Skating queen

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I work at the National Museum of Roller Skating (I'm not making this up -- there actually is such a place), and over the time that I have worked there, I have found myself drawn to the photographs of the skaters from the 1940s, and especially to the pleated wool skirts worn by some of the female skaters. This pattern is the product of my attempt to recreate one of those skirts (although it's a slightly sportier version, with a drawstring waist).

The skirt is knit in the round from the top down. The pleats are made up of panels of knit stitches, which increase in size, alternating with panels of purl stitches, which remain the same size throughout.

The result is a nice, cozy skirt for fall days that calls to mind an era when the roller rink was the place to meet guys and every year, a young woman was crowned the Roller Skating Queen of America (no, I'm not making that up, either).

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