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Skirting the Issue
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  1. anmiryam

    I never think about skirts since, like you, that’s a region I don’t want to emphasize. The recent proliferation of patterns also has me rethinking things and maybe I’ll branch out soon. It’ll be good to see what you choose of these to pursue further once the hoodie is done.

  2. LEO

    I never considered skirts for pretty much the same reason, that and I’m sure they will end up bagging out in the butt and looking terrible, but I’ve been tempted recently by some of those same patterns. I’m surprised you seem to be most tempted by fjara and justina, though, because they generally have a shape I avoid because it emphasizes my hips so much. Is it more of a bias shape than an a-line??? I have no idea – I don’t sew at all, I just know what clothes don’t flatter me! Anyway, everyone is different, obviously, so they very well may look fantastic on you! Personally, my pick is between the chevron skirt, the shocking skirt, and indigo ripples.

  3. orata

    Fjara is beautiful! Kind of reminds me of those Incredible skirts from Twinkle’s Big City Knits (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/incredible-skirt-short-version)

  4. jody

    go for it! i do not regret it at all, and i’m not a tiny person. i feel great when i wear it!

    my skirt, in linen, stretches out a bit over the course of a full day but not to the point where it looks bad. it doesn’t sag as much as it elongates in the back a bit. i love my skirt and i’ll definitely be knitting more.

    now, as for that patons merino, i’ve heard it’s a very pilly yarn, so it might not be the best choice for a skirt…

  5. Nephele

    I’ve itching to knit a skirt lately too! One way to deal with the backside stretch is to find a pattern with no obvious front or back (or sides for that matter). That way each time you wear the skirt you can shift it around an spread the load so to speak ;)

  6. Heather

    The reason I don’t feel tempted is because in my mind they seem like they would take f-o-r-e-v-e-r to complete, but now you’ve got me all hot and bothered for Justina!!

  7. Moni

    Justina is adorable! I have a hankering to knit a skirt, too. I love Eunny’s indigo ripple. I have a cone of denim yarn that I think needs to be that.

  8. *karen

    Justina is on my to-knit list as well.

  9. Ruth

    I’m very tempted by the Lopi one. I’m rather smitten with Lopi in general these days – of course I just used up most of my stash….

  10. Jenna Pink Monkey

    I was also very hesitant about knitted skirts, but some of these and other great examples may certainly lead me to give it a shot. Have you seen the skirt from Knitting Lingerie Style? It also looks like it would be cute and flattering. Not to mention that a wool skirt is such a good idea. It would be like wearing a wool blanket, so cozy!

    It seems like for all knitted skirts, yarn choice is really critical.

  11. Kessa

    I really like Justina; I’ve added it to my queue. I think the fashion mags are right; the A line shape is a lot more flattering for those of us with thighs and hips. I love Indigo Ripples too and have it in my queue.

  12. Elizabeth

    I too am hesitant to knit skirts, but the thought occasionally comes and haunts me. It amuses me that those are the two skirts you thought of, because those are the only two skirts I’ve ever seriously considered knitting. The lopi one, in particular, looks so cute and kicky on the model. Except I’m not convinced that the skirt would actually hang like that in real life, and I’m hesitant to invest in that much lopi for a failed skirt. Let me know how it goes!

  13. melissa

    i love the idea of a knitted skirt! i’ll let you try it out first though…but i’m eager to see what you come up with. ;)

  14. Erin

    I am seriously considering that Justina skirt. I alternate between thinking I am crazy to consider a knit skirt and thinking it is the best idea ever. I think we should give it a try!

  15. Alice

    I must say I have thought many knitted skirts are cute while browsing blogs but I know I could never pull one off… that Lopi one is REALLY pretty though :)

  16. Craftydramaqueen

    The skirts are beautiful. I would worry that the skirt might stretch whilst I was wearing it and fall off! But that’s just me…

  17. Grace

    I tend to disagree with the A-line wisdom. My thighs and hips aren’t my favorite area either, and I tend to think that A-line skirts look like tents….. huge and huger. I have 2 purchased knit skirts and they are both slim (straight) and flattering. They make the most of my curves but don’t hug unnecesarily. So I am not surprised that I like Eunny’s skirt and the miracle leaf skirt best.

    I can’t wait to see our finished hoodie!
    I have a similar “learned-to-knit-because-I-wanted-to someday-knit-this-sweater” story.

