Monday, 18 August 2014

SIMPLY LOVELY SKIRT


free crochet skirt pattern

SIMPLY LOVELY SKIRT

 What does one do when one sees a photograph of an extremely exquisite project, then manages to find a chart .... and then have yarn in hand too.. wellllllll.. guess you’d do what I have..  Make it !!! 

This is not my original pattern.  I found a chart on the internet and am using it to make my project. These are my notes as I work along my project.

As with all my pattern instructions, you can make this skirt for any size, as long as you have the stitch count right.

Before you proceed any further – decide if you’re going to have a fitted waist or not.. 
If fitted waist, then work in rows for first few rows, and once you think project will slip over hips, join and start working in rounds. 
You will then attach a zipper and button to that back after lining. 
If not fitted waist, then please work in rounds from foundation row and ensure that the first row goes around your hips.  

Materials used : Anchor knitting cotton about 200 gms (Shade 00119) ; 3.5 mm (US 6, G) crochet hook
Please note : Hook recommended for this yarn is 2 – 2.5 mm.  I prefer the slight stretch offered with by using a larger hook size.
For Indians : You can use Red rose / White rose knitting cottons as well.  Alize has a wonderful range of cotton yarns as well, which will give you a superb fall too. 
For Non-Indians : Anchor knitting cotton is a regular knitting cotton. Please use any yarn that has the above (2 – 2.5 mm) hook recommendations.
DO check the link on the right hand side of this blog (Click here to buy yarns online)


Size made :  Waist 27" ; Length ~ 18"

Gauge :  I do not give a gauge as I like that my patterns can be used for any size and with any yarn / hook.

Skill level :  Intermediate to Advanced.
The stitches used are basic, but there are calculations that need advanced skills.  There is also a slight mismatch in the chart, so you will need to pay attention to the pattern repeat

Stitches used :
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
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 this chainless dc start.

dc 3-tog : Double crochet 3-tog : [yo, insert hk in stitch or ch-sp, yo and pull up lp, yo, draw through 2 lps] 3 times (4 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all loops on hk.  One dc 3-tog made

dc 2-tog : Double crochet 2-tog : [yo, insert hk in stitch or ch-sp, yo and pull up lp, yo, draw through 2 lps] 2 times (3 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all loops on hk.  One dc 2-tog made

dc 4-tog : Double crochet 4-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 4 times (5 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 4-tog made.

Abbreviations used :
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet                                 Sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                               rep : Repeat
sp(s) : Space(s)                                                          sl-st : slip stitch
sk : Skip                                                                  
dc 3-tog : Double crochet 3-tog
dc 2-tog : Double crochet 2-tog
dc 4-tog : Double crochet 4-tog

Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)

Stitch count = 18 sts

In this pattern, 18 sts make one rep, so work your start row accordingly ensuring that you have the number of stitches needed to go around your waist.  Remember the instructions for fitted and non-fitted waist.

Starting with fsc, (working with multiples of the stitch count), I worked in rows for the first few rows, as I wanted a zipper attached back.  I then started working in rounds once I had a waist and started the pattern lines below.  Even though I worked in rows initially, I worked for the round waist measure. 
In case you do not want the flat waist portion, you could start the pattern right from the first row.

The designer seems to have done a start row of sc / fsc, followed by a rows of sc till project = 3”.  
I’ve worked in rows till my project was ~4” and then joined and worked in rounds.

If you want the roped finish like the designer, then as said before, you will work in rounds.  So I’d suggest you start, and after a few rounds in sc, you do the ‘hole row’.

"Hole" row instruction :  dc in 1st 2 dc ; *ch 1, sk next dc ; dc in the next 2 dc* ; rep *to* all the way around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

In the following row, you will work a sc in each dc and ch-1 sp all around, ensuring that you once again have the stitch count needed.
Work a few more rows of sc as needed, before starting the pattern for the skirt.


Skirt pattern instructions

As indicated at the start of this blog, this is an intermediate to advanced pattern only because you will need to figure out part of the start/end of this pattern as per your work.  I have tried  to make sense of the chart and coincide it with the project in hand… and I think  I have written it correctly.  However, when I reached the border rounds (Rounds 20 on, I found that it was getting increasingly more and more difficult to get the start/end bits right).  That said, once you start working, you will get a hang of the pattern, and will know what you are meant to do.  Fingers crossed and let’s start.

