Team Spirit Skirt

Dec 1, 2005
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by Josi Hannon Madera

Introduction

team spirit pleated skirtSock it to 'em! It's winter, but that doesn't mean it's not time to show off our legs.

Materials List

  • 4 (5, 5, 6) balls Knit Picks Elegance (70% baby alpaca, 30% silk; 110 yards per 50g) in Color A (shown in Wild Rose)
  • 2 (3, 3, 3) balls Knit Picks Elegance Color B (shown in Ash)
  • 2 (2, 2, 3) balls Knit Picks Elegance Color C (shown in Coal)
    (Add approx 5% for each additional 1 inch in length you wish to add.)
  • 5.00mm (US-H) hook
  • 2.5 (3, 3.5, 4, 4.5) yds 1/8” - 1/4” elastic (thinner is better, clear elastic works best)
  • 4 – 3/4” buttons (round 4 hole or barrel preferred)
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread to match elastic or yarn (if using clear elastic)
  • Blunt tip yarn needle for weaving in ends

Finished Size

Skirt as shown is 16” long and sits just below the navel.  Length can be increased in ½” increments.

Instructions for the waistband of the skirt correspond to sizes as follows: XS (S, M, L, XL).  These sizes correspond to the hip measurement at its widest point as follows:

32 - 34” = XS
35 - 37” = S
38 - 40” = M
41 - 43” = L
44 - 46” = XL

Modifications available: can be lengthened.  Make certain to allow for additional length when purchasing yarn. Follow guidelines in Materials section.

Gauge

8 stitches, 10 rows = 2 inches

Notes

pleated skirt, closeupThe flounce of this skirt is constructed as one long striped panel (similar to a scarf).  Back-loop-only stitches are used to encourage the skirt to bend at the points of the pleats.  After the length of flounce is completed, the ends are slip-stitched together. The waist is then stitched in the round. Finally, a simple belt, reinforced with elastic rings, is created in order to secure the skirt and add a contrasting band of dark color at the waist (a minimizing effect).  This removable belt can be used by itself or with tops, as well as secured to the skirt.

Dart Stitch (ds) – insert hook into next stitch, yo and draw loop through, yo, insert hook into next stitch, yo and draw loop through, yo and draw through all 4 loops on hook. Click here for more on how to work the dart stitch on the return row.

2 Half-Double Cluster (2hdc-cl) – yo and insert hook into next stitch, yo and draw loop through, yo and insert hook into SAME stitch, yo and draw loop through, yo and draw through all 5 loops on hook.

Click here for instruction on how to make the double base chain (db-ch).

The Pattern

 

