Sunday, October 12, 2008

It's time



To show you the skirt I've been working on. I took it to Melbourne and did a large part of it there so I guess it will always have a special place in my heart for that reason alone. It also has the distinction of being one of the few finished pieces that I am truly happy with. It wasn't the easiest of knits, the stars were complicated and awkward to master, but thankfully there were three plain knit rows in between each star row so some relief there.



It's called the Bell Curve Skirt and is a free pattern from Knitty winter 2007.

I love the drape of this, but have to tell you that it took me quite a while to find the right yarn to complete this project. I couldn't get the orginal yarn so I started with Touch a NZ blend of merino in an 8ply. I loved the colour, deep hues of purple with flecks of emerald green, but it just didn't look right. I frogged it and then tried a bobbly yarn in a sage green, this time it was texture that didn't sit right. Not to mention being pretty darn tricky with the stars. I couldn't really move on from the original coulour which was grey. DH was very long suffering as we trawled all the LYS in the area in my hunt for the perfect grey yarn. Well any grey yarn. I found it eventually in the shop on my doorstep. It was Sirdar Countrystyle. I only needed three balls as the meterage was huge, 318 per 100g. If I'd made the skirt an inch shorter I would have got away with just using two.

The pattern came from Knitty
Also Claudia of Mr Puffy has made her own Bell Curve skirt and it just looks super cute on her.

28 comments:

Kitty said...

Oh wow Alison - that looks fabulous. No wonder you're pleased with it. I couldn't begin to knit something like that. I'm so envious. Well done. x

woolanthropy said...

Good work. It looks fabulous on you. Very flattering.

Josie said...

its a lovely shape and colour, well done
Josie x

Elizabeth said...

Fabulous skirt!
You wear it well.

Marcia said...

It's beautiful and it looks great on you too! I quite like the look of the stars. Nice work.

marit said...

It looks gorgeous! Very stylish!

Adrienne said...

WOW. That is amazing. I can't imagine knitting that well. Good for you!

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

It's absolute perfection on you! Your's came out exactly as I had hoped mine would :)

I may knit this again in a nice soft merino wool - but do it like yours - because that's what I wanted. It would look super cute with black boots on a cold day.

Thanks for mentioning mine, that was nice of you.

Thimbleanna said...

Oh Alison -- it's Beautiful! And it looks just fabulous on you. How impressive!!!

raining sheep said...

This is a fabulous pattern and it looks amazing on you. The fit is really good and I love the color you chose. What a great job. I have seen the pattern and I did not realize how wonderful it looked.

Lin said...

Doesn't that look fab!

carolyn said...

It does drape beautifully.

Channon said...

And I'd say yours looks super cute on you too!

knitalittle said...

Wow Alison what a great job. I'm so impressed. I have to say that is one of the nices knit skirts I have seen.

Wool Winder said...

It looks fantastic on you!

leah said...

The skirt looks super on you!

LizzieJane said...

Just beautiful Alison, my that was a lot of work, and it looks lovely on you.

Liz said...

Look at you! The skirt is so fabulous and looks great on you!

Tracy said...

Sooo nice to see you Ally...and what a skirt! It looks really great on you...and love the color and slight sheen to the yarn...well done!! It is so stylish...what a nice easy skirt to dress up or down. Happy Day ((HUGS))

Rebecca Jo said...

I LOVE it!!! I've always been afraid of it sagging or pulling down to do a skirt in knit. You'll have to tell how it wears throughout a day! Do a day blog with your skirt on...fun!

It looks great on you though!

Country Cottage Chic said...

It looks fabulous - I'm very impressed!

knitting dragonfly said...

Very nice skirt, it looks great on you!
Vicki

t does wool said...

looks fabulous on you!!!

Jane said...

Beautiful skirt Alison. you are very clever. Jane x

periwinkle said...

I could never do something like that - well done you
lisa x

Charlie P said...

Brilliant skirt- I always admire people who knit clothes for their amazing patience!

StarSpry said...

It's beautiful! What a great color, too :)

Octopus Knits said...

Beautiful!