12.20.2018

I knit myself a sweater... that turned into a dress!

I have this need to "clean" up languishing projects on my needles at the end of the year so I can start fresh! It may be my secret to actually getting things done! Read the story of my new tunic below...
It all started with a trip to Ireland last spring... we went to Studio Donegal, and I fell hard for this armful of Donegal Wool Spinning Company, a limited edition worsed weight yarn spun in Donegal by Studio Donegal.
Luckily I ran out of "work" knitting towards the end of my trip and was able to start it on my way home. I decided I wanted to try the Novus construction but with a new twist I thought of in a pub one night! (Them's  dangerous words right there...)

In a nutshell, my Novus construction is worked flat side to side and I wanted to try working part of it in the round. So, the top is knit flat, I just made the top part short (like a bolero) by casting on way less sts for the side seams, and then joined with side panels (as all of the other sweaters in this construction are). Then I just picked up all the way around it and worked down in the round!
Working in the round, meant I could play with color.... I did some slight a-line shaping to allow for my pear, but nothing too extreme, I wanted to the lines pretty straight.
I finished the top at some point early last summer and sat languishing in a basket until a month ago when I decided to finish it up! After all, if there is anytime I could use a knit dress, it is now! Wool Bum Warmer for the WIN! (Details on Ravelry)
Aaaannnd, I haven't decided if I am going to write this up or not. The yarn I used isn't easily available, but it is certainly a warm memory of my trip! maybe in fingering weight? With  some options for different lengths? What do you think? I'm all ears!

21 comments:

  1. I like it! I would wear it with a pair of leggings in a heartbeat! Oh the possibilities...!!

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  2. I think you totally should write it up. People could do sweater length or go longer. People could use gradient minis.

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    1. The possibilities are pretty awesome! Thanks!!!

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  3. Please, please, please, write it up. I'd be happy if you stuck to worsted weight to make it a faster knit. I would totally wear this with leggings!

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  4. I think you should write it up! It would be a great dress and a fun way to knit it.

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  5. It would be great if you wrote up the pattern. I think it would be popular to knit! It’s not a sweater it’s different and lots can be done colour wise for yarn choice.

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  6. Like that top! Hope you have time in your very busy schedule to write out that pattern.

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  7. Looking forward to news of a pattern but in the meantime, can someone please tell us about that embroidered and beaded scarf?

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  8. WOW I love this sweater-tunic-dress pattern! I would buy this in a heartbeat and make a tunic with 3/4 sleeves! Hope to see it soon~! Happy New Year Laura and many many more!

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  9. Laura--PLEASE write this pattern up. How about a sport instead of a fingering (although I really like the worsted weight original)--say Nua???? I can so see this in Nua---both texture and colors!

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  11. I definitely want this pattern! But please, not fingering - I want to finish it in less than 6 months! Sport or worsted weight would be great.

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  12. I love this! I certainly hope you write up the pattern. Worsted or DK weight would be nice.

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  13. I really like vertical knits and would love to see your take on incorporating sleeves because these look so good and natural. If you choose to write up, I would knit. And in gradients. Thank you. I love your sense of design

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  14. I love it and would be interested in any weight of yarn. I like to work with fingering weight, but DK or worsted would work up quickly! I hope that you decide to write up the pattern.

    Happy New Year!!!

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    1. Awesome... I'm working on a plan for fingering AND DK! WAHOO!

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  15. I just love the dress over jeans like you are wearing! It turned out so pretty!!! Yes, a great memory of your trip.

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