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Blissknits
07-10-2007, 02:25 PM
I'm new to all this knitting stuff, and to be honest, some of the patterns I've seen are just...odd. I don't mean "odd" odd, like the, er, apple cozy, which seems normal enough, if you're into that sort of thing.

But things like the turtleneck sweater that lacked the sweater part. Just the neck. The ad copy said something like "keep your neck warm without all the hassle of getting dressed and undressed!" They seemed serious.:shrug:

I have to say, though, the skirt/dress concept seems a little shaky. Some of the patterns seem nice, some are a little, uh, different...I've been on the fence about whether or not even to ask this question - but I'm dying to know.

Do they, or do they not, create "diaper butt"? You know what I'm talking about. Like jeans you've worn too long. Or those pants that seemed great in the store, but as soon as you got up for that first cup of coffee after sitting down at work you realize were a *really* bad idea. Saggy bottom.

The whole idea of knitted goods on the badonkadonk seems tricky. :think: I can't figure out how it might work. So be honest-
have you done it? Do they sag? Do they look amazing? In a good way or a bad way? Newbies want to know. :mrgreen:

Chel
07-10-2007, 02:30 PM
Depends on the pattern and the yarn used. I would try it if I found a cute pattern... but the truth is, there isn't enough yarn in existance to cover this.

Lobug
07-10-2007, 02:42 PM
I've seen some dress and skirt patterns that I just love--and I want to try them----but the amount of yarn needed!!? It's would cost over $100 easily. Especially if you find a nice yarn that won't do the sag thing.
Besides that, it seems to me that while they fit the models beautifully, just in the nature of handknits- they would accentuate all the wrong places on normal women.

ready2knit
07-10-2007, 02:49 PM
I'm definetly a pass on the skirt, dress thing. I'm sure you could find something that wouldn't give a sagging butt, perhaps using really fine yarn and small needles.

I make it a point to stay away from that stuff unless it's for a child.
IMHO

Jana

Renoah
07-10-2007, 06:40 PM
I've never tried it, but I know there are yarns that have Lycra in them, and they're rumored to prevent the dreaded diaper butt effect. :teehee:

redheadrachel
07-10-2007, 08:05 PM
I think some skirts may be okay. This, however, is not.

http://cgi.ebay.com/HAIRY-LONGHAIR-MOHAIR-ANGORA-LUXURIOUS-sweater-CATSUIT_W0QQitemZ160134628565QQihZ006QQcategoryZ63 866QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Knitting_Guy
07-10-2007, 08:08 PM
I am 100% positive I wouldn't wear a knit skirt.

auburnchick
07-10-2007, 08:10 PM
I think some skirts may be okay. This, however, is not.

http://cgi.ebay.com/HAIRY-LONGHAIR-MOHAIR-ANGORA-LUXURIOUS-sweater-CATSUIT_W0QQitemZ160134628565QQihZ006QQcategoryZ63 866QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem


:roflhard:

LibraryLady
07-10-2007, 08:24 PM
I think some skirts may be okay. This, however, is not.

http://cgi.ebay.com/HAIRY-LONGHAIR-MOHAIR-ANGORA-LUXURIOUS-sweater-CATSUIT_W0QQitemZ160134628565QQihZ006QQcategoryZ63 866QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

:passedout:

LL

Jacklad
07-10-2007, 08:42 PM
But things like the turtleneck sweater that lacked the sweater part. Just the neck. The ad copy said something like "keep your neck warm without all the hassle of getting dressed and undressed!" They seemed serious.:shrug:

Actually, it's not a bad idea, if you think of it worn as a dickey under a jacket. I prefer my jackets close-fitting, and not having the bulk of a complete sweater (particularly sleeves) under them is really nice.

Just don't forget and unbutton!!! :oo:

Or did you mean something like a cowl? Those are great in cold weather because they can be worn bunched around your neck in place of a scarf, or drawn up over your hair like a hood. They're also great for little girls, because they are much less of a strangulation hazard than scarves.

