Pattern for Sale: Skirtsicle

Tuesday, April 15, 2008
In the summer, particularly in the American South, it is (to paraphrase Robin Williams) hot. Darned hot. But who’s to tell a little girl that she can’t run around in the muggy, buggy, sunny afternoon? And further, that she can’t do it while wearing something pretty and pink?
This skirt was born of a desire to have a workhorse garment that was highly washable, durable, not expensive to make, and simple to knit. It’s the kind of thing you won’t feel bad about knitting every year after the annual growth spurt. The natural striping of the yarn means you don’t need much in the way of a stitch pattern – just the little detail of garter stitch pinstripes that “melt” into a picot bindoff. It’s like a popsicle and a skirt at the same time – the perfect summer combo!

Now available in my Ravelry store (no registration necessary; pay by PayPal) for $6!

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This version is an update of the original MagKnits pattern (no longer available online), including two new options for the waistband and clarification of language. Also, cute photos!

- In the picot turning round for the waistband, the number of knit stitches got left off the pattern (this has been fixed with purchases on or after June 21st, 2008). The correct stitch should be (YO, K2tog, K2) repeated around.

Difficulty level: Intermediate (knitting in the round, cable cast on, picot bind off)

Sizes: Girls 2 (4, 6, 8)
Waist circumference (adjustable with elastic): 18 (20, 22, 24)” 48 (53, 58, 63) cm
Length: 8 (10, 12, 14)” 20 (25, 30, 35) cm

3 (3, 4, 5) balls Lily Sugar N Cream (100% cotton; 95 yd 86 m per 70 g), color Playtime
US 6 4 mm circular needle, 16-20” long
stitch marker
tapestry needle
sewing needle and thread
1 yd (1 m) of 1” (25 mm elastic)

17 stitches and 30 rows = 4” 10 cm in Pattern 1 before washing
20 stitches and 32 rows = 4” 10 cm in Pattern 1 after washing

Measure gauge both before and after washing/drying swatch as you will the skirt. Cotton has a tendency to shrink; if you use your pre-washed gauge you risk the skirt ending up too small. Length measurements in the instructions correspond to gauge after washing.


  • I made this pattern for a great niece...she loves it. But now I can't find it and I need to download it again......HELP

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