A Gipsy Skirt - combination of knitting and sewing techniques

 I made this skirt combining 2 techniques: knitting in rounds and sewing.
The ruffle in the middle, in plain burgundy colour, is a leftover piece of plush fabric, normally used for furniture decoration. The rest of the skirt is knitted in rounds on round needles.

Based on the model from a Russian magazine Журнал МОД 551


You don't have to buy material especially for this skirt, but you can use your leftover yarn or thread of different thickness and composition, and a piece of fabric (rectangle shape 240cm x 18cm), all selected in your favourite colours. Keep in mind that this skirt weighs 900 grams, so gather your balls and your fabric, measure the amount and plan how you will organize them in a nice assembly.

You will also need 3 round needles No. 4.5 (or one very long round needle, about 2m long); crocheting hook, No. 4.5; 6 wooden or plastic beads, sewing machine; scissors and thread for machine stitching.

For the knitted piece I held 3 strands of yarn and knitted them on needles No. 4.5 so the skirt has a real winter texture and is very warm and cosy.

An interesting fact is that this model can be completed in crochet or sewing techniques. Instead of knitting you can crochet the ruffles in the pattern of your own choice, or you can sew all the ruffles using thicker materials if you are looking for a winter skirt or light ones for warmer seasons.

Between each section of K rnds, there is a lace bordure made like this:

- rnd 1 - P all sts
- rnd 2 - K all sts
- rnd 3 - *Yo, P2tog*, repeat from * to * till the end of the rnd
- rnd 4 - like rnd 2
- rnd 5 - like rnd 1

The knitted sections are as follows (from top to bottom):

First, do the lace bordure in colour red as indicated above. I advise using cotton yarn so that later, when the skirt is complete, it would prevent the knits from stretching. Cast on a number of sts that corresponds your hip measurements.

Section 1 - In colour raspberry (holding three strands of yarn - white, dark red and pale orange) knit all rnds until you have 13cm of length. After that knit the lace bordure.

Section 2 - In colour light pink (holding three strands of yarn - white, pink and pale orange) in the 1st rnd increase the number of sts by 50% (e.g. if you have 80 sts on your needles, in the next rnd there should be half of those 80, which is 40sts + 80 = 120sts) and knit all rnds for another 10cm. Do another bourdure after section 2. Break yarn.

Section 3 - cut a piece of fabric which will be twice as wide as section 2 and 18cm long. Using a sewing machine, sew it to the lace bordure that you have completed last, making sure that the fabric is beneath the knitted piece. Use a zigzag stitch to secure the upper and lower edges of the fabric. Leave the whole piece aside.

With colour red in cotton yarn, knit a new lace bordure like in the beginning by casting on a number of sts 2 times bigger than in section 2.

Section 4 - after the bordure, change to colour raspberry (like in Section 1) and in the 1st rnd increase the number of sts by 2; knit all rnds for 12cm. Again, after this section work the lace bordure.

Section 5 - with colour light pink (like in Section 2) in the first rnd increase the number of sts by 2 and continue to knit all rnds for another 5cm. Complete the lace bordure and brak yarn.


Using your sewing machine, sew the lower edge of the fabric to the upper edge of the knitted piece (Sections 4 and 5). Again, make sure that the fabric lies beneath the knit piece.

Finally, iron the skirt. Make a long string using a crocheting hook. Hold 3 strands of yarn and crochet sc loops. Attach 3 beads at each end of the string. Draw the string through the holes on top border of the skirt.

Put on a nice plain blouse, some high-heeled boots and you're ready to be noticed wherever you show up!