It’s that time of year again – the Tour de France starts tonight, and with it, my participation in the Tour de France KAL on Ravelry. This is my fourth TdF KAL (I think – or maybe my fifth? I think fourth!). I love this time of year – so much good sport on the tv. French Open, Wimbledon, TdF and then the US Open. Weeeeeee!
This year, I have decided to go for the yellow jersey and indulge my desire for a knitted skirt! I am very excited! I’m going to attempt a Lanesplitter, using the construction method of the Swirl Skirt (provisional cast on and smaller sticks/tighter gauge), to avoid the bulky seam and hopefully avoid the dreaded bum sag that plague many a knitted skirt!
I used a Christmas voucher for Morris & Sons to buy my yarn – Noro Kureyon in col 188 and Morris & Sons Pure in “Sooty”. Just looked at the yarn requirements for the swirl skirt and am worried I won’t have enough…but I should be able to get more if I need to!
I spent the last two days swatching – firstly on 3.75mm sticks, as per the Swirl Skirt pattern (the olive green stripes above). This creates a nice firm fabric but is very hard on my hands with the worsted/10ply yarn. I don’t know that I can knit constantly for 3 weeks at this gauge without killing my hands. So then I tried 4.5mm sticks (purple stripes, below) (noting that the Lanesplitter pattern suggests 6mm sticks!!). This is a nice fabric, but possibly a bit too open (even though I am likely to wear a slip under the skirt anyway).
I think I will end up using 4mm sticks. That should still give me a firm gauge but will be just that bit easier on my hands. I can’t wait to cast on!! Just hope I can knit the whole thing in the alloted time period! Wish me luck!
Oh, and if you want to join the fun of the KAL, it’s not too late! What could be better than watching well built men in lycra cycling across the beautiful French countryside, while knitting. It’s a feast for the eyes, I tell you!