Monday, July 16, 2012

How to: Knit a Starbella Ruffle Skirt *Updated*

You've seen the popular Starbella Knitted Scarf, but how about a Starbella Ruffle Skirt? Milly from our Bonney Lake store created the original pattern - you can find it here. This version has been updated by Katherine Berger who works at our Monroe, Washington store.

Starbella Ruffle Skirt - made by Jeanie Newland
 
Before beginning this project it is helpful to be familiar with joining and knitting in the round on circular needles. Note that this pattern is for child sizes only.
 
Sizes: 3-4, (4-6, 8-10)
  • Yarn: 1 Skein (1, 1) Starbella (A) in your choice of color and 1 (1, 1) skein of Cascade Fixation in color to match.
  • Needles: US size 8, 24 inch circular.
  • ¾ inch elastic to fit waist.
  • Stitch marker

Note: The yarn used to add the stretch to this skirt needs to have an elastic blend. We chose to use Cascade Yarns Fixation. Below is the yarn information directly from Cascade's website.

 
Directions:
 
With size 8 knitting needles, pick up 114 (122, 130) loops of Starbella yarn (A). Drop Starbella (A) but do not cut (ignore it, we’ll come back to it later). 
 
Start knitting into each Starbella loop with Cascade Fixation (B). 
 
When all Starbella loops are knitted with Cascade Fixation, join into round, place stitch marker. Marker denotes beginning of round. (To combine these two steps see Katherine’s optional cast on directions at the end of these directions).
 
With Cascade Fixation (B) knit 6 (7, 8) more rounds. After completing these 6 (7, 8) rounds drop Cascade Fixation (B) but do not cut. 
 
Pick up Starbella (A) from below and knit one round of Starbella (A). Note that the Starbella ruffles will be on the inside of your work. Drop A but do not cut and pick up B. Repeat these 2 rounds 3 (4, 5) times or to desired length of skirt.
 
When finished with last round of Starbella (A), cut A only. Now turn the skirt inside out so that the Starbella ruffles are on the outside of skirt. Continue knitting in the round with B until there are 2 (3, 4) inches of knitting from the last Starbella round. 
 
Purl one round, this will be the fold line for the elastic casing. Knit for an additional inch and bind off. Fold on fold line (purl stitch round) and sew 1 inch casing to inside of skirt leaving an opening to thread the elastic. Sew ends of elastic together and sew opening closed. Weave in any loose end.
 
Katherine’s optional cast on:
Holding both yarns at the same time, pick up a loop of Starbella (A). Knit Starbella loop with Cascade Fixation (B). Repeat until you have the desired number of stitches on your needle. Join into round and place marker. You are now ready to begin knitting 6 (7, 8) rounds of Cascade Fixation (B).

 


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55 comments:

  1. I wish if you had pictures. I can not understand how to make it. I really want to make one for a B-day present

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    1. Natalya, I misunderstood your question when I first replied. We do not have step-by-step pictures of this skirt being made.

      We do, however, have a video that details how to knit with the Starbella yarn. Once you know how to knit the yarn, the skirt should be easier to understand.

      http://youtu.be/AhfzaIlLnRk

      Let us know if you run into any troubles and we will help you out. Thanks!

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  2. what is CASCADE FIXATION
    can you put a fhoto of this yarn?

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    1. Cascade Yarns Fixation is a cotton/elastic yarn used for socks or other garments. It has just a little bit of stretch. We've added the yarn information and a photo to the post.

      Thanks for the comment!

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  3. My ruffles do not seem to be growing. What am I doing wrong? Thanks

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    1. Donna, our yarn department manager would like to help you out with your skirt.

      If you would be able to send a picture (or an explanation of where it started to not look right) to: yarn(at)bfranklincrafts.com that would be wonderful.

      Thanks!

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  4. How do you "knit 1 row" with Starbella when there are no loops of Starbella on your needle? All you have on your needle are rows of Cascade Fixation.

    Also with the ruffles on the inside, when you turn the work so the ruffles are on the outside, the purl rows will be on the outside and the knit rows on the inside - that seems backwards.

    Am I missing something?

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    1. Thank you so much for your questions and I'd be glad to help you figure this out!

      For your first row, also known as the cast on row in this case, you aren't knitting the Starbella you are simply placing it onto your needles by entering the top loops of the yarn from the back. The next row you will knit into the Starbella loops using the Fixation yarn.

      As for your second question; when you get to the end of your work you will be folding over the top of your skirt to create a casing for the elastic. This puts the "v's" of your knit work to the outside covering the majority of the purls. If you would like NO purls to show on the outside of your work simply begin purling instead of knitting after your last row of Starbella and then fold your work in to incase the elastic.

      I hope this helps you! If you have any other questions please let me know!

      -Jeanie

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  5. Love it!!
    But what about those of us who crochet instead of knit???
    I would like to be able to make this so please list a crochet version. Thanks:)

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    1. Thank you, we like it too. :)
      Here are instructions for how to crochet Starbella yarn to make a scarf: http://youtu.be/3OeasNPYRmc

      Hopefully, this will help you to re-create this skirt.

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  6. I'm having trouble figuring out how to knit with the cascade yarn after casting on the starbella yarn. How is that done?

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    1. We are working on adding more detailed photos of this project. :) In the meantime, send an email to: yarn (at) bfranklincrafts.com and Jeanie will help you figure this part out. Thanks!

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    2. Knitting was the cascade yarn after casting on with the starbella yarn is basically the same way if you were knitting a regular scarf with two different colours. Leave the starbella cast on, on the needle and then use the cascade yarn as your working yarn if this makes sense. Hope this helped

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  7. Do you have step-by-step pictures of how to make the skirt?

