Modification Monday: Camper dans les Dunes

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Original Pattern: Blue Danube

Knitter Extraordinaire: krumel (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Modified the original long sleeved sweater pattern to be a sleeveless dress! Plenty of great photos and more information can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: There is a lot to love about this stunning knitted dress, don’t you think? First of all, I constantly forget that you can basically just lengthen a sweater (especially a top-down pattern like this one) and try it on as you go, adding in waist shaping and adjusting for hips as necessary. That’s the best part of using a top down pattern for a dress, you know exactly how things are turning out as you knit it.

Secondly, for those in warmer climates and prone to sweater envy, what a brilliant idea to take a sweater pattern and make it sleeveless! Or even short sleeves! Just because a knitting pattern has full sleeves doesn’t mean you have to knit them. I’m in awe of this stunning dress – so pretty, and perfect for warmer weather or climates!


  1. AngelaH   •  

    Gorgeous. I know I would love a knitted dress (or even a tunic) but I just don’t know if I have the attention span for it. I have so many favourited on Ravelry, but so far I have been too intimidated to commit and cast on. Maybe the key is to choose a sweater pattern, so if you run out of steam you can stop part way and still have something you’ll want to wear!

  2. Wanda   •  

    What a beautiful dress! I love sweater dresses, I do worry I might get impatient to make such a long project, but that is why top-down patterns are the best to use – you can stop at various lengths when you’ve had enough! 🙂

  3. Kat   •  

    That is such a clever mod! This pattern works so well as a dress, it looks magnificent!

  4. Snow   •  

    I’ve always felt sorry for knitters that live in warmer climates that have to crank up the A/C to enjoy wearing their handknits.
    A great mod for almost any sweater pattern.
    I’d love to lengthen some sweater patterns into a tunic length to be more flattering (& hopefully flattening) to my curves….but I have no idea how to go about what you are referring to as a simple manuever of “adding in waist shaping and adjusting for hips as necessary”….my waist has plenty of shaping and I’ve been adjusting for my hips all my life but I don’t think that’s what you mean. 🙂
    I’ve made a couple baby sweaters so I’m familiar with raglan and set-in sleeves as well as the sweater making process on the wee folk scale.
    I’ve been so hesitant to invest a hundred dollars+ in making a sweater. (10+ skeins add up even on sale)
    It’s a lot of knitting which I would love, but I don’t know what to look for in a pattern to make sure it would be flattering for me when finished or that it would be too hot to wear…..or that by the time I was done that my tears would have felted it.
    How about a Sweater 101 series? It would be a great ebook when you’re done.

  5. miss agnes   •  

    Stunning mod, and I am totally impressed that she used only two skeins of fingering weight !

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