Ultimately, the only question you have to ask is "Would I wear it"? For me, that means I'll consider a turtleneck dickey, but pass on the belly-baring sweaters (a true community service :rofl: ).

Jackie

zkimom
07-10-2007, 09:22 PM
I am 100% positive I wouldn't wear a knit skirt.


How about a kilt?

(I heard real men wear kilts :teehee:)

Quiltlady
07-10-2007, 09:40 PM
I wish I could knit myself a few of the beautiful knit skirts and dresses that I have seen recently. I'm a plus size gal so there is NO way that I will knit one. They just would not "work" for me. :cry: But if I were a tiny gal...I'd have knit a few of them them long ago.:inlove:

Blissknits
07-11-2007, 12:36 AM
I wish I could knit myself a few of the beautiful knit skirts and dresses that I have seen recently. I'm a plus size gal so there is NO way that I will knit one. They just would not "work" for me. :cry: But if I were a tiny gal...I'd have knit a few of them them long ago.:inlove:

Are you saying tiny girls can get away with diaper butt? Because by some standards I qualify as "tiny". And no way do I look super with extra saggy bottom fabric. I'm not sure even people young enough to wear actual diapers look good with that...unless of course they have the neato ruffly lace diaper cover thing going on...

Me, on the other hand (as I decline to show people whether or not I've got lacey bits on my drawers) - I can't really get away with that look.

My (somewhat) legit reason for asking was that I was thinking of knitting up some cute shorty shorts for (ahem) around the house. But I'm not going to all that work if they're going to sag around the house instead of being flattering. If you know what I mean.

That, and my REAL, BURNING question - Who wears these skirts!? WHO?! I want photographic evidence that the pattern people are not just mocking us from their offices, slinging back martinis and saying "oh yeah. Lets put *that* in and see if anyone actually makes it." Two months later... "They made it!" :roflhard:

Ya know? :?

willowangel
07-11-2007, 01:10 AM
I think some skirts may be okay. This, however, is not.

http://cgi.ebay.com/HAIRY-LONGHAIR-MOHAIR-ANGORA-LUXURIOUS-sweater-CATSUIT_W0QQitemZ160134628565QQihZ006QQcategoryZ63 866QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

ARGH!!! And someone will pay $200 for that?

On the side of skirts and dresses, I have plans for shift dresses to wear over jeans, like long tops instead, and for skirts, more things to tie round skirts I'm already wearing - I'd love to have the figure and the money to pay for yarn to make some of the dresses out there, but I'll settle for slightly flared dress/tops which cost quite enough..

Momto G B and H
07-11-2007, 01:43 AM
I made a cute one for my daughter (she's 2 1/2) and want to make her another in a different pattern. I'd never make one for myself though. I just think it would look awful on me.

HamaLee
07-11-2007, 08:24 AM
I covet the one Eunny Jang (http://eunnyjang.com/images/knit/0703/03300a.gif) made from a denim yarn and also Intolerable Cruelty (http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall06/PATTcruelty.html) in a bamboo yarn from Knitty.

But yeah, in reality I just don't know...certainly not on my lumpy bottom half.

threesmom
07-11-2007, 09:13 AM
I think some skirts may be okay. This, however, is not.

http://cgi.ebay.com/HAIRY-LONGHAIR-MOHAIR-ANGORA-LUXURIOUS-sweater-CATSUIT_W0QQitemZ160134628565QQihZ006QQcategoryZ63 866QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
:roflhard:
This is real?? Someone actually BIDS on this stuff??

