Sunday, July 15, 2007

Lovely Leaf Lace Skirt

Yay! It's done! This was definitely one of those "Are we there yet?" type of projects. I would swear I had done all of the repeats, and then I would count to be sure and I would have 2 left (this happened twice! Clearly I can not count. Please don't tell my boss--I'm an accountant.). Then, I when I actually was done, I tried it on and realized I wanted it to be longer. Anyway, on to the pictures!

The neighbor's cat walked up just as Joe was taking this picture. Rocco was in the window seething at him to get away from me. It was too funny.

Pattern: Lovely Leaf Lace Skirt by Lana Knits
Yarn: Allhemp6 in Cinnamon, 4.5 skeins
Needles: Knitpicks 4's & 5's
Size: Well, my hips measure 39", so I took Wendy's advice & made the small. It was a wee bit snug until I wore it for a few minutes and then it fit fine. Weird fiber, that hemp.
Mods: I did two extra repeats of the stockinette section because I wanted it a bit longer than it was when the pattern said I was done. Because of this, I needed an extra skein of yarn. I would have JUST barely made it with the 4 skeins if I hadn't made that mod. I would have had to rip my swatch out to make the i-cord. I also changed the drawstring-I crocheted a chain, then did one slip stitch in the butt of each chain. I think this is much less painless than I-cord and looks almost just like it.
Thoughts: Although the hemp is "different," I actually liked working with it. Out of 5 skeins, only one had a knot in it, but all of them had several knots in one ply every now and then. You can't see them unless you look really really closely, so it was no biggie. As for the skirt-Love it! Love it! Love it!


Laurel said...

Gorgeous! But no fair hiding the tie. :-) Did you do the I-cord, or something else? Really -- it looks fantastic on you!

Octopus Knits said...

Very nice!

Karen said...

I love it too! It looks great on you!

NutmegOwl said...

You are the one knitter I know who ALWAYS makes things that fit you perfectly! WOW.

Robin said...

OMG - that is GREAT!!! Wow, could that fit any better? You finished it really quickly too - was that monogamous knitting?

OK, on the sizing tip - my hips are the same size - 38 or 39, depending on the day (LOL) and I wasn't sure which size to make (was leaning toward the M though.) Usually skirts do look better on me if they are tighter rather than looser though as they kind of suck everything in. I usually take a 6 or 8 in bottoms. Still go with a S, you think?

Elysbeth said...

Cute cute cute skirt!