More Winter Skirts
This skirt transpired from a pattern at Mama In A Stitch along with a grab bag of locally-processed fibers from the Kurth Valley Fiber Mill. It contained a variety of golden-dyed skeins of alpaca, llama, wool, angora, and even some buffalo fibers. I had started the poncho but not far into it decided the pattern would make a great skirt for wearing over leggings. With a little added color from a random skein of bright orange/pink/army green/yellow wool, I realized I could mesh this with the slightly tougher llama fiber (as in sidebar picture) for the waist and hips and then allow the softer alpaca to hang for the rest.
Three-tiered Alpaca-Wool-Llama Skirt
You will need:
US size K 6.50 mm crochet hook
Approx. 75 yds llama, 75 yds wool, 300 yds alpaca (2 skeins, these are all approximate as I obtained them from a small local processor and didn’t jot down the exact lengths of each skein)
Approximately 16” wide (32″ circumference) at the waist, 19.5″ wide (39″ circumference) X 20” long.
Approximately 12 stitches and 9 rows per 4 inches.
HDC: half-double crochet
BLO: back loop only
DC: double crochet
SS: slip stitch
Starting with the waist (llama)
Ch 112, SS to first chain to join in the round
Round 1: HDC in each of the starter row chains, working in the round, SS to both loops of starting chain to join in the round
Round 2: Ch2, HDC in BLO beginning with the first open chain and repeating through all, SS to both loops of starting chain from previous row to join in the round
Round 3: Ch4, DC in 7th ch from hook (this is the 3rd ch on row below), *ch1, skip1, DC*, repeating between * throughout the round, SS to both loops of starting chain from previous row to join in the round
Round 4: Ch2, HDC in BLO beginning with the first open chain and repeating throughout, SS to both loops of starting chain from previous row to join in the round
Repeat rounds 3 and 4, three more times.
Switching to the hips (wool) and the body (alpaca)
This is where you begin working all rows as HDC in BLO, beginning each with a chain 2, and SS to both loops of first HDC of previous row.
To increase from the waist to the hips, I worked two HDC in BLO in one chain, once every 10-12 chains (an increase to 122-124). (I meant to do this every 10 chains but toward the end worked every 12. I ended up with 120 total. Considering the fiber and the stretchy-ness of the stitch, you can choose if you want more or less so there is some flexibility here. If you want to increase to the hips a little more then work two HDC in BLO every 10 chains (this increases your count from 112 to 124). If you want to increase less, work two HDC in BLO every 12 chains (this increases your count from 112 to 122).
I ended up with a seam that runs slightly diagonal which for these fibers, and the skirt, I liked how it turned out. I’m not an experienced crocheter so if you want to get a straight seam you can find out how to adjust this (in a skirt, not working in a circular pattern which increases, like a hat), here (https://wilmade.com/crochet-a-straight-seam-joined-rounds/).
Tie off and weave in ends.
Now, the funny part of this is that while I knit or crochet, I tend to find myself working out other mental gymnastics usually associated with Scripture. And for some time I’ve often wondered if there is something more to
Deuteronomy 22:11 “You shall not wear cloth of two different kinds of thread, wool and linen, woven together.” other than the symbolic reference where it is resurrected in Matthew 9:16. The verse from the old testament, similar to other precepts and laws laid out by the Lord during old testament times, were then, taken as literal commands.
Similar to Deuteronomy 22:9 “You shall not sow your vineyard with two kinds of seed, lest the whole yield be forfeited,…” where the aim of the command seems to be to maintain healthy crops by keeping seeds separate.
So why, I’ve wondered, would the Lord be concerned with giving precepts of this sort, with regard to the ancients’ clothing, and how, if at all, can it be applied today. This certainly goes deeper than it would appear on the surface (and more than this post is intending to express) since to understand the Lord is to know that He is concerned with ALL aspects of our lives. For after all, “even the very hairs of your head are all numbered” (Luke 9:16).
But perhaps sometimes, his precepts really are just a simple as they seem (which again goes to show his great concern for even the tiniest details of our lives). Because now I find myself wondering how I’m going to wash this skirt, where the wool and llama are quite resilient but the alpaca is soft and vulnerable to damage. On retrospect, I should have (and originally intended for) the wool to span only 2-3 rows to break up the colors between the llama and alpaca. But since I completed 6, it may have added too much bulk and especially with respect to the care instructions.
So, depending on your fibers, there is a lot of flexibility in the number of rows for each but if you’ve made it this far in the post, it’s a good idea to consider the stretch and composition of the fibers that you decide to use. My goal was to have a warm yet durable skirt for wearing over leggings in the winter. I may return to the fiber mill to pick up more llama as I think this is a great material to use for this type of skirt, especially around the waist and hips where there is more tension. The alpaca, however, gives it a nice flow without being form-fitting, as you might find in a cotton-polyester blend.