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For our Gaughan-Along I chose something that has been on my to-do list since at least 2007 – the Snapping Turtle skirt from Knitting Nature.  I’ve had this discontinued Berroco Suede Tri-Color in the stash for almost the same amount of time, just waiting to be used.  I don’t know why I waited so long to knit it.  Like much of my queue, I think it just got pushed off in favor of store samples, gifts and projects that didn’t seem as big of a risk as a skirt.  But… CARPE DIEM!  It’s time for me to cast on and/or finish those things I’ve been putting off, procrastinating over or otherwise neglecting the past few years.Suede

Pattern: Snapping Turtle Skirt by Norah Gaughan, from Knitting Nature (now in paperback!)
Yarn: Berroco Suede Tri-Color (long discontinued)
Notes: This is an intermediate level pattern, mostly for the pattern-following aspect of the project.  Rather than making a million hexagons and sewing them together, you are asked to pick up stitches along the pieces that came before.  For example, the next hexagon I start will begin by casting on for the unattached sides and then picking up along the side of the hexagon I am now finishing.

Snapping Turtle2

I have to admit it’s been a little bit fiddly to pick up and knit off of the previous hexagon but not having to sew them together in the end just might be worth it!  For the knitting of this pattern we’re looking at the stockinette side of the work, but the public side is the reverse stockinette side, which exposes the “seams”.  Doesn’t it look interesting?

Snappping Turtle1

I’m having fun seeing how the colors play out and I can’t wait to see what it looks like when it’s complete!  There are a few other stunning examples of this skirt on Ravelry and I hope mine looks wonderful also.

I can’t help but think ahead to what project would come next….  Bubble Pullover?  Assymetrical Cardigan?  Hold me back!!  How are you doing with our Gaughan-Along?