Thursday, March 29, 2012

How to Knit a Starbella Ruffle Skirt

You've seen a Starbella Ruffle Scarf, but how about a Starbella Ruffle Skirt? This fun and frilly skirt is perfect for your little girl to wear all year round.

Crafted by Milly.

Don't know how to knit? You can watch our video tutorials here to get started or sign up for our Knit and Crochet class here to help you create this super cute skirt.

Supplies

  • Starbella Yarn
  • Bernat Stretch Yarn
  • Size 8-24 Long Circular Needles
  • 3/4 in. Elastic to Fit Waist

The number of skeins will depend on the (kids) size of the skirt.

A - Starbella
  • Size 3-4 = 1 Skein
  • Size 4-6 = 1 Skein
  • Size 8-10 = 1 Skein

B - Bernat Stretch Yarn
  • Size 3-4 = 1 Skein
  • Size 4-6 = 2 Skeins
  • Size 8-10 = 2 Skeins

Let's begin!

Step 1
Starting with Starbella - A and 8 needles.
Pick up - 114 [122-130] loops.

Step 2
With B - Knit into each loop. Join into round.
Place marker cont. with B.

Step 3
Knit 6 [7-8] rows. Drop B.
          
Step 4
With A - Knit 1 row [note: Starbella ruffles will be on the inside].
Repeat steps 3 and 4.
3 [4-5] times.

Step  5
Cut A. Continue with B. Turn work so ruffles are on the outside.
Knit every row until work from last A row is 2 [3-4] inches.

Note: You could add or subtract rows at this point to lengthen or shorten skirt.

Step 6
Purl one row (for fold line).
Work 1 inch bind off.

Finishing
Fold at fold line to inside sew in place to form casing leave opening for elastic. Sew in ends.

Starbella Yarn in Happy Pinks.

UPDATE: We have received a lot of questions regarding the ruffles of the skirt. In this video, Milly will explain how the ruffles should be as you follow the pattern.


Need help with this project? Register in store or online for our Knit or Crochet with Milly class that occurs every Monday and Wednesday each week. In this class, Milly will teach you how to knit or crochet, assist you with a current project, or teach you new and advanced techniques.

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35 comments:

  1. I'm working on my own ruffle skirt with Starbella- kind of improvised really; mine has decreases in it going towards the waist, as I didn't want one of those tube mini skirt things. It is to fit a bigger woman (2XL) and I am hoping it will fall a few inches about the knees (about 19" for me, as I have a very short inseam).

    What I *haven't* decided yet is if I am going to do ruffles ALL way the way up- super cute on a little girl, but being a bigger woman, I'm not sure. I think it might be too puffy and out there, so I'm trying to decide how many "ribbon" rows I will be doing. Right now I am doing:

    Color A Starbella in Collegiate
    Color B Patons Classic in Black

    Bottom up- start with seed stitch for 5 rows.

    **Color B knit 4 rows in the round; do four equally spaced decreases.*

    Color A knit one row, picking up the loops.

    Repeat**

    So basically, I have a WHOLE lot of fluffy ribbon going on and I'm not sure how many inches I should allow it to be on the skirt, before switching to straight black (Color B), shaped in four spots towards an elastic waistband. Right now, it seems I'm getting about 6 st/in vertically (due to the bigger stitch the Starbella makes), and I was thinking about maybe 6 ruffles? I'm open to any help and any suggestions please! I'm winging it! :)

    Any input/opinion? With all my calculations, the skirt

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  2. We suggest doing more than five rows, say about 10 rows between ruffles to lessen the bulk. It also depends on your body type--do you want the skirt to start around the waist or the hip? Milly is in today and is available throughout the week. We highly recommend calling (253) 862-6822 and asking for Milly. She's our Yarn and Knitting Expert and would be able to walk you through this over the phone.

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  3. I am having a difficult time finding Bernat Stretch yarn. What other brands/types of yarn would work for this project? How much "stretch" should the yarn have?

    The area I live in - we do not have a wide variety of choices.

    Thanks,
    Rhonda

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  4. Hi Rhonda! Try using Cascade Fixation to substitute for the Bernat Stretch. You don't need a lot of stretch for a good fit.

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  5. Should it be repeat step 3 and 4 instead of 2 and 3? This continues to confuse me.

