Monday, November 15, 2010

Linen Skirt

Pattern: Ingrid by Trudy Van Stralen
size medium

Yarn: Louet Euroflax Sport (100% wet-spun linen)
Black - approx 4.5 skeins

Needle: US 2 for lace
US 4 for body

Knitting with linen is all about delayed gratification.  The texture can be quite rough on the fingers and there is absolutely no give.  It helps to knit at a tight gauge and have other projects to serve as breaks - maybe a nice squishy merino scarf.  But for skirts, linen provides such a beautiful drape that in the end, it's well worth it.

I made plenty of modifications.  My practice swatch of the lace ruffle was way too loose at the suggested gauge.  So I went down a few needle sizes until I was happy with how it looked.  Since I was knitting a size medium for the body, I cast on for a size large in the hem. 

The original pattern calls for an asymmetrical hem which I switched to a mermaid hem (a wee bit longer in the back).  I did this by changing the placement of the short rows but had I thought ahead, I would have changed the repeats of the lace hem so that the front of the hem is perfectly straight.  Instead it dips down a bit in the front where the asymmetry is supposed to be.  Not that noticeable so I didn't fret too much about it.

A little bit longer over my right knee.  Bennan assures me that he didn't notice anything until I pointed it out to him.  Good dog.

The one down side about this skirt is that it does require a slip.  Boo.  For me, linen's main asset is its superior breathability.  Kind of defeats the purpose if I have to wear a nylon slip underneath it.

Maybe you remember there being some drama about the casting on of this skirt.  Can you find the twisted cast on?


  1. these appear to be very well knit items. I don't know that much about knitting, but I do know a lot about women and their bodies, and whoever you have doing your modeling is looking very good. Hot. Downright.

  2. Seriously, did you get calf implants?

  3. Seriously, that is my body double and yes, she did get calf implants for this particular assignment.