For the Love of Pleats

I’m having fun knitting my very first skirt. After I got to my hip circumference, I added purl stitches to define wide pleats.

Beginning pleat

You can hardly see them here, but they’re after every 14th stitch. To make the stockinette stitches stand out in sharp relief against the purl stitches, the knit stitches on each side of the purls are knitted through the back loop. I’m loving the crisp lines!

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‘Round and ‘Round

There’s something comforting about knitting around and around in stockinette stitch.

For this, my very first skirt, I knitted for 2″ for the waistband facing, purled a round for a turning ridge, then knitted 2″ more for the waistband. I plan to sew the cast-on edge to the turning round, then insert 2″ elastic in the casing so the skirt will grow with me (wink).

Upper hip increase

As I approach the upper hip, I’m working “dart” increases — two in the front and two in the back.

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Another Beginning

At The Loopy Ewe’s Spring Fling back in April, I fell in love with the idea of knitting a skirt when I saw the skirt that Claudia from Wollmeise was working on. I don’t know what possessed me because I’ve never considered knitting a skirt before — maybe it was Claudia’s beautiful Wollmeise yarn (which is distributed by The Loopy Ewe).

Anyway, I bought three skeins in a beautiful dark teal called Moses and have been eying it hungrily all summer. I finally knitted a swatch (7.5 stitches/inch; 11 rounds/inch) and came up with a plan for a wide pleated skirt. I cast on 242 stitches for the waist.

cast on

I have a lot of travel planned for the next couple of months, which will give me plenty of opportunity to knit. At 7.5 stitches/inch, this isn’t going to be a quick knit!

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