Monday, 1 June 2009

FO- Midas Miniskirt

So here it is- the shiny knitting I've been keeping secret..... I LOVE this skirt. Love it. It fits me perfectly, isn't too short (no panty flash when sitting down), and feels great on.
sorry about the goosebumps- it was chilly! And you may also notice I haven't blocked the skirt yet. I was too excited to block before taking photos...
Pattern: Midas (my own, free pattern to follow shortly) Needles: 4 mm circulars Yarn: Berroco Lumina in Gold Coast
Notes: This is knit from the waist down. It's a fun little skirt that is easily customized and immensely wearable. It can be as long or as short as you want, and would look gorgeous in many other yarns and fibres, although I find that the cotton gives this a nice drape.(drawstring waist detail)
This is one of those knits where the yarn inspired the pattern. I was picking up some sock yarn from my LYS, and came across an utterly entrancing basket of Lumina in all sorts of colourways. My brain immediately defaulted into 'ooh, sparkly!', and I spent half an hour standing in front of the basket petting various skeins while I fantasized about what I would knit with this sparkly, sparkly goodness. Naturally I came to the only conclusion any sane, practical, married 30-year-old could make- a gold knitted miniskirt. About the yarn: It's cotton (54%) and acrylic (36%), so it's lightweight and breathes well. The gold filament (10%) that is wrapped around the fibre is strong and holds it's position well- doesn't unravel from the yarn too easily, and held up to several rounds of ripping back while I tested out different waistbands and hems. The filament means that it isn't the softest thing against your skin, but I was fine with it and found the skirt totally comfortable. The lace edging started off being similar to baby's tears from Nicky Epstein's Knitting On the Edge, but I made so many mods that it might qualify as my own. I'm not sure what the rules are about that sort of thing, so I'll say it's 'inspired by' her edging.I loved knitting this. At first I was wondering what the heck I would wear this with, but it is surprisingly versatile- looks good with lots of different coloured tops, and does daytime or evening surprisingly well. I'm thinking of knitting another (longer) one, maybe in a DK merino tweed for the fall.

29 comments:

Siga said...

Cute! I love the gold as well. It fits you perfectly and a tweed version for the fall sounds great.

Phoe said...

Again, I say absolutely adorable.

Susan said...

I love the texture, color, and pattern. Great job for sure!

hibou said...

What a great little skirt! I love the boots with it too!

Allison said...

It's lovely! What a great idea for summer.

e said...

looks amazing!!

Ella said...

*OOOH SPARKLY*

Too cute!

Knit - R - Done said...

That is so original. Great idea for the yarn.

Clumsy Knitter said...

Super duper cute! Nice job! :)

Pam said...

Oh, you made me laugh "Naturally I came to the only conclusion any sane, practical, married 30-year-old could make- a gold knitted miniskirt."

It's an adorable skirt & looks so cute. Enjoy every time you wear it!

Hilary said...

That is so darn cute!! And I love it styled with those boots! What a perfect marriage of project and yarn -- can't wait for the pattern!

Cyn said...

Huh. I usually hate knitted skirts. But I would wear that! I'm so confused. A cute, wearable knitted skirt? My universe is not making sense. Such a thing is not supposed to exist.

And now I'm going to keep an eye out for the pattern. So that I can maybe knit a skirt. WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE?!

zMaja said...

Wow! I've never made myself a knitted mini-skirt! This one is adorable! That said- i believe I'm going to make myself one soon! :)

Beautiful!

Maryse said...

It is so cute! The edging is awesome! Congratulations!

weezalana said...

Gorgeous! Hmmm, may have to add a second knitted skirt to the wardrobe...

CanarySanctuary said...

Wow! Totally worth the wait. Beautiful skirt. That yarn is scrumptious, and perfect for that pattern.

Tanis said...

Love this! I'm definitely going to make one as soon as you get the pattern out. Looks great with the cowboy boots!

Erin said...

This is just so cute. I love the simple lace edge--it is beautiful!

Tara said...

So flippin' cute!! Love it! Wish I could pull something like that off ;) Looks great!!

yoel said...

How adorable! The gold is fabulous!

Michele said...

So pretty and sparkly!!! I love it! The lace edging is lovely - and it looks great on you.

angelknits said...

Wow, what a beautiful skirt! It's lovely and it looks great on you. If I didn't know, I would have thought it's store bought!
It will get warmer in Toronto, and enjoy it this summer!
Love it...and great job!

sinensis said...

This is so gorgeous, Julie, and it looks super cute on you! What a perfect summer project.

floderten said...

This is AWESOME. It looks great on you, well done!! :) I think we all need a sparkly miniskirt...

Yarn It said...

Way too cute! I love it. Hopefully you will post a pattern soon so we can all have a gold sparkly mini skirt!

yuysister01 said...

Just curious, did you ever post a pattern for this (and if so, where)? I was hoping to make a fun skirt this summer, and this looks amazing!

yuysister01 said...

Just curious, did you ever post a pattern for this?

I love it so much, and I'd love to make something similar to wear this summer!

Wilietta said...

Hi; I love love love this..is the pattern posted. I have a plethora of Elann Highland Wool which I think would make a nice skirt like this..please advise.

Wilietta said...

Hi; I love love love this..is the pattern posted. I have a plethora of Elann Highland Wool which I think would make a nice skirt like this..please advise.