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How’d that happen?

I swear I only cast this on the other day.

That escalated quickly...

There’s nothing in that picture to give you a sense of size: that WIP goes from past my knees to just under meine kleine booben. Lots of knitting right there. Lemme check Ravelry. 30 October, you say? Well, that seems pretty reasonable. Two months for half a dress, I suppose that’s not that weird. Honestly, though, I feel like it only took off in December. This has been a fantastic social knitting project: round and round and round you go, while chatting away and remembering to purl every sixth stitch every sixth round, and the next thing you know it’s the end of December and you’ve got most of a dress knitted.

Fig 1: Infinity

Once upon a time I told M that if I ever tried to knit a dress, he was to slap me until I came to my senses. I’ve since revised my position. We had a small domestic caucus to review the matter and agreed, in light of new intel, I will continue with the knitted dress. All slapping privileges have been revoked. Like the lovely knitted skirt, I once thought knitting a dress would be an instant ticket to Tacksville (well, not really instant, given knitting’s patient pace). But having had invigorating success with my knitted skirt collection, I boldly cast on!

A closeup! I demand a closeup!

Alert readers may realise that this is the yarn rescued from two well-executed but ultimately doomed tanks. An Essential Tank and a Skinny Empire, both by Wendy Bernard (Knit and Tonic). Awesome patterns, but the cotton shrank post-wash and kinda screwed with the fit of both. It’s got a bit more experience behind it now, so I’m hoping for no surprises come the first wash.

A waist is a terrible thing to mind. Or whatever.

Specs: A-line skirt; panel of lace at hem and under zie booben, sleeveless, v-neck. Looking forward to wearing this sexy thang! However, I’ve reached a quandary. By which I mean mistake. Someone — and this isn’t the time for petty finger-pointing, what’s done is done — didn’t double check the alignment of the end-of-round and halfway markers, so the skirt decreases and bodice increases have wound up a little…wonkified.

Pretty crimson cotton.

So: three options present themselves.

  1. Unravel entire dress, realign markers and restart with reassuring symmetry.
  2. Drop stitches and unravel just those stitches all the way down to the hem, collect them back up and reassemble using a crochet hook.
  3. Carry on as if nothing had happened, correcting symmetry when the time comes for the neckline and arms, ignoring the fact that the bodice increases and skirt decreases are going to be skew-whiff under the right armpit.

If you suggested (1) or (2), you haven’t been paying attention and this might not be the blog for you. Enjoy the pictures, though! If you answered (3), you get full marks, by which I mean one mark. Well done! I will indeed be carrying on if nothing had happened, correcting symmetry when the time comes for the neckline and armholes.

Originally, I had begun persuading myself that the halfway marker was only askew for the bodice, and I was bracing myself and my crochet hook to drop down the eight stitches either side of that marker, to pick them back up with the increases in the right location. But when I realised the problem had begun aaaaages ago, at the hemline, I reconsidered my options. I mean, this dress has moved quick, but not that quick. C’mon.

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