It is a fast knit for sport weight. So fast that I knit it in a week, found it was too big, then re-knit it in another week. I am sliding it in just before the Holla Knits KAL 2015 ends tomorrow. Whew.
Having said that, I'm really liking the way it looks with just a tank and Keds. I really do need a summer version, huh?
Details: I used sizes 3 and 4 needles and Patons Classic sport yarn in grey and sea green heathers.
After much trial and error, I decided to cast on only 132 stitches and then followed the pattern from there.
I knit the entire waistband and on the last row, folded it over the elastic and knit it closed, as I posted before. I really don't like seaming, if you didn't know.
I did add an inch in length and got a bit more length after blocking.
Several of the knitters who have made this, have reduced the increases so it would not be quite so full. I like that look, but I wanted the full-on vintage feel of a true circle skirt, so I followed the pattern's lead. Others eliminated the pockets, but I'm not that different from a little kid. I like having "pocketies" for rocks and shiny things I might find.
Now, if I knit a summer weight version, I will probably try adding fewer increases, just for the fun of it. But, first, I need to get some things out of my queue.
If you're wanting summer inspiration, besides this skirt, Allyson just had a feature in KnitScene's Summer issue, with several great knits to choose from. I really, really like the Lake Superior Cardigan.
But the next design I try from Allyson should probably be one I already have yarn for. Yeah, I have the stuff for the Bristlecone Pullover (in the best colors), a second Fire Opal Tee that is halfway finished, and a Work + Shelter Lace Striped Sweater.
Where would my knitting be without Allyson? She's produced such a huge volume of work, I think I have knit a bazillion of her patterns. Okay, maybe it's just 8 or so, but I've knit another 25 from Holla Knits. This may be a fangirl moment. Just picture me pushing my glasses up my nose as I say, "I'm your biggeth fan, Allython." with a lisp.
So, I'm not the only one finishing their project under the wire. Check out the other great knits in this group, including a few more New Girls that are fantastic.
other New Girl posts: planning, lazy waistband, and color change