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Description: A short skirt for toddlers and girls knitted in double-eyelet-rib lace pattern on the top one third portion of the skirt and in stockinette stitch for the rest of the body. A contrasting color of a crochet chain and a flower add a little more personality to the skirt.
Level: Easy with a little knowledge of crochet.
Gauge: 4.5 stitches per inch on U.S. Circular needle #8 (5mm).
Finished Measurements: Waist Circumference = 20” to fit 2-4 years-old child. Length = 13 inches. Can be customized to fit any size. All you need to do is decreasing or increasing number of stitches by 7.
This is my first time trying to incorporate a lace pattern into short skirt. I actually really like the way it turned out. I choose this double-eyelet-rib pattern because it is quite easy for beginners to knit. This short skirt will be a gift for my niece's daughter (That's where the name of the skirt came from). Baby Mia just turned two couple weeks ago. I'm sure she will look very cute in it. I love seeing toddlers wear skirts. I think they look so cute (both girls and skirts).
1. 1 ball of Caron Simply Soft Yarn (6 oz/170g per 315yds/288m) or worsted weight yarn of your choice, and little bit of contrasting color yarn for chain and flower.
2. 16 inch-circular knitting needle US #8 (5mm)
3. Stitch marker
4. 5mm (H)crochet hook for chain and flower
5. 21 inches of ¾ inch-elastic waistband
6. Tapestry needle
7. a sewing needle and thread
Waistband: Cast on 91 sts. (Each double eyelet rib pattern requires 7 sts, so if you want to make a bigger skirt you can add multiple number of 7 stitches to increase the waist size) Form the cast on row into a ring by knitting into the first cast on stitch, make sure not to twist the row. ( I usually knit the end part of the yarn along with my working yarn for a few stitches on the first row. It helps keep the ring together better.) Knit 5 rows. Purl 1 row. Knit another 5 rows. Purl 1 row. This part is a skirt's waistband.
Begin Double-eyelet-rib lace pattern below.
Place a stitch marker before begin your first stitch.
Row 1: *P2, k5; rep from * to the end.
Row 2: Same as row 1.
Row 3: *P2, k2tog, yf, k1, yf, sl 1, k1, psso; rep from * to the end.
Row 4: Same as row 1.
Repeat row 1 to 4 four more times.
Next row: Purl.
Next row (increasing row): *yf, k1; repeat from * to the end.
Next row: P.
Knit another 6 inches or so then do garter stitch edge by Purl 1 row, Knit 1 row and Purl 1 more row. Bind off all stitches knitwise. Cut off yarn if you don't want a chain stitch edge. Don't cut off the yarn if you want to have a crochet edge and do the following;
With a crochet hook, *chain 4, skip 2, sc into the 3rd st; repeat from* to the end. Cut off yarn and weave it to the back of work.
Cut out 21 inches of an elastic waistband and sew both ends together to form a ring. Turn the skirt so that the wrong side is show on the outside. Place the elastic band horizontally at the 6th row. Fold the first 5 rows of the skirt over the band. Sew the flap close with the same color yarn using a tapestry needle.
With contrasting color yarn, Knit or crochet a long chain and thread it through the eyelet along the base of the double-eyelet-rib pattern.
Make a flower of your choice to add to the skirt as show in the picture. You can find many flowers pattern in knit and crochet from Knitting Pattern Central and Youtube like the one below.
Abbreviations Used For This Short Skirt Pattern
k = knit
p = purl
yf = yarn forward
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
psso = passover