FO Laneway

LInda Lencovic Uncategorized

Time to share another FO – my Laneway dress, pattern by the ever-talented Veera Välimäki.

This is one that I actually finished well over a month ago, but have been wearing it so much that I haven’t stopped to think about photographing it properly! I thoroughly love it.

After seeing memia’s amazing laneway version I waffled for a bit with the idea of making mine a shorter top to wear with jeans as well, but then decided to go halfway between the two and made mine a tunic.

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Twist colours from top: Hematite, Old Smoke, Wicker Man

Like hers, I wanted a less structured striping so used 3 of the more variegated skeins of the black/grey Hematite in Twist Jumbo to get some nice random movement in the stripes along with a 50g skein of the lighter grey Old Smoke that I added in as stripes randomly. Then I got a little crazy and had to throw in a stripe of Wicker Man that I had lying about, as I just can’t resist grey and yellow combos!

I love the way the cleaver decrease/increase on the front creates chevrons in the striping (we all know I loves me a chevron!).

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I added the pockets at first, but then found that the extra bulk on my already curvy hips wasn’t doing me any favours…! So I took them off and seamed up the holes. As much as I love a dress with pockets I feel a lot better about how this looks on me now.

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I also decided that the tunic looks good with slender-leg jeans as well, so this has been my winter uniform for the last couple of weeks. Despite its length, the dress is light and – due to the extra twist in the way the two-ply BFL Twist is spun – a super cozy warm layer, as all those twists create extra trapped air for insulation.

I also picked this blend for the dress as the extra twist and long staple in this soft fibre means it will keep pilling on those rubbing hips to a minimum and be harder wearing for a long lasting garment. So far my hunch is holding true and the dress still looks brand new after wearing nearly every day since Dec 7th!

Pretty smugly pleased with myself on this one, and can’t recommend Veera’s lovely pattern enough. Find it on Ravelry.