I am going to knit this – Machine-Knitted Wedding Dress

I believe every fibre artist should have a seminal project by which they are defined.  Because I dabble in crochet, machine-knitting and spinning, I have a seminal project for each.  These projects may take years, I plan to exhibit them and blog about my progress making each one, and they will become (hopefully!) treasured family heirlooms.

For crochet, I actually have two projects.  One is a filet crochet afghan in pure wool, the other is an evening gown in alpaca silk, from Blue Sky Alpacas.  Both are bagged up, with pattern, ready for me to start.

Tonight I found my machine-knitting project:

Machine-Knitted wedding dress in 3 ply wool, knitted on Singer Memomatic 321, 322, 323 only

I found it in a pattern book I bought off EBay last week – Memomatic Pattern Book Number 23.

It reminds me of the dress my mother wore at her wedding in 1972.  I just love it!  I won’t have any need to wear one (I’m already married!) but I just want to knit it for the challenge – I want to knit it and exhibit it and have people ‘oo’ and ‘aahh’ over it.  Conceited?  Maybe…  Crazy?  Maybe…  but it sure will be a lot of fun!

Anyone for a KAL??

UPDATE:

I am currently searching for this pattern book at work, so when I find it, will scan it and post for free. 🙂

Gabrielle

16/4/2013

Found the pattern. Here are the three pages:

Machine Knit Wedding Dress - Picture
Machine Knit Wedding Dress - Pattern Instructions, Page 1
Machine-Knit Wedding Dress - Pattern Instructions, p.2

To knit this dress, you will need about a 500g cone of merino/silk in 3 or 4 ply weight. Google ‘merino/silk yarn cone’ and you should get some good results.

This pattern uses Punch Lace cards on your Singer 321/322/323 Knitting Machine, so you will need to purchase some metallic fine carry-along thread to use with the main yarn.

I bought some on EBay: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/1-500gm-Cone-Crochet-Sewing-Thread-Metallic-Transparent-/130889509911?pt=AU_Crochet&hash=item1e799f6c17

Good Luck and have fun! I will be starting to knit mine later in the year – too many projects to finish first. 🙂

8 Replies to “I am going to knit this – Machine-Knitted Wedding Dress”

  1. I knited this dress as a wedding dress in the 1980’s, on my Singer Knitting Machine, It was beautiful and the bride looked stunning.
    I used a white cotton as the main thread and pearlised multi coloured nylon thread as the 2nd one.
    You can imagine the coloursed as the sun shone on the gown.

  2. hi…
    I really want to make my crocheted/knitting weding dress…but I still difficult to find a pattern…would U share some website for that free pattern? =) thanks before

  3. Hi, I love this dress. When you have knitted this in ‘white’ and everyone love it, then you could think about make it more ‘wearable in 2012’ with a few corrections. You could make the skirt shorter but keep the same patterns, if you think the sleeves are to much you could make them a little shorter in both parts, or make a puff sleeve with the beautiful pattern. You could knit it in the same ‘white’. I am sure it will be a beautiful summer dress, and then you can wear you second wedding dress;0) if not white then in your favorite color – just an idea.

    Many regards from Anette, Denmark

    PS Remember to make it in a lovely high quality yarn, and you will love this dress for ever.

  4. Hi, I love this dress too. When you have knitted this in ‘white’ and everyone loves it, then you could think about make it more ‘wearable for a marryed woman’ with a few corrections. You could make the skirt shorter but keep the same patterns, if you think the sleeves are to much for you, you could make them a little shorter in both parts, or make a puff sleeve with the beautiful pattern. You could knit it in the same ‘white’. I am sure it will be a beautiful summer dress when you have a nice tan and bear feet in sandals, and then you are ready to wear your second wedding dress;0) if not white then in your favorite color, but I would be careful with choosing a strong color because I worry that the pattern will ‘disapere’ – All this is just a thought!

    Many regards from Anette, Denmark

    PS Remember to make it in a lovely high quality yarn, and you will love this dress for ever.

  5. I love that knitted wedding dress. I bet it came out beautifully, like Helen’s. Her idea of mixing two threads sounds appealing. Could you post the instruction pages for this online? I was given my Nan’s knit machine and would love to attempt it.

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