Habu Hempathy Skirt
The body of the skirt is knit with black Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy. (I don't know why it looks blue in the photos.) The transparent bands are Habu Silk Stainless Steel. They are placed to create the effect of a short skirt, offset by the below-the-knee total length. I wanted something conservative for work but not matronly. It also had to be modest when sitting. The skirt is knit in the round, has a provisional cast on hem, and an elastic waist band. See full post here. Pattern below:
Finished Size: Designed for a 40” hip and length just below the knee.
Pattern Notes: The skirt is knit in one piece, in the round, and worked from the bottom up. The hem band is doubled to prevent rolling and to provide weight to prevent riding. To adjust hip size up or down, knit a swatch to determine the number of stitches per inch you actually knit, multiply that number by your hip size, add an additional two inches or more depending upon how loosely or tightly you want the skirt to fit. If you want to lengthen or shorten, measure from the hip bone down to desired length to determine the total number inches to knit before beginning hip reductions.
Recommended Needles: US 4 (3.5mm) circular needles (32” or longer), plus a spare to work hem.
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy (153 yd/50 g), 7 skeins
A20/21 1/20 Habu Silk Stainless Steel (622 yd/28 g), 1 cone
Gauge: 22-23 stitches per 4 inches
Other Materials: One inch wide waistband elastic. One tapestry needle to weave in ends.
ssk: slip, slip, knit two slipped stitches together
k2tog: knit two stitches together
slm: slip marker
1. Using Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy, provisionally cast on 244 stitches, placing marker half way (122 sts.). Join, ensuring that work isn’t twisted. Place marker at the join.
Round 1 – 30: Knit all stitches
Round 31: Purl all stitches
Round 32-61 (30 more rows): Knit all stitches
2. Remove waste yarn, exposing live stitches. Insert second circular needle. Fold work at the purl row.
3. Knit together one stitch from the front and one from the back until you reach the join marker.
4. Cut Hempathy yarn, leaving enough to weave in later. Join Habu stainless steel and knit for 2 inches, cut, leaving length to weave in later.
5. Join Hempathy, knit for one inch, cut yarn, leaving length to weave in later.
6. Join Habu stainless and knit for 2 inches, cut, leaving length to weave in later.
7. Join Hempathy, and knit 17 inches, or until you are ready to begin hip decreases.
8. To begin hip reductions, at beginning of round, SSK, knit to last two stitches before marker, K2T, slip marker, SSK, knit to last two stitches before marker, K2T. Knit 3 rows. Repeat these 4 rows 13 more times. (The skirt is designed to hit just below the knee. If you want to lengthen or shorten, measure from the hip bone down to desired length to determine the total number inches to knit before beginning hip reductions.)
9. Create waist band casing: Knit straight for 12 rounds, purl one round, knit for 12 more rows, bind off. Form casing to hold waistband elastic by whip stitching bound off edge to inside of skirt, leaving enough of the casing open to slip elastic through. Measure and cut enough elastic to fit your waist, slip through casing, sew elastic together. Close casing. Weave in ends.