Thursday, 23 October 2014

GYPSY SHELLED SKIRT

GYPSY SHELLED SKIRT

How can anyone go wrong with shells – several of my original designs have been inspired by this lovely pattern from nature. 
This skirt starts off with a tiny little shell, and as we proceed through the skirt, the shell grows in size.  It is , therefore, easily adaptable, with regard to length – and of course the width will be easily adaptable once you figure out the pattern repeat.  J

I’ve  got a few more skirt patterns already written – so let me add them here for your easy reference.

This is not my original pattern  and it’s just one of those wonderful free floating freebies over the net.  I am, as usual, writing down my notes, and am sharing them with you.  J

Now about this lovely yarn –ICE Batik is a really nice yarn – soft and smooth, sport 5-ply yarn (12 wpi) , and a US 4 / 3.5mm crochet hook has been recommended. 
To compare with our Indian yarns , this is a little thicker than our Indian Vardhaman baby soft - probably a little like our Vardhaman Millenium.
For cotton yarns, you could probably equate it with our Indian Laura cotton. 

For this pattern though, a lighter yarn would also work perfectly – so our Indian Anchor, Red rose or Red heart yarns would probably show the stitch detail perfectly – and as they are lighter yarns, you’d get a lot more ‘shells’ in which also means a lot more fall n spin in your skirt – always a good thing with skirts, methinks J

This yarn is available at https://www.facebook.com/yarnswithlove


Materials used : ICE Baby Batik  ~ 150 gms , with a 4 mm crochet hook
Size made : Waist : 28-30” : Length : 22”
Gauge : 3 dc (across) x 1 dc row (high) = ½”

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 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.

Abbreviations used :
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                              sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                     sp : Space                                           
sl-st : Slip stitch                                                            hdc : Half Double Crochet
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                           hk : Hook
yo : Yarn Over                                                            ch : Chain

Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)

This skirt starts per pattern with a line of chain stitches.  I am , however, going to start with a row of fdc, and for the first few rows, I am going to work in rows, so as to add a zipper at the back. 
You could, however, make the waist a little larger than needed (maybe just a bit smaller than needed for hips), and then after the first 2 or 3 rows, work in rounds, and then instead of a zipper, use a button to close that opening.

As I do not know how each of you will be working the closure bits, I will write this generally, like we’re all working in rounds, which is why you will join with a slip stitch at the end of each row.
In case you are leaving the 1st few rows for the zipper or buttons, remember that you will TURN at the end of each row.  The pattern is constant, whether you’re working in rows or rounds.

This “A”-lined skirt can easily be a lot longer than the 20 odd rounds I’ve written – so in case you want a longer skirt, please repeat the same row (except increase rows) – and voila ! you will have an increased length. 

My project measures W : 28-30” ; L : 18” (before border); and I did the pattern as written all the way till Round 29.

Finally, in the chart below, there are 2 dc’s on each end of the pattern – which seems off-sync.  The 1st row pattern has a set of 3 dc and one set of hdc,ch 3, hdc – and if we have 2 dc’s each end, we’ll have this one lot of 4 dc’s running along the back.  So I’ve changed the pattern here – but as I always say.. if you want to go per pattern.. go for it J

I’ve yet another observation to add (yes, I did say ‘finally’ above, didn’t I ??) .. so this is a lovely “A”-lined skirt – but as usual shells open the pattern out nicely.. so here’s a thought (especially if making this for a younger child), rather than calculating start stitches by waist, go with the hip measure – so you avoid the zipper and buttons on the waist band, and then add a belt on top so you get a lovely finished frilly effect as well.
You would, of course, have to do one line of (dc in dc ; ch 1, sk next dc, dc in next 3 dc) – so you get a set of ‘holes’ in the waist in which you can thread in a thin cord-like belt.