Pattern for Flounce

(A) Base chain – using color A, db-ch of 28 (add 2 db-ch for each ½” of length you wish to add – pattern will only refer to 28 stitches from this point forward).
(A)(right side) Row 1 – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 28 stitches, turn. (Mark the very first stitch of this row.) 
(A) Row 2 – repeat Row 1.
(A) Row 3 – ch 1, 1 blo-sc into each of the next 28 stitches, turn.
(A) Rows 4 to 20 (22, 24, 26, 28) – repeat Row 1.
(A) Row 21 (23, 25, 27, 29) – ch 1, 1 blo-sc into each of the next 28 stitches, turn.
(A) Row 22 (24, 26, 28, 30) – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 28 stitches, change to color B, turn.
(B) Row 23 (25, 27, 29, 31) – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 28 stitches, turn.
(B) Rows 24 (26, 28, 30, 32) to 25 (27, 29, 31, 33) – repeat Row 23 (25, 27, 29, 31).
(B) Row 26 (28, 30, 32, 34) – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 28 stitches, change to color C, turn.
(C) Row 27 (29, 31, 33, 35) – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 28 stitches, turn.
(C) Row 28 (30, 32, 34, 36) – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 28 stitches, change to color B, turn.
(B) Row 29 (31, 33, 35, 37) – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 28 stitches, turn.
(B) Rows x (32, 34, 36, 38) to x (x, 35, 38, 41) – repeat Row x (31, 33, 35, 37).
(B) Row 30 (x, 36, x, 42) – ch 1, 1 blo-sc into each of the next 28 stitches, turn.
(B) Row x (33, x, 39, x) – ch 1, 1 flo-sc into each of the next 28 stitches, turn.
(B) Row 31 (34, 37, 40, 43) – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 28 stitches, turn.
(B) Rows 32 (35, 38, 41, 44) to 33 (37, 41, 45, 49) – repeat Row 31 (34, 37, 40, 43).
(B) Row 34 (38, 42, 46, 50) – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 28 stitches, change to color C, turn.
(C) Row 35 (39, 43, 47, 51) – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 28 stitches, turn.
(C) Row 36 (40, 44, 48, 52) – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 28 stitches, change to color B, turn.
(B) Row 37 (41, 45, 49, 53) – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 28 stitches, turn.
(B) Rows 38 (42, 46, 50, 54) to 39 (43, 47, 51, 55) – repeat Row 37 (41, 45, 49, 53).
(B) Row 40 (44, 48, 52, 56) – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 28 stitches, change to color C, turn.
(C) Row 41 (45, 49, 53, 57) – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 28 stitches, turn.
(C) Row 42 (46, 50, 54, 58) – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 28 stitches, change to color B, turn.
(B) Row 43 (47, 51, 55, 59) – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 28 stitches, turn.
(B) Rows 44 (48, 52, 56, 60) to 47 (52, 57, 62, 67) – repeat Row 43 (47, 51, 55, 59).
(B) Row 48 (x, 58, x, 68) – ch 1, 1 blo-sc into each of the next 28 stitches, change to color C, turn.
(B) Row x (53, x, 63, x) – ch 1, 1 flo-sc into each of the next 28 stitches, change to color C, turn.
(C) Row 49 (54, 59, 64, 69) – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 28 stitches, turn.
(C) Row 50 (55, 60, 65, 70) – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 28 stitches, change to color B, turn.
(B) Row 51 (56, 61, 66, 71) – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 28 stitches, turn.
(B) Rows 52 (57, 62, 67, 72) to 53 (59, 65, 71, 77) – repeat Row 51 (56, 61, 66, 71).
(B) Row 54 (60, 66, 72, 78) – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 28 stitches, change to color A, turn.
For remainder of flounce – repeat Rows 1 to 54 (60, 66, 72, 78) 5 times, for a total of 6 pleats.

Joining Ends

This piece will seem very long – it’s actually triple the length of your hip measurement.  With the right side facing, the top edge of the skirt is the one with the marked stitch (the very first sc worked).  Before you set the pleats and start the waistband, you need to join the short ends together to make a very wide tube.  Making certain not to twist fabric, overlap ends as shown in pic B (with the first row worked on top of the last row worked).

pic B
Pic B

Using color A, and starting at what will be the bottom edge of the skirt (opposite your marked stitch) -- ch 1, working through both thicknesses of fabric (pic C): sl st through each stitch (28 sl sts for a 16” skirt), ch 1.  pic D. Fasten off yarn and weave in all ends.

 
pic D
Pic D

Setting Pleats

The back-loop-only rows created creases in the fabric.  Fold the skirt along these lines to make the pleats.  Place first stitch of next step into edge of 12th (13th, 14th, 15th, 16th) Row worked.

Waistband

The first several rows of the waistband are worked in the round with a join AND TURN at the end of each round.  Remainder of skirt is worked in color A. Seam for this piece is left hip.

(A) (right side) Rnd 1placing hook through 3 thicknesses of fabric as shown in pic E, attach color A, ch 2 (does NOT count, work first stitch of this round and all subsequent rounds in same stitch as joining), working 1 stitch per row edge and always working through 3 thicknesses of fabric place 1 2hdc-cl per row edge for a total of 108 (120, 132, 144, 156) clusters, join with a sl st to top of first cluster made (skip starting ch 2), turn.

