Lacy Pleats by Ann Budd

Lacy Pleats

September 2016
DK (11 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch, worked in rounds
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1200 - 1800 yards (1097 - 1646 m)
33 1/4 (36 3/4, 40, 43 1/4, 46 3/4)" (84.5 [93.5, 101.5, 110, 118.5] cm) high hip circumference, allowing for 2" (5 cm) of negative ease
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Lately, I’ve been obsessed with knitted skirts, especially those with the traditional line of a tailored pleated skirt. Like Putting On the Pleats and Take-Two Skirt (both available on Ravelry), this design features reverse stockinette-stitch “gussets” between lace panels that form the “pleats.”
This version is worked in a DK-weight yarn at 6 stitches/inch for a sturdy, but flexible, fabric. To prevent potential color changes between skeins, alternate one round each from two skeins of yarn.
This skirt is designed to have about 2” (5 cm) negative ease around the waist and upper hips for a slimming fit. Four darts shape the taper from waist to high hip, then purl stitches are added between 20-stitch lace “pleats” to provide flare for the lower edge.
The length of the skirt can be adjusted by working more or fewer inches after finishing the last pleat increase round. Plan on purchasing extra yarn if making a longer skirt.