Ok.. we can finally start with our skirt now J

Start with a  multiple of 8 + 1 fdc.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st fdc. (Please read note above before joining)

Round 1 : 2 dc in 1st fdc ; ch 2, sk next 3 fdc, (hdc in next fdc ; ch 3, hdc in same fdc) ; ch 2, sk next 3 fdc, 3 dc in next fdc ; *ch 2, sk next 3 fdc, rep (to) once ; ch 2, sk next 3 fdc, 3 dc in next fdc* ; rep *to* till last 8 sts ; ch 2, sk next 3 fdc, rep (to) once ; ch 2,  dc in last fdc. Join with a sl-st to the 1st fdc.

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


Round 3 : 3 dc in 1st ch-3 sp ; ch 2, sk next dc, (hdc in next dc ; ch 3, hdc in same dc) ; ch 2, sk next dc, 3 dc in next ch-3 sp ; * ch 2, sk next dc, (hdc in next dc ; ch 3, hdc in same dc) ; ch 2, sk next dc, 3 dc in next ch-3 sp* ; rep *to* till last ch-3 sp ; rep (to) once ; ch 2 , join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 4 : (Increase row) : sk 1st dc, hdc 2nd dc ; ch 3, hdc in same 2nd dc ; ch 2, sk next dc, 4 dc in next ch-3 sp ; * ch 2, sk next dc, (hdc in next dc ; ch 3, hdc in same dc) ; ch 2, sk next dc, 4 dc in next ch-3 sp* ; rep *to* till last ch-3 sp ; join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Round 5 : 4 dc in 1st ch-3 sp ; ch 2, sk next dc, (hdc in next dc ; ch 3, hdc in same dc) ; ch 2, sk next 2 dc, 4 dc in next ch-3 sp ; * ch 2, sk next dc, (hdc in next dc ; ch 3, hdc in same dc) ; ch 2, sk next 2 dc, 4 dc in next ch-3 sp* ; rep *to* till last ch-3 sp ; rep (to) once ; ch 2 , join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 6 : (Increase row) : sk 1st dc, hdc 2nd dc ; ch 3, hdc in same 2nd dc ; ch 2, sk next 2 dc, 5 dc in next ch-3 sp ; * ch 2, sk next dc, (hdc in next dc ; ch 3, hdc in same dc) ; ch 2, sk next 2 dc, 5 dc in next ch-3 sp* ; rep *to* till last ch-3 sp ; join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Round 7 : 5 dc in 1st ch-3 sp ; ch 2, sk next 2 dc, (hdc in next dc ; ch 3, hdc in same dc) ; ch 2, sk next 2 dc, 5 dc in next ch-3 sp ; * ch 2, sk next 2 dc, (hdc in next dc ; ch 3, hdc in same dc) ; ch 2, sk next 2 dc, 5 dc in next ch-3 sp* ; rep *to* till last ch-3 sp ; rep (to) once ; ch 2 , join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 8 :  sl-st into next 3 dc, (hdc in next dc ; ch 3, hdc in same dc) ; ch 2, sk next 2 dc, 5 dc in next ch-3 sp ; * ch 2, sk next 2 dc, (hdc in next dc ; ch 3, hdc in same dc) ; ch 2, sk next 2 dc, 5 dc in next ch-3 sp* ; rep *to* till last ch-3 sp ; rep (to) once ; ch 2 , join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Rounds 9 – 10 : Rep Rounds 7 & 8 once

Round 11 :  Rep Round 7 once.


