As a result, the skirt is getting longer, faster than the pattern calls for. Increasing the needle size may end up being a mistake, but for now I am claiming victory. I have several more repeats -- 48 more rounds to be exact -- before I am told to cast off. However, as you can see, it's already 16 inches, which when measured against my frame, brings the skirt to an inch or two above my knee. I don't have much more to go.
Plan is to finish knitting this soon, make modifications to the pattern, and then spin and dye my own locally sourced yarn -- thus creating a 100 Mile Skirt!!