Knitting: Dresses for the Winter


Wisteria dress

Years ago, I knitted the Wisteria in its original sweater form:

It was beautiful, but the yarn I used was wrong for the project.  It was too soft, the sweater grew, and I never wore it.  I finally frogged it this past spring, and a couple of weeks ago I decided to reknit Wisteria as a dress.

Pattern:  Wisteria, by Kate Gilbert, from Twist Collective Fall 2008.

Yarn:  A DK weight merino/cashmere/silk yarn from Lambspun of Colorado.  This yarn has been a few projects and has held up beautifully over the years.

Modifications:  The pattern converts into a dress without fuss.  I added some bodice darts at the back to prevent “poofing” under the yoke, added darts in front and back (along with those at the sides) for smoother skirt increases, and shortened the sleeves to 3/4 length.

Thoughts:  The yarn was perfect for this project; it is light, and the dress conforms without clinging.

Bryn Mawr2.1

Bryn Mawr dress, version 2

I knitted my first Bryn Mawr dress also with the wrong sort of yarn:

Again, the yarn was too soft, and the dress was incredibly clingy and picked up static like crazy.  But I loved the pattern, so I reknitted the sweater this past spring.

Pattern:  Bryn Mawr dress, by Alex Capshaw-Taylor, from Interweave Knits Fall 2013

Yarn:  Sport weight mule-spun Elsawool in undyed medium grey.  This is a cormo wool, and I love it as much (if not more) than merino wool.

Modifications:  I opened up the neckline, and did not bother with the skirt hem.  I knitted the sleeves on from the top using short rows to shape the caps.

Thoughts:  The pattern was as fun to knit this time around as last time.  More important, the dress fits well without cling, and the cables still show up even with the darker yarn.


Knitting: Wisteria, pattern by Kate Gilbert

Knitting: Wisteria, pattern by Kate Gilbert

Wow, a real knitting post.

The Wisteria sweater, by the gifted Kate Gilbert, published in the terrific on-line knitting magazine Twist Collective.

Yarn:  From my small hoard, a beautiful dk-sport weight  Lambspun of Colorado yarn, the store’s own Alpine Exotics line, a merino/alpaca/silk/cashmere blend in the color “blue spruce.”

Gauge: Why take the adventure out of knitting?

Size: Not sure, but it looks about right …

Modifications: Aside from yarn weight, also shortened sleeves, and did more dramatic hip-waist-bust shaping.  I knitted sleeves and non-patterned portions of body on straights …  Did I mention I really hate knitting in the round?

And in the end: a lovely, light-weight, warm sweater, just in time for summer.  Sigh.