… is done!
Pattern: Based on Picovoli pattern by Grumperina, published in MagKnits. Plus my modifications to make it a dress shape.
Yarn: Exactly 2 balls of Katia Cotton Club, in natural (light brown) and light blue.
Needles: 4mm/US8 aluminium circulars, using different lengths for different portions of the dress.
I don’t know whether I should get a medal for this, because although I finished all the knitting before the Olympic flame goes out, the blocking took longer than I expected, and it didn’t dry in time (it took more than 24 hours to dry!), even after I resorted to using a fan blowing at full force. The fabric is kind of thick. (Yes I could have steam blocked it, which would be faster, but I think the fabric feels a lot softer and drapes better after the blocking by full immersion. So I’m happy.)
The observant among you would’ve noticed the cross-stitching in the front. So that would be a late addition to this dress. And here’s where I present proof that I suck at cross stitch. It’s meant to be the letter A (pattern from the Special Knits book by Debbie Bliss), A for Annette. But the stitches are just so wonky, and I doubt anyone would be able to make out what it’s supposed to be without squinting. Sigh. I don’t know if I like it. It may have to be picked out later.
Oh, and another pic that I forgot to show you last time… Because I wanted to make the neck opening smaller than the original Picovoli pattern, I was afraid that Annette’s head might not be able to fit through it. So I decided to add a simple placket and a button at the back.
I liked the dress when I just finished knitting it. But after the blocking and after being modelled by Annette, it just looked so much better (or is it just my bias as a mother??) and now I loved it!