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Woman Spends 5 Months And $30 Crocheting Wedding Dress

by Emerald Pellot
Emerald Pellot graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a degree in Writing & Popular Culture. She worked as Senior Editor of College Candy for 2 years, covering feminism, popular culture, and college life before joining LittleThings in 2015. Based in New York City, Emerald covers a wide range of topics from human interest pieces to celebrity news.

Chi Krneta shared her amazing story that is sure to inspire the craftiness in you. Everyday, Krneta would ride 50 minutes on the bus on her way to work. Instead of playing a game on her phone or listening to music, she decided to put those extra 50 minutes a day to good use.

Just five months before her wedding, Krneta decided to crochet her wedding dress. It was a way to honor her paternal grandmother who taught her the technique and to save money. Most brides spend hundreds, if not thousands on their wedding dresses. She spent $30 on all of the materials, including the lining. For five months and 50 minutes a day, Krneta created a stunning look that is truly one of a kind!

“I think the most important thing to remember if you’re going to have a wedding is that there is no right way or wrong way to do it. Your wedding should be about you, your partner, your family and friends,” she told Seattle Magazine. “I would certainly pass the dress onto my future children if they wanted it.”

I crocheted my lace wedding dress on the bus during my work commute for about 5 months. The dress is a pattern I designed with a commonly used pineapple stitch.” 

The dress was practically free because I didn’t spend much money on it (under $30 for all of the materials including fabric for the lining) and I didn’t spend much extra time on it.”

Crotchet is the process of interlocking strands of yarn or thread using a crochet hook. The process is much quicker than knitting, which is why it makes for a great project to do while on your commute.

My commute time couldn’t be used for anything else anyway. The dress is also machine washable (I’ve washed it several times), doesn’t wrinkle or need any special care, and I plan on wearing it again with linings of different colors and with the train bustled up in different ways.”

All in a few months work and $30! Look at how stunning she looks on her big day. We think it all paid off quite well.

See more of Krneta’s process in the stop-motion video below!

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