FO: Lacy Skirt with Bows

Lacy Skirt with Bows Mosaic

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.

42 thoughts on “FO: Lacy Skirt with Bows

  1. oh WOW! Jody, it looks amazing. I love the color, the lace, the ribbon… it looks like you could rock it well into fall with some knee-high brown boots, too. Bra-VA!

  2. So pretty! Not matronly at all. I love the colorway and the ribbon that complements it so well. That’s a perfect skirt length, too.

  3. It is FABULOUS. I just love it and it looks great on you. The pink is gorgeous. I don’t think I would have thought to knit it in pink but the effect is great and very feminine.

  4. WOW WOW Jody! So fabulous!
    You make me want to drop everything and cast on for mine straightaway! I am thrilled to see how this turned out. If you have a chance, I would love to hear more about your top down circular method… that sounds like exactly the way to go with this pattern. I knew this one would be a winner :)
    It really looks fabulous on you too! Brava!!

  5. This is sooooo cute! I’ve been a little afraid of knitted skirts but after seeing so many successful ones on the blogs, I’m tempted to make one for myself.

  6. Crap! In the hopes of limiting the possibilities, I thought I’d never knit a skirt. Now all I want is a knit skirt. In linen. With lace at the bottom, and maybe some cute ribbons too.
    Just do me a favor and never knit a pair of pants or a tissue box cover or any body part, because that is all that is left on my list of “things I will not knit.”

  7. Lovely! I really like lacy stitch pattern, and oh! the color is so pretty and summery! I keep seeing all these great knit skirts out on the internets, I’m becoming more and more convinced that they aren’t such a bad idea after all.

  8. Very cute! I need to get my hands on some linen or hemp. Seems like those would be some of the best materials for a skirt.

  9. De-lurking – lovely, just lovely! This is my current WIP and I’m making many changes. Sizing, length – I really feel it will be either an amazing success or a dismal failure. I’m hoping (if it does work out) to have my personal template for future Kat Coyle skirts. There are so many great ones, aren’t there? You did a wonderful job on this one – great color choice, feminine without being twee. Brava!

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