Right, so once you have made the flat waist band of sorts, we start on the leaf n floral pattern for the skirt body.  May I suggest that you work in rounds.  If you have worked a small zipper opening, join in the last row and let's work in rounds hereon.


Round 1 : sc in 1st sc ; ch 3, sk 2 sc, dc 3-tog in next sc ;
*ch 3, sk next 2 sc, sc in the next sc ; ch 3, sk next 2 sc, dc 3-tog in next sc* ;
rep *to* all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 2 : sl-st onto the 1st dc 3-tog ; (dc ; ch 1, dc) on the same dc 3-tog ;
*ch 3, sc in the next sc ; ch 3, sc on dc 3-tog ; ch 5, sk next 2 ch-3 sps & sc , sc on the next dc 3-tog ; ch 3, sc in the next sc ; ch 3, rep (to) in next dc 3-tog* ;
rep from *to* all around. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. 

Round 3 : sl-st into the 1st ch-1 sp ; 2 dc in the same ch-1 sp ;
*(ch 3, sc in ch-3 sp ; ch 3, sk sc, sc in the next ch-3 sp) ;
ch 1, 7 dc in ch-5 sp ; ch 1, rep (to) once ;
ch 3, sk next dc, 2 dc in the next ch-1 sp* ;
rep from *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to 1st st. 

Round 4 :  dc in 1st dc ; 2 dc in next dc ;
*ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp, sc in next ch-3 sp ;
(ch 1 , dc in next dc) ; rep from (to) 6 times ;
ch 1, sc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, dc in the next dc ; 2 dc in the next dc* ;
rep from *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to 1st st. 

Round 5 :  dc in 1st 2 dc ; 2 dc in the next dc ;
*ch 3, sk next dc, sc in next ch-1 sp ; (ch 4, sc in the next ch-1 sp) ;
rep (to) 4 times ;
[ch 3, 2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc ; 2 dc in the next dc]* ;
rep *to* till end ; dc in the next dc (i.e the 1st dc you started with). 
Join with a sl-st to 1st st. 

Round 6 :  dc in the 1st dc ; ch 1, 2 dc in next dc ;
*ch 3, sk next dc, sc in next ch-4 sp ; (ch 4, sc in the next ch-4 sp) ;
rep from (to) 3 times ; ch 3, sk next dc, 2 dc in the next dc ;
[ch 1, dc in next dc ; ch 1, 2 dc in next dc]* ;
rep *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to 1st st.

Round 7 : dc in 1st dc ; [ch 1 , 2 dc in the next ch-1 sp ; ch 1, sk next dc , 2 dc in next ch-1 sp ; ch 1, dc in next 2 dc] ;
*ch 3 , sc in next ch-4 sp ; (ch 4, sc in the next ch-4 sp) ; rep (to) 2 times ;
ch 3 , dc in the next 2 dc ; rep [to] once* ;
rep * to * till end ; dc in the next dc (i.e 1st dc you started with). 
Join with a sl-st to 1st st. 

Round 8 : dc in 1st dc ; ch 1, sk next dc, dc in the next dc ; 2 dc in ch-1 sp ; ch 1, 2 dc in same ch-1 sp ; dc in the next dc ;
*ch 2 , sc in next ch-4 sp ;(ch 4, sc in the next ch-4 sp) ;
rep from (to) once ;
ch 2, [ {sk next dc, dc in the next dc ; 2 dc in the next ch-1 sp ; ch 1, 2 dc in same ch-1 sp ; dc in the next dc} ; dc in next ch-1 sp ; rep { to } once ]* ;
rep * to * till end ; dc in the next dc (i.e 1st dc you started with). 
Join with a sl-st to 1st st. 

Round 9 : dc in 1st dc ; [ch 2, sk next dc, dc in next 2 dc ; 2 dc in ch-1 sp ; 
ch 1,  2 dc in same ch-1 sp ; dc in next 2 dc] ;
*ch 2, (sc in next ch-4 sp, ch 4, sc in next ch-4 sp) ;
ch 2, rep [to] once ; ch 2, dc in next dc ; rep [to] once* ;
rep from *to* till end ; dc in the next dc (i.e 1st dc you started with). 
Join with a sl-st to 1st st. 

