Monday, 25 August 2014

BEAUTIFULLY SIMPLE SHELLED SKIRT



BEAUTIFULLY SIMPLE SHELLED SKIRT

Following my absolutely brilliant try (at writing out and making at top speed) a pattern I’d gleaned from the net.. here’s my second.. and hopefully this one too will thrill you as much as it’s making me smile.. and I’ve not even begun.  This one appears really easy- peasy.. there are only two pattern bits.. one each for the top waist portion and one for the lower shelled bit.. so.. yaay .. let’s get on with it.

Pattern is worked in rounds from the first round, with a small loop hole in which you can thread either a cord made from the same material as skirt, or a slender belt.  As this is worked in rounds, you need to ensure that the skirt goes around the hips of the person you're making it for, and then the corded belt on top will give you a lovely ruffled skirt.
You could also fit in a zipper around the back of your skirt, in which case your waist start line could be just a little larger than your round waist, and then you work in rows back and forth, till your project will slip around hip, then join project and work in rounds again.

I have given instructions below, assuming that you too, like designer will be working in rounds from start.

Materials used : Anchor Cotton knitting yarn #00089 ; (used about 3.5 balls total), with a 3.5 mm crochet hook

Size :  To fit UK size 10-12 / US size 6-8

Stitches used :
Foundation Double crochet : A really lovely way to start a foundation row of stitches, directly as a double crochet, without the chains.  This unique way of starting your project actually makes it evener gives your whole project an evenness that needs to be seen to be agreed with.  If you are familiar with the foundation single crochet, then you’ll surely wonder why you didn’t use this one before J
Do visit this link, and learn this fascinating, easy way to start.http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-double-crochet-fdc/

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using the chainless dc start.

Chainless Treble crochet : A really lovely way to start a row stitches without the ch 3 or ch 4 start, and this is the chainless treble crochet.  This unique way of starting makes your project even- in a way that needs to be seen for you to agree with me.  Do visit the self explanatory link to learn this fascinating new start.
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-3 or ch-4 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using the chainless dc start.

Large shell : (4 dc, ch 2, 4 dc) all in the same st or ch-sp

Small shell : (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all in the same st or ch-sp

Abbreviations used :
fdc : Foundation Double Crochet               rep : Repeat
dc : Double crochet                                    trc : triple/treble crochet
ch : Chain                                                    sk : skip
st : Stitch                                                     sl-st : Slip Stitch

Instructions (Using U.S terminology)
Start with fdc to go around hips, in multiples of 10. Keeping this chain flat, join ends.  We will work in rounds through pattern

Round 1 : trc in 1st 2 dc ; ch 2, sk 2 dc, trc in next 2 dc ;
* trc in next 2 dc ; ch 2, sk 2 dc, trc in next 2 dc* ;  rep from *to* till end.  Join with sl-st to 1st st.

Round 2 : dc in the 1st 2 trc ; dc in the next 2 ch ; * dc in the next 2 trc ; dc in the next 2 ch* ; rep from *to* till end.  Join with sl-st to 1st st.


Round 3 : Rep Round 1

Round 4 : Rep Round 2

CHART WITHOUT NOTATION 


WAIST BAND ROW
Round 5 : large shell in 1st dc ; *ch 3, sk 4 dc, sc in next dc ; ch 3, sk 4 dc, large shell in next dc ; ch 3, sk 4 dc, sc in next dc * ; rep from *to* till end.  Join with sl-st to 1st st.

Round 6 : sk 1st 2 dc (of large shell), dc in next 2 ; small shell in ch-2 sp ; dc in next 2 dc ; sk last 2 dc ; *ch 2, sc in 1st ch-3 sp ; ch 4, sc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 2, sk 1st 2 dc, dc in next 2 dc ; small shell in ch-2 sp ; dc in next 2 dc ; ch 2, sk next 2 dc, sc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 4, sc in next ch-3 sp* ; rep from *to* till end.  Join with sl-st to 1st st.

Round 7 :  sk 1st 2 dc , dc in next 2 ; small shell in ch-2 sp ; dc in next 2 dc ; sk last 2 dc ; *ch 3, sk ch-2 sp, sc in ch-4 sp ; ch 3, sk ch-2 sp, sk 1st 2 dc, dc in next 2 dc ; small shell in ch-2 sp ; dc in next 2 dc* ; rep from *to* till end.  Join with sl-st to 1st st.

Rep Rounds 6 & 7 till you have a skirt of the length you are happy with



CHART WITHOUT NOTATION
 FIRST ROUND OF SHELLS COMPLETE

AND ON COMPLETION OF A FEW MORE SHELL ROWS

Finishing :
Make two cords to go through the holes you’ve made on your waist band.  Your cord should be about one and a half times the width/circumference of waist made. 
To make cord, make a chain about 1.5 times the width of waist, and dc in each ch back to the 1st st.  Rep this for the second cord as well.
Loop into the holes / loops made on your waist band.

Of course, you could also, (like I have) take the easier option and just loop in a convenient thin belt you have at home. J

Weave in all ends and wear with pride. 

I’ve enjoyed writing this up and sharing it with you.  Hope you’ve had as much fun making the project too.   Do follow me here or via Google+ to avoid missing my next fun project.  Do also visit me on facebook (Sweet Nothings Crochet) for any of the projects / write-ups you may have missed. J