  18. Sarah

    I must admit that the knitted skirt does nothing for me. All I can think about when I see them — even if I think they’re incredibly cute — is how they’d stretch out and maybe fall down upon wearing.

  19. maryse

    i love the knitted skirts. but i’ll probably never wear one.

  20. Zarah

    I’m sitll skeptical…. but if you can make it work, I’d be willing to reconsider!

  21. jenna

    I’m still pretty skeptical of knit skirts…the shapes are cute, but I’d be worried that over time, the weight of the material would hang and drape and cling to all the wrong places. But it’s so hard to resist those beautiful examples! So yes, I’m a little tempted. :)

  22. Jenny

    Jaana’s is gorgeous. It looks like it would work on all body types too.

  23. Kara

    Ever since you brought up the idea of Justina in Flickr, I have been obsessed! I love the dress version, and I think I might be crazy enough to go for it. So obviously, I am leaning toward that one for you.

  24. nova

    I am sort of rethinking skirts in general too. Though I am not clammoring to emphasize the hippage…but pretty pretty skirts…I want to join in on the fun too!

  25. Kelly

    Interesting…I think that skirts are *more flattering* on those of us with full hips and thighs than pants, which delineate one leg from the other. Certainly, a-line, circle, and otherwise swirly skirts are best since they don’t cling. Plus, skirts are much more comfortable than pants – no inseam or rise to be bothered by!

    I have had the yarn ready for “Indigo Ripples” since you and Eunny first blogged about it. I didn’t get to it over the summer, but I think I could still swing it as a winter/early spring skirt…with appropriate tights/boots/etc.

    I really love the skirts to which you posted links. Thanks for the inspiration!

  26. Leah

    I’m not there yet, but I might be willing to take the plunge if you do…. They are certainly gorgeous enough!

  27. connie

    Hi Lolly. :)

    All those skirts look tempting, but I know that for me, I would never end up wearing a knitted skirt. With that said, I would make sure that any skirt that’s knit is knit very tightly (maybe quite a bit smaller than stated gauge for the yarn) to make sure that sagging issues are minimized as much as possible.

    I do love the Lopi skirt though. Those gradations are pretty. And the stripes are made up of an interesting looking stitch that I can’t pinpoint. But if your stash doesn’t support it, then I think one stripe would look good too. Good luck deciding. I totally know how it feels when my eyes are bigger than my appetite (if that’s the correct expression!).

  28. Nonnahs

    I’m with you. I never thought I would entertain the idea of a knit skirt, but there are some lovely ones out there- Indigo Ripples one that’s in my queue.

  29. Kathy

    I like the other skirt in the Norah Gaughan Berroco book, the hexagons one. But…I wouldn’t want to wear it and stretch it out. And if it’s made of wool – ack…too much work to wash and reblock something like that. Not to mention how much room a big wooly skirt would take up in the bureau. So I’m thinking of making an afghan in the hexagon pattern instead. :)

  30. Marlena

    The short answer? YES! I remember years ago, when I first started knitting, wishing that there were skirt patterns available in fine yarns, with tailored details, and now there are so many available, I don’t even know where to start!

  31. Tricia

    Oh yeah, I’ve loved that Lopi skirt since I first saw it. The only thing is, I have a Lopi sweater and it’s scratchy. The last thing I want is itchy thighs in public. I’m considering Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride instead. Good luck with the finishing! I’m about 4 yards away from finishing some kilt hose. Maybe not quite 4, but probably at least one. Got to be done by Christmas!!! Must be done!!!

  32. stacey

    I think with a simple black stripe Fjara would be amazing. Justina may get a bit heavy – it looks longer…..I love the little flare Fjara has….

  33. Miss Scarlett

    Those skirts are so sweet — I have some inches to go before I can knit one of those up. But they are very tempting…

  34. Jill

    Lauren…I miss ya’ll…can you come back for Christmas??? If you have an extra skirt by then you can always pass it over to your only older cousin:)
    And can you send me the pics from the hockey game?

  35. Sheri

    I have been pondering with the idea of knitting a skirt and decided to make a fairly simple one in the fall 2007 issue of Interweave Knits. Knitting a skirt is probably a simple garment to do as use circluar needles. I enjoy reading your blog.

  36. Jodie

    I have been tempted to make a skirt for awhile now, but haven’t committed to a project yet. I’m thinking something in linen or hemp for me.

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