aww, thanks guys! this site has so much amazing stuff on it!
to try to answer your questions:
- the pattern was something i made up, but basically it was knitted not around, but sideways and i inserted the "pleats" after i got the desired length and sewed it together.
- the hearts were appliques that i knitted after - i thought just the skirt by itself was a little lacking and so i was playing around and came up with the knitted hearts (i was really happy when they worked too!). i could definately make a tutorial on those one day - they were fun to make.
and cary -- i didn't start that long ago, it just takes some patience and at times lots of starting over...