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Road Trip Skirt

In mid-September, The Husband and I began a cross-country road trip to move from Missouri to Oregon. Five days later, having not horribly murdered each other, we arrived. Along the way, I had a lot of things I could have done. I had books to read. I had ideas I could write. I had yarn. In a surprise to absolutely no one on this list, the yarn won over in a big way. In five days, I made most of a skirt. And here’s what it looks like:

Full length shot of Road Trip skirt

Pardon the epic bitchface. I do not self-photograph well.

I made it over five day  with Joann Sensations Boucle, an I-hook and no pattern. The only parts of it I completed once we got into Oregeon proper are the ruffle:

Ruffle!

Ruffle!

which took entirely too much time, as I did three single crochet in every crochet around, then did a single crochet in each of those, and then did three single crochet in each single crochet, and then the final row was a single crochet in every single crochet.

Got that?

After the ruffle was complete, I added the buttons:

Buttons!

Buttons!

The gaping buttonhole on the bottom just proves that I haven’t yet mastered buttonholes. I have, at least, learned to sew a button on tightly. That is a valuable skill. Just ask The Husband and the slacks of his I have repaired a few times.

You might notice, looking at the button picture, that the buttonholes aren’t quite on the same level as the buttons. This is due to a) my aforementioned lack of buttonhole talent and b) my need to add a second button to the skirt. Turns out that Boucle, while working up in a pretty, striped pattern without my having to do anything, is a bit heavier than expected when it’s in skirt form, and I had to add a second button to keep the thing from literally falling off me.

Overall, I’m happy with the Road Trip skirt. It’s soft. It looks good, and every time I wear it, I’m reminded that The Husband and I made it across the country without horribly murderating one another. Victory on all counts!

Skirt-Making, step three [aka, the ‘crap in a hat’ step]

1/2 complete!

1/2 complete!

The picture is showing off the half of the skirt that is complete*. If you turn the skirt over, it’s just waistband. What you are seeing, actually, is the half of the skirt for which I have yarn. I figured my chances of having enough yarn for the job were fairly slim and was okay with that. It’s Moda Dea Cherrio, I told myself. I have a Hobby Lobby, a Joann’s, and a Michael’s within the city limits, I told myself. If I run out, I can get more.

Guess which three stores in my area have decided to no longer carry Moda Dea Cheerio?

Crap in a hat.

I’ve even scoured the smaller, more specialized yarn stores in hopes of tracking down some Cheerio. No go. I’m going to have to order online, wait for the yarn to show up, and then hope the dye discrepancy isn’t obscene. Although, given that the skirt is only half done, the discrepancy may not be completely obvious. That’d be nice.

Other minor issues with the skirt thus far:

  • Courtesy of a five-hour “Law & Order” marathon, I didn’t pay particular attention to some of my stitching and now the hem of the skirt is at an angle. I think I know how to fix it, luckily.
  • I forgot to put elastic in the waistband, so I’m hoping a drawstring will do the trick for added, non-flashing security.
  • My computer keyboard has been routinely covered in bits and pieces of Cheerio as it’s shed. I watch most everything on my computer, so I’ve been pulling sparkly bits of yarn out of my keyboard for the whole week.

I’m off to scour the internet for my prize, and then I’m going to try to knit something. Most likely, it’ll be a dishtowel, as they’re simple rectangles that don’t require a great deal of stitches on the needle.

*Note to self: When referring to a picture, make sure to post the picture.

Skirt-Making, step two

Two skeins in; not bad progress

Two skeins in; not bad progress

Progress!  After some measurements and a couple of false starts, I think I’ve got the hold on this skirt.  it looks like the skirt’s going to have a fitted waistband and a slightly bulbous skirt.  I could be completely wrong on the matter.

I’m using Moda Dea Cheerio, and so far it’s working up great.  It’s a soft yarn with the occasional bit of scratch when I run it over my finger.  Luckily, that scratchy feeling has not yet translated to the finished part of the skirt.

As soon as I get enough of the skirt done to cover all the important bits, I’ll post a picture of me wearing it.  I’ve slid it on a couple of times to make sure it’s the proper length and fit, and so far so good.

I think, after this skirt, I may try to knit something, and after that, I’d like to see this same basic skirt worked up in sportweight or with a different stitch pattern.

Skirt-Making, step one

I’ve made two skirts in the run of my crocheting. One was the Spiderweb Skirt, which is a beautiful pattern, and the other was a pencil skirt that came out slightly wrong. I love the idea of using crochet to make clothes, and I’ve been trying for a couple of weeks to figure out the easiest way to make a skirt that doesn’t require constant measuring and re-measuring of my dimensions.

Then, it hit me: Change direction.

Let me give you the visual aid before I explain:

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Using a bit of worsted weight cotton I had lying around, I crocheted a couple of tiny mock-ups of what I wanted. The waistband is worked straight across, like you would work the edge of a blanket or another square object. The length of the skirt was worked in columns, which each column ending by slip stitching into the next stitch in the waistband. The skirt on the upper left was worked by making columns of regular single crochet while the skirt on the bottom right was worked as columns of back stitch single crochet. It looks like, if I’m looking for a more flared design, that I want to backstitch.

The question now is how the whole kit’s going to look when worked in the round. I haven’t done the mock-up of that yet, but I’m hoping results will be good. I like the idea of working a skirt as a series of columns, as I think it’ll give a much nicer sillouhette, given that vertical stripes are more flattering than horizontal for the most part.