This Bride Crocheted Her Wedding Dress

Weddings cost a fortune. Between the perfect venue, mouthwatering menu, and dazzling décor, a single day can end up costing couples upwards of $50,000. It's no secret that one of the biggest factors in that cost is the wedding dress. The average white wedding dress typically comes with a price tag of a few thousand dollars, which is nothing to scoff at for something that you'll probably only wear once. Unless, of course, you're the family that managed to keep the same wedding dress through three generations, in which case you got a little more bang for your buck. But what's a bride to do if a few hundred, much less a few thousand, is out of her price range? Well, Chi Krneta of Seattle, Washington has a story that you need to hear.

Krneta is an architect and avid crocheter who decided to crochet her wedding dress from scratch. Yes, you read that correctly. Over the course of five months, Krneta crocheted her dress during the 50-minute commute to work each morning. Using a simple and classic white cotton, she put her time on the bus to good use. Just imagine how many people laid eyes on Krneta's dress before she was finished with it. The best part? It only cost her $30.

Crocheting your own dress obviously saves a lot of money, but that wasn't the main reason Krneta decided to go that route. Needlework has been a huge part of her life since she was little, and she even used to make her own clothes when she was a teenager. The wedding dress serves as a tribute to her late paternal grandmother who first sparked her passion for crochet. While her grandmother never got to see the dress, I'm sure she would have been proud to be a part of her granddaughter's special day. Check out these pictures to see how Krneta's $30 crochet dress turned out and hear more of her advice on crafting a wedding dress that is totally unique to you.

“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.”

When asked by Seattle Magazine what she plans on doing with the dress, she responded by saying, "The dress is something I would definitely keep around but not preserved in a box. Rather, I plan to wear it again with different colored linings underneath and pinned or bustled up in different ways (obviously not as a wedding dress)."

“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.”

"I would certainly pass the dress on to my future children if they wanted it."

Krneta worked tirelessly for five months crocheting her wedding dress. Her excitement, nervousness, and love went into every loop. If you'd like to get a sense of Krneta's progress during that time, watch the clip below.

H/T: LittleThings | alkikat

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