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The Helen Pencil Skirt

September 2013
Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
5.0 mm (H)
634 - 1017 yards (580 - 930 m)
XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL
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The inspiration for this piece is my friend Helen. She is a very stylish woman who always wears skirts and heels, even if it’s to take her two dogs and 3 year-old son to the park. Helen the lady is classy, sexy and curvy. Helen the skirt is, too. It’s the kind of skirt that would look great worn in the office with a fitted blouse, or to the farmers’ market with a simple t-shirt. It’s for the woman who does it all and wants to look good doing it.

The piece is worked from the bottom up, starting out flat and then joined in the round at the top of the slit. To keep the look clean and crisp, the bottom of the skirt features a stockinette stitch turned hem. The rest of the skirt has an all-over simple diamond brocade pattern. Decreases start at the full-hip so that the skirt narrows to the waist, creating a very flattering curvy silhouette. It’s then finished off with an elastic waistband encased in hemmed stockinette stitch.

Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)
Finished measurements:
Waist: 24 (26, 28, 32, 36, 40, 44)” / 61 (66, 71, 81.5, 91.5, 101.5, 112) cm
Hips: 34 (36, 38, 42, 46, 50.5, 55)” / 84 (90, 95, 105, 116, 126, 137) cm
Length: 25” / 63.5 cm - Note: Length is adjustable by 3” / 7.5 cm increments.

Yarn: 634 (672, 710, 787, 864, 940, 1017) yds / 580 (614, 649, 720, 790, 860, 930) m each of:
Knit Picks Andean Treasure; 100% Baby Alpaca; 110 yds 101 m/1.76 oz 50 g - colorway 24320 (Midnight Heather)
Knit Picks Aloft; 75% Super Kid Mohair, 25% Silk; 246 yds 225 m/0.88 oz 25 g - colorway 25758 (Carbon)
Needles: US# 7 4.5 mm 24” 60 cm circular, or size needed for gauge
Notions: 1.5” 4 cm waistband (non-rolling) elastic 24 (26, 28, 32, 36, 40, 44)” / 61 (66, 71, 81.5, 91.5, 101.5, 112) cm in length
Tapestry needle
Cable needle or DPN
Stitch markers
US# H 5 mm crochet hook
Needle and thread or sewing machine
Gauge: 19 stitches and 26 rows/ 4 inches 10 cm in stockinette stitch, with 1 strand of each yarn held together.

Thank you once again to Elenor Dixon for technical editing and to my lovely testers: FemaleDragon, heckenhocker, pb1138 and amchart.

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