My New Favorite Skirt

Quite a while ago I posted a new pattern on my Ravelry site called Take-Two Skirt.

beauty photo from Joe Coca

Things were a little busy at the time so I never posted that the pattern was available. Still, an impressive 83 people have marked it as a “favorite.”

I named the skirt Take-Two because it was based on my first skirt pattern, Putting On The Pleats, which is also available through Ravelry.


But this time, I wanted a longer skirt with a little texture in the pleats. It’s knitted with Wollmeise Pure (sock weight) yarn at a gauge of 7.5 stitches to the inch. I added slip-stitch panels within the pleats to add a little textural interest.

pleat detail

This has now become my favorite skirt. In fact I was wearing it the night I broke my arm and I remember yelling at the nurses *not* to cut off my skirt — unfortunately they had to cut off my favorite sweater, but that’s another story.

Recently a reader asked to see a photo of the skirt on a real person instead of a dress form. I agree that it’s best to evaluate the fit when a garment is on a human body. So, I asked a friend to take a photo of me in the skirt shortly after I broke my arm.

Ann wearing skirt 1Ann wearing skirt 2

These aren’t very good photos (taken with my iPhone), but they do show the skirt on a “real” body. My upper torso is covered up to hide the sling and brace on my arm (and the ice pack) around my neck.

If you think you’d like to try your hand at a knitted skirt (and I think you should) , respond to this post and I’ll send a free pattern to a luck winner on Thursday, April 9.

For those of you afraid of getting a “bucket butt” after one or two wearings, fear not. I’ve worn this skirt at least a dozen times without washing it and I can’t tell the front from the back. It’s all about the yarn and gauge — use 100% wool yarn at a reasonably tight gauge and you’ll be fine.

33 thoughts on “My New Favorite Skirt”

  1. The skirt is lovely, as is the model, with sling, ice and all! I am hoping that your arm is feeling much better and that in no time you will be designing more fun garments!!!

  2. I hope you’re well on your way to a full recovery.
    This skirt looks lovely on you! And I would love to have one, too.
    I’ve knit skirts for both my daughter and my granddaughter. I think it’s time Grandma knit a skirt for herself.

  3. The skirt and scarf are beautiful! Thank you for answering how to conquer the ‘bucket butt’ in skirts – I was wondering about that! Skirts are on my queue this year!

  4. I would really appreciate such a beautiful pattern. I have never knitted a skirt before and would love to try this pattern. I hope you had a great time on our cruise and are healing well. I am not taking a class with you at Yarn Fest but am looking forward to seeing you around the site.

  5. Oh no, they had to cut off your sweater. πŸ™ I might fight someone over that.

    Glad you’re feeling better. The skirt is lovely and thank you for the chance to win. πŸ˜€

  6. Wow, Ann, you look fantastic in your skirt! And your wrap looks elegant, too! If you hadn’t told us that it was covering up your sling and ice pack, we’d never have known.

    Seeing the photos of you in your skirt is VERY motivating. Thanks for posting this!

  7. Whoops, I sent a reply to the email newsletter! Silly me. This skirt looks so wonderful on you that I am motivated to knit it! Hope you are recovering well and that your trip (did you already return?) went well.

  8. You look terrific! Hope your arm is as good as new. Never made a skirt before, but this one is fabulous! Love this shawl, too!

  9. Your skirt looks beautiful on a real body! I would love to knit one for myself and perhaps my daughters. I have made baby skirts for my granddaughters, but never attempted to knit a skirt for myself. Thanks for sharing your talent!

  10. Ooh, a knitted skirt for grown-ups. This looks great, even with your camouflaged upper torso.

  11. I love my first skirt–although I did give it to my friend after Fall Fling! I’d love to try this one out of the right gauge yarn. Jane does love the DK one.

  12. Hillary Schafer

    I would love to knit this skirt! Thanks for the chance to win the pattern πŸ™‚

  13. I’d love to try it – your shorter skirt almost got me to knit one and this one is just as tempting!

  14. Karen Hutchinson

    I think it’s time for me to try a skir. And maybe using those hints would work to avoid that “bucket” effect. And, of course, I’d love to win the pattern

  15. You look beautiful in that skirt. It’s exactly the right length, and the hem is straight all-around. You’re right: it is the perfect skirt, and it belongs in my closet, too. My needles are itching….

  16. The skirt is pretty. I hope your arm is getting better and you are able to do some knitting without too much discomfort.

  17. I’ve never considered knitting a skirt. This one would be a great start. I’d love to win the pattern.

  18. That is a gorgeous skirt and if it can look good when you must have been feeling pretty awful I definitely want to make one!

  19. Mishelle Kirby

    Beautiful design Ann! So hope your feeling better. I would love to add this skirt to my work wardrobe.

  20. Lucy Harrington

    I’ve been eyeing a knitted skirt for some time, and I think it’s time to take the plunge. Thanks for the inspiration!

  21. newjerseylaura

    I love my knitted noro skirt, and I would love to make another in a solid. Your photo is wonderful, as is the skirt. Thank you for offering to raffle off the pattern.

  22. Skirt is nice. (Don’t put me in for the pattern…I’ve given up on skirts as I have very thick ankles) How was your teaching cruise?

  23. Having seen the skirt on you at Yarn Fest, it is now on my MUST KNIT list! But tell, Ann, is it a must to knit it in Wollmeise? Do you have any suggestions for alternate yarns, since the Wollmeise is now so hard to obtain?

  24. It can be knitted out of any sock yarn that’s at least 80% wool.
    I’m knitting another one right now out of Malabrigo Sock. The key is to get the specified gauge with a fabric that’s fairly dense.

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