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Skirt with an Arrow Pattern

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Arrow pattern skirt from Home Work, published in 1891


Materials and Gauge

Worsted weight wool with a gauge of 20sts to 10cm/4″ will make a skirt with a 24″ waist following the number of panels knit in the original pattern. The amount of yarn needed will depend on the size skirt you wish to knit.

4.5mm or US size 7 needles

An appropriate amount of light, soft woven fabric to line the waistband. Cotton should work well.
Hooks and eyes, buttons or a zipper to close


This skirt can be adjusted to any size by knitting extra panels.

Knit following the pattern exactly, it will yield a skirt with a 24″ waist.

You can also adjust the length and waist measurement of the pattern by beginning and ending the panels on different rows.

Adjusmtents may be needed to shape the top of each panel.


o = yarn over
over = yarn over
n = narrow – knit 2 together

Arrow pattern skirt - instructions 1

Arrow pattern skirt instructions 2

Notes on making up

If joining the panels by sewing, use a stitch that will not create bulk in the seams.

Join all panels all the way to the top except for the last one.

The last panel should be left open from the widest part of the hips, to the top. It can be closed with loops and buttons, hooks and eyes or a zipper. If using hooks and eyes you will need to line either side with a soft ribbon or fabric for stability.

Lining the waist band
Cut a piece of fabric approximately 2 1/2″ or 6.5cm deep and wide enough to go all the way around the waist of your skirt plus 1/2″ or 1.5cm

Shape the top to fit your skirt using 4-6 darts, leaving enough room on all sides for turning under the hems.

Turn hems under all sides and stitch inside the waistband of your skirt using an invisible stitch.

Crochet edging

Instructions for working shell stitch can be found on the website. Note: The shell stitch instructions use UK crochet notation.

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