(A) Rnd 2 – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 108 (120, 132, 144, 156) stitches, join with a sl st to first sc in rnd, turn.
(A) Rnd 3 to 12 – repeat Rnd 2.
(A) Rnd 13 – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 5 (6, 7, 8, 9) stitches, ds over the next 2 stitches, 1 sc into each of the next 101 (112, 123, 134, 145) stitches, join with a sl st to first sc in rnd, turn.
(A) Rnd 14 – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 107 (119, 131, 143, 155) stitches, join with a sl st to first sc in rnd, turn.
(A) Rnd 15 – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 52 (59, 66, 73, 80) stitches, ds over the next 2 stitches, 1 sc into each of the next 53 (58, 63, 68, 73) stitches, join with a sl st to first sc in rnd, turn.
(A) Rnd 16 – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 106 (118, 130, 142, 154) stitches, join with a sl st to first sc in rnd, turn.
(A) Rnd 17 – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 99 (110, 121, 132, 143) stitches, ds over the next 2 stitches, 1 sc into each of the next 5 (6, 7, 8, 9) stitches, join with a sl st to first sc in rnd, turn.
(A) Rnd 18 – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 105 (117, 129, 141, 153) stitches, join with a sl st to first sc in rnd, turn.
(A) Rnd 19 – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 40 (45, 50, 55, 60) stitches, ds over the next 2 stitches, 1 sc into each of the next 63 (70, 77, 84, 91) stitches, join with a sl st to first sc in rnd, turn.
(A) Rnd 20 – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 104 (116, 128, 140, 152) stitches, join with a sl st to first sc in rnd, turn.
(A) Rnd 21 – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 58 (66, 74, 82, 90) stitches, ds over the next 2 stitches, 1 sc into each of the next 30 (32, 34, 36, 38) stitches, ds over the next 2 stitches, 1 sc into each of the next 12 (14, 16, 18, 20) stitches, join with a sl st to first sc in rnd, turn.
(A) Rnd 22 – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 102 (114, 126, 138, 150) stitches, join with a sl st to first sc in rnd, turn.
(A) Rnd 23 – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 5 (6, 7, 8, 9) stitches, ds over the next 2 stitches, 1 sc into each of the next 45 (51, 57, 63, 69) stitches, ds over the next 2 stitches, 1 sc into each of the next 48 (53, 58, 63, 68) stitches, join with a sl st to first sc in rnd, turn.
(A) Rnd 24 – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 100 (112, 124, 136, 148) stitches, join with a sl st to first sc in rnd, turn.
(A) Rnd 25 – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 56 (64, 72, 80, 88) stitches, ds over the next 2 stitches, 1 sc into each of the next 28 (30, 32, 34, 36) stitches, ds over the next 2 stitches, 1 sc into each of the next 12 (14, 16, 18, 20) stitches, join with a sl st to first sc in rnd, turn.
(A) Rnd 26 – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 98 (110, 122, 134, 146) stitches, join with a sl st to first sc in rnd, turn.
(A) Rnd 27 – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 40 (45, 50, 55, 60) stitches, ds over the next 2 stitches, 1 sc into each of the next 49 (55, 61, 67, 73) stitches, ds over the next 2 stitches, 1 sc into each of the next 5 (6, 7, 8, 9) stitches, join with a sl st to first sc in rnd, turn.
(A) Rnd 28 – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 96 (108, 120, 132, 144) stitches, join with a sl st to first sc in rnd, turn.
(A) Rnd 29 – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 55 (63, 71, 79, 87) stitches, ds over the next 2 stitches, 1 sc into each of the next 25 (27, 29, 31, 33) stitches, ds over the next 2 stitches, 1 sc into each of the next 12 (14, 16, 18, 20) stitches, join with a sl st to first sc in rnd, turn.
