Some people go around buying yarn after they pick their project. Those people are so amazing. I attempt to be a part of their crew, but I’m normally not. Here’s what happens when I go to a yarn store — “OOOOOOOOOOOOHHHH. Pretty and cheap! Sold, sold, sold! Give me a skein or two!”
Then that yarn just sits there, hating me.
Back in late 2012, I walked into Spinning Yarns. I saw some Malabrigo Silky Merino in this gorgeous blueish shade. Malabrigo Silky Merino is my favorite yarn ever, so far, so I just bought two skeins because it was so pretty and so soft. I knew I would use it for Belly, but otherwise, had no plans.
Almost two years later, I thought to myself, “I have no babies who are awake all night any longer. I bet I could participate in the Ravellenic Games this time and not fail horribly!” I immediately hit up a search of sweaters and dresses using the yardage I had in a DK weight and the pattern Primrose won.
My gauge was slightly off (too few rows per inch), but otherwise perfect when I went down a needle size. I was hoping to knit this in the called for needle, but, damn, does this yarn bloom and grow when it hits water.
I did not knit this all during the Ravellenic Games, but I started the games about a week late and finished about a week late, so I’m calling it good. I mean, I knit a garment in two weeks. I’m happy, you know?
Now, in case all the pictures of my darling daughter smiling while wearing this dress are fooling you, let me know let you know. She hates it. When I put it over her head, she screams as if her skin is melting. I assure you that she has no wool allergies and that I always put it over other clothes, regardless. She also screams like this when I put on her adorable neutral with white pom-pom shoes and when I put on her sweet Gap long sleeved tees. As far as I can tell, she just has rotten taste in clothing.
Having said that, she does like one part of her dress.
She picked them out, can you tell?
For this dress, I picked out the option that gives you only one set of lace eyelets at the waist. If I were to do this dress again, I’d start knitting the waistband before I cast off the sleeves because I prefer a more empire waisted dress.
This dress came together very easily and I can say it would be a great knit for someone who is still new to knitting but who wants to impress people with their skill. It’s a very long pattern but I think that’s just because the pattern designer is a very thorough individual, which I prefer for my patterns!
This dress is large enough and my daughter teensy enough that I think it’ll last several years as a dress and then tunic!