“It Ain’t Ease-y on a Sunday Morning!”
Remember that Lionel Richie song, “Easy on a Sunday Morning”? I found out this past Sunday that ease is something I totally forgot to consider as I continue the saga of the Sierra Skirt that I am crocheting for my daughter.
If you remember from the last post, I found what I thought would be a good substitute yarn for a skirt pattern, only to discover that I could not get the gauge the pattern called for. So I decided to do frequent fittings to make sure I was on the right track with the yarn and hook size I finally selected. I thought from the first fitting, after crocheting a couple of rows, that I had selected the right sizek. Then, I decided to do another fitting after crocheting several inches, only to discover that the fit was “skin tight” (geez, another “old school” song comes to mind as I’m writing this).
It dawned on me that the pattern measurements are for hip size; however, there are no “finished measurements” which would account for EASE, i.e., “the extra fabric that allows space between you and your garments.” DUH! Perhaps with the yarn called for in the pattern, ease isn’t an issue, but with the 100% mercerized cotton that I’m using, there has to be some ease because the yarn doesn’t stretch all that much.
My daughter and I tried to figure out ways to increase the diameter of the skirt so that it would provide more ease in the hips, but my brain wasn’t up to the task of figuring out how to do this and maintain the pattern stitch, so I simply frogged everything and started from scratch, going up a size. After crocheting about three rows at the new size, the skirt fits over the widest part of the hips which means the drawstring waist is an absolute necessity now.
It will be interesting to see how the skirt drapes once it’s done. I’ll keep you up to date on what happens.