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Title: An amazingly yellow dahlia for winter use
Post by: syrlig on July 04, 2010 09:32:08 AM
So, I've knitted the wonderful dahlia sweater (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter07/PATTdahlia.html). It's sooo pretty! And the pattern is wonderful! :D I was thinking of wearing it in the winter over a long sleeve. Cute and warm!




I changed the cable to something easier to knit up and made it a bit longer, to wear it as a tunic. It was a real pain in the end because I increased between the stitches to make a A shape, I think I had about 500 stitches to bind off. But it's really wide and flowy and lovely.



I bound off a bit tight so the neckline is too high up. I'm thinking of redoing that since I'll be using a top under anyway and it might give my bust a bit more room. Also, that would make it a bit longer and cover my butt a bit more - I think that wearing tights as pants with regular tops are tasteless, and I'm not sure my dahlia is long enough.



I also did some increases below the bust so it would fit my curves better. Here is a detail shot of the bust. Sorry for the boobage  *ehm*




Overall I'm happy with it. BUT - now that it's done I've realised it's so very yellow. I have no idea why I chose that color really, I'm more of a purple kinda girl. I guess I was trying to do something different but I've realised that it's just too damn yellow for me to ever wear :(

It is 100% wool, but I don't want to dye it black - that would loose all the details. Is there anything else I can do to save it? Would blue dye make it green? I've never dyed yarn before and am a bit out of my league here.

It would be sad to frog all that hard work to knit it again in another color. 


Title: Re: An amazingly yellow dahlia for winter use
Post by: pollyprissypants on July 04, 2010 09:36:43 AM
I love it! It's really cute, and I really like the color. I think that after a few months of dark winter colors, having something bright to wear on a cold day sounds like a lot of fun.


Title: Re: An amazingly yellow dahlia for winter use
Post by: GreyAward on July 04, 2010 09:44:35 AM
Lovely!
Since it is 100% wool it should dye fairly easily. You should test dye a piece of yarn before trying the whole garment.
Congratulations on a knit well done!


Title: Re: An amazingly yellow dahlia for winter use
Post by: mansonette on July 04, 2010 10:33:17 AM
I think this looks great on you...yellow and all!  Even though you think yellow may not be your color, I think you should leave it.  Sometimes you just get an itching to do something out of the norm and it will make you feel special on some cold winter day.  (Maybe you were subconciously planning for this kind of day.)

You did a great job!!  Especially with all the adjustments and deviating from that pattern!


Title: Re: An amazingly yellow dahlia for winter use
Post by: hgddm on July 04, 2010 11:14:49 AM
this is lovely and looks wonderful on you!


Title: Re: An amazingly yellow dahlia for winter use
Post by: Marnster on July 04, 2010 11:57:33 AM
Great job! The darts are perfect! As for the color- I agree- test dye a bit of yarn. Also try to use a cold dye- wool felts and shrinks in hot/warm water. :-) Knitpicks.com always has great advice and nice dyes.


Title: Re: An amazingly yellow dahlia for winter use
Post by: syrlig on July 04, 2010 12:18:58 PM
Thanks everyone! It's great to hear that it looks nice from someone else too :D

Great job! The darts are perfect! As for the color- I agree- test dye a bit of yarn. Also try to use a cold dye- wool felts and shrinks in hot/warm water. :-) Knitpicks.com always has great advice and nice dyes.

Thanks! And testing on some yarn is a great idea! Yeah, I was a bit worried with the whole felting-thing. Thanks for the tips, I will deff check out knitpicks!

And if it dosnīt work it might be true that yellow will be a good thing come desember ^_^


Title: Re: An amazingly yellow dahlia for winter use
Post by: LimeRiot on July 04, 2010 02:37:59 PM
It looks fantastic! Wonderful job. Your modifications resulted in such a perfect fit.

I think the color is great on you - especially with that red lipstick ;).


