~skirt progress~

I hope a nice weekend was had by all, and you managed to find some time to sit down with needles-of-whatever-sort-you-enjoy-most in hand.
I made some progress on my Ladders and Lace skirt, which is actually the Ruffle and Pleat skirt from Interweave Knits Summer 2009, designed by Cecily Glowik MacDonald.  From the photograph you can see why I have renamed it – the pleats are not true pleats but are dropped stitches, and I have knitted a pretty lace hem for the underlay instead of a plain one.  Details on that are in this post.
This morning I finished the last few rounds of boring old stocking stitch and got to the exciting stage of dropping the stitches and making the ladders:
I have changed the proportions slightly so that the pleats begin at hip level rather than mid thigh, and so I knitted an additional 6″ from cast on.  Unfortunately that means I have an equal amount of boring old stocking stitch to do for the petticoat, until I get to the skirt yoke!
I’m aiming for a knee-length skirt, and have allowed for the Cleckheaton Bamboo to drop a bit, which I am sure it will do.  It is nice and drapy and swingy – just what I wanted!
Now to finish the lace hem – a job requiring focus, as the lace stitch is performed every row.  At the rate I am going I will probably have the pattern memorised by the last repeat!
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