It was fun to knit and it is fun - and very comfortable - to wear. The three-tiered, twirly style especially suits summer time. Think bare feet in sandals, bare legs, warm breezes, sunshine. Twirly says it all.
Pattern: Tink's Twirly Skirt - a ravelry purchase
Yarn: 5 main yarns used and other small amount of stash yarns.
The beige & white ragg - Bernat Handicrafter Cotton
The turquoise and white variegated - Bernat Handicrafter Cotton
The caramel - Super 10 Butterfly Cotton
The darker caramel -Country Cotton Cabled by Elmore Pisgah Inc.
The off white - America's Best 100% Cotton Cabled by Elmore Pisgah Inc.
I changed from one colour to another randomly as the mood struck.
Needles: Tier one - at the waist - 3.75mm
Tier 2 - in the middle - 4mm
Tier 3 - at the bottom - 4.5mm
Modifications: None. Well - none on purpose. The yarns I chose, were selected for their colour and fibre content. It turns out they were a bit heavier than the pattern suggested. Mine run from Aran at 18 stitches over 4 inches to DK at 22 sts. The pattern suggests sport weight yarn knit to a gauge of 20sts. Twirly though, is the type of garment where fit is much more important than gauge. Yes it is possible to have one without the other. I made an educated guess as to how many stitches to cast on to fit my waist comfortably, then knit according to pattern. It worked out wonderfully - as you can see.
I did sew elastic at the waist instead of knitting an I Cord as the pattern suggested. The look of a bow hanging over my belly does not please me plus I was not sure it would do the job of keeping the skirt where I wanted it throughout the day. The elastic worked well as yesterday's trial wear proved.
A great fun project. Fun to knit (read - easy knitting and not too much time from start to finish) and fun to wear. I can envision an entire summer's wardrobe of Twirlys in various colours. Nicki will be proud.