May 2010


The Spring Flirt Skirt is a figure hugging skirt with a frilled leaf border.

The colours of the variegated yarn resembles the early spring leaves and buds with their green and brown colours. The skirt in itself is a solid  green that brings out the colour variation of the border.

Knitting this skirt should help the greenery to grow outside your window and wearing it should bring out some flirting and a love of the new greenery in you.

Sizing

XS:    waist 63 cm, hip 84 cm, hem width 75.5 cm, total length 54 cm
S:       waist 67 cm, hip 89 cm, hem width 75.5 cm, total length 57 cm
M:     waist 72 cm, hip 93 cm, hem width 80 cm, total length 60 cm
L:       waist 78 cm, hip 101 cm, hem width 84.5 cm, total length 62 cm
XL:    waist 86 cm, hip 110 cm, hem width 93 cm, total length 64 cm

The sizes are planned with a slight negative ease over the hips. Withdraw 2-4 cm/1-1.5 inches from your actual hip measurement to get your skirt size.

About the yarn

SandnesGarn Sisu is a wool/polyamide blend that will help keep the shape of the skirt. If you’re substituting this yarn remember to use a yarn with some springiness to it, like a merino wool yarn, so that it will keep its shape.

Garnstudio Drops Delight is a colour variegated yarn. If substituted remember that the colour variegation is part of the pattern.

Main Yarn:  SandnesGarn Sisu, 4 (4, 5, 5, 6) skeins
total:  200 g (200g, 250 g, 250g, 300g)
ca 640 m (640 m, 800 m, 800 m, 960 m)
Additional yarn: Garnstudio Drops Delight, 2 skeins for all sizes
total: 100 g, ca 350 m
Colours: Green (SandnesGarn Sisu, colour 9072, main yarn)
Multicoloured green with long colour reports
(Garnstudio Drops Delight, colour 08, border yarn)
Needle: 2.5 mm/US 1-2 circular needle
length: 60/80 cm (XS S/M, L, XL)
Other tools: grafting needle, 4 stitch markers
Tension/Gauge: 27 st and 40 rows = 10 cms in stockinette st
Other materials: Elastics, 2 cm/0,8 inches wide, length to suit waist size.

Technique

Difficulty: Intermediate
Stitches used: knit, purl, yarn over, increasing, decreasing, purled increasing, purled decreasing, provisional
cast-on, knitting in the round, picking up stitches, grafting

The skirt

The skirt is knitted in the round from the border and up to the waist. The two leaf borders are knitted separately before the main part of the skirt and grafted together to form a circle. The stitches for the main part of the skirt is then picked up from the edge of the leaf borders.

The smaller leaf border is a slightly larger adaptation of a leaf border that is widely known and published, by Barbara Walker among others, and the wider border is a more fully grown version of the smaller one with the leaves being bigger and parallel to each other, specially designed for this skirt.

Getting it!

The Spring Flirt Skirt is available as a pdf-file for $6.50 at my Etsyshop or through  Ravelry (available without an account). The pattern has meassures both in cm and inches.

Ravelry – pattern listing with option to buy and download
Etsy – buy trough my store

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When I learned to knit as a child, over thirty years ago, I was taught the basic cast on with two strands, held in the left hand over thumb and index finger forming a Y, and I used that one for everything. Many years later I found other ways of casting on that will create different edges than my standard one. Now, as a designer, I’m using many different types of casting on and casting off to create exactly the edge I want for that particular design. That also means that you who are knitting my designs need to know these techniques or will have to learn them. So, under the title Technique, I will publish some of the different techniques I use, as and aid to the knitters of my design.

Today’s technique is crocheted cast on. It is very similar to a chained cast off  and as such very useful for a scarf where you knit from one end to the other and wants the ends to look the same. I used it in my Guinevere shawl. It is a one stranded cast on and you need a crochet hook of the same size (or slightly larger) as the knitting needle.

First, make a slip not on the crochet hook. Take the knitting needle in the left hand and the crochet hook in the right.

Place the long strand under the knitting needle.

Catch the long strand with the crochet hook.

Make one chain loop.

Again, place the strand under the needle and proceed with next chain loop. When you have reached the acquired number of stitches minus one, place the loop from the crochet hook on the knitting needle. It will form the last stitch needed.

Take care that you do not crochet to fast or else the chain will pull the edge of the knitting together. If so, then use a larger crochet hook.

When looking at new techniques a knitting handbook can be invaluable and I recommend every knitter, both beginners and experienced ones, to have one. My personal favourite is The Handknitter’s Handbook by Montse Stanley. Not only for the fantastic range of techniques presented but also for the fact that I learned to knit in Swedish and now I’m publishing patterns in English. It helps a lot for me to find the correct terms so that you will understand my patterns.