Two Years of Skirtsicle (Contest!)

Sunday, May 31, 2009
This month marks the second anniversary of the Skirtsicle - a quick and easy little girls' skirt. It was originally published in MagKnits, but when that magazine went under I revamped it and put it up for sale in Ravelry. Since the spring of last year, 101 people have purchased a Skirtsicle via Rav (and a few more on Etsy), so I thought it was time to celebrate!

And what's the way to celebrate when you have a blog? A comments contest, of course!

I came up with the Skirtsicle because I wanted a fast knit, easily washed, play/dressy, hardwearing item for my daughter. It needed to be good for summer - and summers are hot in North Carolina - so not a heavy sweater or other knit top. A skirt seemed like the best option. I couldn't find one I liked, so I designed my own. A lot of the knitting was done while on vacation with my parents - my dad likes to sail on the Chesapeake - and I remember one night knitting away in the round when a great blue heron landed on the boat. I was so scared I nearly dropped my needles! My daughter loves her skirt, and is very sad that the original has gotten too short. True to the blurb, I knit a new one every once in a while to try to stay ahead of her growth spurts.

As you can probably tell, this pattern has a lot of sentimental value and good memories associated with it. I want to know what pattern or project is the same for you. Is there something you've made that makes you smile every time you put it on? Is there one with a funny story attached to it? Or that is adored by the recipient? Tell me your story in the comments of this post, and you'll be entered to win one of the prizes. Advertise it via whatever channels you have (your blog, tweets, plurks, etc.) and you'll get an extra entry (you have to tell me about them, though). Make sure you leave me some way to get ahold of you (Rav IDs are great, but other things work too).

I'll pick the winners by random number generator. If you are wool-averse or wool-preferring, please note that in your comments so that I can sort you to one or the other. Otherwise everyone goes into all drawings.

2 skeins Plymouth Royal Bamboo, Color 03 (Silver)
1 skein Malabrigo Merino Worsted, Color Purple Mystery
3 skeins Filatura Di Crosa Regina Print, Color 5004 (Purple, teal, orange, pink variegated)

I'll add an additional prize every 25 entries!

Contest ends June 15th, at noon Eastern (US) time.


  • Dove Knits

    What a cute pattern! No wonder it makes you happy!

    For me, that project is my Rona Lace Shawl. I didn't design it, but I loved every second of working on it. I never got bored, and the yarn was just delicious!

  • Lynn

    I smile every time I look at the skirtsicle pattern!

    My project is my Binary Cables Hat. I wear it practically all winter and have thought about trying a cotton for a summer version. A close 2nd would be my 3 spiral hat because I love to watch the expressions people make when I have it on!

    Lynn (Lnupermom on RAV)

  • Mujercita

    I made a sweatervest for my Grandfather in a basketweave pattern. He's always wearing it, and we had to fight to get him to leave it off in the warm weather. I don't think any other knit I've ever gifted has been so appreciated.

  • |chee-uh|

    My ginormous Clapotis lap blanket! One of my first large projects. It brings back memories of my first knitting group and my old home town.

  • Kenyetta

    The skirt and little girl are both so cute!
    My favorite project if Berroco's Emma. I had just started knitting and I wanted to make something for my youngest. She looked so cute in it! That was 5 years ago.

  • Bean

    I knit the katia formy twin 1 year-olds and really do smile everytime they get to wear them. I am going to knit them a few more so that I can enjoy dressing them while i can. Beankendall - rav

  • Sharon Rose

    That is indeed an adorable pattern. All the people in my life keep having boys, so I haven't made it yet. Cross your fingers for the next kid! :)

    My favorite simple / practical pattern is that 1x1 Noro striped scarf.
    I called mine the Lemming scarf because it irritated me to be such a copycat, but WOW that's a lot of bang for the buck (mindless knitting).

    Thanks for a great contest!

  • kaykatrn

    I really like your skirt pattern, especially the flair of it. My daughter is grown, though, so I guess I have to wait for grandkids and grandneices to make it for.
    I think the pattern I like the most is a scarf from Annie Modesitt called Allison's scarf. It has lace and cables, and it taught me about i-cord bind off and edging, which I use all the time on my improvised patterns.