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    1. You are absolutely, correct, Natalie! Thank you for catching that. We have corrected it, as yes, step 4 should state to repeat steps 3 & 4, not steps 2 & 3.

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  6. I'm confused. Do you cut the ruffle after each round of ruffle and if not how do you carry it up to the next ruffle?

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    1. No, do not cut the ruffle, but instead you pull up the next ruffle. If you have further questions or if that isn't clear, please feel free to call Milly at our store at 253-862-6822.

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  7. I had to take apart my first attempt because after three rows of Starbella, I realized they were on the outside of my skirt and would therefore be on the inside of the skirt when i finished. I'm not sure how to manuver the Starbella to have the ruffles be on the inside while I'm knitting. A picture of this step or a video would be very helpful. Otherwise, could you explain how to make the ruffles face inside?
    Thank you

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    1. I was impatient to wait for an answer so I tried again. I found that if I bring the Starbella up through the inside of the circle and purl (instead of knit) the rows of Starbella, the ruffles can be placed on the inside of the skirt. Hopefully, this will work.
      Thank you

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    2. After the ruffles, you will turn your work. Go through step 4 and 5 to see the directions.

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  8. While knitting with starbella premier yarn some stitches fell off my left needle. How do I figure out how to pick up those stitches? Please help!! I don't want to start my scarf from the beginning. Thanks

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    1. You may have to undo a couple of rows to see where your stitches are, but there should be loops like what's on your needle. Usually they travel down fast, the stitches, that's why you'll have to undo a couple rows at least. - Milly

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  9. I am knitting this skirt but am not sure if I am doing it right. Some pictures I have seen of the outside looks like rows of stockinette stitch with a few inches of starbella in between but mine looks like solid stockinette stitch. My ruffles are on the inside and of course there is a couple of rows of ruffles on the bottom. I can only see the fine line of starbella yarn. Is this correct.
    Pat

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    1. Yes, you are doing it correctly. The Starbella ruffles will be on the inside until you turn your work.

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  10. Can you explain how you carry the starbella without cutting. I'm knitting 5 rows between each row of starbella and using circuar needles.

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    1. You would pull it up from the rows below. Does that make sense?

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  11. Do you do every other loop on the starbella yarn (like the scarf) or every loop on the starbella yarn when you cast on and knit

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    1. When we knit a Starbella Ruffle Scarf, we actually do every loop. You would want to do every loop for the Starbella Ruffle Skirt, as well.

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  12. Hi, I am 4 rows in a step 3 and the work is starting to do the stockinette stitch curl.. So I am wondering if I am supposed to be Turing and going back the other way each round so I get a garter stitch instead to avoid the curling. If not how do I get rid of it?
    Thanks!

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    1. Did you join it into the round? If not, then it will roll on the sides. Otherwise, continue on and it should work out because you're going to do more rows.

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    2. Yes, I joined in so now just a continuous circle going around and it is rolling all around, not just sides. So it is supposed to be stockinette all the way?

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    3. The yarn may have become twisted as you joined it into the round. Milly is currently here, so please call her at (253) 862-6822 and she will walk you through on how to fix the issue you are experiencing.

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  13. Hi,
    Can I use size 7 needles for this project?
    Thanks

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    1. Yes, you can use size 7 needles, but since you will have the same amount of stitches in less space, you will need to increase your stitches.

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  14. my daughter is really petite for her age. will the smallest size of this skirt fit a 18 inch waistline? Thanks

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    1. Milly said you would only adjust the size of the elastic to fit around your daughter's waist. The measurement of the knitting would stay the same.

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  15. I have successfully made this skirt! Thanks to you Milly!

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  16. Do you have a crochet version?

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    1. We do not have a crochet version at this time, but may in the future.

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  17. Hi, I am a new comer and would like to know how to knit into the cast on stitches in the beginning of the pattern for a ruffled skirt. A demonstration would greatly appreciated!! :))))

    Thank You,
    Scatter Brains :)

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    1. Milly said to pick up the top loops and knit into them like they're regular stitches.

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  18. How can i do a ruffled pillow, a class here is $50.00i dant do that. Thanks Joan

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  19. Do the sizes mean age groups not familiar with US termiology?

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