This pattern is the Ribbed Minidress by Mari Lynn Patrick from the Vogue Spring/Summer 2007 issue. I used 6 skeins of Koigu KPM for the small size. I modified to make it shorter, but I guess I went too far. This is more of a tunic/shirt than a dress now. I loved working with the Koigu KPM and am pretty happy with how it turned out, although I might pick up the hem stitches to make it a bit longer.
The design for this dress had been bouncing around my head for weeks, but this challenge gave me the incentive to finally knit her up! I crocheted the bobbled neckband, picked up some of those stitches, and then knit the rest of the dress in the round from the top down.
I used Cascade "Sierra" which is an 80 cotton, 20 wool blend. Once the dress got long, the weight of the cotton yarn made the armholes droop down to a pretty obscene degree, so I added crochet around the armholes to correct this. This addition wasn't my original intention, but I think it looks nice.
Hi Twinklers! I just got back from a freezing week in New York, where I ended up wearing my ST every day, like this:
Twinkle knitting has been on my backburner lately for two reasons. First, because I fell in love with the minidress from the new Vogue. Second, because I keep hemming and hawing over what to do with my canary soft chunky. I have been having second thoughts about the color and am a little scared now of a great big chunky yellow sweater. Originally, I intended to use it for the hoodie, but now I'm thinking about the sweater dress. Either way, it's a whole lotta yellow. Any thoughts would be much appreciated.
I love the Soft Chunky. So soft, so totally worth it. This sweater makes me want to touch myself. I really like this. So far, it's the first of the three twinkle sweaters I have made that I immediately loved. It didn't have to grow on me at all. I just want to pull the cowl over my head and sleep in it. Yay for yummy yarn.
Ok, after looking at my photos, I think I over-reacted. The gorilla smurf look is growing on me. I wore it to work with a poofy patterned skirt on Friday, and I got a lot of crazy looks. I played around with it while my man took these pictures, and I think I just needed to figure out how to wear it. I found this belt that goes with it perfectly, and I think it sort of tames the gorilla a bit and makes me feel less smurfy and more feminine.
I think I'm going to give her another shot before I frog her. It just might be the perfect thing to wear on my trip to NYC in 2 weeks.
I go into a bit more detail about yarn and needles on my blog post.
My 22" sweater is kinda big. So big that it falls off my shoulders and then onto the ground big. It's so loose and drapey that it drives me crazy. More photos and complaints on my blog.
Oh well. I'm moving on to the Best Friend Cardi, but I feel like I have been waiting for the Twinkle yarn to come out for a long time. It is pretty tricky to figure out a good sub with all the double and triple stranding that it can take to get gauge.
Oatmeal, sorry to hear that you had to backtrack with the sweater so much. I saw a finished cardi on flickr made with lopi, and it is really really cute! I was actually thinking of using big wool because I thought it would make a lighter sweater, which makes more sense for my climate. Maybe I'll try to strand a dk yarn along with the Big Wool, since you thought it wasn't dense enough on its own.
Has anyone heard news of when the yarns are coming out?
Anyone want to knit some Twinkle patterns with me?
If you have peeked inside this book, you may have noticed that the gauges and sizes are totally wacky! I really want to knit these, but a knitting a sweater with a 22" bust measurement may require the support of my fellow craftsters. Any takers?
When I first finished, my capecho was a lot like yuvee's but not quite as big. The back was a little tight and short, and then in the front I had the weird long dangling excess that kept bunching up oin my armpits. So I tried to block it to be wider and longer in the back and shorter in the front. After blocking, it was just too damn big all over! I then threw it in the drier for about 10 minutes, and after I took it out and tried it on again, I felt pretty satisfied with the fit- a little longer in the back and not so bunchy/bulky in the front.
My modifications: I used dk yarn (filatura di crosa "zara") on size 5 needles. I also moved the button over so that it buttons about 4 inches from the end of the neckband and added a smaller second button to secure the band.
Here is a closeup of the neckband. You can barely see the second button because it is snuggled up inside a cable.
This was a stashbuster! I used my one precious skein of Lang Silkdream. I love it. I wore it all day and felt like a snow bunny. The hat only took about 3 hours, but the damn pom pom took about 4. Is there an easy way to make pom poms that I don't know about?