After making her own knitted wedding dress for less than $300, Veronika Linberg was ecstatic.
Her wedding dress took her 200 hours to hand-make, but her efforts were rewarded when she heard encouraging comments from her family, friends, and viewers.
Veronika, a.k.a. Kika, started knitting when she was five years old. She learned to knit from her grandmother, and ever since, knitting has been one of her greatest loves.
She first started posting photos of her knitting projects on Instagram in 2017. She later created a YouTube channel where she shares instructional videos for people who are just starting out with knitting.
Veronika and her boyfriend decided to tie the knot in late June. She immediately thought that knitting her own wedding gown would be enjoyable.
Despite the fact that she only had about six weeks to finish it, she took a chance and crossed her fingers that she would be finished in time for her wedding.
She started by ordering 2.5 kilograms of white pure silk yarn and sharing her plans on Instagram. She wanted to videotape the entire process so that her viewers could see how far her creative abilities could go.
She initially anticipated that knitting her own dress would be stressful, especially given that we were moving and planning the wedding at the same time. Nonetheless, she stuck to her plan and used her creative abilities.
For inspiration, she looked up various dress designs on Pinterest, including those by Chanel and Christian Dior. Based on those designs, she decided to create a knitted wedding gown.
She had such a clear vision in her head of how she wanted it to fall around her hips and legs as an artist.
Veronika had expected the entire process to be difficult. She had never knitted a dress before and was worried that it would look more like a pajama dress than a wedding gown. Nonetheless, she stuck to her vision and worked hard to create a lovely knit wedding gown.
Veronika completed the design in about 200 hours and knitted for the majority of the next 45 days. She had to put her other videos on hold in order to concentrate on this one.
“This was the most time I’d spent on a video, and it was difficult to stay on top of making the dress while also remembering to document key moments,” Veronika explained.
As if these difficulties weren’t enough, Veronika ran into more problems while working on the wedding gown. For starters, she finished the bodice after two weeks only to discover it was too big for her.
She had to rip it up and start from scratch. The sleeves of her dress were also slipping down, which took some time to fix.
Despite all of her mistakes, Veronika’s knitted wedding gown was finished and flawless.
Her husband was blown away, as were their wedding guests and millions of YouTube viewers.
Veronika expressed her surprise at the positive response to her video and dress. She also received messages from people all over the world who wanted to learn or restart knitting.
Veronika hopes that, despite the difficulty of knitting, more people will be inspired to take on creative projects, no matter how ambitious they appear.
“I hope my video dispels some of the myths about knitting, such as it being an old-fashioned or uncool craft,” Veronika said.
“I’m overjoyed if it inspires someone to try knitting or crocheting.”
Watch this video to see how Veronika created a stunning, handcrafted wedding gown:
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