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Twinkle Big City Knits Sweater Dress and Really Warm Hat

Added Oct 10, 2009

by Les Bonnes V...

Paris, France






I made this dress when I first discovered the amazing world of Twinkle sweaters, and “Big City Knits” was my first book.
This is the dress on the cover of the book, and it is actually the second project I made.
The Tux Jacket is the first project I tried, and after I finished it, I decided I didn’t like how it looked.
So I undid the sweater (while my heart broke) and knit the sweater dress instead. Then, I dyed the whole thing black, which didn’t work and ended up this nice shade of periwinkle-purple.

The hat I made with left over yarn from the nantucket sweater, after I found this great pattern for a chunky hat by kath_red on whipup.net
It’s a really great quick-knit project if you have any leftover chunky yarn from your Twinkle Projects.
I threaded through a gold silk ribbon on mine for an accent.

Material Notes

Twinkle Soft and Chunky in rain, or any other bulky yard.
The sweater was originally a white alpaca bulky yarn which I later dyed using RIT Black.




Garment Type


Really Warm Hat by kath_red
Twinkle's Big City Knits

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    Nov 4, 2009, 02.13 AMby seasidelaundry

    Not a surprise to see all you have accomplished since I last checked up on you. The dress up work apron is adorable & I had to comment on this….as good as knit can get!

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    Oct 14, 2009, 03.19 PMby damianadesigns

    Awesome, I am obsessed with knitting and fiber…this looks like so much fun to make!

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    Oct 14, 2009, 12.07 PMby lybu

    WOW. Great work

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    Oct 13, 2009, 01.52 PMby dorawarren

    great knits! makes me want to learn how!

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    Oct 11, 2009, 08.19 PMby smallone

    love all you knits Miss Valentine you are obviously an accomplished knitter!

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    Oct 11, 2009, 04.16 PMby lizah

    Love it!!!!

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    Oct 11, 2009, 07.19 AMby julietta

    I love all your knit creations! When seeing them, I wish I could knit. Were they difficult to make?

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      Oct 11, 2009, 03.53 PMby Les Bonnes Vivantes Paris

      Julietta- I only started knitting in earnest about 2 years ago! Before then I was a sewer. There are many great books out there- I think “stich’n’Bitch” is easily the best for beginners!

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    Oct 11, 2009, 05.40 AMby reneebies

    oh i love this! Good job, and the color looks great too. What brand of yarn did you use for the sweater? I would make all of the patterns in Big City Knits if the yarn wasn’t so expensive per skein!!!

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      Oct 11, 2009, 03.54 PMby Les Bonnes Vivantes Paris

      I used a chunky alpaca yarn, can’t recall the name, but I think it was $11-2/skein as opposed to $18…Might be Misti Alpaca? Once I dyed it though, I kind of ruined the softness, though it doesn’t shed anymore.

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