I don't think I'd ever do a knit skirt - it just seems wrong. But I'm more of a long flow-y skirt kind of girl myself - knit skirts seem like it would feel like wearing a sweater on your butt, and I just don't need a sweater on my butt - hanging over it, but surely not on it.

candicane
07-11-2007, 10:30 AM
I bought the yarn (cotton/silk) to knit the strapless dress and jacket from Vogue Knitting Spring 2007. I plan on knitting in a strand of elastic with the chest and butt areas.

candice

Blissknits
07-11-2007, 10:48 AM
redheadrachel, thanks for that. Fetish-knitting. I'm hoping the pot of extra-industrial strength coffee will be strong enough to scald at least a little of that image out of the back of my eyeballs. :shock: I knew somewhere in the depths of my wee little brain that there was bound to be something like that out there, but I'd managed to avoid inspecting it until now. :shock: I'm going to go back to pretending that doesn't exist now, if that's alright with you. :hiding:

candicane, really? Is that how the diaper butt is avoided? Or do certain yarns, like the bamboo yarn indicated in the Intolerable Cruelty skirt, just not sag much. Because that *is* a cute skirt- at least until the wearer sits down and then stands up again. :lol::think:

tootie44
07-11-2007, 10:49 AM
I don't look good in skirts of any stretchy fabric, my bootay is just too big. I think some of the patterns are so cute though. If I had a different bod I would love to make some. And I love them for little girls.

Mulderknitter
07-11-2007, 11:01 AM
I'm sure this thread was to make me shy AWAY from the skirt thing, but the link to Intolerable cruelty swayed me the OTHER way:roflhard:
Printed and must make now!:happydance:

HamaLee
07-11-2007, 11:19 AM
Sorry :pout:

:teehee:

I know what you mean though, I want that skirt sooooo bad. It's been in my favorites link forever...supposed to be a motivator to de-lump my behind, instead I just drool.

slightly addicted to yarn
07-11-2007, 11:27 AM
Have to say that there are, in my humble opinion, some things that are just weird when knitted. Skirts will never be on my to do list and there are quite a few other things when I think the designers are just having a bit of fun at our expense, and probably slinging back gallons of martini! Bags are another thing which don't do it for me although these are soo popular. However, since knitting more, the range of items I would be interested in knitting has expanded and sometimes it's nice to do smaller things for a change, but skirts...no! As for the fetish knitting, well I thought I'd seen everything till seeing that site!

candicane
07-11-2007, 11:35 AM
candicane, really? Is that how the diaper butt is avoided? Or do certain yarns, like the bamboo yarn indicated in the Intolerable Cruelty skirt, just not sag much. Because that *is* a cute skirt- at least until the wearer sits down and then stands up again. :lol::think:

I don't know if it is how to avoid diaper-butt or saggy chest, I haven't tried it yet. I hope it does. I don't have the purple elastic yet that i need to the bottom portion of the dress. It is made by Rainbow Elastic and seems to be very difficult to find.

candice

nik
07-11-2007, 12:53 PM
I remember Knit & Tonic experimenting with skirts and she just did one that she said she liked and didn't look scary.

The cowl thing seems nice but it would really mess up my hair so I never would bother with one of them.

MerigoldinWA
07-11-2007, 01:08 PM
Rachel,

That outfit is not a part of this discussion. It is not a skirt or a dress. :-) It took a long time for all those pictures to come in on my computer, but it was worth it. LOL Not very becoming to the model. I noticed it said "chest 22"". They have got to be wrong about that one.

MerigoldinWA
07-11-2007, 01:25 PM
I have never knitted a dress or skirt for an adult, but these have been around for a long time. I notice many of my old books from the '30's, '40's, '50's had more dresses and skirts than anything else. So they must have worked or they would not have been so popular. They did use very fine yarn back then, mostly wool in the books I've seen. The sizes compared to ours today were tiny too, so they didn't expect ample gals to wear these I guess. :lol:

There have always been store bought knitted dresses and skirts too. Some of them are beautiful and I'd hate to think they look awful when worn. Let's be optimistic! Crocheted skirts are seen around these days too. I hope these skirts work, they're beautiful. Someone knit one up and let us know. :cheering: Go girls!