Round 10 : 2 dc in 1st dc ; [ch 3, sk next dc ; dc in next 3 dc ; 2 dc in ch-1 sp ; 
dc in next 3 dc] ;
*ch 3, sk next dc, sc in ch-4 sp ; ch 3, rep [to]once ;
 ch 3, sk next dc, 2 dc in next dc ; ch 3, rep [to] once* ; rep *to* till end and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 11 : 2 dc in 1st dc ; ch 1, 2 dc in next dc ;
*ch 3, sk next dc , dc in the next 6 dc ;
ch 2, sk next 2 dc , sk next ch-3 sps and sc , dc in the next 6 dc ;
[ch 3, 2 dc in next dc ; ch 1, 2 dc in next dc]* ;
rep *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to 1st st. 

Round 12 : dc in 1st dc ; ch 1, 2 dc in next dc ; ch 1, 2 dc in next dc ;
*ch 3, sk 1 dc, dc in next 4 dc ; ch 2, sk next dc , dc in ch-2 sp ; 
ch 2, sk next dc, dc in next 4 dc ; ch 3, sk next dc , 2 dc in next dc ;
(ch 1, 2 dc in the next dc) ; rep (to) 2 times* ;
rep *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to 1st st.

In our next round, we will work a dc 3-tog.  Please go to the top of this blog for a “How to” if needed.

Round 13 : dc in 1st dc ;
[ch 1, sk 1 dc, dc in next dc ; 2 dc in ch-1 sp ;
ch 1, 2 dc in same ch-1 sp ; dc in next dc] ;
*ch 3, dc 3-tog over the next 3 dc ; ch 3, sk next dc, 2 dc in next dc ; 
ch 2 , dc 3-tog over the next 3 dc ; ch 3, rep [to] once ; 
ch 1, sk next dc, dc in next ch-1 sp ; rep [to] once* ;
rep *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to 1st st. 

Round 14 : 2 dc in the 1st dc ; ch 1, sk next dc,
[dc in next dc ; 2 dc in the next ch-1 sp ; ch 1, 2 dc in the same ch-1 sp]
*(ch 3, sk dc 3-tog , rep [to] once ; dc in the next 2 dc) ;
ch 2, sk next dc, 2 dc in the next dc ;
ch 2, sk next dc , rep [to] once* ;
rep *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Now here’s where calculations come in.  We have kind-of reached the end of a pattern repeat.  We now have about 9 rounds left to reach the end of the pattern along with the border.  So here’s what you gotta do.  Check gauge.  What does this mean?  Check how many inches you will get in length with 9 rows of your work.  I do not give a gauge as I like that my patterns can be used for any size and with any yarn / hook as I’ve mentioned right at the start, but this means you gotta figure this bit out.  So if you think that adding the last 9 rounds will give you the length needed, then you will go straight to Round 19. 
Else continue with Round 15 on, to extend the length of your skirt.

Round 15 : 2 dc in 1st dc ; ch 1, 2 dc in next dc ;
*[ch 3, sk next dc , dc in the next 6 dc] ;
(ch 3, sk next 2 dc , sk next dc, dc in the next dc ; dc in the next ch-1 sp ; 
ch 1, dc in the same ch-1 sp ; dc in the next dc) ;
rep [to] once ; {ch 3, 2 dc in the next dc ; ch 1, 2 dc in the next dc}* ;
rep *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to 1st st. 

Round 16 : dc in 1st dc ; ch 1, 2 dc in next dc ; ch 1, 2 dc in next dc ;
*ch 3, sk 1 dc, dc in next 4 dc ; ch 2, sk next dc , dc in ch-2 sp ; 
ch 2, sk next dc, dc in next 4 dc ;
(ch 3, sk next 2 dc , sk next dc, dc in the next dc ; dc in the next ch-1 sp ; 
ch 1, dc in the same ch-1 sp ; dc in the next dc) ;
ch 3, sk next dc , 2 dc in next dc ;
(ch 1, 2 dc in the next dc) ; rep (to) 2 times* ;
rep *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to 1st st.

