Sunday, April 18, 2010

Habu Hempathy Skirt

I always start things a bit late.  I didn't know there was a Ravelympics 2010 until two days into the Olympics.  Without a second thought, I jumped up and grabbed some yarn out of my stash and began knitting this skirt.  To be fair, the concept for this skirt had been stewing in my mind for a while.  It was inspired by a Ralph Rucci collection and Habu stainless steel.  And I needed a black skirt.  I quickly knit a swatch, determined the gauge, then cast on, using US4 Addi Lace Weights. 

Habu Hempathy Skirt

The body of the skirt is knit with black Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy.  (I don't know why it looks blue in the photos.)  I will probably use Habu Tsumugi Silk next time.  The transparent bands are Habu Silk Stainless Steel.  They are placed to create the effect of a short skirt, offset by the below-the-knee total length.  I wanted somethiing conservative for work but not matronly.  It also had to be modest when sitting.  The skirt is knit in the round, has a provisional cast on hem, and an elastic waist band.  A simple and quick knit, completed within the two weeks of the Olympics.

Habu Hempathy Skirt


Habu Hempathy Skirt


Habu Hempathy Skirt


Habu Hempathy Skirt

I am pleased with the outcome.  My model/knit-sibling Deb makes it look even better.  I'm grateful that she agreed to model it for me, and had the patience to endure the twenty or so shots I made.  Thanks, Deb!

12 comments:

  1. That's fabulous! What a great idea!

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  2. Oh My Absolutely Gorgeous! Love how you used the Habu Silk to create the effect of a short skirt.

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  3. It came out absolutely beautiful!! And you know I loved that you knit in Habu!!

    But I luv the treadmill even more in the background ;op

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  4. gorgeous, just gorgeous! I love the way you used the stainless silk!

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  5. Ava, your skirt is fantastic!

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  6. What an unusual design! Looks lovely, congratulations!

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  7. I really love how it turned out... What a practical stylish skirt.

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  8. its gorgeous♥ Very classy. I love the photos♥ well done!

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  9. Ooohh! This is nice. Lookin good!!

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  10. It's stunning! I love the look and it's a very flattering fit.

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  11. peace ,
    i love what you did with that yarn . i workign with it to make a hat for hubby .. what size needles did u use for that skirt ?

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