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FairIsle Knitted Skirt

wearing knit skirt

This cute skirt actually started as a sweater. I was practicing some colour work in preparation for the class I was taking with Alexa of TinCan Knits. It was a full day workshop going over creating your own colour work sweater from their latest book Strange Brew.

I started by scooping up all my DK weight bits of yarn from my stash and piling them into groups of colour. I was also playing on a app on my iPad where I was working out the math for creating my own designs. It is all about colour play on graph paper really. So long as your stitch repeats can be divided evenly into your total number of stitches you can have lots of creative fun.

I love colour and just kept playing and adding more and more! Then I stepped back and really looked at the “sweater”. I realized it was probably not something I could imagine wearing as a sweater. It was a bit loud even for me!

Then I started thinking about the fact that my hips and behind were basically the same width as my bust. Hmmm…. Well why not a skirt? No sleeves to worry about. It would look cute with a pair of tights, short boots and some flashy knitted socks. Plus it would make for a toasty tush!

Voila! This would look much better as a skirt then a sweater! I kept happily knitting away and did a few measurements of my waist and a couple of skirts I own to get an idea on how to finish the skirt.

I switched to a size down needle and did 2 x 2 rib for the last 4 inches with enough decreases to get the knitting to match my waist size.

color work knit skirt

I love wearing this skirt! It’s fun, not too hot, like a sweater can be. I have had no problems with it sliding down. The waist shaping in the ribbing worked great. It doesn’t look that great since the decreases mess with the 2 x 2 pattern but I always wear a long top to hide the belly so no one sees it.

wearing knit skirt

I enjoy wearing it so much I have started another one! So if you want to give it a try just find a sweater that has a chest circumference that matches your hips and have some fun!

color work knit skirt