A Slice of Christmas, in July

A Slice of Christmas, in July

Merry Christmas in July!  It’s kind of hard to get into the spirit when it is 90 degrees outside!  November and December are always so busy with all the usual baking, shopping and making gifts, that in recent years I have hardly had time to remember why we celebrate, and then it’s over! So This year I’ve started preparations early.

For years I have wanted a new tree skirt, I’ve been using a bright red, hand-me-down, that has never been my style. Store bought ones aren’t my style either, so every year around the first of December, with no time to spare, down goes the old skirt.  And it is quickly covered in brightly covered packages to hide its ugliness.  But not this year, WHOOP!

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We now put our tree in the sunroom, which is very neutral, airy, and surprise, sunny.  So I wanted something neutral, and something natural, so I started with a squishy grey wool.

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Why Grey? I really can’t answer, it just felt right.  Starting with a little math, (who said you’d never use pi after high school), I cast on and began to knit, not knowing what the finished skirt would look like.  It be easy to throw in stripes, some Christmasy fair isle, or some intarsia work, all of these crossed my mind, but none ‘felt’ right, so I continued with the grey.  When I was happy with the size, it was time to add the border, and why not a chunky, creamy lace reminiscent of snow flakes?

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Maybe I’ll add a big C in the center, embroider snowflakes, and add sequins, maybe it’ll stay perfectly plain, there is plenty of time to find what feels right.  Even plain it is better than I imagined, and is actually kind of cute to wear as a capelet if a horse-drawn sleigh ever shows up at my door!

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It’s only 6 months until Christmas, are you ready??

Claire

 

Slice of Christmas

Finished size 58 inches in diameter

Yarn requirements: 7 Balls Cascade 128 in main color, 4Balls Cascade 128 in contrast color

Gauge: 12sts to 4 inches

Needles: Size 10.5, (or size to obtain gauge) In a 24 inch length and in a 32 inch, (or longer)

For Skirt Body:

Cast on 76 stitches, with main color, on to the shorter needle.  Place markers every 7 stitches.  Join into a round, being careful not to twist, placing a different color marker to designate beginning of the round.  NOTE: The last section will have 6 stitches not 7, these stitches will be knit in a ribbed pattern, and will be where you will steek your work.

Round 1, and all odd rounds – Knit to the last 6 stitches, k1,p1,k2,p1,k1

Round 2, and all even rounds – *Knit 1, Make 1, knit to next marker, repeat from * to last six stitches, then, k1,p1,k2,p1,k1.

Repeat Round 1 and Round 2 untill you have 49 stitches between each marker, ending after completing Round 1, switch to the longer needle when stitches get tight.

For Lace Border: With spare needle and contrast color yarn, cast on 11 stitches.

Row 1 Slip 2, k2, yo, k2tog, k1, yo twice, k2tog, yo twice, k2tog.

Row 2 Slip 1, k1, p1, k2, p1, k3, yo, k2tog, k1, k1together thru the back loop with first stitch of skirt.

Row 3 Slip 2, with yarn in front, k2, yo, k2tog, k3, yo twice, k2tog, yo twice, k2tog.

Row 4 Slip 1, k1, p1, k2, p1, k5, yo, k2tog, k1, k1together thru the back loop with next stitch of skirt.

Row 5 Slip 2, with yarn in front, k2, yo, k2tog, k5, yo twice, k2tog, yo twice, k2tog.

Row 6 Slip 1, k1, p1, k2, p1, k7, yo, k2tog,  k1,  k1together thru the back loop with next stitch of skirt.

Row 7 Slip 2, with yarn in front, k2, yo, k2tog, k11.

Row 8 Bind off 6stitches, k6, yo, k2tog, k1,  k1together thru the back loop with next stitch of skirt.

Repeat rows 1-8 working all the way arround skirt, (do not attach border to the 6 stitches in the steeking section).

After attaching to last stitch, bind off.

To open skirt:

Sew along either side of the ribbed section with a sewing machine, to anchor the stitches before you cut.  With sharp scissors cut straight up your ribbed section, don’t panic it will be fine!!

For Skirt Collar:

Using contrast color yarn, pick up and knit 1 stitch in each stitch around center circle of skirt.

Row 1 P2, K2 across

Row 2 P2, k2 across

Work ribbing for 8 rows, Bind Off

To Cover steeked edges:

On right side of work pick up and knit 3stitches for every 4 rows up side.

Row 1 purl

Row 2 knit

Row 3 purl

Row 4 knit

Row 5 knit

Row 6 knit

Row 7 purl

Row 8 knit

Row 9 purl

Bind Off all stitches, leave a 36 inch tail of yarn.  Use this yarn to sew the bound off stitches to the wrong side of work encasing the cut work.  Repeat rows 1-9 on the other side.

Embellish, or Don’t:

Your skirt is now compleat, or use it as a canvas to decorate to your heart’s content!  Duplicate Stitch, needle felt, sew on some sequins, embroider, add jingle bells, ribbons, felt cut outs, monogram, there are no rules, there is no tacky, it’s Christmas after all!  Enjoy!

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Slice of Christmas by thedomesticdash

6 Responses

  1. Bonnie
    Bonnie July 11, 2013 at 5:41 pm | | Reply

    Once again, a thing of beauty

  2. jlo
    jlo July 11, 2013 at 6:24 pm | | Reply

    Beautiful, and goes perfect with my Christmas decorations

  3. Marcy
    Marcy August 21, 2013 at 1:46 pm | | Reply

    I may add this to my list of things to knitm

  4. There is a Tree in the House! December 2, 2014 at 9:16 pm |
  5. Paulette
    Paulette June 30, 2015 at 11:25 am | | Reply

    I’m knitting Slice of Christmas and have a question about the lace border. First do you turn your work after first row? Second at the end of the repeat do I understand I have only touched 4 stitches of the skirt? The bind off stitches are off the skirt or the lace. I’m confused. Any way you could clear this up. Thanks. I love the skirt!!!

  6. jonibee
    jonibee December 9, 2015 at 3:03 pm | | Reply

    I like it ..I will try and do one not for this Xmas but for next, and I see snowflakes or hearts on it… or perhaps an outline of a house..with a heart in the center…

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