Finally, over a year after I started it, the tunic dress is finished!
And it’s fits perfectly. I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out.
I took it to knitting club this week to start seaming it, and everyone was full of compliments and they all loved the feel and drape of the yarn. I used Debbie Bliss Pure Silk and it’s probably the most expensive yarn I’ve ever bought. I used 10 skeins for this dress size (32″). Not sure I’d use the yarn again though. I think it might be the characteristic of silk yarn, but it does fluff up a bit and the spinning isn’t terribly even – there was the odd thick lump in it. It also twists as you use it, a bit like embroidery thread does, which was annoying and the stitches don’t look terribly even.
The pattern was from Debbie Bliss’s Coastlines book. The pattern wasn’t wrong but I struggled with understanding what she meant in a few places, which is why I put it down at the bottom of my knitting bag for a year. But actually once it had clicked what was going on with the lace panels, I did it quite quickly.
I just need to find a suitable occasion to wear it now for it’s first outing!
And it’s back to the Scandinavian blanket squares again for me now.