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TuTu & Cotton Twirl Skirt
TuTu & Cotton Twirl Skirt


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TuTu and Cotton Twirl

Girl's Ruffled Skirt

Designed by Cathy Campbell for Crystal Palace Yarns

Description:  This cute girl's skirt is will look great with a t-shirt and boots.  This pattern is rated easy, featuring slipped-stitch rib waist band with eyelets and drawstring, circular garter-stitch body with two rounds of basic increasing and a super-fun TuTu bottom ruffle. 

Level:  Easy (knowledge of circular garter stitch and working with ruffled yarn recommended)
(Instructions for How to Knit with TuTu Here.)

Sizes:   4 (6, 8, 10) yrs
4 = 211/2” waist, 24” hips, 101/2” long
6 = 221/2” waist, 251/2” hips, 12” long
8 = 231/2” waist, 281/2” hips, 13” long
10 = 241/2” waist, 30” hips, 14.5” long

Waist is measured just under waist band.
Pattern is written in smallest size with larger sizes in parentheses.  Sample shown is done in size 8.


Gauge:  4 sts=1” over garter stitch in Cotton Twirl on larger needles

Abbreviations:  beg- beginning; BO- bind off; circular garter- alternate knit and purl rounds; CO- cast on; k- knit; p- purl; rnd- round; sl- slip; st(s)- stitch(es); tog- together; wyib- with yarn in back; yf- yarn forward (Bring yarn forward to increase a stitch.  The more general term for this is "yo".)


With Cotton Twirl and smaller needles, CO 90 (96, 102, 108) sts.  Place marker to mark be of rnd. 
Join and begin waistband:

For ALL sizes:
Rnd 1:   (p1, k1) around.
Rnd 2:   (p1, sl1 wyib) around.
Rnd 3:   Rnd 1.
Rnd 4:   Rnd 2.
Rnd 5:   Rnd 1.

For Sizes 4 & 8:
Rnd 6 (Eyelet Rnd): [(p1, sl1 wyib) 2x, yf, k2tog] 7(8) times, (p1, sl1 wyib, yf, k2tog) 3x, [(p1, sl1 wyib) 2x, yf, k2tog] 6(7) times.

For  Sizes 6 & 10:
Rnd 6 (Eyelet Rnd):  [(p1, sl1 wyib) 2x, yf, k2tog] around.

For ALL sizes:
Rnd 7:   Rnd 1.
Rnd 8:   Rnd 2.
Rnd 9:   Rnd 1.
Rnd 10:   Rnd 2.
Change to larger needles and circular garter.   Begin body.

For ALL Sizes:
(K 1 rnd, P 1 rnd) 4 (4, 5, 5) times. [8 (8, 10, 10) rnds]
Inc Rnd: [k15 (16, 17, 18), m1] around.   [96 (102, 108, 114) sts]
P 1 rnd.

For Size 8 & 10 ONLY:  
(K1 rnd, P 1 rnd), 5 times. (10 rnds)
Inc Rnd:   [k18 (19), m1] around.  [114 (120) sts]
P 1 Rnd.

For ALL Sizes:  
Continue in circular garter (K 1 rnd, P 1 rnd…) until piece measures 9 (101/2, 11, 121/2)”, ending with a P rnd.

Begin Ruffle:
Note:  When working TuTu and Cotton Twirl together, hold TuTu across front of work, keeping the cut end on right-hand side.  Fold end of TuTu so 1st and 2nd rectanglular openings overlap (with cut end in back).  Insert left needle into overlapped openings knitwise, then through the Cotton Twirl st on the needle.  Finish knitting the two yarns together with Cotton Twirl.  *Insert left needle into next TuTu opening knitwise, then through the next Cotton Twirl st on the needle.  Finish knitting the two yarns together with Cotton Twirl. Repeat from * to end of rnd.

With TuTu held in front of Cotton Twirl, K 1 rnd of TuTu and Cotton Twirl together.
P 1 rnd with Cotton Twirl only.

Repeat these 2 rnds, 2 (2, 3, 3) times more.   BO loosely.   Weave in ends.

Cut a 3 (31/2, 4, 41/2)-yd length of Cotton Twirl.   Fold in half and twist one end.  
(You may need someone to hold the other end while you twist, or alternatively, fasten one end to a cushion with a pin to hold it steady.)  
When it is tightly twisted, fold in half and let the cord twist on itself. Smooth out and tie each end to secure the twist. Thread drawstring through eyelet holes, starting at skirt front, opposite beg of rnd.  
For sizes 4 & 8, make sure drawstring ends come out of eyelets with shorter gaps between them.

Pattern Copyright 2012 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. Shops carrying Crystal Palace Yarns Cotton Twirl and TuTu are welcome to print and share this pattern with customers of our yarns.

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April 2012