I’ve made a good beginning on the “Wedding Dress” project. Two photos are attached:
one of the Starburst Column/Stockinette Panel; the other of the Lace Panel.
NOTE: looks like I was standing in the light (shadow on left side) when I photographed the lace. I’ll do better next time.
The yarn weight is on the lighter side of sport weight.
First I knit test swatches: one lace pattern and the other stockinette.
Using #4 needles, the first attempt produced a fabric I wasn’t happy with.
Using #3 needles produced a beautiful fabric with a gauge of 20 sts and 36 rows in 4 inches.
For the flowers in the lace pattern to display correctly, I quickly realized I would need to knit from the bottom of the skirt upward, decreasing to the waist, and then increasing up through the bodice.
I designed the dress as follows:
At the skirt bottom:
the front lace panel is 3 patterns wide (about 17″) and one lace panel each side of center back (each measuring about 5-1/2″ each).
Two side panels each consisting of
a stockinette panel, a starburst column, a stockinette panel, a starburst column, a stockinette panel.
Each stockinette panel is about 5″ (3 x 5″ = 15″).
Each star burst column is about 1-1/4 (1-1/4 x 2 = 2-1/2″).
Lace panel right side of center back 5.5″.
Right side panel 17.5.
Front lace panel 17.
Left side panel 17.5.
Lace panel left side of center back 5.5″.
Circumference at bottom of skirt 5.5 + 17.5 + 17 + 17.5 + 5.5 = 63″
I work on this project several hours every day and am really enjoying the journey.