Pattern: Ingrid by Trudy Van Stralen
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.
drama about the casting on of this skirt. Can you find the twisted cast on?