Round 12 : (Increase row) : sl-st into 1st 3 dc, (hdc in next dc ; ch 3, hdc in same dc) ; ch 2, sk next 2 dc, 6 dc in next ch-3 sp ; * ch 2, sk next 2 dc, (hdc in next dc ; ch 3, hdc in same dc) ; ch 2, sk next 2 dc, 6 dc in next ch-3 sp* ; rep *to* till last ch-3 sp ; rep (to) once ; ch 2 , join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Round 13 :  6 dc in the 1st ch-3 sp ; ch 2, sk next 2 dc,  (hdc in next dc ; ch 3, hdc in same dc) ; ch 2, sk next 3 dc, 6 dc in next ch-3 sp ; * ch 2, sk next 2 dc, (hdc in next dc ; ch 3, hdc in same dc) ; ch 2, sk next 3 dc, 6 dc in next ch-3 sp* ; rep *to* till last ch-3 sp ; rep (to) once ; ch 2 , join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Round 14 :  sl-st into 1st 3 dc, (hdc in next dc ; ch 3, hdc in same dc) ; ch 2, sk next 2 dc, 6 dc in next ch-3 sp ; * ch 2, sk next 2 dc, (hdc in next dc ; ch 3, hdc in same dc) ; ch 2, sk next 2 dc, 6 dc in next ch-3 sp* ; rep *to* till last ch-3 sp ; rep (to) once ; ch 2 , join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Round 15 :  (Increase row) : 7 dc in the 1st ch-3 sp ; ch 2, sk next 2 dc,  (hdc in next dc ; ch 3, hdc in same dc) ; ch 2, sk next 3 dc, 7 dc in next ch-3 sp ; * ch 2, sk next 2 dc, (hdc in next dc ; ch 3, hdc in same dc) ; ch 2, sk next 3 dc, 7 dc in next ch-3 sp* ; rep *to* till last ch-3 sp ; rep (to) once ; ch 2 , join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 16 :  sl-st into 1st 3 dc, (hdc in next dc ; ch 3, hdc in same dc) ; ch 2, sk next 3 dc, 7 dc in next ch-3 sp ; * ch 2, sk next 3 dc, (hdc in next dc ; ch 3, hdc in same dc) ; ch 2, sk next 3 dc, 7 dc in next ch-3 sp* ; rep *to* till last ch-3 sp ; ch 2 , join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Round 17 :  7 dc in the 1st ch-3 sp ; ch 2, sk next 3 dc,  (hdc in next dc ; ch 3, hdc in same dc) ; ch 2, sk next 3 dc, 7 dc in next ch-3 sp ; * ch 2, sk next 3 dc, (hdc in next dc ; ch 3, hdc in same dc) ; ch 2, sk next 3 dc, 7 dc in next ch-3 sp* ; rep *to* till last ch-3 sp ; rep (to) once ; ch 2 , join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Rounds 18 & 19 : Rep Rounds 16 & 17 once.



Round 20 :  (Increase row) : sl-st into 1st 3 dc, (hdc in next dc ; ch 3, hdc in same dc) ; ch 2, sk next 3 dc, 8 dc in next ch-3 sp ; * ch 2, sk next 3 dc, (hdc in next dc ; ch 3, hdc in same dc) ; ch 2, sk next 3 dc, 8 dc in next ch-3 sp* ; rep *to* till last ch-3 sp ; ch 2 , join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Round 21 :  8 dc in the 1st ch-3 sp ; ch 2, sk next 4 dc,  (hdc in next dc ; ch 3, hdc in same dc) ; ch 2, sk next 3 dc, 8 dc in next ch-3 sp ; * ch 2, sk next 3 dc, (hdc in next dc ; ch 3, hdc in same dc) ; ch 2, sk next 4 dc, 8 dc in next ch-3 sp* ; rep *to* till last ch-3 sp ; rep (to) once ; ch 2 , join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 22 :  (Increase row) : sl-st into 1st 4 dc, (hdc in next dc ; ch 3, hdc in same dc) ; ch 2, sk next 4 dc, 9 dc in next ch-3 sp ; * ch 2, sk next 4 dc, (hdc in next dc ; ch 3, hdc in same dc) ; ch 2, sk next 3 dc, 9 dc in next ch-3 sp* ; rep *to* till last ch-3 sp ; ch 2 , join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Round 23 :  9 dc in the 1st ch-3 sp ; ch 2, sk next 4 dc,  (hdc in next dc ; ch 3, hdc in same dc) ; ch 2, sk next 3 dc, 9 dc in next ch-3 sp ; * ch 2, sk next 3 dc, (hdc in next dc ; ch 3, hdc in same dc) ; ch 2, sk next 4 dc, 9 dc in next ch-3 sp* ; rep *to* till last ch-3 sp ; rep (to) once ; ch 2 , join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 24 :  sl-st into 1st 4 dc, (hdc in next dc ; ch 3, hdc in same dc) ; ch 2, sk next 4 dc, 9 dc in next ch-3 sp ; * ch 2, sk next 4 dc, (hdc in next dc ; ch 3, hdc in same dc) ; ch 2, sk next 3 dc, 9 dc in next ch-3 sp* ; rep *to* till last ch-3 sp ; ch 2 , join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Round 25 :  9 dc in the 1st ch-3 sp ; ch 2, sk next 4 dc,  (hdc in next dc ; ch 3, hdc in same dc) ; ch 2, sk next 3 dc, 9 dc in next ch-3 sp ; * ch 2, sk next 3 dc, (hdc in next dc ; ch 3, hdc in same dc) ; ch 2, sk next 4 dc, 9 dc in next ch-3 sp* ; rep *to* till last ch-3 sp ; rep (to) once ; ch 2 , join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.



