pattern Lacy Skirt with Bows by Kat Coyle in Greetings from Knit Cafe
yarn Claudia’s Handpainted Linen in Plumicious (3.5 skeins)
pattern thoughts The pattern is great as is. My mods were just to suit my own personal knitting preferences. This was my first time knitting a skirt and can I tell you? Knitting a skirt is simple, simple, simple! Many thanks to Kat Coyle (the patron saint of the handknit skirt) for creating this pattern and so many other cute knitted skirts. I finally had to give in and give one a try.
I’m often torn about knitting and lace because it can — to me — look a little matronly. I don’t feel that way about this skirt at all. It’s feminine. It shifts when I walk. It creates those sexy slits, but it’s still modest enough to wear to work or out. It’s a handknit but can be — and should be — washed and dried. What’s not to love?
- yarn – I used a different yarn. I got the same gauge so this was an easy sub. Some of you who are familiar with Claudia’s linen (which is Louet’s sportweight) is that the gauge I got is larger than specified (5.25 sts per inch). I knit it at 6 sts per inch, but after washing and drying it plumped up to just over 5 sts per inch. This is always my experience with linen — once I wash and dry it, it grows a lot. BTW, I do a full dry cycle, not just the 15 minutes recommended on the label. The hand is a lot more supple this way. There isn’t even a touch of linen crunchiness in this skirt.
- knitting direction – I knit it top down. Since this was my first skirt I really wasn’t sure how I’d be sizing it, and knitting it top down just felt more comfortable to me.
- in-the-round – I also knit it in the round. Combined with doing it top-down I could try it on whenever I wanted to. I even washed it twice to make sure the skirt behaved the same way as the swatch.