  • rebelhousewife

    what a lovely skirt pattern. I think my favorite is just a quicky ribbed hand warmer pattern. I don't think it even has a name. I have knitted them several times in different fibers and I love them.

    rav id:rebelhousewife

  • vickie

    my dad told me he wanted a dead fish hat like the one on knitty .com so i made him one up and he wears it everytime he goes fishing or just out and about i love that he likes his hat so much vbarton24 t gmail dot com here is the rav link to the project

  • vickie

    i blogged vbarton24 at gmail dot com

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    i twittered vbarton24 at gmail dot com

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    i plurked vbarton24 at gmail dot com

  • Turtle

    what a cute pattern! sadly my lil one turns 17 on tuesday!! so no lil skirts for her, smile! You know, i tried to think of a funny story or anything to link to a pattern. Aside from a traditional basic sock pattern i seem to resort to for non thinking knitting, (you know what i keep in my bag for emergency knitting needs) that people are constantlly trying to convince me that i can buy socks at the store for much less effort, i don't have a story!! I have even had folks on top of a mtn tell me> they sell socks at target you know... when they see me knitting while hubby fishes when backpacking.

  • I think the bag I knit last makes me very happy. Not much sentiment to it, but it's practical and useful, and even my husband approves! The Quinn bag pattern from Rav, where I'm known as MrsFife.

  • jennifer

    All of the various baby things I have made for my children. I didn't know how to knit or crochet for the two oldest, although I sewed. So each child has two or three different items made by me and none of them matches what the other children have. When I look at each child's baby collection, I feel proud to know they'll have something special to pass to their own babies.


  • Kristen

    That's a great pattern! One of my favorite projects was a little pair of fingerless mitts. Totally plain, but I made it with a pretty wool/silk blend and I really like them. :)

  • Jen

    I really like the Dublin Bay Socks I made. I'll probably use the pattern again. The reason I'm calling out that pattern is that I made the socks for my mother-in-law (who loves them), and she just went to visit her daughter, who is one of my inspirations for learning to knit. When my sister-in-law saw the socks, she oohed and ahhed about them, and ran her finger up and down the little lace part cooing about how pretty it was.

    Jen (zgma on Ravelry)

  • heather

    That is such an adorable skirt!

    For me, the project is the Cobblestone Pullover. I knit it for my boyfriend and love that he wears it so often. It seems like we've been lucky enough to avoid the "Never Knit Your Boyfriend a Sweater" curse!

    pookabunzeroni (Ravelry ID)

  • Elaine

    My pattern is a basic sweater of my own design. I make it over and over gain using different yarns, adding cables, doing colorwork, etc. I always have one on the needles.

    You can contact me on my blog (and I'm off to blog about the contest)

  • A pattern that gives me good feelings is the Socktopus from knitty. I knitted one for a girl in my community who suddenly lost the use of her legs. So I knitted her a lovely socktopus and wrote a book to go with it about how the socktopus broke her legs (all eight of them!) and then needed to go to rehab and do her exercises to learn to walk again! The girl's mom wrote me the nicest e-mail, telling me that her daughter had been reluctant to resume her PT routines after coming home from rehab, but was more eager to do her exercises and stretches after reading about how Socktopus did them, too!

  • Timiae

    2 WIPS are this way for me:

    My short row spiral blanket (or rug? We'll see what it becomes). I'm using leftovers to make it, so there's a piece of most projects in it.

    My wedding wrap. I'm making a beaded Clapotis in an alpaca/silk blend for my wedding (05/08/2010). I know this will be forever cherished!

    My pet afghan. I am making squares with a picture of each pet (as best as I can) and their names. I have had/do have/will continue to have many many many pets and will always love this blanket.

    SpinKnitUp @ Ravelry

  • Carrie

    I adore the Owls by Kate Davies pattern. I made it in pink, but now want one in more colors!

    Fun contest. Thanks!
    carrieg777 on Rav

  • Debbie

    For me, that project is my basketweave scarf. I worked on it when I went to visit my family in MN. My Mom and sis loved it so much I had to teach them both how to knit while I was there. Now I smile and think of them every time I wear it. debbie

  • suburban prep

    I made a dress for my niece shortly after my sister adopted her. She was able to wear it for a good while but then she got too big for it. My sister sent it onto my brother whose little girl was able to wear it until she too got to big. The youngest of the three girl cousins is now getting too big and it will more than likely go back to my sister for her to keep with her daughter.
    (I am the oldest of 7 and I have a number of nieces and nephews).

