As promised: much more interesting

It feels great to be past the ribbing on the bottom of the dress I’m knitting for Annie’s book. I’m rather excited to show you the lovely eyelet and chevron stitch pattern that makes up the rest of the garment. I’m guessing this is a much better sensory experience ;).

The colors in these photographs are simply craptastic, but since there will be no sunshine until Monday, this is the best I can do for now. I’m most upset about not being able to capture the red – it looks very raspberry in the photo (taken in artificial light), but is more of a lip-puckering merlot in real life, a Grumperina kind of color ;).

It is always the case that at least one element in Annie’s designs (and often more) causes me to exclaim, “clever!” Look – notice how seamlessly the brown edging frames the slit of the dress, and how well proportioned it is when compared to the rest of the fabric. Brilliant. The edging also looks neat and professional on the wrong side.

The edging is Annie’s signature modified i-cord. In the stripey chevron section it is attached by intarsia, but in the ribbing below, where no color change is required, it is worked at the same time as the rest of the fabric.

Many have noted the cleverness of this here edging. Off the top of my head (and this is just off the top of my head, people), you have seen this edging on the Backyard Leaves and Alison’s scarves designed by Annie (a link to Alison’s scarf pattern is available on Annie’s blog), a wrap sweater I knit last summer, Ms. Amelia Raitte tells us all about it here, Kenny is knitting a scarf for the same book, and his project also incorporates the edging, and Colleen calls it “my finishing discovery of the year” here. Everyone has noticed!

The other slit, or rather, the other side of the same slit, has been a little more tricky for me because it has many things happening at once: the intarsia for the edging, changing colors for the stripes, yarn overs, and I’ve chosen to carry the light yellow yarn up the edge because it’s needed fairly frequently. Still okay, I think.

In any case, I’m now precisely at the point where the slit is closed up and the rest of the dress is worked in the round. Goodbye, edging, it’s been great working with you ;). Although I won’t be able to properly model the dress for you (the sample is sized for a model, and I’m… not), for now I can still show you how far I’ve knit:

Much more to go, and I’m still looking forward to every stitch ;).

31 thoughts on “As promised: much more interesting

  1. Kenny

    Don’t you love how “clever” Annie is? I love her!! Thanks for the honorable mention about me in your fantabulous blog. I just keep looking forward for new entries on your blog. I just love it. Can’t wait to see the whole dress!!! I shall be posting pictures of my progress soon. Waiting till I have more done first. Awesome job Kathy!

    PS: Could it be? Am I the first to comment? :)

  2. hpny knits

    great colors. on my monitor the red looks lovely and deep, as well as the other great colors. what a treat to knit this. I’ll have to try some of her designs soon.

  3. Ashley

    I borrowed the edging for my hourglass too, after seeing Anna’s riff on it. It worked like a non-flippy, non-bulky charm–geniusy.

  4. Sue M

    Oooooh, that’s purdy! I love it when designers take the time to make their patterns clever – it just makes them just that much more satisfying to knit.

  5. Rachel H

    Even in imperfect lighting, those colours look gorgeous. and even though there is not a hope in hell I could ever wear a long knit dress, I can’t wait to see how it progresses!

  6. Sarah

    Wow, that is one stunning piece of work. Is it just me, or does that pattern remind anyone of a certain Grumperina design?

  7. rene

    It looks fantastic! Does the silk still smell good?

    And thank you for the heads up about the finishing discovery of the year.

  8. Bottom

    Annie Modesitt’s bias corset, a design in the latest Interweave, has a very tidy i-cord edging (a bind off, really). I’m just now weaving in its end.

  9. Jamie

    I love the colors and that dress looks like it will be slinky and fun! Also, I love the edging. I’ll have to try this out on some of my projects!

  10. Kim

    Okay, I am so needing Scarf Style – thanks for the pointer on the leaves scarf, which I also had overlooked in the book.

  11. Anna-Liza

    I just finished Annie’s “Mandarin Blouse” from the Spring ’06 IK. It’s the first of her patterns I’ve knit and I really, really love this edging. And there were several occasions when I raised an appreciative eyebrow at her cleverness. I’m looking forward to doing more!

  12. Natalie

    Oooh. I mean it looked good just flat (and I’m not just saying that because I’m working on a variegated chevron-patterned scarf and have been trying to convince myself it doesn’t look too 70s), but when you hold it up like that I can almost imagine the stunning dress-to-be. Can’t wait to see more.

  13. Kendra

    I can’t imagine ever knitting a dress for myself, so it’s especially fun to see someone else make one. I love the Chevron pattern and the modified i-cord detail.

  14. hillary

    I knit her scarf for the Red Scarf Project earlier this year and marvelled at the cleverness of the edging – and the pattern in general. Genious!

  15. Laura

    Gorgeous. I learned a similar edging from a Hanne Falkenberg pattern recently (Ballerina, all garter stitch and knitted side to side). The edging formed a very elegant, one-color finish at the bottom “hem” of the coat.

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