Monday, April 1, 2013

Chevron Knit Skirt

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I work at resisting the urge to make some self-deprecating remark or other about my general sagginess, which I realize I do in self-defense, just in case somebody out there is thinking it.  I won’t do that this time.  *struggle*  Hey, look at the skirt I made! 

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I told my friends I was knitting a skirt.  Eyebrows shot up all around the room, and glances were exchanged.  I know they were imagining the worst.  Threats of a drooping backside loomed ominously.  Images of shuffling matrons in brown orthopedic lace-up shoes leapt to mind.  I tried my best to be optimistic.

“It will be striped,” I said.

“Gaaahh!” they said.

“In a zig-zag pattern,”  I said.

“Well, there’s always Halloween,” they said. 

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I tried (really!) to shorten this so my knees would show over the boots, and I left out a whole bunch of pattern rows, and measured repeatedly, both the knitting and my actual self, but apparently this is the length the skirt wants to be.  I think it’s a little too long. 

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I’m getting to be that age where I either have to commit to eating nothing but leaves and twigs, or else get comfortable with a little spreading out around the middle.  The second option means I can still have pie, so you can guess which one I’m choosing.  (Was that self-deprecating?  Yargh!)

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It’s a striped knit skirt, a little too long.  I like it.  I think. I’m ambivalent.  The pattern is here, and I made the XS (so hilarious; I am definitely not XS, but that’s Vogue’s sizing, so whatever), using worsted weight scraps, mostly Ella Rae Classic and Patons Classic, modified slightly by eliminating several pattern rows, and good thing too, or this thing would’ve been dragging on the floor.  I also made a twisted-cord tie for the waist, rather than using elastic. 

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I am not the least bit ambivalent about the snowdrops.  Lovely, delicate surprises, poking their cheerful heads through the dry, dead grass.  The landscape is so brown here.  It is mud season in New York, and things will be brown for awhile. 

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52 comments:

  1. Hi there, I just new it would be the perfect skirt!!!! Perfect Kristen!!! As always!!
    Love
    AMarie

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  2. I love your skirt, it looks absolutely amazing! I've often been tempted to try knitting a skirt, and you may have just provided the final inspiration for me!

    Jen
    http://lavenderwildrose.blogspot.co.uk/

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  3. I love it! And you look great in it!

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  4. I like this skirt ALOT! I am such a bore when it comes to clothing in recent years and spend my days in skinny jeans, so I think it is wonderful that you have made a beautiful skirt to wear and are not living in a denim uniform. The colours are perfect and I think the length is just right.

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  5. Your skirt came out beautiful! i don't think its too long... looks great with the boots! curious how it holds up after sitting in it...let us know! :)

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  6. I think the skirt looks gorgeous on you! Looks the perfect length with boots too - and you can still eat pie - whats not to like?
    Gill xx

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  7. I think it is amazing! I love it and I think you look fantastic in it. It is the right length, I am trying to cover my saggy knees, I inherited them from my Mom, yuck! It fits you perfectly and looks like it might expand just a bit for those days when you need two pieces of pie.
    Meredith

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  8. No joke...the skirt and your commentary have me smiling in appreciation of them both, Kristen :)
    If you want a break from brown muddy NY [where I enjoyed living for nearly 20 years] I posted some photos of our miraculous Easter weekend...in the 70s, no clouds, and tree blossoms around Portland, OR...No joke :)
    xx,
    Gracie

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  9. You look really great, so I would carry on eating that pie if I were you! I've definitely eaten too many pies and need to stop right now. Love the skirt, you wear it really well. Your friends should know better and have some faith. We do here, so well done, you made a great skirt which I love. Can't wait to see what you make next.
    Sara

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  10. Well I love it, bum and all! I hate to say it to someone who knits but it looks like a bought skirt. It is great.

    http://joeveryday19.blogspot.co.uk/

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  11. I think you look great in it, and it works with the boots!

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  12. I love the skirt and I think the length is absolutely perfect. If you think you're spreading then I must be the size of a hippo...having a 'nothing fits' day to day...boo! hoo!
    Anyway, you look great in the skirt, really suits you, x

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  13. Just gorgeous Kristen, you have nothing to worry about with your beautiful shape. I love the chevron stripes and colours you chose xox Penny

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  14. well I love it - it looks fabulous!

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  15. The chevron skirt looks AMAZING! I love the aqua line in the middle. It looks great on you...enjoy it :-)

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  16. You look fine and you have a waist. What's not to like?
    No seriously, I would be proud to have your figure and height. What me? I am 4' 10" and uk size 14-16 (mostly 16 larf). I most definitely could NOT wear this. I love all your crochet/knit stuff you do.
    Love
    Susan x

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  17. Seriously fabulous Kristen! The length is perfect. Wear it proudly!!!

