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Patty Nance lives on the southern coast of Oregon with her husband, two motorcycles and lots of yarn. When she is not knitting, she teaches classes, designs hand-knits, and publishes patterns. Her ...

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Tanana

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Lace
  • Short rows
  • Increase (knit in front & back of stitch)
  • Working in-the-round

Pattern Description:

Allover lace with a dramatic sloped hem sends the typical country-style tiered skirt packing with this high-fashion piece. Worked in 100% linen in a variation of the feather-and-fan stitch, short rows are incorporated between the tiers to achieve the look.

Skirt is worked from the waist down. After completing the waistline casing, the lace pattern is worked in the round with increases to form the tiers. Short rows within the second tier, worked entirely in-pattern, force the final tier to slope upward at the front and downward at the back.

Charts and written instructions are provided to guide you through the wraps and turns of short rows in a lace motif that is patterned on every row with varying stitch counts. A challenging project to be sure, with stunning results.

(Note: if you have purchased the print version at an LYS and would like the digital copy of the charts on a white background, please e-mail pattynance@sbcglobal.net.)

(Photo credit: Louet North America. Used with permission.)


25 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch, after machine washing/drying, blocked

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52" waist (worn approx. 4" below natural waist)


  • 1620 to 2700 yds sport weight yarn
  • Size US 5/3.75mm circular needle 24", 36" & 47"
  • 5 stitch markers
  • spare needle for bind-off
  • tapestry needle

You Will Also Need:

  • Elastic for waistband (3/4" wide x high hip measurement)

Suggested yarn:

2700 yards of Sport weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Louet Euroflax Sport Weight


shown in Cloud Grey

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