Title: Re: An amazingly yellow dahlia for winter use
Post by: syrlig on July 04, 2010 03:41:49 PM

I think the color is great on you - especially with that red lipstick ;).

Red lipstick makes everything fabulous! :D ;)


Title: Re: An amazingly yellow dahlia for winter use
Post by: WorkingJackie on July 05, 2010 03:35:54 PM
Wow! Everything about this is fabulous!


Title: Re: An amazingly yellow dahlia for winter use
Post by: MVPMOM on July 05, 2010 08:58:29 PM
This is beautiful and the color looks GREAT on you!


Title: Re: An amazingly yellow dahlia for winter use
Post by: Wholemeal-Candyfloss on July 06, 2010 12:09:20 PM
I don't think it looks too yellow, it looks FABULOUS!

You should keep it as is and get some lovely yellow shoes to wear with it, it really is gorgeous :D


Title: Re: An amazingly yellow dahlia for winter use
Post by: feeshhead on July 06, 2010 01:56:08 PM
Holy cow you're adorable!

I so wish I could knit like that. I can barely make a square with the stockinette stitch...

Great job!


Title: Re: An amazingly yellow dahlia for winter use
Post by: hushgirl on July 06, 2010 04:11:36 PM
Don't change it! It looks so good like it is! Yellow is a happy color & if your gonna wear it during the winter it will be such a "pick-me-up"!


Title: Re: An amazingly yellow dahlia for winter use
Post by: dawn0684 on July 06, 2010 06:11:14 PM
I absolutely love it!


Title: Re: An amazingly yellow dahlia for winter use
Post by: fluorescentmind5 on July 06, 2010 08:35:12 PM
Lovely! and perfect color for the season!


Title: Re: An amazingly yellow dahlia for winter use
Post by: skringlen on July 07, 2010 04:19:44 AM
This is great!  I love the shaping and even the color.  No need to dye it, but I bet plain old Rit dye wold do the trick; I imagine the yellow color would just blend in with the new dye, not just be totally covered up.  I know what you mean about the cast off being too tight.  I usually cast off with needles at least 2 sizes larger than I used to knit the garment. 


Title: Re: An amazingly yellow dahlia for winter use
Post by: dropoffradar on July 07, 2010 07:10:44 AM
so cute! and you are adorable :)


Title: Re: An amazingly yellow dahlia for winter use
Post by: Scarlet_Angel on July 14, 2010 01:39:36 AM
This is just absolutely fabulous - what a great job you've done, I love the shape of it and how flattering it is, and I even love the colour (and I'm not usually a fan of yellow) but it looks really good on you.  Wisting this - it's AWESOME!! x


Title: Re: An amazingly yellow dahlia for winter use
Post by: MNR on July 19, 2010 01:10:47 PM
It's pretty on you.
And really nice for a perkup color during winter. Don't frog, don't dye.
I've been wanting to make this myself. x_X

How many increases did you do around the bustal area?


Title: Re: An amazingly yellow dahlia for winter use
Post by: A2K on July 19, 2010 03:42:44 PM
You did a great job on the fit of this sweater!  I think you look great in that color, but I wouldn't be comfortable either -- wear a couple of times and see how you feel before you make any big decisions!


Title: Re: An amazingly yellow dahlia for winter use
Post by: KatyPamKnits on July 26, 2010 09:34:47 AM
I'm also a purple kind of girl, but yellow and purple are complimentary, so if you can find the right shade of purple long-sleeved shirt to under, that would be a wonderfull winter outfit!



Title: Re: An amazingly yellow dahlia for winter use
Post by: Jane2 on September 01, 2010 05:17:08 AM
Your dahlia sweater is so much prettier than the pattern pictures!
Well done!
I very much like your higher neckline - even if it happened by accident. It allows for more choices in wearing tops underneath.
Do not ever wear the tie like is worn in the pattern pictures. Her wearing it does not add anything to the sweater or to its fit.