Inspired by Twiggy’s tweedy London miniskirts, this nubby-textured
wool A-line is cute as a button and making it is easy peasy lemon
It's knit sideways to size and flared with short rows
until it's long enough to wrap around your hips, then finished
with a buttonhole section and firm waistband for a good fit.
And because it’s thickly textured, any pills that form
from wear (always a problem with bottoms) will be generously
Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted [100% superwash merino wool; 225yd/205m
per113g skein]; color: Chagrin; 2-4 skeins, depending on size Note: Purchase approx. 1 skein for every 15 inches of hip circumference
(ie. for 35 inch hips, purchase 3 skeins).
Lion Brand Lion Wool [100% wool; 158yd/144m
per 85g skein]; color: #132 Lemongrass; 3-6 skeins, depending
on size Note: Purchase approx. 1 skein for every
10 inches of hip circumference (ie. for 35 inch hips, purchase
Recommended needle size [always use a needle
size that gives you the gauge
listed below -- every knitter's
gauge is unique]
US #6/4mm circular needle, 24 inches or longer, or set
of long straight needles
1 US #F/5 / 3.75mm crochet hook
approx. 0.75-1.125 inch diameter Note: Buy buttons after skirt is complete to ensure correct size.
19 sts/24 rows = 4" in stockinette st
19 sts/30 rows = 4" in Box Stitch Note: Gauges measured after blocking.
PATTERN NOTES [Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]
(Worked over a multiple of 4
sts): Row 1 [RS]: Sl 1, [k2, p2] to last 3 sts, k3. Row 2 [WS]: Sl 1, [p2, k2] to last 3 sts, p2, k1. Row 3 [RS]: Work as for Row
2. Row 4 [WS]: Work as for Row
Repeat Rows 1-4 for Box Stitch.
Changing Skirt Length:
As written, this skirt is 17 inches long.
To make it longer or shorter, cast on more or fewer stitches.
Be sure to work in multiples of four stitches, so that
the box pattern will work out correctly. A difference
of 4 stitches will yield a change in length of approx.
When working the short row flare sections,
increase or decrease the stitch numbers on all odd-numbered
(RS) short rows by the same number of sts you added to
or subtracted from the cast on.
Instructions for the Backward
Loop Cast On can be found
Instructions for working a crochet
slip stitch can be
Information about blocking can be found
here and here.
W&T (Wrap and Turn):
Work to point specified in pattern. Slip next stitch
purlwise from left needle to right needle.
Bring yarn between needles to front of
work if you're knitting, or to back of
work if you're purling.
Slip stitch back to left needle. Yarn is
now positioned between the stitch you
slipped, and next stitch on left needle.
Bring yarn between needles again, to back
of work if you were knitting, or to front
of work if you were purling. The stitch
is now wraped. Turn work around, to begin working next
Knitting wraps together with wrapped stitches:
Wrapped stitches are often easy to spot
because the wrap holds the wrapped stitch
close to the adjacent stitch, forming a gap on the other
side of the wrapped stitch. The wrap itself looks a
little like a purl bump. The wrap will be hidden by
working it together with the wrapped stitch, as follows.
Insert the tip of the right needle into
the wrap from below, lifting it.
Still lifting the wrap, insert the needle
knitwise into the wrapped stitch. It
will look like you have 2 stitches on the needle--almost
like working a decrease.
Knit the stitch and the wrap together as
CO 80 sts.
Work 8 rows Box Stitch, beginning with
a RS row.
Work 16 rows Box Stitch.
Work flared short row section: Row 1 [RS]: Sl 1, p70, W&T.
Row 2 [WS]: P to last st, k1.
Row 3 [RS]: Sl 1, k60, W&T.
Even-Numbered Rows 4-12 [WS]: P to last
3 sts, k3.
Row 5 [RS]: Sl 1, k50, W&T.
Row 7 [RS]: Sl 1, k40, W&T.
Row 9 [RS]: Sl 1, k30, W&T.
Row 11 [RS]: Sl 1, k20, W&T.
Row 13 [RS]: Sl 1, k71, knitting wraps
together with wrapped stitches; W&T.
Row 14 [WS]: K to end.
Repeat Skirt Panel until work is long enough to wrap around
hips when lightly stretched.
Work 9 rows Box Stitch, ending with a RS
Buttonhole Row 1 [WS]: Sl 1, work 4 sts
in pattern, *BO 2 sts, work 9 sts in
pattern (10 sts on right needle after bound off sts); repeat
from * five times more, work in pattern to end.
Buttonhole Row 2 [RS]: Sl 1, *work in
pattern to bound off sts, CO 2 sts onto
right needle using backward loop method; repeat from *
five times more, work in pattern to end.
Work 3 rows in pattern, ending with a
BO 79 sts in pattern, working sts as
for next row of Box Stitch. 1 st remains;
this st is at upper corner of skirt.
Two rows of crocheted slip stitch are worked to stabilize
the waist edge. If you prefer, it is
possible to achieve the same effect by knitting, though it
is quite a bit slower than crocheting. Knitting directions
follow the crochet directions below.
Crocheted Waist Edging:
Insert hook into remaining st. With RS
facing, work 1 sl st into each slipped st along waist
With WS facing, work 1 sl st into each
sl st of the row just worked.
The first row is worked into the slipped-stitch edge.
The second row is worked into the stitches of the previous
Knitted Waist Edging:
With RS facing, pick up and immediately
BO 1 st in each slipped st along waist
edge. Turn work.
Work a second row in the same way, picking
up and binding off 1 st in each st of the row just worked.
Weave in ends and wet block, ensuring that edges and short-row
panels are straight and smooth.
Once skirt is dry, try on and pin to determine best placement
of buttons. Sew buttons to button band, opposite buttonholes.