I think yarn choice would be key.

meg9
07-11-2007, 01:26 PM
I think some skirts may be okay. This, however, is not.

http://cgi.ebay.com/HAIRY-LONGHAIR-MOHAIR-ANGORA-LUXURIOUS-sweater-CATSUIT_W0QQitemZ160134628565QQihZ006QQcategoryZ63 866QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Okay, THAT's scary.

And why did the desc make it sound like it had some not so PG rated purposes? Ick.

Slim
07-11-2007, 01:28 PM
There's an article here on knitting skirts from hemp yarn, which apparently doesn't get baggy. I'd like to see pictures.
http://knitandtonic.typepad.com/knitandtonic/2007/06/i_was_just_thin.html

bip
07-11-2007, 01:38 PM
About 2 1/2 years ago Vogue knitting had a pattern for an A-line skirt in a really cool yarn. I made it, but it turned out about 4 sizes too small. I was fairly new to knitting at the time so I'm not sure if I goofed on the gauge or if the pattern was bad. I have 2 skeins left over, so I keep meaning to frog it and re-do it big enough for me ... but then I also keep hoping maybe I'll lose the 40 lbs I need to lose and can make a smaller size (either way, the existing skirt is too small for any weight I will ever be).

If I ever actually do this, I will buy some satin-type material for a liner (and then have my mom make the liner. I know nothing about sewing!)

Kaydee
07-11-2007, 01:57 PM
I think some skirts may be okay. This, however, is not.

http://cgi.ebay.com/HAIRY-LONGHAIR-MOHAIR-ANGORA-LUXURIOUS-sweater-CATSUIT_W0QQitemZ160134628565QQihZ006QQcategoryZ63 866QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem


Now that's just creepy. I can't believe someone actually bid on it let alone bid over $200 for it.

I've always loved this (http://knitpicks.com/Butterfly%20Dress_PD30792220.html) dress and would love to make it one day. Although you'd have to wear it over a slip....well I guess you don't have to if you want to be a little risque:shock:

hunterjenn
07-11-2007, 02:30 PM
If I ever actually do this, I will buy some satin-type material for a liner (and then have my mom make the liner. I know nothing about sewing!)

I was just going to suggest that. :thumbsup:

bip
07-11-2007, 02:42 PM
Yikes on the catsuit. I guess I am a little naive because I couldn't imagine where you could wear that, it would be so HOT. But apparently that is for an activity where you don't mind sweating... (I figured it out when I got down to the picture of the rear zipper).

chrislt8
07-11-2007, 08:00 PM
There's an article here on knitting skirts from hemp yarn, which apparently doesn't get baggy. I'd like to see pictures.
http://knitandtonic.typepad.com/knitandtonic/2007/06/i_was_just_thin.html
thanks for that link - I've been thinking of trying hemp and that may have just pushed me over :thumbsup:

mwedzi
07-11-2007, 09:05 PM
In addition to the skirts knit by Knit and Tonic, a couple people have knit Intolerable Cruelty and it is so hot. I really want one, but again, don't know how it holds up. You know, blog posts usually announce something when it's done, but don't update to tell you how something wears.

One person's Intolerable Cruelty
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lilybeth78/sets/72157600481097726/

Also see this:
http://intolerablecrueltykal.blogspot.com/

A trumpet skirt I saw on someone's blog the other day:
http://knottygnome.blogspot.com/2007/07/asstastic.html

Oh, also there's this:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/9004086@N03/559756369/

kbagel
07-11-2007, 10:12 PM
I think some skirts may be okay. This, however, is not.

http://cgi.ebay.com/HAIRY-LONGHAIR-MOHAIR-ANGORA-LUXURIOUS-sweater-CATSUIT_W0QQitemZ160134628565QQihZ006QQcategoryZ63 866QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Does anyone remember the post a couple of days ago for the willy warmer pattern? Well here you go, in mohair.

