I love the idea of a knitted skirt, but I don’t wear skirts: they don’t tend to sit in the correct place on my body, they creep up or down and end up everywhere except where they should be. On the other hand, I have an ongoing love affair with knitted dresses, so when I see interesting patterns, whether for tops or cardigans or skirts, I turn them into dresses. Hence, the Dickson Dress:
Pattern: Dickson, by the wonderful Norah Gaughan.
Yarn: Lambspun of Colorado DK-weight merino/silk/cashmere blend yarn, in the colour “black platinum.” At least I think that is the colour name. I bought the yarn about 15 years ago, and until two years ago, it was a sweater coat. I did not realize until I started working with the yarn that there were two distinct shades of black. I know that is the nature of hand-dyed yarn, but nevertheless I was surprised because the owner of Lambspun has always been amazingly careful with her quality control, and I have never had problems with variations within each dye lot. Anyway, when I frogged the coat I thought I had separated out the two shades, but I was wrong.
Modifications: This is a top-down dress knitted in the round. I improvised the V-necked bodice and did my usual knitted-on sleeves with short-row shaped caps. I didn’t feel like “finishing” the neckline, but I did do two rows of single chain crochet at the back neck (in a pink yarn!) to prevent the dreaded stockinette roll. The skirt portion is the actual Dickson pattern with not as many rows of ribbing at the top.
Thoughts: Another winner from Norah Gaughan! The problem with improvisation is that I never quite know what the garment will look like until I do the final blocking and get it on my body. I like how the neckline turned out, but the sleeves, which were meant to have a bit of puff, looks a bit wide. The skirt portion turned out great, pity about the line of color change. Sigh. But, I will wear it and I’m sure that shade change will be less obvious when the dress is in motion 🙂