Monday, July 22, 2013

A Rainbow Dress

This pattern is a favorite of mine. It looks so lovely and it is very forgiving so it can be worn for much longer than most dresses. It is a combination of the Bloom dress and Rainbow dress both by Tiki Knits. I made a similar dress for April last year than she can still wear as a tunic now.

This time I used the most gorgeous, luscious yarn I could find. It was time to treat myself. I bought hand dyed merino wool/silk blend yarn from Saltspring Island. The colors remind me of the rainbow you see in bubbles, they just glisten. It was a dream to knit with, so soft and silky. It turned out to be the perfect yarn for a garment like this.

Last time I used a fan and feather edge but this time I decided to try the diamond lace pattern for the hem. It was more challenging than I expected. I had to frog the hem twice because I simply lost track of what stitch I was on. It's very hard to keep track of how many times you have slipped one when you have more than 200 stitches. I stuck with it though and it looks lovely.

Thanks to the soft and stretchy yarn and the practical ribbing in the bodice I think this dress will be worn well into next year. I plan on making this pattern again but I'm excited to try yet another hem design and perhaps another special yarn.

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