5.05.2007

FO: Sunny Delight






So here's Sunny D, or should I call it Margarita Limon in honor of cinco de mayo? There is something really nice about wearing a bright canary yellow dress on one of the first hot days of the year. We'll be going to a barbecue together later this evening, and hopefully the weather will keep up with us.

Details: Knit with Cascade "Sierra," 80% cotton/20% wool, on size 7 needles. I only used 3 skeins, which was less than $25!

This is my own pattern, and I am really happy with how it turned out! The idea for Sunny D was in my head for a while, but the Craftster Summer Knits challenge gave me the incentive I need to start knitting it. I crocheted the bobbled neckband first, then picked up stitches along the front and back and knitted it in the round from the top down. Once the dress got long, the weight of the cotton yarn made the armholes droop down to a pretty obscene degree, so I added crochet around the armholes to correct this. This addition wasn't my original intention, but I think it looks nice. The hemline was the toughest part for me. I did about 6 different versions, but somehow, the crochet hem kept ruffling up on me, and looked too frou-frou. The crocheted picot hem, somewhat less frou-frou, seems to work for me.

15 comments:

jenna said...

It's fantastic! That color is perfect for the design and I think the crocket under the arms was a very happy accident. It turned out to be a really nice detail!

jenna said...

Oh, the K and the H are so cose to each other on the keyboard...but I couldn't let that post go uncorrected. I do know that there's crocHet, and not "crocket" under the arms. Yeesh, I should proofread.

jenna said...

I meant CLOSE, the K and the H are cLose to each other.

I'm done making a mess of your blog, now.

Lesley said...

Beautiful! Gorgeous photos too. You should be a model!

Sandra May Be Knitting A Ranch House said...

GORGEOUS! you are a stunner in that dress!

Sandra Eileen - Artisan Jewelry For Your Good Life said...

I can't decide what looks better, the dress or you in the dress. I guess I'd vote for you in the dress.

pamela wynne said...

Love it! And I agree about the crocket under the arms. I hope you win!

kelliann said...

looks great! you can really pull off the yellow

lekkercraft said...

supercute dress! The color and design are really great, and the photography is beautiful too!

jen said...

that dress is SO adorable - fantastic job, i love it. and you look great in it!

Lydia said...

I came across your blog while searching the web for Twinkle projects people had done. Your knitting is fabulous. You have a terrific sense of style and color and I can tell from the photos that you pay attention to those pesky things like construction details and fit that make the difference between something looking like beautifully handmade couture instead of a lumpy home ec project.

This dress is beautiful! I love the bold color and slim shape which I think gives it a terrific almost 60's-ish kind of look without being outright vintage. I think that's also perhaps b/c the neckline has so much interest and looks to me almost like a piece of jewelry knitted right in.

Anyway, gorgeous dress, I'm kind of in awe, and the Twinkle sweaters are great, too!

-- Lydia

Tiger Feet said...

That is adorable. Do you start by writing out a pattern, or do you just knit as you go. Do you write the pattern as you knit? I am just so impressed with people who can create their own designs, guess my brain doesn't think that way!

Ninabeena said...

Wow. I think it looks awesome. I love it and the color is perfect for summer.

knitlit kate said...

i'm with jenna on the crocket! i'm so impressed that this is your own design...have you designed other stuff?? great concept and beautifully executed and modeled to boot. can't wait to see what you come up with next.

Gina said...

ONLY 3 SKEINS???? Are you kidding? What size is this dress? My god, It's cheaper for you to knit your own clothes than to buy them! Knit on!