Waistcoat and Skirt

This pattern has been designed to be worn as a suit but each item is available separately.
Suit £4, Waistcoat £3 Skirt £2

I have used purple industrial 2 ply crepe and Yeoman's 4 ply Aurora in black.

The fronts are knitted in Fair Isle, backed with iron-on nylon to hide the floats. A clever technique of backing and wrapping the raw edges in one process is explained. The back is knitted in a very stable rib stitch. Attaching the rolled edge band trim and assembling the garment are done by sewing machine. You will need 1 metre of nylon which is enough for 2-3 waistcoats. Further more detailed instructions on the rolled edge band and interlock stitch are available separately. Scroll down for close up photographs of the rolled edge band and Fair Isle patterns

Both the thick and thin sections of each pleat are shaped from waist to hip level to reduce bulk over the tummy and at the waist edge of the skirt. To make the pleat lie flatter against the body, the edge of each thick pleat is made more pronounced by using extra strands of yarn. The skirt is steamed in a bag using an In-Ex kit or similar.


Although many different yarns are suitable for this skirt, it is important to use fine yarns, which can be put together in the ratio of 1:3:4 or close to that. For example, I used purple 2 ply crepe, Hobby by Bramwell also works well.

Cut and Sew Waistcoat £3

Knitted in purple industrial 2 ply crepe and Yeoman's 4 ply Aurora in black.

Thick & Thin Skirt £2

Knitted with one, three and four strands of 2 ply industrial crepe.

Paisley punchcard pattern for any machine 24 stitch repeat

Used on front of grey and black waistcoat

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Sherwood punchcard pattern for any machine. 24 stitch repeat

Used on front of green and dark grey waistcoat

The Rolled edge band on the outside of the garment.

Rolled edge band instructions £1.00

Instructions on how to knit a "rolled edge" band, as an alternative to the usual rib.

Clear diagrams included. Knitted with a ribber or garter carriage.

Outside and inside views of the rolled edge band sewn into place and illustrating how it can be used to finish a curved/angled edge.

The Rolled edge band on the inside of the garment.