Creative Knitting with Bobbie Matela

click for larger imageDay & Night Ensemble

Designs By Scarlet Taylor

Pair this "little black skirt" with the comfortable sweater for a wardrobe essential you'll wear from 9 to 5 and later!

Sizes
Woman's extra-small (small, medium, large) Instructions are given for smallest size, with larger sizes in parentheses. When only 1 number is given, it applies to all sizes.

Finished Measurements

Pullover
Chest: 35 (40 1/2, 44, 48) inches
Length: 22 1/2 (23, 23 1/2, 24) inches

Skirt
Hip: 35 (37, 39, 41) inches
Waist (without elastic): 25 (27, 29, 31) inches

Materials

Pullover

  • Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted 85 percent wool/15 percent mohair worsted weight yarn (190 yds/4 oz per skein): 5 (6, 6, 7) skeins sable #M07
  • Size 6 (4mm) straight and 16-inch circular needles
  • Size 8 (5mm) needles or size needed to obtain gauge

Skirt

  • Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted 85 percent wool/15 percent mohair worsted weight yarn (190 yds/4 oz per skein): 4 (4, 5, 5) skeins onyx #M05
  • Size 8 (5mm) 24-inch circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge
  • 1 yd (1 1/2-inch-wide) noncurling elastic
  • Stitch markers

Gauge

Pullover
17 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches/10cm in St st with larger needles

Skirt
16 sts and 22 rnds = 4 inches/10cm in St st with smaller circular needle
To save time, take time to check gauge.

Special Abbreviation
M1 (Make 1): Insert LH needle under horizontal thread between st just worked and next st, knit through the back. This inc is used for sleeve shaping.

Pattern Note
Shorten or lengthen skirt as desired before placing dec markers.

Pullover

Back
With smaller needles, cast on 74 (86, 94, 102) sts.
Work in k2, p2 rib for 2 inches, ending with a WS row.
Change to larger needles and St st.
Work even until back measures 13 1/2 inches, ending with a WS row.

Shape armhole
Next 2 rows: Bind off 2 (4, 3, 4) sts, work to end of row.
Dec row: K2, ssk, knit to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2. Purl 1 row.
[Rep these 2 rows] 0 (1, 1, 2) times more. (68, 74, 84, 88 sts)
Work even until armhole measures 8 (8 1/2, 9, 9 1/2) inches, ending with a WS row.

Shape neck
Next row (RS): K20 (23, 28, 28), join 2nd ball of yarn and bind off center 28 (28, 28, 32) sts, knit to end of row.
Working on both sides of neck with separate balls of yarn, dec 1 st at each neck edge on next row. (19, 22, 27, 27 sts rem each side)

Shape shoulders
At each arm edge, bind off 6 (7, 9, 9) sts twice, then 7 (8, 9, 9) sts once.

Front
Work as for back until armhole measures 6 1/4 (6 3/4, 7 1/4, 7 3/4) inches, ending with a WS row.

Shape neck

Next row (RS): K26 (29, 34, 35), join 2nd ball of yarn and bind off center 16 (16, 16, 18) sts, knit to end of row.
Working on both sides of neck with separate balls of yarn, bind off at each neck edge [3 sts] 1 (1, 1, 2) times, then [2 sts] 1 (1, 1, 0) times. (21, 24, 27, 27 sts)

Dec row (RS): Knit to last 4 sts of left neck, k2tog, k2; drop yarn, pick up yarn for right side of neck, k2, ssk, knit to end of row.
Purl 1 row, rep dec row. (19 (22, 27, 27) sts rem each side)
Work even until armhole measures same as for back.
Shape shoulders as for back.
Sew shoulder seams.

Sleeves
With smaller needles, cast on 38 (38, 42, 42) sts.
Work in k2, p2 rib for 2 inches, ending with a WS row.
Change to larger needles.
Working in St st, inc 1 st each end [every 4th row] 0 (4, 3, 12) times, then [every 6th row] 15 (13, 14, 8) times. (68, 72, 76, 82 sts)
Work even until sleeve measures 19 (18 1/2, 18 1/2, 19) inches, ending with a WS row.

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Shape cap
Next 2 rows: Bind off 2 (4, 3, 4) sts, work to end of row.
Dec row (RS): K2, ssk, knit to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2.
Purl 1 row.
[Rep these 2 rows] 0 (1, 1, 2) times more. (62, 60, 66, 68 sts)
Bind off.

Neck Band
Beg at right shoulder seam with circular needle, pick up and knit 72 (72, 72, 76) sts around neck opening. Place marker between first and last sts and join.
Work even in k2, p2 ribbing for 3 1/2 inches.
Bind off in pat.

Assembly
Sew in sleeves.
Sew sleeve and side seams.

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click for larger imageSkirt
Beg at hem with circular needle, cast on 176 (184, 196, 204) sts.
Place marker between first and last sts and join without twisting. Work even in k2, p2 rib for 1 inch.

Dec rnd -- size extra-small and medium only: [K2tog, k3, k2tog, k2] 4 times, [k2tog, k3] 28 (32) times. (140, 156 sts)
Sizes small and large only: [K2tog, k4, k2tog, k3] 3 times, [k2tog, k3]
29 (33) times, k2tog, k4. (148 164 sts)
All sizes: Work even until skirt measures 13 1/2 inches or approx 9 1/2 inches less than desired length.

Shape hips
Next rnd: K28 (29, 33, 34), pm, [k28 (30, 30, 32), place marker] 3 times, k28 (29, 33, 34). 5 markers on needle.
Dec rnd: [K2tog, knit to next marker, ssk, knit to next marker] twice, ssk, knit to end of rnd.
Knit 4 rnds.
[Rep last 5 rnds] 7 times more. (100, 108, 116, 124 sts) Work even until skirt measures 21 inches or desired length.

Beg waistband
Work in k2, p2 rib for 1 1/2 inches.
Purl 1 rnd for turning ridge.
Continue in established rib until waistband measures 3 inches.
Bind off in pat.

Finishing
Fold waistband to inside at turning ridge, forming casing.
Sew waistband in place leaving a 3-inch opening.
Cut elastic to comfortably fit waist when slightly stretched, plus a 1-inch overlap.
Thread elastic through casing. Overlap ends and sew tog securely. Sew waistband opening.

Copyright © February 2005 Quick Knits to Wear. All rights reserved.

Until we meet here again, Knit On!

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Barb Bettegnies
Editor, Creative Knitting magazine

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