A gored skirt design is a good choice in many ways. It allows you to hide some lines of your body you wouldn't like to attract attention to, but at the same it has the endless possibilities for variations.
Change number of gores, skirt length, width at the hem, add some additional details. It will still be that elegant silhouette, but you can make it the way you want. It has all chances to become your favorite type of skirt.
There is one more advantage to it. It is pretty easy to knit or crochet and is difficult to fail if you are aware of what you are doing. Let's go step - by - step though the whole process.
First thing you will need is a sketch of a gore skirt with your dimensions on it. Similar to this one on the picture. How to do a gore skirt sketch you will find at the Gore Skirt page. Now follow the steps.
As a rule, knitting/crocheting of a skirt begins from the waist line (Line A1A3). As an example, I will use dimensions of a gore presented on a picture. The width of a gore is 18 cm at the top. Its length is 64.5 cm. To calculate 1/2 of the width (line K4K5) of a gore at the hem line, we will need to compare two similar triangles: A3H3H2 and H2K2K5.
Write down proportion:
H2K2/K2K5. Find the
K2K5 = (H3H2) x (H2K2) / A3H3 = (3.75cm) x (47.5cm) / 17cm = 10.5cm.
Width of the gore on a hem line: K1K2 + K2K5 = 12.75 cm + 10.5 cm = 23.25cm. Now we have dimensions of the gore:
18cm - width at the top, 46.5cm - width at the bottom, 64.5cm is its length.
Note: At the hem line a gore shape follows a curve, while we calculated length of the straight line K1K5 considering it as a hem line. Don't be confused. For our purpose it will work for any width of a gore at the hem line.
You will need to make a gauge swatch. Information about making and calculating it can be found at Beginner Crochet page. For our example I will use a gauge: 22sts = 10cm, 13 rows = 10cm.
Number of stitches to begin a gore of a gored skirt at the waist
18cm x 2.2sts/cm = 40sts (rounded).
Number of stitches at the hem line:
46.5cm x 2.2sts/cm = 102sts (rounded).
Number of stitches to add from the waist to the hem line:
102sts - 40 sts = 62 sts. 31 sts from both sides of a gore have to be added.
Number of rows necessary:
64.5cm x 1.3 rows/cm = 84 rows (rounded).
There are a few ways to increase number of stitches from the waist to the hem line.