5. Fifty Shades: Ash by Allison Hendrix
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5. Fifty Shades: Ash

Knitting
March 2013
DK (11 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1230 - 1845 yards (1125 - 1687 m)
X-Small (Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X-Large, 3X-Large); 28(32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52)" bust
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This dress started out as an experiment of a sort. I wondered what would happen if I modified SusieM’s Contiguous set-in sleeve method but split the cast-on into two parts. The two shoulders are then joined at the center front and knit completely seamlessly from the top down. Because of this, it can be tried on at every point in the knitting process! I highly advise you to do so as everyone is shaped differently.

This dress comes with two different options for the back shaping: low back as shown in the photos and a higher back version that will allow the wearer to use normal under garments. Sizes range from 28” to 52” bust with 2+” of negative ease. This allows the shoulders not to fall off when wearing the low back version. If additional ease is needed, feel free to start the increases for the skirt sooner or don’t do the waist shaping.

Beads are applied after the dress is finished. Feel free to use whatever kind of beads or buttons you like. I have always found pearl buttons to be a very classy look. There are instructions in the pattern on how to turn a normal bead into a functioning button for the sleeves.

If substituting yarn, use a blend of wool and something else known for its drape (silk, bamboo, rayon). That being said, if using bamboo or something that is notorious for stretching lengthwise, knit a large swatch and allow to hang so the finished dress will not be too long.

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? I am happy to say we now have a german translation! A big thank you to Karin46 for the translation!

If there are any questions or sizing issues, please, just let me know.