From the time I made this wonky little sketch in my notebook, through writing the instructions, and even after the first time I put it on the dress form, I held to the belief that Dickson was a poncho.
Then, I steamed the piece. I love steaming. Stitches straighten out, yarn plumps and blossoms, irregularities disappear, ribs relax. In this case, the ribbing relaxing meant that the generous cowl on my poncho became even more generous. When I went to take a snapshot of the piece, I placed the poncho once again on the shoulders of the dress form (to be fair she doesn’t have much in the way of shoulders, not having arms) and all of us in the design department watched as the poncho slowly slid down off the shoulders, past the bust, along the “rib cage,” finally settling on her hips. I stood there with my mouth agape. We all arched our eyebrows and cocked our heads in unison. It looked pretty good. Really good, in fact. I declared “my poncho clearly wants to be a skirt.” And so, Dickson is a skirt.
This former poncho, now skirt, has turned out to be the most popular pattern in vol. 13! I’m just happy that knitted skirts are once again “in.” Here are a few more skirts and dresses from our archives:
Have you ever knit a skirt?