learn, and practice if you will, as much as possible with knits for my kids. I promise there are some things in the works for myself. I just keep thinking about how fast my babes are growing and I find myself casting on again before they are all grown up.

So while I keep forging ahead in my quest for knowledge on designing my own knits, any tips for where I should look?

25 comments:

amy April 14, 2009 at 7:45 AM  

I'm not sure what books you've already looked at for designing, but I always recommend The Sweater Workshop by Jacqueline Fee. It's bottom-up construction, and she starts with a sampler to learn the various techniques. Any Elizabeth Zimmermann book would be helpful, and you could look at Knitting From the Top by Barbara Walker as well.

Kate April 14, 2009 at 10:16 AM  

So cute - although I agree, knit dresses are best left to kids (who look cute in anything, I swear) and supermodels. A little too clingy for this post-baby body too :)

Renee April 14, 2009 at 2:26 PM  

Beautiful!!!
Well done, you are doing it right that's for sure.

Gigi April 14, 2009 at 2:49 PM  

That little dress is adorable!
I'm working on a dress for one of my granddaughters -- hope it turns out as well as yours.

Alisha April 14, 2009 at 7:04 PM  

Oh my gosh that is adorable.

Maybe one time will get brave and try something like that. I kinda am a need a pattern kind of girl.

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: April 14, 2009 at 8:02 PM  

That dress is absolutely precious on your little Princess :)

You certainly have a talent for design ~ but I have no idea where to point you other than maybe reading knitting magazines which sometimes have articles on sizing and what not.

Alison Boon April 14, 2009 at 10:57 PM  

The dress looks very swishy, especially in the action shot. I adore knitted skirts, I find them a bit addictive to be honest and they are great to wear. I have to say I have seen two knitted dresses that I would personally love to wear.

Chris April 15, 2009 at 6:47 AM  

That is completely adorable! I LOVE the swishy skirt! I agree that I would be hesitant to wear one myself, but I'll have to look into this one for my daughter.

Kathy... April 15, 2009 at 12:35 PM  

Darling! Absolutely darling!

amanda April 16, 2009 at 12:09 AM  

This is cute! Lily could get away with it but sadly not I! :D

Love the swingyness!

Woolly Stuff April 16, 2009 at 7:08 AM  

It seems like a perfect little girl dress!

affectioknit April 16, 2009 at 8:39 AM  

I love it - you did a super job!

Jackie April 16, 2009 at 7:07 PM  

Thanks for sharing those pics, she looks cute in wearing your handknit dress. U did a good job.

Philigry April 17, 2009 at 5:46 PM  

this is amazing. my daughter would love it. it looks so sweet on yours!

Annie April 18, 2009 at 7:27 AM  

So so sweet. Looks so comfy to wear. Beautiful work!

lucky knitter April 18, 2009 at 8:01 AM  

Beautiful job - I love the twirling picture - it is so cute!

a friend to knit with April 18, 2009 at 8:06 AM  

totally adorable!
and yes. knit on for your babes. they grow way too fast!

Thimbleanna April 18, 2009 at 10:37 AM  

This dress is adorable -- and just perfect for a little girl. I hope she loved it? Great Job!

elliebelle April 20, 2009 at 8:19 AM  

Very cute! I love the movement the dress has.

Knitterella April 20, 2009 at 1:37 PM  

Too cute! Looks adorable on her.

Ann Budd's book "The Knitter's Hand Book Of Patterns" has a lot of great tips and how to design projects based on the gauge you are working with - that is probably a book you'd want in your library.

Also, another Ann Budd you'd want is the tri-fold pamphlet called "The Knitter's Guide To Yarn Requirements" - it will help you better know how much yarn to buy for what you want to knit.

I'm not a designer but I'd like to do more too someday and that is my two cents - hope that helps!

PrincessPea April 20, 2009 at 2:26 PM  

Your daughter looks absolutely adorable in that dress, but I'm with you on it suitability for a grown-up! I would agree with Amy, both Elizabeth Zimmerman and Barbara Walker's Knitting from the Top are great design resources. Good luck with you design endeavours!

Thea April 23, 2009 at 8:36 PM  

isn't it fun? She looks very happy with it.

One thing i like to when do designing is to take out other garments I know I like the fit on and use them as a guide - not an exact science, but a foolproof checkpoint for self knitting (and kid knitting)

Glenna May 8, 2009 at 7:14 AM  

That's adorable--you did GREAT!

la sirene May 9, 2009 at 4:25 PM  

This dress is beautiful! I would like to do the same one for my 9 yaers old daughter!!!!

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