I added a tab at the top of this page called “Patterns”. I thought it would be a nice way to organize and present my designs. Some patterns are free and include a link to the host page or pdf, and others are for sale either through Ravelry or my Etsy store.
Yesterday someone asked me how to lengthen the Sidewinder Skirt pattern. Below are 2 diagrams of one wedge of the skirt. Please note that it is not drawn to scale, nor does it indicate all the short rows your size may require. It’s just for illustration purposes only. The first one is a regular wedge.
To lengthen the skirt (see illustration below), you would need to initially cast on more sts. So figure out your sts per inch from a swatch, determine how much longer you want the skirt to be and cast on that many more sts. The trick (I think) is to alter the number of sts you work before the wraps.
For example, in size small you cast on 115 sts. You would then cast on an additional number of sts you need to make it longer (say 30 sts as an example). So cast on 145 instead of 115. Then add 30 sts to the number of sts you knit before the wrap. The first wrap in the pattern is after the 10th st, so instead of wrapping after the 10th st, knit 40 sts and then wrap (10 st + 30 st). Continue adding 30 sts to the number of sts you work before the wrap. That should add length but keep the shaping in the right spots around the hips. But be aware that it won’t increase the lower edge circumference measurement because you’re not knitting additional rows, just more stitches. If you want additional length and a larger lower edge circumference, you would probably need to add more sts and extra short rows. Don’t ask me how to calculate that because I don’t have the brain power to figure it out!
Please let me know if this doesn’t make sense. I have a tendency to not explain myself very well. Have fun knitting the skirt!