Follow the Knit and Pepper pattern and knit a short flared skirt on circular needles

31 July, 2019

My name is Laura, the knitter and crocheter behind Knit and Pepper. Thanks to Coco, a short flared skirt knitted on circular needles, I am here to present myself. For some time now I’ve been based in a country house in the Madrid Sierra. This is where I share my location with my vocation for pattern design and knit and crochet classes. I can’t deny it’s an amazing adventure! I do tend to have a preference for knitting, although I also admit that crochet can produce better results depending on the project. Above all, I love to investigate, learn, mix colours and make simple, contemporary garments. This is how the Coco skirt came about: a knitting pattern on circular needles made with Katia Fair Cotton. I hope you enjoy yourself making it and wearing it this summer.

Short flared skirt:

Short flared skirt

#CocoSkirt Knit Pattern by @Knitandpepper

Intermediate level

Short flared skirt:

Sizes and measurements: S/M/L

The horizontal measurements correspond to the contour.

Short flared skirt:

Materials: 7/8/9 balls Katia Fair Cotton coral col. 6, size 3.25 mm circular knitting needles with a 24”-32” (60-80 cm) long cable, stitch holder, wool sewing needle, stitch marker and 1 1/8” (3cm) wide elastic.

Gauge: using the size 3.25 mm needles in stockinette st: 30 sts & 35 rows = 4×4” (10x 10 cms)


  • k: knit
  • st(s): stitch(es)
  • tr: tubular ribbing
  • PM: place marker
  • r(s) = row(s)

Stitch Explanations

Hem: use a stitch holder to pick up the sts on row 1 and place them behind the row being worked. Knit one st from the LH needle and one st from the stitch holder together. Repeat until the end of the row.

Pleats towards the left: slip 12 sts onto a stitch holder and place in front of work. Knit one st from the left hand needle and one st from the stitch holder together until all the slipped sts have been knitted.

Tubular ribbing: K1, yarn forward, slip 1 st. Repeat until the end of the row.

How to follow the work

Work in the round from the lower edge (hem) upwards (waistband).

Short flared skirt:


Using the size 3.25 mm circular needles and Katia Fair Cotton in coral, cast on 576/600/624 sts. Then join the ends to work in the round being careful not to twist the sts. PM at start of row.

Rows 1-8: knit

R9: work the hem (see explanation).

R10 – R 109/121/137: knit

Row 110/122/138: work the pleats towards the left (see explanation). Total: 288/300/312 sts.

Row 111-112/123-124/139-140: knit

R 113-142/125-154/141-170: tr

R 143/155/171: bind (cast off) all sts.

circular needles knitting pattern

Finishing (Making up)

Use a safety pin to thread the elastic through the waistband casing and sew the ends of the elastic together. To finish, cut and sew in the loose ends of yarn.

Finally, block the short flared skirt. After dampening the skirt, dry horizontally and use pins to mark the pleats from the start of the pleats to the end, in groups of 12 sts.

circular needles knitting pattern