How to make a waistband for your knitted skirt.
Knitted skirt is always a “must-have” item in the wardrobe of a knitter. It can be a lace summer skirt or a warm cabled winter skirt. There are many choices but any skirt should have a neat and nice looking waistband. And the best way to achieve it is to graft the waistband to the skirt. Today I’ll show you how to knit a waistband grafted to the skirt. We’ll knit it in the round.
No matter if your skirt is knitted or crocheted, from top down or from bottom up or even diagonally. Let’s start our waistband with casting on the stitches along the edge of the fabric. There is no any problem if your skirt is straightly knitted. In this case you can just pick up stitches from the finished edge or leave the last row unfinished. I’ll show you next few steps for casting on stitches along side of the fabric. Pick up 3 stitches from 2 selvage stitches that is one stitch from the first selvage stitch, the second stitch between two selvage stitches and the third stitch from the second selvage stitch. Next stitch should be picked up from the next selvage stitch.
In case of Lanesplitter skirt we’ll have twice as much selvage stitches as usual, because we knit selvage stitches both at the beginning and at the end of the row. Mind also decreases and increases.
Insert your needle into the selvage stitch and pull out the loop. I carried the second yarn along the side for changing colors, so to make the edge neat and even I’ll insert my needle through the back half of selvage stitch and a strand of the second yarn. Now I’ll have a neat edge along the side of fabric that will match the decrease stitches.
Pick up the second stitch the same way from the next selvage stitch.
Pick up the third stitch the same way.
Now skip the forth selvage stitch and pull out a loop from the fifth selvage stitch.
Finally you’ll have all the stitches casted on like this:
Purl the next row, so it’ll look like grafting at the front of the fabric. Never mind the loose stitches, as they’ll get tighter and ideally even after grafting.
Now work in stockinette stitch until you reach a needed height, for my waistband it’s a height of a wide washing line and 5 mm more to run it through. Purl next row so that the knitted fabric could be folded in the middle.
Knit two next rows in the round and then return to flat knitting to make holes for inserted elastic band. Now we’ll have to count a little. If I’ve got 11 stockinette rows for the front side of the waistband, then for the inner side we have to knit one row less and the purled row is considered as the first. The last 11th row will be grafted to the skirt.
Now let’s start grafting. Turn the work and look at the edge where we picked up the stitches. It has the look as below. I’ve run the needle through the picked up stitches. If you started knitting your waistband from unfinished row then you need to find this last knitted row.
For better understanding I’ll show you the same knitted section in other colors. Those blue little bumps are just what we are looking for.
Be careful to find the beginning or your work, as the waistcoat is often about to get skewed and you can miss one or two stitches. Start to lay kitchener stitches. Measure a piece of yarn as long as three times around the skirt and cut it. Thread a yarn needle. Insert it into the first stitch from the back side and pull it out of front side. Next step – insert the needle under the back side of a picked up stitch and pull the needle out.
Next step – insert the needle into the next picked up stitch from top downward.
Pull out the whole piece of yarn, tightening the row so that the kitchener stitches reach the same size as the other knitted stitches. Insert the needle into the first stitch that is still on the knitting needle from the front side into the back and pull it at once out of the next stitch. Now you can take the first stitch off the needle.
Return to the second little “bump” of the picked up stitches. Tighten the yarn to make the fabric even.
And return back to the knitting needle again after grafting the next “bump”.
Finish the row the same way.
Be careful not to miss picked up stitches (sometimes it’s very easy to miss them) or you’ll have to unravel you work.
Finally we’ll have a nice looking knitted and grafted waistband.