There will be pockets

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As planned, I cast on for New Girl last Friday. Cassy and I have been updating each other on Ravelry about our progress, but I realized I hadn’t blogged about it yet. I think I got into those weird loops where I felt like I didn’t have enough done to take blog photos, and then when I did get into it, I just wanted to keep going.

The way the top edge is rolling (it will be seamed down) is making me think I should probably add a hem to the bottom.

The way the top edge is rolling (it will be seamed down) is making me think I should probably add a hem to the bottom.

I’ve never knit a skirt before, so I’m not sure how much this construction differs from what’s normal, but basically you knit in the round for a while and then split the stitches and work back and forth for a while, leaving space for where you’ll insert the pockets. After you’ve got the pockets to the depth you want, you rejoin everything in the round and carry on. While this does interrupt the autopilot of straight stockinette in the round, it does give each section clear boundaries, which means you’re always working towards something besides just finishing.

Pocket split. The red is there to give me a clear place to measure from (for some reason, I'm terrible at counting rows as I go.)

Pocket split. The red is there to give me a clear place to measure from (for some reason, I’m terrible at counting rows as I go.)

I had a decent amount of knitting time on the weekend (though L and I spend most of Saturday curling, which was so, so much fun), but as usual, that time dropped right off on Monday. I’m a little over half way through the front panel, and if I can get that finished during the week I should be able to get a fair bit of the bottom part finished next weekend. We’ve had a few days of spring-ish weather, but it’s supposed to snow tomorrow and Saturday, so if this takes me another week it’s hardly a disaster. Up until now it’s really been too cold for me to think about wearing a skirt or dress, and since I usually end up wearing tights with dresses and skirts right into May most years, I’ll have lots of wearing time left. (This also means there’s probably time to catch up if you were on the fence about joining us!)

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6 thoughts on “There will be pockets

  1. Cassy

    I’m so jealous of your progress! It’s looking fabulous. I used a stitch marker to mark the row with the pocket split for easy counting. The red thread is a good idea too. I’m about 3 inches into the first split side for the pocket. I’m hoping to log some good knitting time over the next few days and get back to the lovely stockinette in the round. Are you adding length? I think I’m going to follow yondercrawdad’s example on Ravelry and go with about 2″ after the pockets before the CC.

    1. Angela Hickman Post author

      I am definitely going to add some length. Right now (based on another skirt I have) I’m thinking I’ll add an inch to 1.5 inches after the pockets. I just want to make sure I have enough yarn left to make a turned hem, which I’m pretty sure I’ll need.

  2. teaspoonofmel

    Great progress on the skirt! I’ve never made a knit skirt, so I’m following your progress to see how it goes. 🙂
    And wow, now that the Winter Olympics are over, I didn’t expect to hear about curling for another 4 years. Way cool!

  3. Julia M.

    I love this blue. I haven’t worn skirts in years, but I am very interested in how it goes! Hopefully, you’ll get spring soon … It’s crazy to think of snow when it is becoming quite warm here.

  4. Audry

    I realized that I’m probably in the minority in North America in that I’ve never experienced a blizzard. It is skirt weather where I live, but it might even be a little too hot for a knit skirt. I am looking forward to seeing how your’s turns out!

  5. rromy

    I think i just fell in love with that color *0* ♥
    I wish I could knit such beautiful things……
    How long does it take for you to get a big project like this done? 🙂
    Greetings!
    Romy ♥
    rromy.wordpress.com

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