I've never spent much time wondering whether or not to knit any of kind of garment before...sweaters, scarves, mitts...what's to wonder about? Knit 'em, wear 'em. Easy!
But a knitted skirt? Really? As I posted yesterday, while the knitting of a tube is simple enough, whether it would/could stay up, be too clingy,stretch out of shape - these were the questions I had to just wait until now, with a knitted skirt finished, I would be able to answer for myself. Here's what I've found...
|" I wonder if I actually have the nerve to wear this thing in public?"|
Pattern: "Olive Heathered Skirt"
Source; Knitting 24/7 by Veronique Avery
Yarn: All of 3 balls Diamond Galway Heather
Needles: 4.5mm Addi Circular
Start: October 13 Finish: November 3, 2011
Modifications: Lengthened Waist Band, Added 2 strands Elastic Thread
Well here it is from the back...
|"Hmmm it looks like my rear end is an almost perfect square"|
...from the side...
|... 'must perpetually turn so not to expose "The Square" to anyone for more time than necessary, hopefully minimizing their impression of same.|
|"Hey this is actually pretty comfortable!"|
Despite 3 inches of negative ease (why it stays up!) its comfortable to sit in and there's no feeling of binding or that it's unduly stretching while I'm sitting. In the shot below I just sat down, didn't fuss with the skirt at all except to lift it a wee bit in the back so as not to "put a seat in it" as my grandmother used to say.
|"I like the way it covers my knees when sitting."|
I added the belt to cover the purple part of the waist band. (Why is it purple? 'Short answer... "I'm cheap". Longer answer here.) I had planned to fold the waistband over, enclosing a piece of elastic but just doubling the band from 1.5" to 3" really made a difference in how well the thing seems to fit. Just to be sure though, I threaded two strands of elastic cord through the waistband as well.
So the knitting was easy. The wearing is going to honestly take a bit of nerve. There is no where to hide in this thing! A proper undergarment is going to keep stretching of the skirt and bulging of the knitter to a minimum but it can't do everything (See note on Square Rear above.)
I heard the Passionknit Skirt ladies made the point in their DKC presentation that...
...the style of skirt is very important to the success of the effort because it has to suit the figure of the wearer.
I'm not sure whether this pencil-style is the one for me but on "What Not To Wear" Stacey and Clinton are always telling women to invest in a classic pencil skirt aren't they? So I figured, why not me too? As I mentioned in yesterday's post my wardrobe is one of extremes but a knee length wool skirt is a great middle-of-the-road piece and I hope to wear a lot in the coming weeks and months. I'll have to try it with a more casual top, chunky tights and flats or ankle boots to make it more wearable more often.
At just over $20.00 worth of yarn and a couple of weeks of easy knitting it's the bargain of the century - even with the cost of the belt thrown in!.
Hey I think I might be coming around to see firsthand that knitting a skirt isn't so ridiculous after all!
Thanks for dropping by!