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  18. amazing just love it and please stop being silly now as you look perfect in it x

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  19. I love your skirt and it looks fabulous on you!

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  20. Are you kidding? You look AWESOME! I *love* the skirt, and the length is perfect (skirt lengths are currently getting longer again).

    Beautiful.

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  21. You're really rocking that skirt, Lady. I can't see any signs of sagginess. All I can see is a lovely lady in a crackingly beautiful skirt. Length perfect on you. Boots also perfect with skirt.
    Your friends all talk rubbish!lol

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  22. Wow...your skirt is so cool :) You never cease to amaze me with your beautiful projects <3
    Smiles, DianeM

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  23. Those are funny remarks, but the skirt looks perfect. Everything looks just right, including the length. You should be very proud of it. You look great.

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  24. I think it's lovely! It looks very nice on you. Oh, and I grew up five minutes away from Vassar College...you look WAY better than anyone I ever saw around there. :)

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  25. I Love this. You are so funny!! I so cracked up when you were describing the skirt to your friends and they said there's always Halloween.....although, they are wrong because you always know what to make and it turned out fantastic and looks great on you.

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  26. That skirt is just gorgeous Kristen!! And I love your boots too, overall one stylish lady! I cannot believe how quickly you whip things up, I must be the slowest knitter in the world, it would have taken me a year to knit a skirt! Beautiful work! Julie x

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  27. It's a beautiful skirt...but has a person with down syndrome twins who taught me some much about life. Why on earth does anyone worry about how they appear, trends, etc. So what aging is not suppose to be gaining a sport illustrated body. Its aging a natural part of life that's it. Who really cares how much anyone weights and if you do...you need to really take a look at yourself. As Michael Jackson sang...I'm looking at the man in the mirror I'm asking him to change his ways" We are adults here not high school girls.

    And the skirt is not to long its beautiful...because you did it and that's an accomplishment on it's own.

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  28. Gorgeous skirt, simply beautiful. I wouldn't even know how to start a project like this. All your craft work is lovely.
    Well, if Vogue says you are XS, then XS it is. Who are we to argue, isn't it? All the more reason to have pie....hehe. And as usual, loved your style of writing.

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  29. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Only words that comes out of my mind. You are amazi g !

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  30. Lovely skirt! You've made it up so nicely!
    It seems to be a good weather there now :)

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  31. Well I think the skirt looks great, love the colours you've chosen.. length looks fine on you too. Looking good girl!! smiles Cass x

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  32. This skirt is just perfect!

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  33. Love the skirt... it looks great on you! I also really appreciate how you seem so confidant in who you are and go with what you love! (I have these wonderfully well intentioned daughters who are always trying to help dress me.... all that happens is I end up confused... I just had a thought, "if Mother knows best", why do I always listen to them in the wardrobe department? Ha!) Anyway, I love your style and you are helping me to rediscover mine. I'm older than you... I was in 1st grade in '63, but I relate to a lot of your musings. I always enjoy your posts! Thanks!! p.s. The skirt is amazing and it looks so good on you!

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    1. Jules, thank you. This is so lovely to hear. My daughter is kind and generous with me, and always tells me the wacky things I've made are great, but I always worry that maybe she's just trying to spare my feelings. Anyway, sometimes, I just have to let my freak flag fly! :)

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  34. Hi Kristen,
    I think your skirt is very pretty, so designer looking, (missoni).
    You look great in it too!!!
    I will definately look at this pattern.

    P.S I think the length is just right.
    Have a great day!!!


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  35. I think it's a lovely skirt on you....you are such an inspiration :)

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  36. Please don't think me a pervert, just woman to woman, that skirt makes your butt look awesome! What a great job! I have yet to tackle knitting clothes. Blankets, toys and socks but I am frightened of clothes.

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  37. Beautiful! You and the skirt. Thanks for sharing!

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  38. The skirt is fabulous and you look smashing in it!! Great Style and a perfect length with your boots!!!

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  39. Eat the pie. Wear the skirt. Be happy.

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  40. Love love love it! You've pulled it off smashingly!

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  41. It looks fab. I think the pale blue really makes it. And I'd be happy to have your figure!

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  42. Hello,
    Just love the skirt!!
    greetings Antje
    http://antjeshome.blogspot.nl/

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  43. This skirt is Amazing . A Tres Chic, work of Art.
    I love it !

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  44. What a beautiful skirt, I love it!

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  45. Fabulous skirt, Kristen, go-girl (and pie? definitely!!)

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  46. Lovely skirt & suits you very well!! I like the pattern and colors and I don't think it's too long, it's perfect :-)

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