By Freddie Silver, eHow Contributor
Ever since women regularly began wearing pants, skirts have become a less essential part of a woman's wardrobe. But many women enjoy wearing a skirt on special occasions. Skirts come in a variety of different lengths, from the extreme mini to floor length and everything in between. Skirts are made in various widths, from the full circle to the very narrow, or pencil skirt. With some basic knitting skills, you can make an attractive, slim-line knit pencil skirt that will be original and attractive in whatever length you choose.
Things You'll Need
- Tape measure
- Yarn, 8.82 ounces (250 grams)
- Circular knitting needles, U.S. size 8 (5.5 mm) and size 10 (6 mm)
- Stitch marker or safety pin
- Cord or ribbon for waistband, 70 inches long
- Take your hip and desired length measurements to determine the finished size of the skirt. Determine the necessary size based on the following formula: size small are hips measuring 35-3/4 inches, begin with 152 stitches; size medium hips are 37-3/4 inches, begin with 160 stitches; size large hips are 39-1/2 inches, begin with 168 stitches.
- Cast on 17 stitches and knit 20 rows in stockinette stitch using the size 10 needle. The test gauge should measure 4 inches by 4 inches to achieve the correct finished measurements. If your knitting tension on this test gauge is not correct, adjust the needle size larger or smaller until you achieve the correct gauge.
- Cast on 152 stitches for size small, 160 for size medium, and 168 for size large. Use the size 8 circular needles. Mark the beginning point of the round. Work 8 rounds in the following manner: All odd-numbered rounds (1, 3, 5 and 7) work in purl stitch, all even-numbered rounds (2, 4, 6 and 8) work in knit stitch.
- Change to size 10 circular needles and mark the beginning of the first round in this size needle. Knit every round until the knitted piece measures 13-1/2 (14 or 14-1/2) inches, according to size. Knit from the mark to produce a skirt with a fi nished length of 17 to 18 inches long. If a longer or shorter finished length is desired, adjust the measurement. If the desired length of a size small skirt is 19 inches instead of 17, add 2 inches to the 13-1/2 inches (19 minus 17 equals 2 plus 13-1/2 equals 15-1/2 inches).
- Starting at the marked point, knit 17 (18 or 19) stitches, depending on size, then knit two stitches together. Repeat this pattern of knitting 17 (18 or 19) stitches. Then knit two together all the way around until you get back to the marked point with 144 (152 or 160) stitches remaining on the needle.
- Work a ribbed pattern of knit 2 stitches, purl 2 stitches for 6 rounds to form the waistband.
- Knit 2 stitches, bring yarn forward from the back of the needle. Insert the needle into the next stitch and move the yarn to the back of needle to knit this next stitch. Knit 2 stitches together, forming an eyelet hole. Keep repeating this pattern of knitting 2 stitches, bringing yarn forward and knitting 2 stitches together to complete the round.
- Work the ribbed pattern of knit 2, purl 2 for 4 more rounds. Cast off loosely maintaining the ribbed pattern. Weave the cord or ribbon in one eyelet hole and out the next all the way round the waistband of the skirt. Pull the cord tightly at the waist like a drawstring to fit.