I've challenged myself to knit myself a dress this year
When I'm in clothes stores in winter, I always love the knitted dresses (although I understand they're knitted by machine, right?), so I thought it'd be a nice project to keep me busy and consolidate my knitting skills.
I'm a little daunted at the prospect but hoping someone could give me some advice for it, please?
As far as my knitting goes, I learnt to knit this January, and I know that makes a dress a huge undertaking.
I'm confident with the basics, plus a few techniques to add and remove stitches from rows and different coloured designs, although the latter might be best avoided to speed up the project.
So, with that in mind, I'll be looking for a pattern that isn't too complex, just a lot of patience required. Which is fine, because I'd probably be happier with a plainer and more versatile garment anyway.
I suppose the most pressing thing to ask is how long might it take?
Once I know that, I'll plan when I'm going to start. If I don't manage to finish it by the end of the year, I'll keep at it anyway and just finish it as soon as possible.
Also, what kind of needles are going to get the best result I can achieve?
Will I need any other equipment? I already have a row counter, which I find quite helpful.
What kind of wools have been used for dresses and other garments before? Are the 'fancy' wools with glitter or colour patterns or different textures good for this project, or should I avoid them?
If you've knitted a dress before, what tips and techniques are helpful? What is good to keep in mind from the start of the project? What things did you learn and/or will I learn from trying to knit a dress?
And last but probably the most important, what haven't I asked about but should really know?