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« on: April 07, 2007 09:18:35 AM »

I'm reluctant to knit skirts because of the 'seat' factor - when it stretches and bubbles around your butt.

Does crochet do that? I've seen some really cute crochet skirts and would love to make one.

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« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2007 09:33:11 AM »

I imagine it has more to do with the style of construction than the method of stitching. Try making a crocheted skirt that looks flattering, and if it doesnt turn out how you want, well.. you can always frog it and make something else. Given the fact that crochet is a less stretchy material, I would imagine it won't stretch as much as a knit skirt. Also take into consideration the yarn you use, how big you crochet it, etc...

Not  much help, I know, since I'm not entirely sure what you mean when you say knit skirts stretch and bubble.

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« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2007 10:11:32 AM »

I think that if you use a cotton yarn it wouldn't have as much "give" as a knitted skirt usually has.  I don't know what kind of pattern you're interested in, but a granny square construction would probably provide more structure to the piece, as opposed to long rows of stitches.  Regardless of the construction you choose, lining it would probably be the best way to ensure it holds it's proper shape.  And with crochet, you'd probably want to line it anyway, since the stitches tend to be rather "holey" --  And who wants to fuss around with a slip these days??

By the way, I know exactly what you mean about knit skirts...I had a really neat sweater dress in the 80's that totally betrayed my love!!  I would stand up, but the back of my dress wouldn't!!  Yikes. Undecided
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« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2007 10:20:20 PM »

The problem is more with the fiber than with the construction.  Knit skirts can be quite flattering and have very little problem with the "seat" which is similar, but even more embarrassing than "shoulder nipples".  A fiber that may not stretch as much (like cotton) but stays stretched once it gets stretched, is going to be a bad choice.  I've read designers who say that fibers and fiber blends these days have come so far since the 80's that it is entirely possible, with the right choice of fiber, to make a lovely knitted skit that you can actually sit down in without having butt issues.  I would assume crochet would be the same way. 

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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2007 12:37:34 AM »

I too think it's all about fiber... and the pattern.
I've got two crochet skirts, the first is an acrylic and rayon blend, the second is bamboo, both are made of lacy patterns... no "seat" problem. I'm thinking of making another one in a plain not see-through fabric, and I think I'll have to play with rhe elasticity of the double crochet stitch, working it from side to side (and not from top down) to allow it to hold shape and drape nicely...


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