Free Child Skirt Knitting Pattern
I knitted this skirt for my granddaughter as a warmer skirt to wear in the Fall and Winter. I chose a chevron motif to represent the Autumn wind.
The skirt is knitted top down in-the-round, without seams. It features a broad elastic band at the top that makes it quick and easy to put on a toddler or child, yet allows it to stay in place.
The Autumn Gale Child's Cropped Cardigan is a great match for this skirt.
Sizes: 2 (4, 6, 8)
Length: 10 (12, 14, 17) inches [25 (30, 35, 42) cm]
Materials: Knitpicks Wool of the Andes worsted weight yarn (100% wool), color Brown, 50 g / 100 m (110 yards) – 4 (4, 5, 6) skeins. (MC)
Jojoland Rhythm worsted weight yarn (100% wool), color M28, 50 gr / 110 yards (101 meters) – 4 (4, 5, 6) balls. (CC)
3 small buttons
Needles: US 6 (4.0mm) straight and circular 21” (52 cm) needles OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE.
Gauge for stockinette st: 18 sts x 28 rows = 4" x 4" (10cm x 10cm)
k - knit
p - purl
psso - Pass slipped stitch over (slip 1 st knitwise to the right needle, knit the next 2 sts together, pass the slipped stitch over (2 sts decrease).
k2tog tbl - knit 2 together through back loop
kfr&b - knit into front and back
w&t - wrap and turn
pu&k- pick up and knit
yo - yarn over
m1 - make 1 increase - I used the increase described by Elizabeth Zimmerman: make a backward loop over the right-hand needle and in the next row/round purl/knit as a regular stitch.
RS - right side
WS - wrong side
Garter st in rounds
Round 1: knit
Round 2: purl
Repeat 2 rounds
Stockinette Stitch in rounds
All rounds - knit
With MC cast on 98 (105, 112, 126) sts, join to the beginning of the row and continue to work in rounds.
Work stockinette st for 16 rounds.
Next round: increase for 14 (15, 16, 17) sts by working *k 7, m 1, repeat from * to the end of the round.
Knit next round.
Next round: increase for 14 (15, 16, 17) sts by working *k 8, m 1, repeat from * to the end of the round.
Total now = 126 (135, 144, 153) sts.
Round 21: knit
Round 22: purl
Round 23: knit
Round 24: purl
Round 25: knit
Round 26: purl
Round 27: change to CC, *kfr&b, k 2, ssk, k2tog, k 1, kfr&b, repeat from * to the end of the round.
Round 28: knit
Repeat rounds 27-28 two more times.
Change to MC
Round 33: repeat round 27.
Round 34: purl
Round 35: *kfr&b, k 4, k 3, kfr&b, repeat from * to the end of the round. Stitch count 154 (165, 176, 187).
Round 36: purl
Repeat rounds 35-36 one more time. Stitch count 182 (195, 208, 221, 234).
Change to CC
Round 39: *kfr&b, k 4, ssk, k2tog, k 3, kfr&b, repeat from * to the end of the round.
Round 40: knit
Repeat rounds 39-40 two more times.
Change to MC
Round 45: knit
Round 46: purl.
Repeat rounds 45-46 two more time.
Repeat rounds 39-50 3 (4, 6, 8) more times or to desired length.
Weave in ends.
Turn the belt inside and sew with the invisible seam to the back of the top of the skirt, leaving 1.5” (4 cm) unstitched. Thread elastic into the belt and sew on the ends.
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