Putting on the Pleats

Worked in Wollmeise Pure (a fingering weight wool yarn) at 7.5 stitches/inch, this skirt fabric is firm but lightweight. 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 toward 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.