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Putting on the Pleats

November 2013
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
30 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
US 3 - 3.25 mm
1 yards (1 m)
30 1/2 (32 1/4, 34 1/4, 36)" waist circumference, 33 1/2 (35 1/2, 37 1/4, 39 1/4)" upper hip circumference, and 45 1/2 (48 1/4, 50 3/4, 53 1/4)" hem circumference.
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Worked in a fingering weight wool yarn at 7.5 stitches/inch, this skirt has a firm but lightweight fabric. It’s designed to have about 1” (2.5 cm) negative ease around the waist and hips for a slimming fit. Four darts shape the upper hips, then purl stitches are added between stockinette-stitch “pleats” to provide flare for the lower edge. Twisted stitches are worked along each edge of the stockinette sections for crisp pleat definition. The bind-off produces slight scallops around the lower edge, which add to the overall appeal. The skirt shown measures 18” long but, because it’s worked from the top down, it’s easy to adjust the length.