New-ish Pattern, a Striped Twirly Skirt

I made this skirt for Elly 2 years ago.

You can tell it has been a long time if you look at the picture of Elly wearing it. She looks like such a baby with all that chub!

Yet, it was only after finding a test knitter last year that I was motivated to complete the pattern.

While visiting the Please Touch Museum with my dear friend and my godson, I took more pictures of Elly in the skirt. My favorite picture was of Elly showing off its twirling abilities while running in circles!

The specs of the skirt:
Sizes Available:
To fit ages 3 months [12 months, 18 months, 24 months, 4 years, 6 years ] with approximate waist measurements ** [17, 17.25, 17.5, 20, 21] inches / ** [43, 44, 44.5, 51, 53.5] cm

MC: Malabrigo Merino Worsted [Aran-weight, 100% Merino, 210yds/190 m, 3.5oz/100gm skein] color 61 Butter 1 [1, 2, 2, 2, 3 skein(s)]
CC: Claudia Hand Painted Bouclé [Bulky weight, 78% Kid Mohair/13% Wool/9% nylon; 432yds/395m, 7oz/200gm skein] color Red Wagon; ½ [½, ½, 1, 1, 1 skein]

US 7/4.5mm 16-inch circular needle
US 8/5.0mm circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge. Length of needle will depend on skirt size selected; also, a longer needle might be desirable for the ruffled skirt hem.

Supplies needed:
Tapestry, or blunt sewing, needle
Sharp sewing needle and sewing thread
¾-inch wide elastic (for waistband)
Large safety pin

Recommended Skill Level:
Easy (Basic stitches, simple color changes, simple shaping and finishing)

$5.00 USD

The pattern can be purchased here on my website, Ravelry, Craftsy, and Etsy.

Thank you!

Elly’s 5 Tier Skirt

While watching the Golden Girls, May and Walsh, win their 3rd and final Olympic gold medal, I finished Elly’s skirt.

I love how it turned out.

The best part is the ruffle. It wasn’t in my original drawing. I was inspired to add it after looking through Nicky Epstein’s Knitting on the Edge book. I’m so glad I did.

Elly hasn’t been feeling herself due to a mild cold and lack of sleep, so she balked at my request that she pose for pictures while wearing a wool skirt in 90 degree heat.

Still I think she liked the fact that she could twirl in it.

Pattern – my own
Time Frame – 1.5 months
Yarn – Lovely Malabrigo and Claudia Hand painted yarn

So, should I knit Elly another skirt just like this one except in greens and blues or should I knit a skirt for myself in a dark chocolate brown? I can’t decide.

The Finishing Touches

The knitting part is complete.

All that is left to be done is to insert the elastic and to tack down the top and bottom hems with a simple running stitch.

It’s remarkable how quickly this skirt knit up. In previous summers, I avoided knitting like the plague. I hated how the wool made me feel hotter in the dog days of summer. But this summer, I’ve enjoyed knitting. Perhaps it’s because I’m just grateful to be able to squeeze in time for my hobby while running after a toddler. Maybe it’s because while chasing after a toddler, I can only devote a few minutes here and there to knitting so my hands don’t have time to get hot from the wool. Maybe it’s because I’m happier. Elly is pretty amazing. It’s hard not to be happy around her.

Mixed Feelings about Mohair

The skirt I am knitting Elly is a complete joy save for one thing.

The math worked out perfectly, which never happens. I had no intention of publishing the pattern for this skirt, but since the math was so easy to calculate for each and every tier, I’ve changed my mind.

The large spans of stockinette stitch makes the skirt a great project on the go. I can knit a few stitches while watching Elly run around at all the different playgrounds we visit. But if Elly needs a push on a swing or moral support to climb a ladder, I can drop my knitting on a dime without worry of losing my place.

The Malabrigo Merino Worsted knits like its colorway: butter. It’s so soft and squishy. I just adore it.

I loved Claudia’s hand painted boucle, consisting of mostly kid mohair with a bit of wool and nylon mixed in, from first sight. I still do. The colors are beautiful. It gives the skirt a fun pop of color, making it perfect for my vibrant, little girl to wear. My only complaint, and it’s a big one, is that it’s annoying to knit. All the loops on it get snagged on my needles.

I find that I have to watch my knitting closely to ensure the yarn is knit cleanly through each stitch. It slows me down considerably and takes some of the enjoyment away. I have a good mind to hunt down a substitute yarn for the next skirt I knit for Elly. Yes, there will be a 2nd skirt. The good outweighs the bad.

Still Knitting in this Heat

Despite the hot summer weather, I’ve been toting my knitting bag on every little outing I take.

And just like in the colder seasons, I reach for my knitting when my hands are idle. Even though I hate the warmth of wool on my hands when the humidity is doing its best to suffocate me, I hate idleness more. I’m a fidgety person. It only takes about 5 minutes of doing nothing before the to-do list starts scrolling through my mind like the credits of Star Wars. Ten minutes pass and I start to feel guilty about sitting down and doing nothing. It drives Dan nuts. He’s always on my case to just relax and stop bustling about.

Yet my quirk is slowly knitting a skirt for Elly.

Knitting for Elly Instead

Forget about knitting a stole. I ran across my design to knit Elly a tiered skirt yesterday and cast on.

I must have drafted this pattern last summer as evidenced by this picture.

Note how Elly has very little hair.

The skirt was shelved by the hexagon blanket. Well, now that the blanket is done, I can return to the skirt. Thankfully, there is no rush. Elly won’t be wearing wool until late Fall at best.

As you can see by the swatch Elly is holding, I’ll be using two different yarns: Malabrigo Merino Worsted and Claudia Hand Painted Yarns Boucle. Once I get past the ribbing up top, it will be all knit stitches as I work in the round with just a few increases to make the skirt a-line. Though I didn’t include it in the picture, I think I will add ruffles to the bottom for a more girly touch.