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What's love got to do with it?

Added Mar 18, 2010

by ashchaser

Nashville, Tenne...






About seven months ago I began knitting this sweater dress- it once was a poofy glittery granny sweater, but it fit horribly and needed another chance…et voila!

I used a Lion Brand knitting pattern, knit with size 13 needles, and first created two large scarf panels made of ribbed stitches, about 7 ft and sewn together at one end. Next I made the back in one piece, dropped a few stitches for that tattered granny sweater look, and attached the top back to the center of the two scarves. At this point I twisted the scarves 3 times, pinned it to my fitting form so that I could sew the side/front seams accurately, and lastly I picked stitches all the way around the bottom and knit in 2×2 rib for a few inches.
My inspiration for this was Tina Turner all the way! She has had funky style for decades now and it seemed fitting to create this for the “retro” themed fashion show. I like to describe my idea for this as a granny sweater she would wear all the time(and possibly bust a move in), and it usually gets good responses- but we will see!

Material Notes

The yarn used was salvaged from an old thrifted sweater, double stranded, and the metallic threads alternate gold and silver.



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Garment Type
Classic, Ethnic, Rock, Vintage


Tina Turner

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    Mar 22, 2010, 02.43 PMby storres56

    Very urban chic. Girlfriend, I am feeling this dress. I am envious because I wish that I could knit.

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      Mar 22, 2010, 03.29 PMby ashchaser

      You can do it! Its so easy, its only a matter of patience so I really only do it when I’m watching tv or my netflix

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    Mar 20, 2010, 05.24 PMby tschasta

    very mad max

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    Mar 20, 2010, 05.48 AMby randolf sylvehster

    i really like the idea of the diamond pattern, but wud prefer that u have some nice embroidery outline on the diamond pattern of self colour, maybe that will get a completely different look

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    Mar 19, 2010, 08.41 PMby smallone

    wow! very nice love the overlap texture going on at the front…also love the title of you post, your dress is very Tina :)

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    Mar 19, 2010, 02.33 PMby ashchaser

    Yes I am big on belts and feel that one would help create a better waistline with it- I only had enough time to make a black dress to go under it but I made sure to write “use if needed” on the entry form! I’ve been so conflicted trying to figure out what to make to go with it, and I never found good inspiration! I was a bit let down by my lack of creativity, but maybe its just cause I’ve been looking at it for so long…

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    Mar 19, 2010, 12.31 AMby pixelink

    whoahh, you can knit too…so clever!!! I absolutely love how you twisted the front panel, looking at the photos though I notice this pattern really stands out with a lighter shade underneath, just a thought for your retro themed fashion show which is gonna be brilliant, hope we get to see more from the show. ;-)

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    Mar 19, 2010, 12.08 AMby Dani Restercher

    I really like that dress the diamond pattern and the back are brilliant. Personally i’d belt it with a big black belt, but that’s just me :)

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