Monday, November 3, 2008

Rule Breaker

I don't really follow many knitting rules. I mean, there are the obvious do's and don'ts (do swatch, don't steam block acrylic, do measure, don't put hand-knits in the washing machine), but other than those sorts of useful guidelines, it's pretty much anything goes around here. I knitted myself a bikini when I was 17. And wore it.

But I do have one firm, albeit unwritten, knitting rule: No Knits Below the Waist. I just can't see hand-knitted fabric doing anything positive for anything I have below the waist. So I am at a loss to explain this:

It just sort of appeared on my needles while I wasn't paying attention. And as much as I've told myself it is a bad idea and ill-advised and clearly a mistake, I can't stop working on it, around and around and around.

The style is based on this tulip skirt (Ravelry link), but the shape and sizing are entirely different, since I haven't completely taken leave of my senses (or my eyesight), and recognize that a skirt that wraps tightly around my butt and thighs would not only drive me crazy but would very likely result in indecency charges.

So I shaped mine to fit at the waist and then skim (I am hoping) over the various curves that I prefer not to emphasize, before dropping straight to the knee, where it will flare out again to about mid-calf length. This is the plan, anyway.

To be sure I could get this up over my hips (I know knitted fabric is inherently stretchy, but I'm not taking any chances), I created space for a zipper at the back waist.

I also plan to turn the waistband under and insert either elastic or a drawstring to help with the shaping. To that end, I worked an eyelet row, which, when turned, should give a little picot edge at the waist.

Although the color is not terribly accurate in these pictures, the yarn is a warm, golden tan BFL. It is a long-since discontinued Berroco yarn, and I got about 2100 yards of it at the local knitting guild's destash sale. It's been in my stash for quite a while because I couldn't come up with a project that would use so much worsted weight yarn in such a neutral color. It's great for this project, though. The yarn isn't as soft as I would choose for a sweater, but it seems very sturdy and has a subtle sheen. I can picture this skirt with boots and a jeans jacket. I can't really picture it on me, but I can picture it. So I guess that's a start.


Anonymous said...

Never fear, that skirt will look great on you.

At Home Mommy Knits said...

I love listening (reading) to you describe a new project....can't wait to see how it turns out because in my head the pictures is beautiful :)!

CatBookMom said...

What at home mommy knits said. Looking forward to seeing you in your new skirt. I do remember a knitted dress, back in the size 5 days. Oddly, it was a similar color, lol.

crochetgurl said...

You are so tall and slim that I'm sure you can pull off the knitted skirt look. :-) Thanks for nominating me for the award! It really made my day. :-)

crochetgurl said...

Oh by the way, I forgot to mention. My real name is Jeanie. And from your email address you gave me, I'm going to assume you're Suzanne?

Fibra Artysta said...

I've actually always thought knitted skirts are quite pretty. But I'm a stumpy gal (only around 5'2") and skirts aren't great on me. They make me look funny.

You have to model this for us when you are done with it, you know that right? :)