Two finished objects in a week! I can hardly believe it - although the truth is, even though life has been busy, there has been knitting, and now I'm playing a game of catch-up to try to show it all to you. I've been calling this my Library Skirt, because I cast on in celebration of being offered my new job (which I'm loving). I got to wear it to work this week, and will confess I was terribly excited and full of the wonders of my new skirt. It was very gratifying then, to have two different customers compliment it - I love that. Plus, I bounced around all over the place showing the ladies I work with. It's been a while since I've knit something both that I enjoyed making, and like wearing.
Pattern - Lanesplitter
Yarn - Noro Silk Garden, 4 balls
Needles - 5.5mm bamboo straights
Notes - When I swatched for this project, I had a heck of a time getting gauge. I settled on using the 5.5mm needles, but had concerns once I had some fabric coming off the needles that it was a bit too loose. I likely would have gone down a needle size, but my girlfriend talked me out of it, and in retrospect I don't think the skirt would drape so nicely if the fabric was firmer.
The beauty of this pattern is that it is knit on the bias (a la Clapotis), which gives a great shape as well as lots of control for sizing. I increased until about 18.5" in length, and then knit until the fabric was about 36" long. My hips are around 38", and I was counting on the skirt growing with blocking. I realistically could have stopped about an inch sooner, as the fabric grew even more than I thought it would.
For the waistband, I picked up stitches using some fingering weight wool, rather than the worsted weight cotton the pattern calls for, and it worked fine, making a smooth band without bulk. I did insert elastic into the waistband, and when I blocked the final piece, pulled the hem of the skirt out into a bit of an A-line shape. I have worn this a couple of times already, and I love it! Comfortable, pretty and unique - what's not to love?