Okay, so this isn’t a sweater.
But it does mark an important milestone in my garment knitting journey. The Principesa Dress was the second garment I ever knit. I took a year off of garment knitting after the green cardigan. I needed to recover, plus I learned so much more about knitting – gauge, swatching, fiber type, all of these things started swirling around my brain and working their way into the forefront of my concern. So, in 2014, when my mother-in-law gifted me with a dress-quantity’s worth of yarn, I started my real education in garment knitting.
Holding two strands together, I knit this dress using Juiper Moon Farm Findley and Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Lace. I loved working with these yarns. The color changes in the Misti Alpaca kept me interested it the miles of stockinette stitch. I also love the skirt decreases in this pattern. They line up so nicely and really bring out any curves (me? curves? uh…no)
My gauge was off… typical Jaime. But I knit the entire body of the skirt before trying it on. I sized up two needle sizes to fix this. It certainly fits now, and fits well. Except it’s so see-through… impossible to wear see through (even with a custom made slip which I was to lazy to put on for these photos).
I tried to substitute the lace cowl pattern, but I don’t think I choose very well, and my lace cowl hangs strangely.
The underarm section is also too tight now that I’ve become a regular climber.
The more I reflect on this dress, the more I want to make it work, but there are a couple of reasons it doesn’t. 1) I am not in love with this color purple anymore, and I might have some purple overload… I’ve been leaning towards pinks and blues and have based my capsule wardrobe on these colors. If a dress is going to be wearable, it should flow with the other garments in my wardrobe. 2) the back is way too low for everyday wear. 3) the see-through and fit problems keep me from reaching for this dress when a fancier occasion does arise.
I think I have a few options. 1) I could reknit the dress correctly in the exact same color following the pattern. This would solve the fit and see-through problems 2) I could reknit the dress and modify the pattern to have a back (racerback? scooped back?). This would solve the fit, see through, and everyday wear problems. 3) I could reknit this dress with different yarn in red or blue (unravelled from thrift store sweaters) to make it more wearable for everyday with a scooped back and make sure it’s opaque.
I’m leaning towards option number three… I would also have a ton of purple yarn left to use for some gift knitting for a special knitworthy person (okay probably my mom).