I’m done with my skirt!
I’m very happy with how it turned out. It is based on the Simple Straight Skirt pattern from Churchmouse Yarns and Teas, though I took a lot of liberties with it. For one thing, I changed the hem to a garter stitch band. The pattern hem is a 2×2 rib, which also looks fine, but I wanted to do something a little different.
The main change I made though, is I added pockets. I sort of eyeballed where I was going to want them, and figured I would start them around 5 inches down from the waistband and then the opening would be around 4 – 5 inches long. For the most part, the skirt is knit in the round. When I got to the pocket starting point, I separated the front from the back of the skirt and knit both halves flat. Then when there was enough of an opening, I joined them back together and went back to knitting in the found. To make the pockets themselves I picked up stitches around the opening and then knit basically a tube. I did try to do a little shaping to angle the pockets down, though looking at them now I might have been a little more aggressive with the shaping. I close it off at the end with a three needle bind-off.
The waistband is folded over and has elastic in it. It does add a little bulk at my waist, but honestly my body has some bulk at the waist, so I’m not overly fussed about it.
I made a different version of this skirt a couple years ago – same yarn, though a different colorway. I’m hoping this one looks different enough that my coworkers don’t just squint and say “Isn’t this the same as your orange skirt?”
And I think that is the last major project I am doing for 2020. Next is a bunch of goofing around projects! Do you have any big knitting or other crafting projects planned for the rest of the year?