Fall is here in Texas and
we can breathe a sigh of relief... the temperature
has dropped from the hundreds to the nineties.
At the very least we can trick ourselves into
thinking it's really fall by wearing clothing
in beautiful autumn colors. I chose this lovely
SWTC bamboo yarn for the skirt because it will
not be wool-weather here for another three months.
However, it can easily be substituted for a
warmer yarn for those lucky enough to already
be experiencing cool temperatures. Another way
to add some extra warmth to this skirt would
be to have it lined in silk.
I have been looking for a
garment exactly like this one for over a year,
and finally decided just to make one. The knitted
fabric drapes closely over the figure, enhancing
the style of this coy little skirt. Purple is
the color of passion, and is also a charming
color for fall. The pattern is really quite
simple, with the corset panel in back being
the only tricky part. The loops that you lace
the ribbon through are worked at the end using
a simple crochet chain technique.
I think that this skirt would
enhance a slim figure, and look absolutely fabulous
on a voluptuous one. Wear it anywhere that you
want to draw attention to yourself. It will
photos: Monty Moncrief
|XS[S, M, L, 1X,
2X, 3X] (shown in size XS)
26[28, 30, 33, 36, 39, 42] inches (after elastic
Hip circumference: 34[36, 37.75, 41, 43.75,
47, 50] inches
Length: 22[23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28] inches
Fitting note: skirt sits below waistline
South West Trading Company Bamboo [100% Bamboo;
250yd/228m per 100g
skein]; color: Plum; 4[4, 4, 5, 6, 6, 7]
24-inch US #4 (3.5mm) circular needle (larger
sizes may prefer a 32-inch needle)
24-inch US #6 (4.25mm) circular needle (larger
sizes may prefer a 32-inch needle)
4 stitch markers - one marker should be a different
color from the others, to act as marker for
end of round
2 safety pins
.625 inch wide ribbon for "corset"
lacing; approx. 6[6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8] feet
.625 inch wide elastic for waistband; 25[27,
29, 32, 35, 38, 41] inches
|25 sts / 36 rows
= 4 inches in stockinette st on smaller needle
list of standard abbreviations and techniques
can be found here]
marker: End-of-round marker (this should
be the marker that is a different color from
smaller needle, CO 172[184, 196, 216, 234,
254, 272] sts. Place EOR marker and join to
begin working in the round, being careful
not to twist.
K 9 rounds.
P 1 round, to form turning ridge for elastic
K 9 rounds.
Set-up Round: K86[92, 98, 108,
117, 127, 136], place marker to indicate side
"seam" placement, k30[33, 33, 38,
40, 45, 49], place marker to indicate beg
of back panel, p26[26, 32, 32, 37, 37, 38],
place marker to indicate end of back panel,
k to end.
Increase Round: K2, m1, k to 2 sts before
1st marker, m1, k4, m1, k to 2nd marker, p
to 3rd marker, k to 2 sts before EOR marker,
m1, k2. 4 sts increased.
Work 2 rounds in patt as set (working sts
of back panel in reverse stockinette st).
Repeat these 3 rounds twice more. 184[196,
208, 228, 246, 266, 284] sts.
Work Increase Round.
Work 5 rounds in patt as set.
Repeat these 6 rounds six times more. 212[224,
236, 256, 274, 294, 312] sts.
Cont in patt as set until work measures
7[8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13] inches from turning
Note: Read ahead before proceeding.
Decrease Round: K2, k2tog, k to
4 sts before 1st marker, ssk, k4, k2tog, k
to 2nd marker, p to 3rd marker, k to 4 sts
before EOR marker, ssk, k2. 4 sts decreased.
Work 17 rounds in patt as set.
Repeat these 18 rounds 5 times more. 188[200,
212, 232, 250, 270, 288] sts.
Work measures 19[20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25] inches
from turning ridge.
AT THE SAME TIME, when work measures
11[11, 11, 13, 13, 15, 15] inches from turning
ridge, work as follows:
Next Round: K to 2nd marker, remove
marker, yo, k to 3rd marker, remove marker,
yo, k to end. Back panel is complete.
Next Round: [K to yo, place yo
on hold on safety pin] twice, k to end. The
held sts will later be used as starting points
for crocheted loops, through which ribbon
will be laced to create a corset effect.
Cont in stockinette st until shaping is
Next Round: Using larger needle,
[k1, m1] to end. 376[400, 424, 464, 500, 540,
Cont in stockinette st, using larger needle,
until ruffle measures 3 inches. BO all sts.
Cut a piece of waistband
elastic that is 25[27, 29, 32, 35, 38, 41] inches
long. Ensuring that elastic is not twisted,
overlap ends approx. 0.5 inch and sew securely,
forming a loop.
Place elastic inside waistband
section of skirt and fold casing over elastic,
along turning ridge. Sew CO edge of casing to
inside of skirt, enclosing elastic.
Remove one st from safety
pin and place on crochet hook. Attach yarn using
Count 8 rounds up back panel
and insert hook into center of purl stitch at
edge of panel, behind horizontal strand at front
of stitch and through to front, yarn over, draw
yarn through both loops on hook.
Work into each of next 9
sts (counting vertically) in the same way, making
a chained row along edge of back panel.*
Repeat from * to * to top
of back panel. Break yarn, draw through last
ch on hook and pull tight.
Repeat for remaining held
Weave in remaining ends.
Lace ribbon through loops,
using photo as a guide.
Moncrief has to fend off two cats, a rabbit,
and an amorous husband in order to get any knitting
done; for this, she appreciates how lucky she
Ashley is a new designer to Knitty.
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