Sunday, July 08, 2007

Asstastic

Fit N Flare Trumpet Skirt
this skirt practically knit itself. Fit N Flare Trumpet Skirt from Knitting Lingerie Style, 5 skeins of Noro Silk Garden, color #247. #9 denise circs at 4 stitches per inch.

Because my gauge was different, i cast on 16 fewer stitches than the smallest size to get a 30" waist. i also adjusted for length by starting the increases at 14" and stopping when i had 40 stitches between markers. this pattern is very easy to customize and adjust due to top-down construction and a simple pattern repeat. i would definitely consider making it again maybe with purl columns and seed stitch borders. i did the elastic casing a little differently. i crocheted two chains about 20" long and machine sewed them onto the elastic, then threaded the whole thing through the casing.

at first i wasn't confident that i'd like the end result, because other trumpet skirts that i've tried on in woven fabrics looked horrible on me--probably because of the stiffness and also they were too long. but the more i wear this skirt, the more i really like it. it most definitely hugs your curves and i love the swishiness at the bottom. if you didn't want it to be so form fitting up top, i think you could start the increases earlier and knit the inc row every inch or so and then more frequently as you got towards the bottom.

Granny Square Pillow
i also finished my granny square pillow. i used the basic granny square pattern from the encyclopedia of knitting and crochet stitches and an E hook. all yarns are sock yarn leftovers in fingering and sport weight. i used slip stitch crochet seams around and left the bottom open. i sewed two buttons for closure, so i can remove the cover and wash when i need to. i have another pillow and enough leftovers probably to make an afghan, but this one will do for now. i put it in my ikea chair to try to stop Wyatt from sitting in it, but you can see how well it's working.
Wyatt claims his chair

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15 comments:

  1. The skirt is dead sexy! I have the book, now I really want to knit this. I just hope it looks as good on me as it looks on you.

    The pillow is beautiful too. Somehow, you managed to make granny squares not old-fashioned looking. Great job.

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  2. I never thought I'd ever want to knit a skirt until I saw yours--really curvy with lots of flair. Well done!

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  3. Holy sh*t! You must have two knitting monkeys!

    The skirt looks GREAT!!! I'm with Mary, knit skirts frighten me, but not yours!

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  4. That skirt is awesome! I love the colors! The pillow is adorable, but the kitty definately steals the show :)

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  5. It IS Asstastic! Really nice! Love your grannys too! Nice way to use up those scraps and looks like you got the official kitty seal of approval
    :)

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  6. That skirt looks WONDERFUL!This is the first thing I want to knit from the book!

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  7. I would not have thought I would actually like a knit skirt, but that came out adorable. It's a great shape for you.

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  8. Wow - that skirt may have changed my mind about knitting below the belt! (Socks aside, of course. ;)) It looks great on you!

    Love the pillow as well! Excellent way to use up sock scraps. Hmmm, may need to learn how to crochet...

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  9. That skirt looks great, and is definitely a good use of Noro. The pillow is super cute too, is it in the same room as your Babette Blanket?

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  10. Have you seen this yet for your quilt?
    http://www.fabricmatcher.com/

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  11. I LOVE THAT SKIRT! Thanks for explanation as well!

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