(A) Rnd 30 – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 94 (106, 118, 130, 142) stitches, join with a sl st to first sc in rnd, turn.
(A) Rnd 31 – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 5 (6, 7, 8, 9) stitches, ds over the next 2 stitches, 1 sc into each of the next 45 (51, 57, 63, 69) stitches, ds over the next 2 stitches, 1 sc into each of the next 40 (45, 50, 55, 60) stitches, join with a sl st to first sc in rnd, turn.
(A) Rnd 32 – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 92 (104, 116, 128, 140) stitches, join with a sl st to first sc in rnd, turn.
(A) Rnd 33 – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 39 (44, 49, 54, 59) stitches, ds over the next 2 stitches, 1 sc into each of the next 44 (50, 56, 62, 68) stitches, ds over the next 2 stitches, 1 sc into each of the next 5 (6, 7, 8, 9) stitches, join with a sl st to first sc in rnd, turn.
(A) Rnd 34 – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 90 (102, 114, 126, 138) stitches, join with a sl st to first sc in rnd, turn.
(A) Rnd 35 – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 5 (6, 7, 8, 9) stitches, ds over the next 2 stitches, 1 sc into each of the next 31 (35, 39, 43, 47) stitches, ds over the next 2 stitches, 1 sc into each of the next 10 (12, 14, 16, 18) stitches, ds over the next 2 stitches, 1 sc into each of the next 31 (35, 39, 43, 47) stitches, ds over the next 2 stitches, 1 sc into each of the next 5 (6, 7, 8, 9) stitches, join with a sl st to first sc in rnd, turn.
(A) Rnd 36 – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 86 (98, 110, 122, 134) stitches, join with a sl st to first sc in rnd, turn.
(A) Rnd 39 – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 53 (61, 69, 77, 85) stitches, {ds over the next 2 stitches} x 2, 1 sc into each of the next 15 (17, 19, 21, 23) stitches, {ds over the next 2 stitches} x 2, 1 sc into each of the next 10 (12, 14, 16, 18) stitches, join with a sl st to first sc in rnd, turn.
(A) Rnd 40 – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 11 (13, 15, 17, 19) stitches, ds over the next two ds from previous row, 1 sc into each of the next 15 (17, 19, 21, 23), ds over the next 2 ds from previous row, 1 sc into each of the next 52 (60, 68, 76, 84) stitches, join with a sl st to first sc in rnd, turn.
(A) Rnd 41 – ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 4 (5, 6, 7, 8) stitches, ds over the next 2 stitches, 1 sc into each of the next 31 (35, 39, 43, 47) stitches, ds over the next 2 stitches, 1 sc into each of the next 8 (10, 12, 14, 16) stitches, ds over the next 2 stitches, 1 sc into each of the next 25 (29, 33, 37, 41) stitches, ds over the next 2 stitches, 1 sc into each of the next 4 (5, 6, 7, 8) stitches, join with a sl st to first sc in rnd, turn.
(A) Rnd 42 – ch 1, ds over the first 2 stitches, 1 sc into each of the next 33 (39, 45, 51, 57) stitches, ds over the next 2 stitches, 1 sc into each of the next 39 (45, 51, 57, 63) st itches, join with a sl st to first sc in rnd, turn.
(A) Rnd 43 – ch 1, ds over the first 2 stitches, 1 sc into each of the next 36 (42, 48, 54, 60) stitches, {ds over the next 2 stitches} x 2, 1 sc into each of the next 30 (36, 42, 48, 54) stitches, ds over the last 2 stitches, join with a sl st to first ds in rnd, DO NOT TURN.
(A) Rnd 44 – ch 1, sl st into same stitch as joining, {ch 1, sl st into next stitch} x 69 (81, 93, 105, 117), join with a sl st to first ch in rnd.  Fasten off.  Weave in all ends.

