I've always admired Kat Coyle's patterns for knitted skirts...they are all so stylish, wearable, and altogether lovely. I had been plotting (yes, plotting) to knit up a skirt all summer...and now that it's fall (I'm just tickled pink with the fact that my knitting projects and seasonal weather never quite match up), I found myself casting on for Ms. Coyle's Lacy Skirt with Bows from Greetings from Knit Cafe.
I substituted Queensland Collection's Kathmandu DK for the recommended Twisted Sisters' Daktari yarn after reading about issues regarding inconsistency in dye saturation that others have experienced with the Daktari yarn. I also went down a needle size to size 4 and 5 needles, mainly because my 6's seem to have gone where many of my socks go after they're washed in the machine. I highly recommend the substitution of Kathmandu yarn, which is a blend of merino, cashmere, and silk, for the Daktari. Kathmandu has a similar texture to slubbed cotton, feels great against bare skin, and has consistent coloring.
Since the colorway I chose is a warm tan with purplish tweedy flecks in it, I decided to accent the warm tones of the skirt with a purple ribbon. I kind of splurged a little on the ribbon...it's hand-dyed silk in what the artist calls "Stormy Monday." I purchased and used exactly 3 yards of ribbon and 4 balls of yarn...I didn't even have any yarn or ribbon leftover to use as a drawstring for the top of the skirt. But I've been wearing it out anyway.
It is a little loose on top, so I'll have to fix the drawstring problem somehow. I could pray to the knitting gods, cross my fingers, and hope that someone out there has a few extra yards of Kathmandu DK in the same colorway, but I think I may just plunk down the cash for another ball of yarn to knit the i-cord drawstring, and knit a hat or something with the leftover yarn.