Rounds 26 – 27 :  Rep Rounds 24 & 25

Now do a quick length check and see if you’re ok – else one more increase .. I’ll just take you through one more.. though I’m sure you’ve figured it out by now J

Round 28 :  (Increase row) : sl-st into 1st 4 dc, (hdc in next dc ; ch 3, hdc in same dc) ; ch 2, sk next 4 dc, 10 dc in next ch-3 sp ; * ch 2, sk next 4 dc, (hdc in next dc ; ch 3, hdc in same dc) ; ch 2, sk next 3 dc, 10 dc in next ch-3 sp* ;
rep *to* till last ch-3 sp ; ch 2 , join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Round 29 :  10 dc in the 1st ch-3 sp ; ch 2, sk next 4 dc,  (hdc in next dc ; ch 3, hdc in same dc) ; ch 2, sk next 5 dc, 10 dc in next ch-3 sp ; * ch 2, sk next 4 dc, (hdc in next dc ; ch 3, hdc in same dc) ; ch 2, sk next 5 dc, 10 dc in next ch-3 sp* ; rep *to* till last ch-3 sp ; rep (to) once ; ch 2 , join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Right in case you’re length is good.. stop here.. else you do 2 more rows of non increase and then one increase again. 

When you’re happy with the length, we’ve got a small border to finish it all off  neatly.



Border Row :
Depending on which round you’ve ended on, the border start may differ – so before I write out that pattern line, here’s what we’re going to remember.  We’re all going to work our (hdc, ch 3, hdc in same st) in the large shell st, and this last shell is going to be in the (to) of the previous row.

Border row stitch detail ; (come to the centre of whichever st you are in – so if you are in a dc-shell st, sl-st to the centre, and if you’re in a ch-3 sp, come into that ch-3 sp) ; sc in the same st ; ch 6, sc in the centre of the next st set, and go around the full skirt with a ch-6 and sc in centre of the sts.  Join with a sl st to the 1st sc.

Border row stitch 1 : 3 dc in sc ; 4 dc in next ch-6 sp ; ch 2, (hdc in next sc, ch 3, hdc in same sc) ; *ch 2, [4 dc in next ch-6 sp ; 3 dc in next sc ; 4 dc in next ch-6 sp] ; ch 2, rep (to) once* ; rep *to* till end ; 4 dc in last ch-6 sp.  Join with a sl-st to the next dc.


Fasten off then and weave in the ends.. and go ahead, show off your lovely gypsy shelled .. you deserve to J

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