Once upon a time, I made this sweater
. Then I had a bunch of balls of yarn left, and thought, "I want to make a matching skirt with what's left." I wanted to use the Fair Isle pattern I'd designed for the sweater on the skirt. I tried to find a plain straight skirt pattern that let me do it, but I couldn't find exactly what I wanted. So I ended up designing my own skirt, based off of the Knitty skating skirt
pattern. I thought I'd make up a tutorial for how I did it.
I used worsted yarn and a 24-inch circular needle, size 8 (I think, ahem). My gauge was 6 sts = 1 inch.
What you'll need:
- Two balls/skeins/what have you of the main skirt color (lavender here).
- One ball of the bottom trim color (purple here)
- Two other colors of yarn (green and yellow here), you won't need much of it.
What I did:
1. I followed the skating skirt pattern as written to make the drawstring top of the skirt, stopping following them at "Start pleated panels."
2. Here, you'd add stitches as needed gradually (they worked out perfectly for me, but it might not for everyone) so that your total number of stitches to go around your body divides equally into 15. Do straight garter stitch in lavender for about 3 inches or until you reach where your hips are. (Or just put the flower garland pattern lower down, if you'd like. No biggie.)
3. Using garter stitch, put this pattern into the skirt.
4. After finishing the pattern, continue knitting straight garter stitch in lavender, basically until you run out of yarn! (For me, the skirt was about 18 inches long at this point. Kind of a mini, so it needed trim.)
5. Once you're out of lavender, or just plain done with it, it's time to make the pleats from the skating skirt! Follow the instructions for the pleated panels on the panel, but with these modifications:
(a) Follow the instructions as written for round 1 (p2, k10) on the first row, then instead of repeating this round until the panels are 3 inches, just repeat it once (row 2).
(b) For row 3, start adding 2 stitches for each k10 section, making them k12. Then knit row 4 without adding any stitches.
(c) For row 5, add 2 stitches for each k12 section. Then knit 2 rows without adding any stitches.
(d) For row 8, add 2 stitches for each k14 section. Then knit 3 rows without adding any stitches.
(e) For row 12, add 2 stitches for each k16 section. Then knit 4 rows without adding any stitches.
(f) For row 17, add 2 stitches for each k20 section. Then knit 5 rows without adding any stitches.
6. Finish with 4 rows of garter stitch, tie up your loose ends, make your drawstring according to the instructions, finish the casing, all according to the skating skirt instructions.