http://cgi.ebay.com/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=160100926016

phisch
07-11-2007, 11:29 PM
I think I'd crochet a skirt before I'd knit one, unless the yarn were stiffer like denim yarn. Because when your behind is kinda "blessed" in size compared to the rest of you, drapey knitting just serves to emphasize and that's not a good thing.

french kiwi
07-12-2007, 04:38 AM
Kaydee,

a friend and I have already knitted that dress. It's on the cover of a rowan book. My advice to you, if you're really skinny, go for it, but if you're a normal person like me or a little plump like my friend, forget about it! The mohair of the kidsilk haze gives it that static look, like you're 2 sizes bigger, not flattering I tell you. You could change the yarn i guess. My friend's one (she stuck to the pattern) was way too big, and way too long. The model on the picture must be 2m tall!
My conclusion is knitted skirts and dresses are beautiful, but should be worn to stand up cocktail parties only, where you usually never sit! :))
Or you could walk around with an ironing table and iron out the saggy bum from your skirt each time you get up! :))
Happy knitting
FK

MamaMer
07-12-2007, 09:29 AM
How about this one?:lol:

http://www.hazelandmelvin.com/products/sock-monkeys/wearable-art/sock-monkey-dress

HamaLee
07-12-2007, 10:24 AM
In addition to the skirts knit by Knit and Tonic, a couple people have knit Intolerable Cruelty and it is so hot. I really want one, but again, don't know how it holds up. You know, blog posts usually announce something when it's done, but don't update to tell you how something wears.

One person's Intolerable Cruelty
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lilybeth78/sets/72157600481097726/

Also see this:
http://intolerablecrueltykal.blogspot.com/

A trumpet skirt I saw on someone's blog the other day:
http://knottygnome.blogspot.com/2007/07/asstastic.html

Oh, also there's this:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/9004086@N03/559756369/

Ooh Nikki thanks for posting that second link of Intolerable Cruelty on a larger lady...I'm inspired to attempt it know and think it might not look awful on me.:drool:

suzeeq
07-12-2007, 10:34 AM
I knit a skirt back at the end of high school or beginning of college. It was a mini, though not super short, and a bit of an A line. It was out of acrylic and didn't get out of shape, though I have no butt really, and was a lot smaller then too.

ArtLady1981
07-12-2007, 02:56 PM
I'm new to all this knitting stuff, and to be honest, some of the patterns I've seen are just...odd. I don't mean "odd" odd, like the, er, apple cozy, which seems normal enough, if you're into that sort of thing.

But things like the turtleneck sweater that lacked the sweater part. Just the neck. The ad copy said something like "keep your neck warm without all the hassle of getting dressed and undressed!" They seemed serious.:shrug:

I have to say, though, the skirt/dress concept seems a little shaky. Some of the patterns seem nice, some are a little, uh, different...I've been on the fence about whether or not even to ask this question - but I'm dying to know.

Do they, or do they not, create "diaper butt"? You know what I'm talking about. Like jeans you've worn too long. Or those pants that seemed great in the store, but as soon as you got up for that first cup of coffee after sitting down at work you realize were a *really* bad idea. Saggy bottom.

The whole idea of knitted goods on the badonkadonk seems tricky. :think: I can't figure out how it might work. So be honest-
have you done it? Do they sag? Do they look amazing? In a good way or a bad way? Newbies want to know. :mrgreen:

I don't know if I am following what your question is? But here is my 2 cents worth anyways!

I knit a bulky sweater two years ago, and had lots of yarn leftover.
I searched through my patterns and found a skirt that required bulky yarn. It was a two piece skirt, the front and back were identical.
It looks GREAT!

I actually made the skirt 3 times total, to match different bulky weight cardigans. The other two skirts I knit "in the round" however.

It was a plain skirt...the edge was about 2" of seed...the rest was stocking stitch. The waistband has 1.5" elastic.

