Akimbo Skirt by Kira Dulaney
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Akimbo Skirt

October 2006
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 35 rows = 4 inches
in Tweed Stitch
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
4.0 mm (G)
1100 - 1550 yards (1006 - 1417 m)
hip 36.25"-51"
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I have a fondness for skirts with uneven hems and slanting lines, like this one which is knit seamlessly from the hem up, and finished with a grosgrain ribbon waistband and snaps for a smooth fit. The slip-stitch pattern creates a fabric that is a mixture of knitting and weaving, and will skim the body without clinging. When you knit the short rows to shape the hem, there is no need to make or hide wraps, as the slip-stitch pattern hides the turns automatically.

(not including overlap):
Waist: 26.25”(29”, 32”, 37.75”, 42.25”)
Hips: 36.25”(37.75”, 42.25”, 48”, 51”)
Hem: 48”(49.5”, 55.25”, 62.5”, 67”)
Length: 25” at shortest point

4” = 22 sts and 35 rows in Tweed Stitch
Note: yarns shown usually knit at 18 sts to 4” in Stocking Stitch

1100(1200, 1350, 1450, 1550) yards worsted weight yarn
US 10.5/6.5mm circular needle 29” or longer or size needed to obtain gauge
crochet hook in a size that creates a smooth edging (recommended size: G/4mm)
stitch markers
yarn needle
2 size 4 snaps
1(1.5, 1.5, 1.5, 1.75) yards grosgrain ribbon in a color that is darker than your yarn

Variegated yarn is Artfibers Rosetta, solid yarn is Tahki Jeans, shades of grey is Toluca Knit Seaport.

Note from the designer: Choose a yarn with some stretch so that your skirt will keep shape and not sag. Wool is an easy choice, but there are plant fiber options as well. Some suggestions, with the caveat that I have not swatched them in the tweed stitch to check the gauge, so can make no guarantees: Classic Elite Katydid, Linea Pura Anima, Linea Pura Organico, Kraemer Tatamy Tweed Worsted, Lion Brand Cotton Ease, Berroco Weekend.