Handknit skirts have been transformed. No longer just supporting players in the wardrobe of life, here they take top billing. Otherwise, why bother?
And speaking of bother...are they? Think a skirt is just too much knitting? Surprise: A skirt is actually less knitting than most sweaters. And if you think a skirt might be a boring knit, take a look, they aren't!
Skirts can be as varied as body types and as lightweight as we choose, with endless design options: tiers, gores, hem interest, flared—a little or a lot. Choose a ruffle, yoke, seam, or go circular. Pick an approach: top-down, bottom-up, or side-to-side.
Our designers think today’s handknit skirt is fabulous: memorable to wear, fun to knit, and a soon-to-be-essential part of travel, play, and daily wear.
Candace Eisner Strick
We all knit sweaters, but how many sweaters have we knit that don't fit us, hence we never wear them? That's because a sweater has many crucial measurements that may have to be customized to fit most people. A skirt is a breath of fresh air as far as measurements are concerned. You only need to know three: hip, how much ease you would like, and length. All of these areas are easy to customize with almost any pattern.
Skirts can be knit to fit any shape and/or size. All bodies have parts that we want to camouflage. Pants highlight two of the most common problem areas—the tummy and derriere. Yet we all wear them. A well-fitting skirt skims over those areas making for a smoother silhouette.
Skirt knitting is nirvana; you reach the zone almost immediately, and the knitting is nothing but pleasurable. Because of the wide range of knitting fibers now available, your hardest decision will be what to pick!
Don't have room for more sweaters? Consider skirts. They can be hung in your closet!
Skirt vs pants? Pants don't have a chance! They will always be just two tubes with pockets (maybe) and—most of the time—zippers. Pants don't hide anything. And as for comfort, often they have little give and feel constricting.
A skirt will love you passionately regardless of your size and shape! It can hide everything or nothing and will always flatter you—all you have to do is slip it on feel more feminine.
Knitting a skirt is NOT the horrific undertaking some knitters have talked themselves into thinking that it is! More often than not it takes less time to knit a skirt than a sweater!
And the design options are endless! Not only can we choose length, color, and fabric, as with pants, but also silhouette—and that's an important difference. Women come in a multitude of shapes and sizes! And each of us has a completely different idea about what The Perfect Skirt should feel and look like.
Skirts are not bound to any season either! You may think skirts are for warm sunny days while pants keep you warm during the cold months. Not so! Even a light-weight skirt can be fit for the cold season when layered with leggings or tights, boots, and a warm sweater, stylish jacket, or coat!
Regardless of whether you like it fitted and shapely or loose and flowy; long, short, or any length in between, the skirt begs to comply and give you exactly what you want! Get past those pre-conceived notions, give it a chance!
An appealing aspect to skirt knitting is the minimal amount of finishing required by most skirts. Also, many of today's designs and yarns work well together to eliminate the saggy-bottom phenomenon that has plagued knitters in the past.
Afraid to wear skirts? Choose a silhouette that flatters your shape and knit it with the amount of ease that you prefer. Once your skirt is complete, pair it with tights for this season's most fashionable look.
Folks are often surprised when someone like me (not particularly thin) can wear a knitted skirt and have it look attractive. But if you can wear any skirt, you can wear a knit skirt. The key is to make sure that it is designed to flatter your shape. Almost no one looks good in a knitted tube! But with shaping through the waist and hips (and possibly beyond), it can be flattering.
Since all of the skirts have elastic or drawstring waistbands, the key measurement is the hip, not the waist. Also, with an adjustable waistband, the knitter can pick a size to give her the silhouette she wants—more ease for a fuller skirt, less for a straight skirt.
I love the concept of the SKIRT since you can approach it from so many angles. I am always up for a skirt!
When designing, be creative and think outside the box—skirts don't always have to be made bottom to top—or top to bottom! Given that you can make them slim or full, the variations are endless. I adore skirts and enjoy all the little details—like knitting the perfect waistband!
They are so comfortable, fast to knit, and a lot less shaping than a sweater. Knitted fabric has great stretch so your skirt will fit even as you go up or down a few pounds.
Mostly I wear pants but love the feel of a skirt swinging and moving with me. I also love working in the round. A skirt is a perfect garment for that method.
Designing a skirt seems easier than a sweater. Just remember, the fabric should be stable, durable, and able to maintain your active schedule—walking, sitting, standing.
Skirts provide a wonderful canvas for Fair Isle knitting—they can be worked entirely in the round with minimal shaping. A little steek for the zipper provides just enough challenge. Stranded knitting produces a stable fabric that is unlikely to seat-out (stretch from wear).
Even though I sold my first pattern in 1979 and have over 1000 designs to my name, this is my first skirt. It was a joy to knit and I would do it again.
For heavier yarn, it may be best to keep it fitted around the waist so there is no added bulk in that area, while adding gussets for flare around the knees.
Making a skirt can be easy. If you think of the pitfalls first and avoid them…then there aren’t any! A skirt should fit comfortably around the waist and over the hips. Most important are the hips.
Do yourself a couple of favors!
Measure your hips at their widest. Record that information and make note of how far that measurement falls below your waist. Then measure your waist and record it.
These measurements are important as you decide on the size you want to knit. Taking ease and fit into account, pick your size. The waist (most likely) will be adjusted through an elastic waistband or drawstring.
Why not make yourself a simple waistband right now and see how it will feel. Take a 1-inch-wide non-rolling elastic and safety pin and create a circle the size you measured earlier, then pull it on. This will let you know what size waist is most comfortable way before your skirt is knit.
The waist fabric will stretch?—?and must?—?as you pull it on over your hips. How do you know that this will work? Swatch of course. Make your swatch, and end (or begin) it with the waistband instructions. Bind off or cast on loosely, so when the swatch is done you can stretch it to make sure it has the give necessary for the hips.
Make sure to shape your skirt from the waist to hips within the length you recorded earlier to make sure that the fabric skims your hips gracefully. As for length, only you know what you like and will feel comfortable wearing. Measure those you like, or visit your favorite dress shop or department store and find out.
Good luck, and enjoy your expanded wardrobe.