a dress for madalena

One of the things I love about knitting is that it’s like a puzzle.  When you start out to make a garment, especially if you’re not using a pattern, you’ve got three things: a set of needles, a bunch of yarn, and an image of what you want to end up with.  Then it’s up to you to figure out how to get from A to B.

This dress for example:  from the finished product, you might think I had a plan, a pattern, a sketch?  But no.  I knew I wanted a dress, I knew I wanted it to be cotton, and I knew the approximate size of the recipient.  So I went out and bought the yarn, and just started.

Granted, I restarted the yoke of the dress three or four times to get the number and spacing of the petals right (the dress is knit from the top down).  Once I had that settled though I literally just kept going until I thought it was long enough.

A little crochet edging around the hem and sleeves finished it off, and I only tackled the question of how to close up the back once I’d finished everything else – even weaving in the ends.  I added crocheted slits to thread an I-cord through, and there you have it, a laced up bodice.

I’m going back through the dress now to formalize the pattern.  It will be for sale on Ravelry as soon as I can get it done (I find it such a slow process, especially with patterns like this one that don’t lend themselves well to charting).

I’m really pleased with the result of this particular puzzle.  I hope I can convince anyone who is feeling a bit timorous about starting a project without a plan that it’s really worth a shot.  You never know, like me you might get addicted to the process.

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