The skirts, overall, work well WITH THE CARDIGANS. I would never wear them alone. Together they make a "suit". Have gotten tons of compliments! :happydance:

losnana
07-12-2007, 04:03 PM
I think some skirts may be okay. This, however, is not.

http://cgi.ebay.com/HAIRY-LONGHAIR-MOHAIR-ANGORA-LUXURIOUS-sweater-CATSUIT_W0QQitemZ160134628565QQihZ006QQcategoryZ63 866QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Can't believe someone paid $242.00 for that, plus $40 to ship:ick: it!!

Ladybug Lady
07-12-2007, 06:15 PM
Am I the only one who can't stop staring at the Sock Monkey Dress?? I'm not sure if I love it or hate it, but it's mezmerizing either way.

BTW, I'm in the "If your dress size is in double digits, don't wear knitting on your butt" camp. There's not enough yarn in my entire LYS to cover my badonkadonk and make it look presentable! hee hee

LibraryLady
07-12-2007, 06:58 PM
...I've always loved this (http://knitpicks.com/Butterfly%20Dress_PD30792220.html) dress and would love to make it one day. Although you'd have to wear it over a slip....well I guess you don't have to if you want to be a little risque:shock:

...a friend and I have already knitted that dress. It's on the cover of a rowan book. My advice to you, if you're really skinny, go for it, but if you're a normal person like me or a little plump like my friend, forget about it! The mohair of the kidsilk haze gives it that static look, like you're 2 sizes bigger, not flattering I tell you. You could change the yarn i guess. My friend's one (she stuck to the pattern) was way too big, and way too long. The model on the picture must be 2m tall! ...

Thanks Kaydee! I've never been inspired to knit lace, but that just tripped my trigger! :inlove::inlove:
And thanks french kiwi - I will take your critique into consideration as I'm knitting! :muah:

LL

Renoah
07-12-2007, 08:14 PM
I don't see why we amply-cushioned women can't wear knitted skirts. BGK has some really cute examples. I think it's just a matter of picking the right yarn and the right shape for your body.

Blissknits
07-12-2007, 09:05 PM
I don't know if I am following what your question is? But here is my 2 cents worth anyways!

I knit a bulky sweater two years ago, and had lots of yarn leftover.
I searched through my patterns and found a skirt that required bulky yarn. It was a two piece skirt, the front and back were identical.
It looks GREAT!

I actually made the skirt 3 times total, to match different bulky weight cardigans. The other two skirts I knit "in the round" however.

It was a plain skirt...the edge was about 2" of seed...the rest was stocking stitch. The waistband has 1.5" elastic.

The skirts, overall, work well WITH THE CARDIGANS. I would never wear them alone. Together they make a "suit". Have gotten tons of compliments! :happydance:

Don't worry, I have a hard time following along with myself, too. :lol: So, the skirts you knitted - they don't sag around the booty area after you sit down a few times?? :curious:

Knitting_Guy
07-12-2007, 10:04 PM
How about a kilt?

(I heard real men wear kilts :teehee:)


Yeah a kilt is ok. Being of Irish descent that's no problem. I have an authentic Irish kilt but don't wear it except for certain Irish related special events which are few and far between. (Those suckers are expensive)

ArtLady1981
07-13-2007, 01:26 AM
Don't worry, I have a hard time following along with myself, too. :lol: So, the skirts you knitted - they don't sag around the booty area after you sit down a few times?? :curious:

No they don't sag. I used 100% alpaca (bulky wt) on the first one.
The second one was knit using a wool blend called Maggie's Tweed (bulky wt). The third one was knit out of Rowan "Polar", another bulky wt yarn.

They don't sag a bit, and this knitter has a booty to put ya all to shame! :woot:

FYI: I wear them to church, so I am in them for a maximum of 3 hours when I do wear them. Haven't put them to the 9-to-5 test. The outfits would be too hot for a day job, or my art shows for that matter.

They are like Oprah's "one hour shoes". Just put 'em on...walk in...and take 'em off within one hour! Voila! Good to go!

Blissknits
07-13-2007, 10:32 AM
Cool. Thanks ArtLady! :grin:

(kilts are hot.)