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Cotton skirts are fun to knit and wear, especially in the lazy days of summer.

This one has a drawstring waistband, an A-line shape and easy eyelets decorating the bottom half that show just enough skin. The garment is knit in two pieces and sewn together at the sides. Feel free to use any cotton you like in a worsted weight.

model: Abira Ali photo: Kat Coyle


Waist: 34 inches    
Hips: 40 inches
Hemline width: 63
Length: 24 inches



Naturelle 8/8 Denim [74% recycled cotton, 24% acrylic, 2% unknown fibers;
1680 yds per 2 b cone]; approximately 1000 yds used.

1 24-inch US#7/4.5mm circular needle
1 24 inch US #6/4 mm circular needle
crochet hook (approx. size G)
tapestry needle



18 sts/27.5 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch
Measure your gauge swatch before and after blocking. Cotton yarns shrink!


Ribbon Eyelet (single YO)

Odd number of stitches
Row 1: (RS) Knit.
Row 2: Purl.  
Rows 3 and 4: Knit.
Row 5: *K2tog, yo, rep. from * end k1.
Row 6: Knit.

Ribbon Eyelet (double YO or triple YO):

Same as the above pattern except for row 5, where the yarn is wrapped twice or three times, and on row 6, where the first YO is knitted and the subsequent wraps are dropped.

Elongated Stitch

Row 1: (RS) Knit.
Row 2: Purl.
Rows 3 and 4: Knit.
Row 5: *K1, double YO, rep. from* end k1.
Row 6: K the k sts and the first wrap of the YO, dropping the second wrap of
the YO

Make two. Front and back are the same.

Note: Throughout the entire pattern, maintain the first and last stitch of each row as the edge stitches, knitting them on RS and purling on the WS. I won't be including them into the pattern directions.


On #6 needle, CO 78 sts.
Rows 1 and 2: *K2, p2, repeat from * to end (except for edge stitches!)
Row 3: *K2tog, yo, p2tog, yo, rep. from *
Row 4-6: K2, p2

Main Body

Switch to the #7 needle.
Work in St st, inc 1 st at each end, right after the first edge stitch and right before the last edge stitch, every 7 rows 10 times.

On row 76, inc (only) 1 st = 99 sts.

Eyelet Section

Reset row counter back to 1.
Inc 1 st each end every 6 rows 11 times.

3 pattern repeats of the ribbon eyelet (single YO),
3 pattern repeats of the ribbon eyelet (double YO),
1 elongated stitch,
1 ribbon eyelet (double YO),
1 elongated stitch
1 ribbon eyelet (double YO)
1 ribbon eyelet (triple YO),
4 rows of garter stitch (knit every row). 70 rows and 121 sts.

This completes the skirt.

BO with the Picot Point cast off

K2, BO 1, k1, BO 1, *put st from RH needle to LH needle, knit on 2 new sts, k those 2, BO 1, k1, BO 1, (completes 1 picot point) k1, BO 1 (3 times), rep. from *.



Hand wash, dry flat and lightly steam the two pieces.
Neatly sew together, making sure that rows match on each side. Steam again.

Crochet a chain drawstring.
If you want, you can decorate your skirt with ribbons woven in and out of the eyelets. The example has a little embroidery for color and a pink string crocheted along with the yarn in the drawstring.


Kat is an obsessed knitter who lives and dreams in L.A.

Visit her web site to see pictures of her knitwear and paintings.