I love pockets. I love pockets in dresses. And I especially love the pockets in this dress that I recently knitted up for myself.
Pattern: Still Light Tunic by Veera Valimaki
available on her website or for download via Ravelry.com.
Yarn: Knit Picks Simply Cotton Sport (100% cotton)
12 skeins (approximately 1968 yards)
colorway: Prussian Blue
Needle Size: US4
This is a top-down garment from Finnish designer Veera Valimaki. I've often admired her designs for their clean lines and classic silhouettes. When I saw this tunic, I jumped. For some reason that I can't explain, I had been wanting to knit a dress for a while.
The pockets are an integral part of the design. I love that they add a vertical element to an otherwise bottom heavy garment.
1. I knitted the sleeves in a smaller diameter to better fit my slimmer biceps. I also added a few inches to the length of the sleeve so that it hit right at the wrist.
2. I knitted 2 extra inches at the hem as I knew from previous experience that this cotton yarn likes to shrink lengthwise.
3. I made a detachable cowl neck. Basically it's a big loop that I made out of 2 skeins of leftover yarn.
How to knit a cowl:
1. CO 500 stitches and join in the round.
2. Knit 2x2 rib for approximately 5 inches lengthwise.
3. Knit stockinette for 2 inches.
4. Bind off and sew in ends.
5. Drape over neck as desired.
I named this garment Still Waters as a play on the pattern name Still Light. The yarn is a deep saturated blue flecked with grays and purples. It's a really lovely color that makes me think of a pool of water on a gray overcast day. I like the feel of the cotton and the way it drapes - I wanted it to be a little roomy and not too clingy.
I love knitting top down garments because it's so easy to ensure the right fit. In the end I got a great looking tunic/dress that's comfortable and easy to wear - kinda like a long cozy sweatshirt. However, tights and boots aren't so easy to wear. I forgot how gravitationally challenged I am in heels.
The price one pays for fashion.