I get my go-go granny dress done!

On or around September 18 of this year, I discovered this dress:

Maryse Roudier's Go-go Granny Dress

I had already been experiencing granny-square-dress lust after seeing Cate Blanchett in this now famous/infamous photo:

Cate Blanchett in a granny square extravaganza

So I added the Go-go Granny Dress to my queue at Ravelry, and then made the rounds of the bookstores near my house until I found a copy of Knitting It Old School, the book which contains the pattern for Ms. Roudier’s delightful dress.

As is my wont, I was unable to follows the directions exactly. To start, I used my trusty Red Heart Super Saver acrylic yarn instead of the lighter weight cotton that was called for in the pattern. This resulted in two differences that I am aware of.

The first, and most immediately noticeable difference is that the granny squares of my dress are four rounds each rather than the five-round granny squares pictured in the book.

The second difference I discovered yesterday when I finally put the dress on: it is a bit like wearing a blanket. Given that the temperature where I live topped out somewhere in the mid-thirties today, this is, at the moment, a good thing.

Without further ado, here is the finished garment:

The front of my go-go granny dress
The back of my go-go granny dress

But I wanted to know, how does one wear a go-go granny dress? To that end, I consulted with a Hollywood stylist and life style blogger, Gigi Berry, to get some tips.

The givens were the dress and some orange rainboots I had gotten to go with it.

To pull it all together, Gigi recommended white tights, a white turtleneck, dangling earrings, chunky bracelets, a bit of an updo, and a hair band.

I did my best to follow her advice, and with a pair of what would now be called vintage earrings from my mother, a Bumpit, the help of a video at Youtube that showed how to use the Bumpit, and a hair band I made while my son was at choir practice last night, I put together this ensemble.

A go-go granny and a touch of joi
The back of my go-go granny

No doubt I will give this pattern another try in a lighter weight yarn that will give it a bit more drape so that I have something to wear in the seasons that are not winter, but in the meantime, I will enjoy the warmth of my new go-go granny dress.

My cool new granny square hair band
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25 thoughts on “I get my go-go granny dress done!

    1. Thanks so much to everyone! Your support and encouragement along the way is how I got it done.

    1. Thank you Maryse!

      I would not have thought of this on my own, so many thanks to you for the design that brought this to life.

  1. Wash your granny dress in just fabric softener in the washing machine..tumble dry on cool. It should drape better after that. LOVE the outfit. THe orange boots are fab!
    After we saw Cate Blanchett wearing her granny dress, we started calling her Cate BlanKett!

    1. I am definitely going to have to get some fabric softener and give this a shot.

      Having said that, I wore it today because it is (for NC) so astoundingly cold, and it made life a lot more comfortable.

    1. Thank you so much to everyone who has taken the time to look and special thanks to those who have taken time to comment. I am definitely going to make a second version in a lighter weight yarn so that I have something that I can wear in other seasons. I had not thought about a two piece outfit, but that is definitely worth thinking through!

  2. So cute!! I like your version better than the other!!! Are you going to attempt another? Perhaps a two piece?

  3. Love your dress. I’ve been looking around the net for something similar. I’ll definately be making one- however mine will be summery- without the sleeves.

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