Thanks to everyone who donated for the poppy pattern – I got about $40, so with my own donation I’m sending in a cheque to the Legion for $50. Poppies aren’t supposed to be worn after the 11th (they’re supposed to be placed on the memorial) but keep yours for next year or make some in different colours for a cute flower pin!
So, finally, I’ve gotten together the pattern for the Perimeter Skirt – it’s been pattern central around here these days! I know some of you have been waiting for this one for a long while, so here ya go!
(In case you’re wondering, my sweater is my take on the Treeline Striped Cardigan, worked in Shelridge Farm W4 + kidsilk haze.)
Bored of the same old skirt style? Break out of the mold with the Perimeter skirt! This easy to knit, easy to wear skirt is knit in a continuous strip that winds around the body and creates an A-line shape. Flowy, carefree hemp yarn provides tons of drape and style. The elastic waistband feels great and looks great, too! Wear it with tights in the winter or let your legs free in the summer. The Perimeter skirt goes anywhere you do!
Finished Full Hip Measurement: 34 (38, 42, 46, 50) inches.
Approximate Finished Waist Measurement 28 (32, 36, 40, 44) inches
Waist is elastic and can be adjusted. Sizing is flexible; try on the skirt as you go!
Approximate Length: 27 inches
Hemp for Knitting AllHemp6 LUX (100% hemp; 130m/143 yd per 100g skein); colour 059, caper;
5 (6, 7, 8, 10) skeins.
5 mm/US 8 circular or straight needles, any length
4 mm/US 6 24- or 32-inch circular needles (60-80 cm), depending on size being made
3/4” elastic to go around waist
20 stitches and 28 rows = 10cm/4 inches square in stockinette stitch on 4mm needles
The main body of the skirt is worked as a strip of fabric, knit back and forth on straight or circular needles. Once the initial strip is completed, the following tiers are attached as they are knit, resulting in a spiral which wraps around the body. Decreases along one edge of the stripe in the final tier allow the top of the skirt to be straight. The waistband is then picked up and knit around the top edge, providing a casing for waistband elastic.
Note that this yarn changes character significantly after machine washing and drying, becoming much
softer and more fluid. It also grows considerably, so make a generous swatch and wash it in the machine before starting this project.
If substituting wool, choose a light worsted or worsted weight yarn with good drape. A version of this skirt in wool will be much more elastic.
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Note: As of July 5, 2010, sales tax will be added to this price for all Canadian residents only. The rates are: British Columbia 12%; Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador 13%; Nova Scotia 15%; and everywhere else in Canada 5% GST. Tax will be added in the Paypal payment process.