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GARTER ST (back and forth on needle):
K all rows. 1 ridge = K2 rows.
Yarn change should always be in same side of piece (i.e. up towards waist).
ROW 1 (= RS): K with plum/beige/heather.
ROW 2 (= WS): K with plum/beige/heather.
ROW 3: K with lilac/green.
ROW 4: P with lilac/green.
ROW 5: K with plum/beige/heather.
ROW 6: K with plum/beige/heather.
Repeat rows 3 to 6.
Dec 1 st by K 2 tog inside 1 edge st at beg of every row from RS the entire piece.
Inc inside 1 edge st at the end of every row from RS the entire piece.
Inc 1 st by making a YO. On next row K YO twisted (i.e. work in the back loop of st instead of front) to avoid holes.
Work short rows in stockinette st with lilac/green. NOTE: Tighten yarn at every turn to avoid holes.
ROW 1 and remaining rows from RS are worked as follows: Work 1 st in stockinette st, K 2 tog, stockinette st until 1 st remains, 1 YO, 1 st in stockinette st, turn.
ROW 2 (= WS): Work the first 90-94-102-108-116-124 sts, turn.
ROW 4: Work the first 75-78-81-86-92-103 sts, turn.
ROW 6: Work the first 60-62-60-64-69-82 sts, turn.
ROW 8: Work the first 45-46-40-42-46-61 sts, turn.
ROW 10: Work the first 30-30-20-21-23-40 sts, turn.
Size S, M and XXXL:
ROW 12: Work the first 15-15-20 sts, turn.
ROW 13: Work 1 st in stockinette st, K 2 tog, stockinette st until 1 st remains, 1 YO, 1 st in stockinette st, turn.
Work back over all 142-146-154-160-168-176 sts.
There are now 14-14-12-12-12-14 rows in stockinette st.
Work back and forth in stockinette st and garter st on circular needle. Dec in one side - READ DECREASE TIP, and inc in the other side - READ INCREASE TIP, on every row from RS the entire piece, to get diagonal ridges. READ KNITTING TIP!
Loosely cast on 142-146-154-160-168-176 sts on circular needle size 3 mm / US 2.5 with plum/beige/heather. Work 1 ridge in GARTER ST - see explanation above. Then work as follows on 1st row (= RS): Work SHORT ROWS - see explanation above. When short rows are done, work PATTERN - see explanation above - over the next 34-30-26-26-26-30 rows. REMEMBER THE GAUGE!
Continue to work short rows and pattern alternately as explained above 6-7-8-9-10-10 times in total, but in size S, M, L and XXXL work over 30-26-30-26 rows 2nd, 4th and 6th time pattern is worked. NOTE: In size XXXL work over 26 rows 8th and 10th time pattern is worked. There are 3-4-5-9-10-5 repetitions with pattern over 34-30-26-26-26-30 rows, and 3-3-3-0-0-5 repetitions with pattern over 30-26-30-0-0-26 rows.
When all repetitions with short rows and pattern have been worked, skirt measures approx. 70-76-84-90-100-108 cm / 27½"-30"-33"-35½"-39½"-42½" in waist (i.e. on the side where sts were dec on every row from RS). Bind off.
Sew cast-on edge and bind-off edge tog. Sew neatly tog st by st. Make sure that to avoid a tight seam. Fold edge in waist (i.e. the side with yarn change) 2 cm / 3/4'' on WS and fasten. Leave a little opening to thread the elastic through. Cut and fasten the yarn.