Mojave Miniskirt

The Mojave Miniskirt is a very fun twist on the desert motif, evoking the bright colors and the hot sun in a fun transitional knit for spring! The skirt is fitted through the waist and hips with an elastic waistband to ensure a snug fit. Knit from the bottom up and featuring intarsia and duplicate stitches, the pattern is across the center front and back, with a border in garter stitch to really emphasize the pattern and give the skirt a bit of stretch.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Finished Waist Size 26 (28, 32, 36, 40, 44, 47)” 1” positive ease recommended. Shown in size 28”

Gauge: 16 sts and 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking

Materials

Medium weight yarnYarn: Malabrigo Yarn Worsted (100% Wool; 210 yards [192 meters]/100 grams): 30 Purple Mystery (MC, 2 (2, 3, 3, 4, 4) balls), 611 Ravelry Red (CC1, 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1) balls, 96 Sunset (CC2, 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1) balls)

Needles: US size 8 (5.0 mm) 24” circular or larger

Notions: Stitch markers, tapestry needle, elastic 1” width measuring 2” less than the waist measurement 24 (26, 30, 34, 38, 42, 45)”

Pattern Notes

This pattern is worked flat from the bottom up. The colorwork with the MC and CC1 is knit intarsia, and the CC2 is added with duplicate stitch.

Pattern (make 2)

CO 74 (78, 86, 95, 101, 112, 116) sts.
Work in Garter st for 2”.

Row 1: K18 (20, 24, 19, 22, 18, 20) sts in MC, pm, k Row 1 of Chart 1, 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4) times across row, pm, k in MC to end of row.

Row 2: K18 (20, 24, 19, 22, 18, 20) sts in MC, sm, p Row 2 of Chart 1, 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4) times across row, sm, k in MC to end of row.

Cont as est until piece meas 11 (11, 11, 12, 12, 13, 13)” or desired length.

Waist Shaping

On the next RS row, begin shaping the waist as follows:

Dec Row (RS): K1, ssk, k in est patt to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. (2 sts dec’d; 72 (76, 84, 93, 99, 110, 114) sts)

Rep Dec Row every RS row until you have 52 (56, 64, 73, 79, 90, 94) sts and piece 16 (16, 16, 17, 17, 18, 18)” from CO edge.

Waistband

With MC, work in Garter st for 2”.

Work in St st for 1.5”.

BO all sts.

Finishing

Block each piece to schematic dimensions.

With CC2 and using duplicate stitch, complete Chart 2.

Using mattress stitch, seam the sides. Sew the elastic together so that it forms one loop, and insert it into the waistband. Fold over the waistband to encase the elastic and sew the waistband into place.

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