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    1. We are working on adding some step-by-step photos to this project. :)

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  8. I am having trouble as well getting the first row of yarn after putting the starbella on..I end up with fewer or more stitches that the 122 I cast on. I have frogged it twice. I am using a worsted weight yarn.

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    1. First, you will need to use an elastic-blend yarn for this skirt, like Cascade Fixation. A worsted weight yarn will not have the "give" needed.

      You have until your first complete row of yarn B to adjust the number of stitches before you join the yarns in a round. If you find you need to adjust the number of stitches for the Starbella yarn to match your yarn B - you can do so easily before the yarns are joined in a round.

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  9. when I put the starbella ruffles on do I put them on the inside (the purl side of the piece). Do the ruffles cover the pearl side instead of the knit side?

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    1. Yes, you do put the ruffles on the inside to where they would be covering the purl side.

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  10. I really want to learn how to make this skirt for my daughter, but I have never knitted before. Is there a how to video on how to make to make it?

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    1. We don't currently have a video tutorial of this project. If you are looking to start knitting I would suggest starting with a more basic project. You can find some great video tutorials for beginning knitting on YouTube. Lion Brand has some great tutorials: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB3AA641EF2A575EA

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  11. Question: Should you do decreases with cascade yarn closer you get to finishing skirt, or do you stay with the same number of stitches and placing the elastic at the end will make if fit?

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    1. You do not need to decrease with the Cascade Fixation yarn. Because the yarn is part elastic, the band with naturally gather the waist for you.

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  12. How do I "work a 1 inch bind off? How does it differ from a standard bind off?

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    1. Oh dear! That should read: Work 1 inch, then bind off. Thanks for catching that, we'll update the project ASAP.

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  13. After you cast on the starbella loops, do you just drop the starbella yarn or do you cut it. This is missing from the instructions. It tells you to drop the fixation yarn but no mention of the starbella.

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    1. You don’t need to cut the yarn. Just drop the Starbella and pick it back up when you are ready to do the next ruffle. Leave some slack (a couple of loops).

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    1. America, we do not currently have this pattern available in crochet. You can find Starbella crochet how-to videos on Premier Yarns website. That should help you get started. Best of luck!

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  15. you have a dress on display at the store , do you have instructions for that

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    1. Nancy, the skirt shown above is the model that we have on display in the store. These are the instructions available.

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  16. I am looking for this pattern for an 18" doll. Do you have a pattern for that size?
    Thanks

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  17. We do not currently have a pattern for an 18" doll for this skirt. Sounds cute though!

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  18. It would be nice to have a tutorial of this also being done on the circular loom. Auntie M

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    1. Auntie M, a circular loom would be a nice idea but because we're using the fixation yarn and we need to be able to get a gauge stitch this pattern needs to be done with needles. If you made this skirt using a circular loom it would end up being pretty huge. :)

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  19. You can also make the scarf & skirt with a latch tool.
    It is like crocheting. I clicked on the 18 inch doll photo but did not see any instructions for it.Did I miss a link? Thanks for posting...

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    1. Janet, that's a great idea to use a latch tool! We do not currently have instructions for how to make this skirt for an 18" doll. We have instructions for a Starbella scarf, skirt, handbag and tote.

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  20. Has the above Youtube video been taken down? I get
    an answer that it is incorrect? Is there another video
    showing how to knit with the Starbella?

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  21. When dropping the ruffle yarn or the Cascade, do you leave it in the front so that when turned inside out, it ends up on the inside?

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    1. Actually figured it out. The yarn is kept on the inside as when you flip it inside out, the carry along yarn will be hidden.

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  22. how would this be made for an adult size? i love skirts with ruffles but I am unsure of how what to do.

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    1. Just measure your waist then calculate 1 inch = 4 stiches.

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  23. On the second part, how do you attach cascade fixation when you have starbella loops on your needle?

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  24. Thank you for sharing this adorable pattern. May I ask what is the best way to wash this skirt ?

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  25. Good morning! We apologize for not replying to you earlier. We've had some changes in our personnel and didn't have anyone managing our Blog comments for a few months. So to answer your question, for best results, hand wash in mild soap and lay flat to dry. Have a wonderful day!

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  26. Sorry to be dense but I'm a little confused about one line in the pattern. I cast on with the ruffle yarn, then knit 8 rounds with Cascade Fixation (B), then switched back to the ruffle yarn (A) and knit one round. Now it says "Drop A but do not cut and pick up B. Repeat these 2 rounds to desired length of skirt."

    What 2 rounds do I repeat? One round of B and one round of A?

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  27. for every 8 rounds of fixation you will knit one round of starbella. make sure not to cut the starbella just leave it attached and pick it up again when you need it.

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  28. Hi, is the skirt work from bottom going up?

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  29. yes the skirt is worked from the bottom up.

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  30. Hi, we can't get the Fixation yarn in Canada. How would I modify the pattern (or even need to) to used a regular worsted yarn?
    Thanks

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  31. I believe Bernat or Patons makes an elasticized yarn which is what Cascade Fixation is. That being said you will have to check the gauge as Fixation is a dk weight yarn. If you want to use a regular yarn I would suggest a dk weight and again check your gauge.

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  32. hi, when you sew the casing do you use a tapestry needle and yarn or how is this done?

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    1. tapestry needle and yarn is all there is to it. Just make sure you sew your casing so it is on the inside of the skirt, so it doesn't show on the outside.

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  33. Hi, I'm trying to make the size 4-6 skirt. I picked up 122 loops. My question is: Should I have 122 stitches after knitting in the cascade?

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