  • JuliaA

    i haven't typed up the pattern yet, but my favorite is one i came up with for a cat toy. i made some for my cat, and two for my former roommate's cats, who i miss dearly. her black cat took a special liking to the blue-gray mouse i made, and he likes to cuddle with it atop the laundry in the laundry basket. i love that image.

    here's his mousie:

  • Sara

    I made a stuffed dog for one of my daycare boys.

    It wasn't much, and didn't take more than three days, but..
    I loved every second of making it.
    The boy I made it for was going through a rough time, and when I gave it to him - he was just so happy.

    I was thrilled with his reaction. I am thrilled that he still loves that dog.

    RavID: WintersSong

  • Marie T.

    My favorite project is my hoodie (from the Stich 'n Bitch book). It took me forever to do the sleeves because I was showing off and knitting both at the same time on one needle. It's a lovely turquoise color and it's nice and snug.
    (I'm knitmeahamster on Ravelry, and both those yarns look yummy).

  • Jersey

    My favorite project is a jacket I made in the only yarn I ever hand-dyed. I love it! I feel so ... special

  • Jersey

    Ooops. I forgot to list my e-mail

    gmail - jerseyjessie

  • Breien in Lansingerland

    My favourite projects (for the past half year) are definitely the blankets that I made for my youngest son, and for my daughter.

    It took me a while to create, but they enjoy sleeping under it.

    Images can be found here:
    and here

  • Jenny

    My most memory-laden knit is my first pair of socks. I had knit one stocking first so that I had a basic idea how it would work, and then I got down to business. I picked a yarn I thought was gorgeously bright (Regia clown colorway), and I knit it everywhere! I knew it for weeks and weeks and weeks, and a lot of that time was while sitting with a friend who started coming over to watch Gilmore Girls. I finished it alone while my husband was at a conference in New Orleans, and I used my picture text messaging for the first time to send him a picture of my completed first sock. The sock fell apart, and no matter how many times I re-knit the toe, it just falls apart (I've no idea why). But still, it's my favorite :-)

  • KJo

    Hmm.... My favorite would have to be my little brothers Troll

    He wanted me to make it for him, but I was busy with other yarn projects, then I started it in secret as a Christmas present. It is so hard to hide something you're working on, from an eleven year-old who always has something to tell you. My little brother was actually pretty sad, he thought I was making something for everyone but him. There were a lot of close calls, of him almost discovering me, but I did it! I was even able to wrap it up and put it with the other presents without him knowing. Then on Christmas day, when he unwrapped it and opened the box, he was so happy! His face lit up and he hugged me. He said he didn't have a clue that I was working in secret. And he loves his troll, even learned to crochet and makes his troll costumes.

    KJo (on Ravelry)

  • MarieAngel

    I have 2 projects that are memorable.

    The first one is the Adamas shawl.
    I have so far made 2 and am working on the 3rd. The original shawl was made for my sister who passed away before I could get it to her so now I own it. So yes, it has great sentimental value for me.
    The second project that I completed that made an impact is the Li'l Red Riding Hoodie. I made this for my daughter who is absolutely thrilled to bits with it. She wears it all the time!

    Lovely giveaway idea. I like it.
    Both types of yarn are fine with me.

    MariAngel on Ravelry

  • cksknitter

    I've knit many Chevron Scarves from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson. I dub this pattern a "keeper"!
    Chrissy at knittoday(at)hotmail(dot)com

  • Darcys Knotty Knitter

    I was spoiling someone special in a swap and you were suppose to knit a toy they'd like as a blah buster buddy.I was going through pre-op for surgery and working on the pattern I had seen Chan favorite it.I had alot of things about it that were new for me.
    3. 2nd knitted toy ever
    4. knitting with Angora
    I wasn't done with sheep when my surgery day came so the day after my surgery I went to a yarn shop sat on my donut and finished sheep sheep so I could get Chan's package sent off in time. It was very painful physically to sit that long 6 hours or to drive but I wanted to make sure sheep sheep was finished on time.I became attached so when it was time to send him to his new home I cried.I think Sheep Sheep is my finest project ever and will always be special to me.You can see him on my ravelry project page here:
    Hugs Darcy

  • brownbear

    I smile when I wear socks that I have made, especially the really bright ones. I feel lucky when I wear them.

