I ought to tell you about my knitted skirt, because every time it sneaks into a photo, somebody asks about it. OK, this one wasn’t so much of a ‘sneak’, as a ‘pose’:-
Because I wear it so much, it sometimes makes an appearance in photos here, or over on my Instagram, or Facebook, or Pinterest pages. (Yes I did just plug my social media pages, in the hope that you’d hop over there and subscribe. I really am that shameless.) And whilst it would be an exaggeration to shout OMG YOU GUYZ, LIKE EVERYONE HAS BEEN ASKING ABOUT THIS!!!!!!!!!! there’s been a certain consistency to the questions over the past few years, so let’s have a skirt post.
Yes, I knitted this thing, because I never get bored of stranded knitting.
And I wear it all the time because it’s so warm and comfy and, well, cheerful. I wear it to work, and I wear it at home, and I wear it to knit-night in the pub.
It started out as somebody else’s pattern (‘Jenna’ by Kiersten Brandt) but I wanted a narrower, more shaped design, and I ended up making a lot of changes. (There’s nothing wrong with the pattern – this was just personal
awkwardness preference.) I ended up changing most of the motifs, as well as the waistband.
Gosh, did I really knit this almost five years ago?! It’s a testament to the yarn that despite such frequent use and washing, this skirt is still going strong, and hasn’t sagged out of shape. The yarn is aran-weight Rowan Pure Wool, by the way, and after a half-decade of wear, it’s lost none of its colour or texture.
It’s worked from the bottom-up as stranded knitting, and other than casting on fewer than half the recommended number of stitches, I stuck fairly close to the pattern at first. (Sadly, the picture below was taken before my blogging days, when photographing stuff on a towel in rubbish light seemed like a good idea.)
As I knitted, I kept pausing to try it on, and increase or decrease in order to give it a figure-hugging shape. And the further I knitted, the more I played around with the motifs, replacing them with my own patterns that I’d doodled or found in books. The dancing people are copied from an Alice Starmore book, and were included at the Stoic Spouse’s insistence.
The final change was – I confess – borne of laziness. Instead of a neatly shaped waist, I made eyelet holes and threaded through an i-cord.
I’ve since designed a skirt from scratch. (Blog post about that here.)
But my old ‘Jenna’ skirt is the one that I keep pulling out of the wardrobe as soon as the weather turns grey or chilly. I do recommend knitting your own skirts, because what could be simpler than circling round and round and round, with no need for armholes or heels or collars to slow you down (unless you’re either terribly avant garde, or anatomically unconventional)?