Posted on Friday, April 20 2012 at 8am
In Simply Knitting magazine issue 92 we published a feature about Tanya Lawes and her fabulous knitted wedding.
We particularly fell in love with Tanya’s knitted wedding dress, using a bodice and a “long skirt knitted with two strands of very fine cotton, in a complicated lace pattern."
The results were absolutely stunning and with Tanya’s permission we’re going to share a few more shots of the romantic masterpiece, plus her delicate knitted accessories.
By the time Tanya reached the bottom of the skirt there were over 1,900 stitches per round, with each round taking around 40 minutes to knit. "There were so many moments when I nearly threw the skirt out of the window in frustration, but this just made the moment I finished it even better!"
The knitting didn’t end with the dress, as Tanya also knitted delicate accessories, including her shrug (at the top of the page) and these exquisite gloves (left).
Just four weeks before the big day, the project was complete. “It was pretty risky, as throughout the year it took me to knit it I had no idea what it would be like or even if it was going to fit,” she says. “The realisation that it was going to work was just amazing.”
The wedding day on 9 July was exactly as Tanya dreamt it would be – an expression of her personality and of her love for her new husband Mark.
“All the guests know what I am like, and were expecting something different,” she laughs. “The wedding breakfast was a picnic at Worcester’s Spetchley Park Gardens and they had to sit on hay bales! So I don’t think anyone was surprised to see me in a hand-knitted dress –their reactions were wonderful, though. It made me feel very proud.”
We think the whole wedding was absolutely beautiful especially Tanya in her gorgeous dress. Mark's a lucky man!
If you missed Simply Knitting issue 92 (our Spring issue) with our full feature on Tanya's knitted wedding, you may be able to buy it as a back issue by phoning our customer services people on 0844 848 2852 – you can also buy back issues of Simply Knitting online.
Alternatively, you can read the full feature by getting the Newsstand app edition of Simply Knitting