It's done!! I’m in lurve and feel a bit like Joan of Arc when I wear this, there’s something medieval about it. Despite the fact that it is covered with patterns and words, it really blends together well and doesn’t look freakish when I wear it (I hope!). I decided to go with dress length because I wanted to add more text and didn’t want it to end up around my hips or crotch. A-line and knee length is a good length for me. I was worried as I was knitting it that it would be too tight because I was aiming for 0 ease, but it loosened just enough with blocking.
The whole thing is knit top down in the round with just little seams in the underarms. The only place I used size 3s was on the neckline, the rest was size 4s to the hip and then I switched to 5s for the skirt. The yarn is Reynolds Whiskey, which is surprisingly soft and light, and the colors are fantastic. I can't think of why this yarn ended up in the sale bin at my LYS. The gauge is 27 stitches/32 rows to 4” on 4s, and 24 stitches/31 rows to 4” on 5s, blocked. If you look carefully at the sleeve detail pic, you can see the join underneath it. Below is a sleeve and torso detail.
The top yoke says “the • owl • and • the • pussycat • went • to • sea • in • a • beautiful ** ”, the hem line says “pea • green • boat • they • took • some • honey • and • plenty • of • money”. The text is from The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear, full poem is here. It's my favorite nonsense poem and I have many fond memories of reading it to the kids, though I can recite it from memory now. Hem and yoke details below. Click on photos to go to flickr and see bigger versions.
The design of the dress is my own, but all the patterns are from Anna Zilboorg's wonderful book of Turkish socks, Simply Socks. For the construction, I used Barbara Walker's Knitting from the Top as a guide. Both books are a must have.
One last picture. I couldn't resist this photo of Beetle using her beagle bugle, that girl has some lungs. I've started Twittering. Why? Not sure exactly, Yarny Ol Kim keeps leading me further into the internet and it's always been worth it. Stop on by!