This skirt is a variation of the Putting on the Pleats skirt (available on Ravelry) that I designed a year ago. For this version, I used a fingering weight hand-dyed wool yarn at 7.5 stitches per inch for a firm, but lightweight, fabric.
Designed to have 1” to 2”(2.5 to 5 cm) negative ease around the waist and hips, this skirt stretches as necessary for a slimming fit. Choose a size 1” to 2” (2.5 to 5 cm) smaller than your actual measurements.
Four darts shape the hips, then purl stitches are added between 17 (18, 19, 20) fifteen-stitch panels. Purl stitches are inserted between the “pleat” panels; the flare at the lower edge is created by progressively increasing the number of purl stitches.
The stitches on each side of the “pleat” panels are worked through the back loop (tbl) to maintain crisp edges at the transitions between the knit and purl stitches.
The skirt length can be adjusted by working more or fewer inches after the last pleat increase round. You may need more yarn if you plan to make a longer skirt in the larger sizes.