  • knitalittle

    Okay this is so easy. My favorite project is the very first sweater I made my husband. (The first sweater he would wear. He is a bit picky) It was a simple top down sweater. I was so pleased with the look I made each of our boys the same sweater. Tooooo bad my girls didn't like the pattern or I would have made one for everyone.

  • Wendy

    I really like the skirtsicle I made for my daughter, actually. It was something she got a lot of use out of, loved, and looked great. I may have to make her another, in a bigger size!

    Most things I knit for my kids make me smile, I love seeing a picture of a beautiful child I made, in a beautiful item I made!

  • Martha

    I love the Oriental Lily pattern: It's my go-to for baby girl knits. It's just so darned cute and easy to make and I've made it a couple of times already in different color patterns. And each time I knit a new one I think of the other baby girls that have already received one.

  • Erin

    Beautiful pattern! I guess the most sentimental pattern I ever knit was the Irish Hiking Scarf. I'd wanted to knit one since I saw it... and had to challenge myself to learn the skills to do it. I made one, but haven't figured out who to give it to yet. When I do, it will be special. sicilianbuttercup on Ravelry

  • ponyknit

    Such a cute pattern! One of my favorite gifts is a scarf I made for a friend. She loves it and her mom is always asking me to teach her to knit.

  • Natalie

    After I had been knitting for a year, I thought it a wonderful idea to tackle a lace project. As I had no clue about lace knitting, I picked the pattern by means of the "Oooh, shiny" method, which, ahem, didn't go so well, because I ended up casting on the Cobweb Lace shawl from IK... Lace patterning on both sides, need I say more? It took me over a year, but I stuck with it and finished it. It taught me oh so much! Every time I wear it, it reminds me that hard work pays off.


    my favorite project was by elizabeth zimmerman, the bsj. at times i thought it was nuts, me, the pattern, ez! the yarn was an acrylic that looked like someone had taken the colors from a 16 color crayon box. i made it for my nephew's son. i wanted to learn how to continental knit. as the pattern is garter stitch, i got lots of practice. i want to learn the continental purl, so the next one will be done all in purl. another thing i love about the pattern is people asking you what you are making because it is done in one piece. i loved it when my enginering dh could not figure out how to fold it into a sweater!

  • Sarah

    My favorite project is always socks...easy, rewarding, and such a great, luxurious gift. I have a pattern that's just an adaptation on a basic sock pattern with a little tightening of the rib just above the heel so it feels extra cozy.

  • Sheila

    My favorite project was Mr. Greenjeans from I modified the pattern to make it for my young daughter, and it was so fun to knit and I love how it turned out. It's on my queue to make for myself, but I need to save money to buy enough malabrigo! :)
    ~Sheila (mommychew on ravelry)

  • Leah

    I really like that skirt too!

    My favorite pattern is a very basic top-down raglan pullover I made for my little girl, from sky blue Malabrigo worsted. It's just the perfect sweater--it fits in a nice casual slouchy way, it was simplicity itself to make, and I know I'll be making many more in the future...

    I'm getting some great ideas for projects from this post!

  • nanabear

    My favorite project lately was a cabled bag that is just gorgeous. The pattern was simple and it went together so easily. I'm sure I'll be getting lots of compliments when I carry it.

  • yardsailor

    One of my favorites is the "Irish Hiking Scarf".

  • ann

    love all your patterns!!
    my fav that make me say OH!!! EZ's SBJ -- how did she figure that out some crazy knitter!!!

  • ikkinlala

    I smile (and laugh a bit) every time I see my mom wearing the Thuja socks I made for her. They were the first pair of socks I ever made, and they're made of hideous bright pink baby acrylic that my grandma found for me at a garage sale. I did a good job of the knitting, I think, but still, she must really love me to wear them as much as she does.

    ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

  • naomi

    I knitted (and felted - a first for me) your forty-years bowl pattern. I felt very accomplished when it was completed (felted and all) and look forward to making many more of them as gifts!

  • Gnat

    There a lot of projects I look back on and smile. There are the two clapotis I knit before my wedding, one was for my MIL as a birthday gift and the other a thank you for my Aunt.

    But of all the project I've knit..the most prized I have is my wedding shawl! I had to rip back this pattern several times because it had to be perfect and it was my first lace shawl! I love how it turned out and it looked great with my dress!!

    Here it is in my projects page.

    What a great contest!!

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