Score Some Shorts
a pair of board shorts. I bought my yarn first,
then went to the thrift store and found an
appropriate pair of shorts on the first go,
but this is San Diego. You may have an appropriate
pair of pants or shorts nestled in the back
of the closet already, or you may want to
hit the thriftstore before you buy
your yarn. Choose a pair of shorts that fit
well at the waist. You should avoid any zippers,
but an elastic waist, drawstring, buttons
or a velcro closure will be fine. Remember
that you will need to be able to don the shorts
with the fly only half open since you will
be cutting off the rest!
the shorts on and make a mark about an inch
below your hip on each side. Note this measurement
and cut the shorts off to this length. My
waistband measured about 4 inches after cutting.
Turn under the bottom 0.5
inch and sew in place. I used white thread
and sewed two seams 0.25 inch apart to match
the rest of the detailing on my skirt. If
there is any sort of a fly, just sew it together
at the bottom. Leave any velcro or buttons
above the seam in place. Remove any bits that
get in the way of sewing your skirt shut.
Knit Some Grass
Measure the circumference
of your skirt at the bottom edge. Multiply
this measurement by 3.75 -- your gauge per
the resulting number [in my case 128] stitches
on US#5 circular needles [or size needed to
obtain gauge]. Join, being careful not to
twist, and knit in St st in the round until
piece measures desired length. In my case,
10 inches. You can try on the waistband and
the grass tube to see if you like the length.
You'll only lose a row or two in length when
attaching the two pieces.
Switch to a short length
of unfurry yarn [it need not match; it won't
show] and BO all stitches. I found the contrasting
cotton yarn helped me see the stitches when
sewing the skirt together, but you can cast
off in Vamos if you wish.