Velvety Pleats by Ann Budd

Velvety Pleats

Knitting
both are used in this pattern
Lace ?
23 stitches and 42 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch with yarn doubled
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1312 - 1640 yards (1200 - 1500 m)
About 37 1/2 (40 3/4, 43 3/4, 47, 50, 53 1/4)" (95.5 [103.5, 111, 119.5, 127, 135.5] cm) high hip circumference (allowing for 2" to 3" [5 to 7.5 cm] of negative ease; 32 (35 1/4, 38 1/4, 41 1/2, 47 3/4)" (81.5 [89.5, 97, 105.5, 113, 121.5] cm) waist circu
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For this version of my Take-Two Skirt, I used one strand each of two laceweight yarns (Shibui Yarns Cima and Pebble) held together for a gauge of just under 6 stitches per inch and decorated each “pleat” with traveling-stitch chevrons.

Four darts shape the taper from the waist to upper hip circumference, then purl stitches are added in “gores” between the mostly stockinette-stitch “pleats” to provide flare in the lower skirt.

Twisted knit stitches are worked on both sides of the each pleat to sharpen the boundaries between pleats and gores.

A simple bind-off produces slight scallops around the lower edge. Worked in a combination of two luxury yarns held together, this skirt has a velvety feel.

Note: This skirt is designed to be worn with about 2” to 3” (5 to 7.5 cm) of negative ease around the high hip (across your pelvic bones), located about 3” (7.5 cm) below the bottom of the waistband for most women. Choose a size that measures 2” to 3” (5 to 7.5 cm) less than your actual high-hip circumference.

The waist circumference can be customized by adjusting the circumference of the waistband elastic during finishing.

The length can be adjusted by working more or fewer inches after the last pleat increase round. Every 11 rounds added or omitted will lengthen or shorten the skirt by 1” (2.5 cm). You may need more yarn if you plan to make a significantly longer skirt.