Monday, 25 August 2014

BEAUTIFULLY SIMPLE SHELLED SKIRT


free crochet skirt pattern

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 next one.. 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 for the top waist portion and one for the lower shelled bit.. so.. yaay .. let’s get on with it.

As always I request you to *please* go through alllllllllllll my detailed notes before you start (just to save you the trouble of writing to me with questions that are probably answered here already :) )


Materials used : Anchor Cotton knitting yarn #00089 ; (used about 3.5 balls total), with a 3.5 mm crochet hook
For Indians : Our lovely Indian White rose knitting cotton and Red Rose knitting cotton yarns are a good substitute.  I’d also suggest Alize cotton yarn – and you can get all of this with an easy mouse click on the top right hand side of this blog (read : Click here to buy yarns Online)

For Non-Indians : The other international knitting cotton yarns I’ve used of this thickness are Milford Soft knitting cotton, Sullivans knitting cotton , DMC Petra knitting cotton , Hilaza Rustica Eclat & Aunt Lydia  Cotton 10 knitting cottons.  
Technically the yarn I’ve used would use a  2 – 2.5 mm crochet hook but I like the extra stretch that a larger hook gives a yarn.


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

Stitches used :
fdc : Foundation Double Crochet : This is a unique way of starting a project directly with a row of double crochet stitches.  This makes your whole project neat and even.. in a way that you need to do once, to agree!  If you are familiar with fsc, you’ll wonder why you never used this start before !


Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual dc row 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 video at http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/ In case you are unhappy with this start, do continue with the usual ch 2 or ch 3 start.  However, all instructions are given assuming that you’re using this 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.




Abbreviations used :  Using U.S terminology
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)
This 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 decide to fit in a zipper around the back of your skirt.  In this case, you will start with half your round waist measure,  work in rows back and forth for a few rows 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 the start.


Start with fdc to go around hips, in multiples of 10
Keeping this chain flat, join ends.  We will work in rounds through pattern.

Note : If you decide to start with a regular chain (and I urge you again to try fdc), then work in multiples of 10  ; join and work dc all around.  IF adding a zipper and working first few rows then start with multiples of 10 + 2, and work your 1st dc in the 3rd ch from hk.  Work dc all the way to the end and then count to see that you have multiples of 10.

Check out this video on how to keep your chain flat without twisting when working with a longer chain length


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


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

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... and that's it... our pattern is done.  
A simple two row / round repeat.  Cool, huh?



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. 




How to make a rounded cord : View the video link below for a really simple way to make a rounded cord handle for your handbag.  http://vimeo.com/88972371
OR
How to make an I-cord : A neat way to make an I-cord in this video by June at http://www.planetjune.com/blog/how-to-crochet-an-i-cord/

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.   

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