It’s a big responsibility making a garment for someone to wear on their wedding day, but I’ve been honoured to have made several make several, from a simple cardigan:
…to a full-blown bespoke wedding dress in silk and lace:
My sister got married earlier this year and since I had no dress-making responsibilities so I thought I should knit something special for myself. I chose a suitably ambitious beaded lace cardigan, Lalique by Laura Patterson.
I’ve made plenty of lace shawls but never knitted a shaped garment in all-over lace. The pattern uses three different lace patterns to stunning effect, making it appear more intricate than it actually is, the main body being worked in good old feather and fan.
There are two ways to add beads in knitting and this pattern uses the crochet hook method, which is another first for me. There is no need to carry an annoying trail of threaded beads on the working yarn, but stopping to pick up a crochet hook slows knitting down considerably, and was undoubtedly responsible for my last minute panic to get it finished.
I have a number of misgivings about the pattern. I wont list them all here, if you’re interested I’ve added detailed notes to my Ravelry project. For me, the quality of the pattern didn’t live up to its price tag. The lack of information about shaping in lace pattern was particularly frustrating, exacerbated by neglecting to mention or factor the varying stitch of the front panels (which have different numbers of stitches depending on the row). Having to work this out for myself left me wondering why I’d spent the money on the pattern.
That said, the finished garment is stunning. I had nothing but compliments about it throughout the day.
Holly had lovely handmade lace garment of her own, a fine mohair cape, crocheted by one of her bridesmaids.