Aran Tree Skirt by Teva Durham

Aran Tree Skirt

October 2005
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
10 stitches and 16 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch with 2 strands of yarn together
US 13 - 9.0 mm
2457 yards (2247 m)
55" diameter

Pattern description from Handknit Holidays: “What better way is there for a knitter to honor her solstice evergreen than to dress it up in a a thick, cabled skirt and hang a matching stocking nearby? A bulky Icelandic wool yarn is doubled to give these pieces an ultra-handcrafted look and to speed up the knitting.”

Yarn: Reynolds Lopi (100% Icelandic wool; 117 yards / 3.5 ounces): #718 off-white (MC) and #367 mauve-gray (CC) (use double strand throughout) 17 balls MC; 4 balls CC


  • One 24” circular (circ) needle size US 13 (9 mm)
  • One 16” circular needle size US 13 (9 mm)
  • Change needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

Notions: Two cable needles (cn), yarn needle, stitch marker, crochet hook size K/10.5 (6.5 mm).

Notes from Handknit Holidays:

  • Tree Skirt is worked from radius of circle around, using Short Rows to shape wedge-like segments. On each Row 1 of Chart (after the first repeat), knit the wraps together with the wrapped sts (see Special Techniques, page 177) for all knit sts; the wraps on the purl sts may be worked with the wrapped sts if desired, but it is not necessary as these wraps blend in.
  • The Tree Skirt Cable Chart shows one segment; the Cable repeats are designed to meet between segments.
  • The contrast color (CC) trim is worked at the same time, using Intarsia method (See Special Techniques, page 175). It is then extended along CO and BO edges to form a tie to go around the tree trunk.

Matching Stocking Pattern

Errata (see link): One page 49, under Toe, correct Stocking instructions as follows:


K13, pm, p3tog, p11, sssp-26 sts remain.

Decrease Rnd: ssk, work to 2 sts before marker, k2tog, p2tog, work to last 2 sts, ssp. Repeat Decrease Rnd until 10 sts remain. Graft Toe sts together with Kitchener st (see Special Techniques, page 176).