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home » issue 4 » Patterns » Licorice Bullet Skirt

Licorice Bullet Skirt

by Christine Buhagiar

Model: Donna Gall


Licorice Bullet Skirt



Designed as a wedding gift for the lovely Mary-Margaret of Spun Mag, this whispy, lacy skirt is sure to be a welcome addition to your Spring wardrobe.

SKILL LEVEL: Advanced

Skills needed to execute this pattern:

Ingredients

Size

Gauge

Measurements

To get the measurements for this skirt is a slightly complicated process as there is some math (gah! no!) to be done.

First thing’s first - Do a large swatch and get your gauge.

Now you need to decide what kind of skirt you want. If you have a skirt that fits you nicely, you can take measurements directly from it and work from that. Otherwise, you'll need to sketch out an idea of how you’d like the skirt to fit.


Customizing Your Measurements

>> 1) Where do you want the skirt to lie on your waist/hips? Do you want something low-slung or higher? Measure around your waist or hips. I recommend subtracting about 2-4" since the yarn will tend to stretch.

>> 2) Length. How long or short? Measure from the waist/hip down.

>> 3) How long of a ruffle do you want? 2", 4"? More? Subtract this from the total length.

>> 4) How wide would you like the bottom? Straight? A-line? More flare? This will determine your increases. (Straight = NO increases, flared = increases every inch/10 rows, full = increases every 1/2 inch/5 rows)

Math

1. From your test swatch, you will need to figure out how many stitches to cast on. To do this, take your waist measurements and divide by st. per inch. Say you have a 30" waist and your gauge is 32 st per 4".

4 divided by 30 = 7.5. - that's 4 inches divided into your 30" waist.

7.5 x 32 = 240. -- that's 32 stitches times 7 and a half equals cast on amount of 240 stitches.

Now, because this skirt will stretch, I recommend subtracting another 2 (16 st =2") , 3" (24 st =3"), or even 4" (32 st =4") from this #. So use your judgement and subtract how many inches you want from the total cast on # to accomodate.


2. Placing the dayflower lace pattern. Take your total # of cast on stitches. You will now divide that in half. One half will be the back of the skirt (120 stitches for back). The front sections will be split into 5 parts, as follows:

So, if you have 120 stitches for the front half, and the lace panels consist of 19 stitches each, subtract 38 stitches (2 lace parts) from 120. This leaves you with a remainder of 82 stitches. Divide the remaining (82 st) by 3. If you don't get an even # (in this case we get 27.3) you will have to move the odd number into the middle section. (so you will place 27 stitches for left side, 28 stitches in the middle and 27 stitches for the right side.)


3. Increases thru length: a bit trickier, but easy if done on graph paper.. Figure out how many inches wide you want the bottom of skirt to be. (Straight = NO increases, flared = increases every inch/10 rows, full = increases every 1/2 inch/5 rows) You will be increasing in the front only, before and after lace markers for a total of 4 stitches increased per round.


4. Increases for the lace ruffle. Again, if you want a full ruffle you will need to approximately double the stitches, for a less full ruffle times 1 and a half. Your total amount of stitches including increases HAS to be divisible by 9!

Licorice Bullet Skirt

Stitch Patterns

Dayflower lace pattern

(to be worked between the lace markers on main body)

Chevron and Eyelet lace pattern

(to be worked for lace ruffle) 9 stitches per repeat.

Continue repeating rows 1-8 until ruffle is desired length.

Abbreviations

SPUN’s Standard List of Abbreviations can be found HERE

Licorice Bullet Skirt

Method

Cast on your stitches on the circulars and join, being careful not to twist! Mark for BOR.

Set up markers

To make your life alot easier, I suggest using 2 markers of one color to determine the "sides" and then 4 markers of a different color to use for the dayflower lace pattern.

Increases

Through main body

(The pictured skirt is made up of increases every 10th row) as follows:

Repeat rows 1 – 10, remembering to work the dayflower lace pattern for the lace panels (working between lace markers on main body), until your desired length.

Adding lace ruffle

(keep in mind that you may need to add a few more or make less to obtain the # of stitches needed for chevron and eyelet lace pattern)

Decide how full you want the ruffle and increase as evenly as possible across round, keeping in mind that this has to be divisible by 9!

Now switch to size 5 circulars and knit in chevron and eyelet pattern repeats untill desired length...

Bind off.

FINISHING




About the author: Christine Buhagiar is a self-proclaimed heavey metal lovin’ maiden/ domestic duchess. Since becoming mom and relocating to the lovely state of Rhode Island, Christine knits in a chaotic, obsessive-compulsive manner to keep insanity at bay. Check out her blog for other patterns, including her kickass Lelah top and skirt.


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