Lanesplitter Skirt Amended for In the Round Knitting

Love this skirt:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lanesplitter-skirt

Honestly? The pattern is a bit of a bother. I know it’s easy, but it seems so tedious.

And I don’t like that you have to stitch up the sides – if you do that, the cool diagonal lines won’t match up.

Drawback of doing this in the round? You won’t have that high color contrast from changing colors every other row. But I didn’t want to do that anyway, it also seems way tedious.

So basically this is a pattern for a bottom up skirt, knit in the round.

Yarn: Noro Iro

Skeins needed: 3-5, depending on length

Needle side: 10

Gauge: 4 st to 1 in

Materials needed: 2 inch thick elastic for the waist

Original pattern is knit with two inches of negative ease. I don’t think negative ease in a skirt is flattering, so I’m going with no ease or positive ease. Plus, as you wear the skirt, because of gravity, it gets longer. The longer it gets, the thinner it gets. Then it doesn’t fit and you did all that work for nothing.

Most knit skirts need to be worn with a slip or leggings. You need room for that! So, no negative ease. Have to be practical. (You know how I know this? I knit a skirt before – a cute short skirt meant to be worn over leggings. And NO, it did NOT look nice, and NO, it did not fit. All that work for NOTHING).

This is the stitch I am thinking of:

Turkish Rib (slanting left):

Turkish Rib Left

Multiple of two st

Foundation row: k

R1: P1, *yo, PR, rep from * to last st, p1

R2: K1, *sl1, k1, psso, yo, rep from * to last st, k1

Repeat last two rows

PR = Purl Reverse = purl 1 st, return to left hand needle. Insert right hand needle through the st beyond and lift this st over the purled st and off the needle. Return st to the right hand needle.

Turkish Rib (slanting right):

Turkish Rib Right

Multiple of two st

Foundation row: k

R1: P1, *p2tog, yo, rep from * to last st, p1

R2: K1, *yo, k2tog, rep from * to last st, k1

Repeat last two rows

Turkish Rib (slanting right) IN THE ROUND

Turkish Rib Right

Multiples of 2 st

(I’m not super sure about this ITR conversion for this stitch pattern)

R1: k2tog, yo

R2: yo, k2tog

Steep Diagonal Stripes (Two Colors)

Steep Diagonal Stripes

Multiples of 3st + 1

Foundation row: Using A, purl

R1 (RS): Using B, k3, sl1, *k2, sl 1; rep from * to last st, k1

R2: Using B, p1, *sl1, p2, rep from * to last st, p1

R3: Using A, k1, *sl1, k2; rep from * to last st, k1

R4: Using A, p3, sl1, *p2, sl1, ; rep from * to last st, p1

R5: Using B, k2, *sl1, k2, ; rep from * to end

R6: Using B, p2, *sl1, p2, ; rep from * to end

R7: Using A, k3, sl1, *k2, sl 1; rep from * to last st, k1

R8: Using A, p1, *sl1, p2, rep from * to last st, p1

R9: Using B, k1, *sl1, k2; rep from * to last st, k1

R10: Using B, p3, sl1, *p2, sl1, ; rep from * to last st, p1

R11: Using A, k2, *sl1, k2, ; rep from * to end

R12: Using A, p2, *sl1, p2, ; rep from * to end

Rep these 12 rows

Steep Diagonal Stripes (Two Colors) IN THE ROUND

Steep Diagonal Stripes

Multiples of 3st

Foundation row: Using A, purl

R1 (RS): Using B, *k2, sl1

R2: Using B, *sl1, k2

R3: Using A, *sl1, k2

R4: Using A, *k2, sl1

R5: Using B, *sl1, k2

R6: Using B, *sl1, k2

R7: Using A, *k2, sl 1

R8: Using A, *sl1, k2

R9: Using B, *sl1, k2

R10: Using B, *k2, sl1

R11: Using A, *sl1, k2

R12: Using A, *sl1, k2

Rep these 12 rows

Slipped St Ribbing IN THE ROUND

Slipped Stitch Ribbing

Multiple of 8 st

Note: sl all st purlwise

R1: k1 wrapping yarn around needle twice, p3, k1, p3

R2: k1, p3, yf, sl 1 dropping extra loop, yb, p3

R3: yb, sl1, yf, p3, k1, p3

R4: k1, p3, yf, sl 1, yb, p3

Rep these four rows.

Vertical Ripple Stripes 

Vertical Ripple Stitches

Multiple of 4 st + 3

Foundation 1 (RS): k3, *yo, k4

Foundation 2: p

Foundation 3: k

Foundation 4: p

R1: *k5, yo, *rep to last 3 st, k3

Even rows: p

R3: k3, *sl next st off left hand needle and allow it to drop down to the loop made 6 rows below, k5

R5: k3, *yo, k3

R7: *k5, sl next st off left hand needle as before, rep from * to last 3 st, k3

Vertical Ripple Stripes IN THE ROUND

Vertical Ripple Stitches

Multiple of 4 st

Foundation 1 (RS): *yo, k4

Foundation 2: k

Foundation 3: k

Foundation 4: k

R1: *k5, yo,

Even rows: k

R3: *sl next st off left hand needle and allow it to drop down to the loop made 6 rows below, k5

R5: *yo, k3

R7: *k5, sl next st off left hand needle and allow it to drop down to the loop made 6 rows below

Rep these 8 rows

Chevron and Feather IN THE ROUND

Chevron and Feather

Multiple of 13 st

R1 (RS): k1, yo, k4, k2tog, sl1, k1, psso, k4, yo

R2: k

Rep these 2 rows

Note to self: If you skip the yarnovers, it won’t have holes. That might make more sense in a bulky winter skirt.

PATTERN RECIPE:

Pick the yarn you like, the needles you like, knit a swatch of one of the above patterns you like. Find out how many st to an inch you are getting. This is your gauge.

Now, take a long step. Measure the length of your stride. Put a tape measure around your knees to figure this out. You want to be able to walk in your skirt. Add two inches (positive ease).

Multiply inches by gauge. This is your number of cast on stitches.

Do a LT cast on or knit on cast on (something stretchy, whatever you like, really).

Knit in multiples of whatever skirt pattern above you like. (So if the pattern is multiples of 6 st, cast on a multiple of 6 stitches). Then just keep knitting until the skirt is the length you want.

When you get to four inches below the waist, change to stockinette st (k all rows). Whip stitch the stockinette st part together to create a waistband. Take your 2 inch thick elastic (it should be as long as your waist and feel comfortable on), pin a large safety pin to it, and thread it through the waistband. Sew the two ends of the elastic together. Voila, done! To be tidy, sew shut the vertical opening where you inserted the elastic too.

Enjoy skirt! You’ve basically made a straight pencil skirt with an elastic waist

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