red and swingy

herringbone skirt, iii.

Herringbone Skirt
Pattern: from Knitscene Fall 2007
Yarn: 8 skeins Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool. I forget what the colour name is, but it’s, you know, red.
Needles Hook: 3.25 mm Boye

I just finished up this skirt Wednesday morning, finally. It seemed like a forever project, but it did actually work up relatively quickly – and I love the result!

herringbone skirt, ii

I do kind of wish I’d started the flarey part a little earlier, so it would be a longer section of the skirt, but it worked out fine. I did modify the seaming, slightly – the directions tell you to ch 2 between each sc of the seam. Didn’t make much sense to me, I tried it and just decided to nix the ch 2’s.

I think I used 3/4″ elastic rather than the 1″ the pattern calls for, and also canned the bottom mini-ruffle. It was a bit too much for me and definitely would’ve taken more than the eight skeins the pattern called for.

The fabric, being crocheted, is pretty see-through…

see-through skirt

But since it is a wool skirt, I’ll always be wearing leggings or tights underneath. And if not, there’s always the old-fashioned (but very useful) half-slip.

Not bad for a first crochet project, eh? I’ve done crochet edgings and stuff before, but this was my first all-crochet project and first time following a crochet pattern. I’m glad it worked out – now I’m seeing a little more crochet in my future.







42 responses to “red and swingy”

  1. Expat knits Avatar

    Congratulations on your great new skirt! I love the colour, it’s so rich. That’s a wonderful first crochet project.

  2. ZhiWen Avatar

    It is beautiful! It doesn’t look like your first all-crochet project, the stitches all look very even and pretty :) Congrats!

  3. adrienne Avatar

    This is BEAUTIFUL!!!!

  4. whitney Avatar

    Oooh, I like it! That’s definitely going on my list of “possible first crochet projects”.

  5. Deirdre Avatar

    I love it – great job for your first crochet project!

  6. Shannon Avatar

    Wow, I love it!

  7. Lolly Avatar

    Your first crochet project? it is WAY too beautiful to claim that :) I love it. Great fit too!

  8. Marya Avatar

    What a beautiful skirt. Practically everything you knit is among my favorites–makes me want to just follow in your footsteps.

    Speaking of which, I knitted a beautiful “Thermal” sweater using Knitpicks gloss in burgundy. I just loved the yarn, but it doesn’t come in very many colors–in fact, no other colors I could wear. Now I’d like to make another Thermal, or at least a variation. Do you know of any other similar yarns (silk/wool blend, fingering weight) that might come in other shades and don’t cost the moon? (I’ve also fan-emailed Knitpicks urging them to produce gloss in more colors….)

    Thank you!

  9. Becca Avatar

    This makes me think that possibly crocheting is not the demonic art that I’ve been assuming. I’m not ready to say that I want to crochet, but I do want one of these skirts! Great job.

  10. tina Avatar

    Great job! I have to try it!! It looks so fab on you too!!

  11. lisa Avatar

    Looks awesome!

  12. Anna Avatar

    That’s gorgeous! It makes me want to learn to crochet, but I’ve already tried and given up twice. :(

  13. Dana Avatar

    lovely, lovely skirt! and the half-slip _is_ a beautiful thing. i know women are not into wearing ‘foundation’ garments much anymore, but i always find they smooth the lumps and bumps, if you know what i mean! :)

  14. Suzanne V. (Yarnhog) Avatar

    That really looks beautiful–sort of old-fashioned and hip at the same time. Great job! (Oh, and you might be interested–I would if it were me–I just finished your Vino sweater coat, which I love! I’ll be posting FO pictures tomorrow.)

  15. elise Avatar

    wow, that’s your *first* crochet project? call me impressed. great looking skirt. how long did it take to make? i used to be strictly a knitter, but i’ve really warmed up to crochet this year, too.

  16. Allison Avatar

    This is an epic “first” project and incredibly lovely.

  17. Ursula Avatar

    Love the skirt!! That skirt is definitely going on my very long “to do” list.

  18. Luv2stitch Avatar

    Beautiful! I’m working on my skirt and it’s so nice to see how good yours looks. I was wondering about the “flare” because the pic in the magazine doesn’t look as nice as yours.

  19. Luni Avatar

    I think it came out very cute. It is very wearable, I mean, it looks perfectly done and has a designer flair. You should be proud to wear it.
    Did you notice that it took a lot more yarn than knitting? That’s a drawback, but I think the firmer fabric is more suited to a skirt.

  20. aija Avatar

    Wow, it looks great!

  21. Emily Avatar

    Ohh it’s so gorgeous.

  22. Alice from france Avatar

    Ho! This skirt is so great! She fits you so well! Wah wah wah … OK, I’m jalous!

  23. kyle Avatar

    beautiful skirt – I am always wanting to knit skirts, but I’d look pretty silly in them (even though I AM in los angeles…)

    congrats – finishing things always makes me feel proud!

  24. Tanya Avatar

    I *love* it! I liked it in the magazine, but your version…well it almost makes me want to learn to crochet. That is a very cute skirt.

  25. grumperina Avatar

    Gorgeously flirty!

  26. Caroline Avatar

    cutecutecute!!!! I want to make one!!!!

  27. not an artist Avatar

    This skirt is seriously hot. I saw you wearing it on Wednesday at LK and I kept wanting to go over and fondle it, but I thought that might come across as a bit weirder than normal, even for me.

  28. michelle Avatar

    Your skirt to make me a new crocheter. Great fall color!

  29. Stephanie Avatar

    I love it! I will make a skirt at some point. Maybe this one!

  30. alejandra Avatar

    Very nice!!! The colour is wonderfull and it’s fit really good on you!! Congratulations!!!!

  31. carolyn Avatar

    you are amazing….ok, how do you knit so fast, your secret, please, and you have lots of other things going in life, wow. the skirt is beautiful!

  32. joanna Avatar

    WOW, that skirt makes me want to learn how to crochet!!

  33. Debbie Avatar

    Hi Laura!

    I really like your new skirt!! The color is perfect for fall! I too have never done anything w/crochet other than an afghan, edging and flowers. Seeing your beautiful skirt makes me want to do something outside of my comfort zone…e.g. crocheting! I think I would have major questions about shaping w/crochet. Did you find the pattern easy to follow with your experience? I may have to pick up an issue of Knitscene.

    Anywho, it looks great on you! I am amazed and inspired on how fast you get your projects done :-)

    Happy Knitting!

  34. Cecilia Avatar

    That skirt is gorgeous! That’s seriously makes me want to learn to crochet. Beautiful work.

  35. susan Avatar

    If this is the skirt I’m thinking of I didn’t like it at all in the magazine. Your version, though, is really pretty. I love the color and the flare at the bottom.

  36. Seanna Lea Avatar

    I loved the skirt in the magazine, but haven’t gotten around to making it yet (I have 7 skeins of Silky Wool in probably the same color as your skirt). I’ll probably make the same thing. It’s good to see that it doesn’t really lose anything dumping the last bit of ruffle.

  37. Emy Avatar

    Love how the skirt looks! Does it grow or have bagging issues after a day’s wear?

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