If you're not bored, hooray! We are now going to very gently flare the lace pattern out over your hips and keep going.
N.B. I have realised while writing this that I keep saying 'your' all the time, as though this blog was directed exclusively at knitting women/dress wearers. Knitting trouser-wearers: if you are with me on this project, please make sure you measure the intended wearer carefully and at all the relevant points - over-bust, under-bust, between busts, waist, hips, and down the middle. This presumes a certain intimacy with the person concerned. Good luck!
Flaring the Skirt
You Will Need your stitch-markers back. Using your gague, work out how many stitches you will need to add to make up the difference between your waist and hip measurement.
My waist =28ins, and hips=31ins, so I need 3 ins of increase. At 8 stitches to an inch (or thereabouts) that means adding 24 stitches. I don't intend to do this all in one go, as it will deform the garment. Instead, the stitches will be added gradually over a series of rows.
Count the number of lace repeats (groups of 9 stitches) you have on one row. Divide this number by your gague count. The result will be the number of repeats between stitch-markers, and between bands of increase stitches.
|The red triangle surrounds the purled increase stitches in front of the stitch-marker.|
Follow the pattern below for a smooth transition. Continue knitting the lace in bands with purl-bands between until you reach nearly the length you want. Then go to Finishing...