- Pattern: Indigo Ripples Skirt by Kat Coyle, IK Spring 2007
- Yarn: Rowan Denim, color Nashville
- Needles: Size 4
- Cast On: August 2007 (more than one time)
- Bound Off: September, 2007 in Salt Lake City, Utah! Whoot!
I love, love, love my skirt. All the aches and pains are just about worth it, I love the way it fits and feels (even if wearing something this close-fitting is somewhat of a switch for me).
Although, now I don't really know what to say about it. I can tell you that the ruffle is a pain in the wrists, hands and fingers. For me, knitting cotton is murder on my hands and this skirt was a real killer. And nobody, not one other person that made it, mentioned that the bind off takes almost as long to do as knitting the whole ruffle. There are a lot of yards of denim and hours in that ruffle. Knitter beware. The thing is, once you've knitted the whole flipping skirt, how can you not do the ruffle? I was surrounded by friends at the bind off and they can attest to my pain and glee.
I made two minor changes to the pattern. The first was knitting on a smaller needle to get a firmer fabric. I think I was actually only a tad tighter than the recommended gauge, and knitting on smaller needles didn't help my hands at all, but I love the fabric that I got.
This next photo is not meant to be a gratuitous booty shot, but a close up of the short rows that I worked across the back of the skirt. I usually add this ease into skirts when I am sewing and almost didn't think of it when I began to knit, but while deciding how long to make the knitted section of the skirt I laid out a denim skirt that I wear often and saw that when the hems were matched up the back was a little higher than the front. "Oh, yeah!" I thought to myself and sort of wung it by working some subtle short rowing into the top of the back. I was worried that it might not work out, but it was perfect! It adds about two inches that is totally needed so that the skirt isn't riding up and shorter in the back than the front, thanks to my curvaceous self.
Did I mention that I love this skirt!? And aside from the knitting of it, I love Rowan Denim. I love that you can knit it up, toss it in a warm or hot water wash, tumble it dry and you get a dense knitted fabric that is very comfortable to wear.
Feel free to leave a comment, but as nice as I hope you will all be, the biggest compliment of all came from Erin (my sixteen year old daughter). She asked if she could (and I can't even believe it) BORROW IT! And then she asked if I would MAKE HER ONE! If that isn't validation, I don't know what is. I think you all know what my answers were.
*That is what Freddie Mercury said about us Fat Bottomed Girls, right? There are a few more shots of my a** here if you care to see more of the skirt. I even left some out, Pete didn't mind taking pictures of me in the knitting for once. :)