Next up is something I'm really excited about. I wanted to knit a dress for Vogue Knitting Live. It's a knitting convention. It was in New York City! I started with the pattern for Textured Tunic with Side Slits from Stephanie Japel. This is the sweater on the cover of her book Fitted Knits. One morning, I woke up with the idea to lengthen the sweater and make it into a dress.
If there is interest, I can go into details about the modifications I made but to sum it up I:
- recalculated the pattern to knit this in a DK weight yarn (Lousia Harding Grace wool/silk) instead of the aran the pattern called for.
- moved the basket stitch section at the chest to the high waist for more of an empire waist look. I looked through the various project pictures in ravelry and really didn't like how it looked as a band across the boobs
- included waist shaping. The pattern didn't have waist shaping. I liked the shaped look of the sweater on the cover of the book which they pinned.
- changed the hem/bottom slits so that there is just a slit on my right side rather than slits with buttons on both sides.
- knitted straight down for the sleeves rather than create a bell sleeve as the pattern called for