Finally finished, the gorgeous Swing Dress from Vogue Knitting Spring 2011 Edition, which I thought was a standout piece in that issue. I knit it in Knit Picks CotLin--the color is called "Surf".
A couple of executive decisions were made on this project, the first being that I didn't go with the prescribed jute straps. I think on the original rose color of the pattern, they were nice, but with the darker blue that I used, it may have been too much contrast. Instead, I opted to knit the straps, thus adding about three weeks to the project! I tried numerous stitches and widths--everything from wide and lacey to an i-cord. My concern was that too much of that dark color too close to her face would visually distract from the face, or, if the straps were too intricate, they might take away from the lace on the bottom. I backed down to about an inch wide, like the original, knit in plain stockinette, and as you can see in the picture, somehow managed to attach them cleanly--really happy with that.
The other executive decision was made by my daughter, who insisted upon threading a cord through the yarnover row below the bodice so that she could adjust the width and tie it with a bow. So smart!