Round 17 : dc in 1st dc ;
[ch 1, sk 1 dc, dc in next dc ; 2 dc in ch-1 sp ;
ch 1, 2 dc in same ch-1 sp ; dc in next dc] ;
*ch 3, dc 3-tog over the next 3 dc ;
(ch 3, sk next 2 dc , sk next dc, dc in the next dc ; dc in the next ch-1 sp ; 
ch 1, dc in the same ch-1 sp ; dc in the next dc) ;
ch 3, rep [to] once ; ch 1, sk next dc, dc in next ch-1 sp ; rep [to] once* ;
rep *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to 1st st. 

Round 18 : 2 dc in the 1st dc ; ch 1, sk next dc,
[dc in next dc ; 2 dc in the next ch-1 sp ; ch 1, 2 dc in the same ch-1 sp]
*(ch 3, sk dc 3-tog & dc, dc in the next 2 dc ; 2 dc in the next ch-1 sp ; 
ch 1, 2 dc in the same ch-1 sp ; dc in the next dc) ;
ch 1, sk next dc, dc in the next ch-1 sp ; ch 1, sk next dc, rep [to] once* ;
rep *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Your pattern repeat rounds to increase length are Rounds 15 – 18. 

So here’s another calculation.  Once again, you will need to calculate gauge.  See how many inches you are gaining with these four repeat rounds.  Then you need to decide if you are going to end with the large border round, which is a total of 9 rounds.  Once you have all these measurements in hand, go ahead and work repeats of rounds 15-18, ending with a Row 15.

You may have repeated your pattern once, which means that you will actually be on Round 22 when you come back for the last few border rounds. However as this pattern can be made for any length (including a full length down to floor level), I am just going to continue numbering the rounds from 18.  So technically Round 19 may not be your round count, but we’ll keep it this way for continuity.

Round 19 : dc in 1st 2 dc ;
[ch 3, dc in next 2 dc ; 2 dc in the next ch-1 sp ; ch 1, 2 dc in the same ch-1 sp ; 
dc in the next 2 dc] ;
*(ch 3, sk next 2 dc , sk next dc, dc in the next dc ; dc in the next ch-1 sp ; 
ch 1, dc in the same ch-1 sp ; dc in the next dc) ;
rep [to] once ;
{ch 2, dc in the next dc ; ch 5, dc in the same dc} ;
ch 2, rep [to] once* ;
rep *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to 1st st.

Right at the start I told you about the worries I had with the chart and how I was interpreting it.  You have figured it out thus far, so here’s when it gets tricky again.
Let me explain what we’re trying to do now.  We are ending the two leaf-like patterns and are going to work a lovely flower-like pattern in the middle of the two leaves.  When we start, we start somewhere in that centre bit which is why it’s so confusing. 
Now our centre bit, where we will start our flower, is the ch-5 sp, and that’s what we have right at the start.  Got it?
Place a marker here if needed, as most of our work will now be centered here. 

Round 20 : dc in the 1st dc ; ch 3, 2 dc in the next dc ;
[ch 3, sk next dc, dc in next 3 dc ; dc in the next ch-1 sp ; dc in the next 3 dc] ;
*(ch 3, sk next 2 dc , sk next dc, dc in the next dc ; dc in the next ch-1 sp ; 
ch 1, dc in the same ch-1 sp ; dc in the next dc) ;
rep [to] once ;
ch 3, 2 dc in the next ch-5 sp ; ch 3, 2 dc in the same ch-5 sp ;
rep  [to] once* ;
rep *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to 1st st.

Round 21 : dc in 1st dc ; 8 dc in ch-3 sp ; dc in next 2 dc ;
*ch 3, [sk next dc, dc 2-tog over the next 2 dc; dc in next dc ; 
dc 2-tog over the next 2 dc] ; 
(ch 3, sk next 2 dc , sk next dc, dc in the next dc ; dc in the next ch-1 sp ; 
ch 1, dc in the same ch-1 sp ; dc in the next dc) ;
ch 3, rep [to] once ;
ch 3, {dc in next 2 dc, 8 dc in the ch-3 sp, dc in next 2 dc}* ;
rep * to * till end.  Join with a sl-st to 1st st.

