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free knit skirt & top pattern


designed & knit by Marilyn Turner for Crystal Palace Yarns

Knitted Measurements
Bust 34 (36, 38, 40, 42)"  Top length including ruffle 19"
Waist 34 (36, 38, 40, 42)"
Hips 35 (37, 39, 41, 43)"  Skirt length including ruffle 20"

Sleeveless Top: 6 (6, 7, 7, 8) - 50 gr balls of Deco Ribbon color 122, 2 - 50 gr. balls of Fling color 9780, Fling is held doubled
Skirt: 7 (7, 8, 9, 10) balls of Deco-Ribbon, 2 balls of Fling held double
Crystal Palace Bamboo size 10-1/2 (6.5mm) 32" circular needle and Crystal Palace Bamboo size G crochet hook
" length of elastic for waistband
[Note: You may also use Squiggle #9291 or Splash #9523 for the Ruffle trim instead of Fling.]

17 sts and 21 rows equal 4" in St st
Take the time to check your gauge before beginning.

With Deco-Ribbon cast on 72 (76, 80, 84, 88) sts and work until piece is 10" long.
Armhole shaping: bind off 5 sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows, then dec 1 st each arm edge every right side row 5 (5, 5, 6, 7) times. Work until arm opening is 7.25" long. Bind off all sts.

Front (revised 03-05)
Work as for back until armhole shaping. Shape the armhole and the neck at the same time. Shape the armhole as written for the back.
Neck shaping; after binding off 5 sts for the armhole work across 28(30, 32, 34, 36) sts K 2 together, K1, join a second ball of yarn, K1, K2 together through the back loops and work across. Working each side separately continue to decrease at each neck edge every right side row 14(15, 15, 15, 15) times more. When the front is the same length as the back bind off all sts.

Sew shoulder seams and side seams. With a G, crochet hook work 1 row reverse single crochet around neck and armholes.

With a double strand of Fling pickup 144 (152, 160, 168, 176) sts around the bottom of the garment and join. The ruffle is worked in the round.
Round 1 Purl
Rnd 1 *K1 increase in the next st* repeat this around
Rnd 3 Purl
Rnd 4 *K2 increase in the next st* repeat this around
Rnd 5 Purl
Rnd 6 *K3 increase in the next st* repeat around
Rnd 7 Purl
Rnd 8 Bind off

Front & Back
The skirt is worked from the top down in 2 pieces. With Deco-Ribbon cast on 64(68, 72, 76, 80) sts. (There is about 2 " ease in the waist band to make it easier to get over your head.) Work 6 rows, the next right side row purl (this is the turning ridge for the hem) then work 12 more rows in St st. Then inc 1 st each side every 6th row 5 times to 74 (78, 82, 86, 90). Continue working until piece is 18" long measured from the purl ridge. Leave all the sts on a holder. Make second piece.

Sew up side seams, fold hem over, and sew to skirt leaving a small opening at one end to thread in the elastic for the waistband. Cut a length of elastic the size of your waist with a " extra for the overlap where it is sewn together. Thread the elastic through the hem and sew together then close up hem.

Pickup all the open sts around the bottom of the skirt and join to be worked in the round.
Follow the directions for the top ruffle except for round 1, which is to be knit instead of purled.

posted 02/07/2012

copyright 2005 Crystal Palace Yarns/Straw Into Gold, Inc. - We are happy to share this  pattern with knitters. The pattern may be used for non-commercial personal or knitting guild use. It is not to be used in any publication in print nor should it be reproduced in electronic/digital format without permission. Knitting Shops carrying Crystal Palace Yarns Deco-Ribbon and Fling are welcome to use this free pattern for their customers.