Pattern for Belt

Measure around waist at belly button.  Subtract 3 inches and measure 3 pieces of elastic to that length.  Take each piece of elastic and overlap ends to create a ring (making certain not to twist elastic).  Sew ends together with needle and thread.

(C) Base Round - using color C, db-ch 82 (94, 106, 118, 130), join with sl st to first db-ch to form a ring (make certain there are no twists in the ring).  Seam for this piece is center back.

(C) (right side) Rnd 1 - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 82 (94, 106, 118, 130) stitches, join
with a sl st to first sc in rnd, turn.

(C) Rnd 2 - ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 34 (40, 45, 51, 56) stitches, ch 1, sk 1 stitch (1
buttonhole made), 1 sc into each of the next 12 (12, 14, 14, 16) stitches, ch 1, sk 1 stitch, 1 sc into each of the next 34 (40, 45, 51, 56) stitches, join with a sl st to first sc in rnd, turn.

(C) Rnd 3 - add elastic this row, simply set one of the sewn rings on top of your row and crochet over it, ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 82 (94, 106, 118, 130) stitches, join with a sl st to first sc in rnd, turn.  Sewing around the elastic will cause the belt to bunch.

(C) Rnd 4 – repeat Rnd 1.

(C) Rnd 5 – repeat Rnd 3.

(C) Rnd 6 – repeat Rnd 1.

(C) Rnd 7 – repeat Rnd 3.

(C) Rnd 8 – repeat Rnd 2.

(C) Rnd 9 – repeat Rnd 1.  Fasten off and weave in all ends.

To add buttons, place skirt with the belt over the top on wearer or dress form (pic F).  The seam on the skirt should sit on the left hip and the seam for the belt should be the center back.  Mark locations of belt buttonholes on skirt with a piece of yarn (pics G, H).  Carefully remove belt without removing yarn markers (pic I).  Attach the 4 buttons at markings, allowing for the thickness of the belt (i.e. sew the button loosely by about 1/16 - 1/8 of an inch) (pic J).  Voila, your skirt is completed.

pic F
Pic F
pic G
Pic G
 pic H
Pic H
 Pic I
Pic J
Pic J

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Comments

camille m. wrote
on Apr 25, 2006 11:13 AM

i have a question: what does "&frac12" mean?

on May 15, 2006 9:29 PM

Oops! It was an HTML typo. It should read 1/4" and has been corrected.

Cheers,

Kim, Ed.

Anonymous wrote
on Jan 15, 2007 6:51 PM

what is blo-sc how is this stitch done

Anonymous wrote
on Feb 16, 2007 8:15 PM

I found instructions for the blo-sc on Josi's website. It's called the behind loop only stich. hopefully no one minds if I post it here...

"1. The top of each stitch has a back loop and a front loop, and the point of reference is always you, meaning the front loop is the one closest to you and the back loop is the one farthest from you.

2. Insert hook into back loop only, yarn over and draw loop through stitch.

3. Yarn over and pull through both loops on hook. Voila!"

(taken from: Art of Crochet & Josi Hannon Madera: https://s.p9.hostingprod.com/@www.iamintheloop.com/artofcrochet/ssl/videos/blosc.php

KuranthiaV wrote
on Dec 1, 2007 7:45 PM

I have a question, I understand, I think, how to make the folds of the skirt but how do you make and what is the pattern, for the part from the waist to the beginning of the pleats?

KuranthiaV wrote
on Jan 12, 2010 8:57 PM

The images in this pattern are missing :( I had the pattern from before but I'm not so sure that i had gotten it all and i want to reprint it but there's no images :(

Honey Bunny wrote
on Mar 16, 2010 11:54 AM

asomely ardoreable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Honey Bunny wrote
on Mar 16, 2010 11:54 AM

asomely ardoreable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Honey Bunny wrote
on Mar 16, 2010 11:55 AM

oops i double clicked!!!!