In our next round, we will work a dc 2-tog.  Please go to the top of this blog for a “How to” if needed.

Round 22 : dc in 1st dc ; (ch 1, dc in next dc) ;
rep (to) 9 times ; dc in the next dc ;
*ch 3, [dc 2-tog over the next 2 dc] ;
(ch 3, sk next 2 dc , sk next dc, dc in the next dc ; dc in the next ch-1 sp ; 
ch 1, dc in the same ch-1 sp ; dc in the next dc) ;
ch 3, rep [to] once ;
ch 3, sk next dc, dc in the next dc ; rep (to) 11 times* ;
rep from *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to 1st st.

Round 23 : sl-st into the 1st ch-1 sp ; sc in same 1st ch-1 sp ;
{ch 4, sc in next ch-1 sp} ; rep from {to} till the last ch-1 sp ;
*ch 3, sc on next dc (top of dc 2-tog) ;
(ch 3, sk next dc , sk next dc, dc in the next dc ; dc in the next ch-1 sp ; 
ch 1, dc in the same ch-1 sp ; dc in the next dc) ;
ch 3, sk next dc, sc on next dc (top of dc 2-tog) ;
ch 3, sc in the next ch-1 sp ; rep from {to} 10 times till last ch-1 sp* ;
rep *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to 1st st.

Round 24 : sl-st into the 1st ch-4 sp ; sc in same 1st ch-4 sp ;
{ch 4, sc in next ch-4 sp} ; rep from {to} till last ch-4 sp ;
*ch 3, sc on next sc ;
(ch 3, sk next dc , sk next dc, dc in the next dc ; dc in the next ch-1 sp ; 
ch 1, dc in the same ch-1 sp ; dc in the next dc) ;
ch 3, sc on next sc ;
ch 3 , sc in the next ch-4 sp ; rep from {to} 9 times till last ch-4 sp* ;
rep from *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to 1st st.

Round 25 : sl-st into the 1st ch-4 sp ; 3 dc in same 1st ch-4 sp ;
(ch 1, 3 dc in the next ch-4 sp) ; rep (to) till last ch-4 sp ;
*ch 2, (ch 3, sk next dc , sk next dc, dc in the next dc ; dc in the next ch-1 sp ; 
ch 1, dc in the same ch-1 sp ; dc in the next dc) ;
ch 2, 3 dc in the next ch-4 sp ;
rep from (to) 8 times till last ch-4 sp* ; rep from *to* all around. 
Join with a sl-st to 1st st.

Round 26 : (dc in 1st dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc) ; 
ch 1, rep from (to) till last 3-dc group of this set ;
*ch 1, sk next 2 dc, 2 dc in ch-1 sp ; ch 1, sk next 2 dc, rep (to) once ;
{ch 1, rep (to) once} ; rep {to} 7 times* ;
rep from *to* till end.   Join with a sl-st to 1st st.

Round 27 : dc in 1st 4 dc ; (ch 1, dc in next 4 dc) ; 
rep from (to) till last 4 dc group ;
*ch 1, dc 2-tog over 2 next 2 dc ; rep (to) 9 times* ;
rep *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to 1st st.

In our final round, we will work a dc 4-tog.  Please go to the top of this blog for a “How to” if needed.

Round 28 : sl-st into the 1st ch-1 sp , sc in the same 1st ch-1 sp ;
*ch 3, dc 4-tog over the next 4 dc ; ch 3, sc in ch-1 sp* ;
rep from *to* till end.  .  Join with a sl-st to 1st st.

Fasten off and weave in ends. 

Check this out.. you’re almost done.. and what a beauty you have created.

Final finishing ideas :
Option A - Cord : Make a row of fsc which is about 1.5 times your round waist measure, and then turn and sc in each fsc till end. If you’re happy with the width of this cord, great.. else turn again and one more sc in each sc till end.

Option B - Cord : Holding 2-3 yarns together, and a larger hook, sc a chain length 1.5 times your round waist..and leave the extra  yarns at the end (like a stringy slender pom-pom) and you’re done J

Option C : Fitted waist : If you’ve decided on a fitted waist – first attach your lining, and attach the zipper with the lining for a simpler, neater finish.

And we’re DONE !!!!! 

Is it good.. or IS IT GOOOD???

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