(Eiffel) Tower of Strength

A skirt, for my 2-day stay in Paris… Une petite jupe!

Tower of Strength Skirt using 3 skeins of yarn (1 of each colour)
Tower of Strength Skirt using 3 skeins of yarn (1 of each colour)

C1: Wooden shoe (light brown)
C2: At the Copa (orange)
C3: Wingtips (dark brown)

I wanted to try and make this skirt with only 3 skeins of yarn (1 of each colour). In order to do this I used larger sized needles and followed size XS instead of my normal Size Small.

I worked 6 rows of ribbing for the waistband, then worked the first 2 repeats without working the first increase at Round 14. This did shift the colour order for these rows, but not in a noticeable way. From round 28 onwards it was business as usual. I worked a total of 7.5 vertical repeats.

The hem ribbing was done using C3 instead of C1 because there wasn’t enough yarn left to do the job (as I expected). I didn’t mind that at all.

01 Sept: It is now blocking. Finished length is: 45cm (17.5″). Having done this on larger needles, I am really pleased that it did not compromise the fabric in any way. I think the yarn is the reason for that. From the 3 skeins yarn, I was left with 12g of each colour.

Plucky Sweater is the best yarn for this kind of project. It is sturdy and smooth, with excellent stitch definition. It very rarely pills or fluffs, which makes it perfect for clothing that will succumb to abrasion through movement. The 10% nylon content helps to keep this skirt nice and close to the body in a flattering manner – almost like a pair of Spanx!

The colours are a bit psychedelic! Not sure what possessed me to choose these colourways. Somehow, it reminds me of a skirt my mum wore back in the 1970s. We’ll see if I can get away with it! 🙂


6 thoughts on “(Eiffel) Tower of Strength

  1. Great design, and it fits you to a T. Did you do any knitting related activities in Paris? I’m going there soon and I’m researching shops and open knitting groups.


    1. Thanks! There’s a really cute knitting shop near the Louvre and Pomipdou called Lil’ Weasel. It’s small but packed to the rafters with amazing yarns. The owner speaks English, so there is always help at hand.


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