I thought I’d take the opportunity during this year’s Tour de France to post my TdFKAL project from last year!! Yes, you heard right, I haven’t posted it yet – even though I actually did finish it during the Tour! A problem of photography…I did have a quick photo shoot last year but the photos were not good (husby not the most patient photographer!) and for various reasons I didn’t get another chance until recently.
But now, I present to you:
My Lanesplitter Swirl skirt!
Pattern: A mash-up of Lanesplitter by Tina Whitmore, and Swirl Skirt by AnneLena Mattison. I love the look of the Lanesplitter but wasn’t so fond of the honking big seam up the side, especially as it means the diagonal stripes don’t match at the point of the seam. The Swirl Skirt has a very neat construction method to avoid that issue – a provisional cast on! So simple! All you have to do is work out how many stitches to cast on (in my case, 136), to ensure the skirt is the desired length, and then when you’ve finished knitting according to the Lanesplitter pattern, you kitchener graft the stitches to the cast on stitches! So much neater!
Yarn: Noro Kureyon col 188 – just under 4 x 50g balls and Morris Pure in Sooty – just under 5 x 50g skeins. The pattern uses all Noro yarn for the stripes, but I preferred the look of using the Noro for the garter stripes and a plain contrast yarn for the stocking stitch stripes. And these two yarns are a really good match, construction-wise.
Sticks: 4mm KnitPicks Harmony options. The Lanesplitter pattern suggests 6mm sticks! But I was concerned that a skirt knit with such a loose gauge would suffer from the dreaded bum sag, as well as pill more easily. I am really happy with the tighter fabric. And the beauty of the seamless construction is that the skirt is entirely reversible, which also avoids the butt sag issue!
Time: 2 – 24 July 2011.
Yay for knitted skirts! Although if you’d asked me a few years ago whether I thought I’d ever wear a skirt I’d knitted myself, I am pretty sure my answer would have been a resounding “no way!”. Ha, if knitting has taught me anything, it is to never say never!