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