Saturday, 28 March 2015

EM’S SKIRT

free crochet skirt pattern

EM’S SKIRT


A lovely skirt for a lovely person.  This skirt is one that can be worn by all ages alike. 
Inspired by this pattern on the net, I am, as usual, writing down my notes, and am sharing them with you. J
I referred to this link for information : http://www.liveinternet.ru/users/4806516/post258169880/

While I love the way the colors of this self striped yarn have pooled and added another mystery to the skirt, it has detracted from showing off the actual pattern.  So here is the skirt that excited me enough to make one for myself.. well, for someone I love.  
Just so we see the beauty of a solid color, non-striped yarn, here's what inspired me.


Materials used : Cotton Cotton yarn (www.yatsal.com.au) ~ 3 balls , with a 3 mm crochet hook
General info : You can use any yarn with a suitable hook for this skirt.  You can make it to any size.

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.

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

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

Abbreviations used : Using U.S terminology
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                               sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                   sp : Space                                           
sl-st : Slip stitch                                                            fdc : Foundation Double Crochet
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                            hk : Hook
yo : Yarn Over                                                             ch : Chain
dc 3-tog : Double crochet 3-together             dc 2-tog : Double crochet 2-together

  
Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)
Our skirt has 2 patterns – the simpler pattern is for the first 2/3rd  of your skirt and then the pineapple pattern that will cover the last 1/3rd of the skirt.
We also have a 2” band at the top of our skirt.  So let’s get on with this then.

Round 1 : Start with fdc in multiples of 6 + 5.

Note : There are two ways to start on the waist bits for skirts depending on whom the skirt is intended.  If making for a younger child, you could work in rounds, and start with the measurement you would need for the hips, such that on completion, you attach an elastic over the top and the skirt will still slide up over the hips.

OR you could work in rows for the first few rows, till you think you have an opening sufficient to slip over the hips and then join up an work in rounds.

As this is a general write up, I’ll leave that back opening to you and only give instructions for working in rounds.

Round 2 : dc in each dc till end.  Join with sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 3 : Rep Row 2 about 2 more times, or till you have a waist band you’re happy with.

Note :  Assuming we’re continuing after Round 3, I’m not altering the row numbering.
If you have worked more rounds for your waist band, remember, all you need to do is continue with Round 4 anyway. 

Round 4 : sc in the 1st dc, 
*ch 3, sk next 2 dc , dc 3-tog in the next dc ; 
ch 3, sk next 2 dc, sc in the next dc* ; 
rep *to* till end. Join with sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 5 : sl-st in the 1st two ch of the 1st ch-3 sp ; 
[sc in the next ch, sc in the next dc 3-tog and sc in the next ch] ; 
*ch 3, sk next 2 ch, sk next sc, sk next 2 ch , rep [to] once* ; 
rep *to* till last ch-3 sp ; 
ch 1, sk 2 ch , dc in the last ch-3 sp. Join with sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 6 : dc in 1st 3 sc ; dc in the next ch-3 sp ; 
*dc in the next 3 sc ; 3 dc in the next ch-3 sp* ; 
rep from *to* till end.  Join with sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 7 : dc in 1st dc ; *ch 1, sk next dc, dc in the next dc* ; 
rep from *to* till end ;  
ch 1, join with sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 8 : dc in 1st dc ; *dc in the next ch-1 sp ; dc in the next dc* ; 
rep from *to* till end. Join with sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 9 : dc 3-tog in the 1st dc, 
*ch 3, sk next 2 dc, sc in the next dc ; 
ch 3, sk next 2 dc , dc 3-tog in the next dc* ; 
rep *to* till end. Join with sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 10 : (sl-st till dc 2-tog) ; sc in the 1st dc 2-tog ; sc in the next ch-3 sp ;  
*ch 3, sk next 2 ch, sk next sc, sk next 2 ch, 
[sc in the next ch, sc in the next dc 3-tog and sc in the next ch]* ; 
rep *to* till last ch-3 sp ; 
ch 3, sk last 2 ch, sc in the last sc, Join with sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 11 : dc in 1st two sc ; 
*3 dc in the next ch-3 sp  ; dc in the next 3 sc* ; 
rep from *to* till end.  Join with sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 12 : dc in 1st dc ; 
*ch 1, sk next dc, dc in the next dc* ; 
rep from *to* till end ; 
ch 1, join with sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 13 : dc in 1st dc ; *dc in the next ch-1 sp ; dc in the next dc* ; 
rep from *to* till end. 
Join with sl-st to the 1st st.




Rep Rounds 4 - 13 ending with an all dc-round (i.e. Round 6 or Round 11)

So now here’s how I calculated how many repeats I wanted – the chart gives a rough outline showing that these repeat rows make up about 2/3rd of the skirt and the last pineapple is 1/3rd.  So this is one measure.  
The other is that the pineapple pattern is 17 rounds.  
So if you can calculate the width (inch-wise) of one dc row, and then calculate how many inches this makes up (depending on your yarn, gauge, etc), then you can work out how many rounds you’d need of this repeat as well. 

One more small note – the pineapple stitch count is in multiples of 18.  
So, just before you reach the final rounds here, do check that your stitch count(s) will match up.

So lets’ get this first part done and we’ll meet again for the final pineapple bit.


For our border pineapple pattern, I am going to start our round counts again, for convenience.
In the chart below, the first round shown there is our dc round, so the numbering there differs from ours – as I am not counting our dc round (so we’re off by one, just for your information)

Round 1 : dc in the 1st 2 dc ;
*ch 5, sk next 6 dc, 
[2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] in the next dc ; 
ch 5, sk next 6 dc , dc in the next 3 dc* ;
rep *to* all the way around till last 7 dc, sk last 6 dc, dc in the last dc. 
 Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 2 : dc in the 1st 2 dc ;
*ch 5, sk next ch-5 sp, [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in the next ch-2 sp ; 
ch 5, sk next ch-5 sp, 
dc in the next 3 dc* ; 
rep *to* all the way around till last ch-6 sp, dc in the last dc.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 3 : dc in the 1st 2 dc ;
*ch 4, sk next ch-5 sp, [4 dc, ch 3, 4 dc] in the next ch-2 sp ;  
ch 4, sk next ch-5 sp, 
dc in the next 3 dc* ;  
rep *to*  all the way around till last ch-5 sp, dc in the last dc.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 4 : dc in the 1st 2 dc ;
*ch 3, sk next ch-4 sp, sk next 3 dc , 4 dc in the next dc ; 
[ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp] ; 
ch 3, 4 dc in the next dc ; 
ch 3, sk next 3 dc , sk next ch-4 sp, dc in the next 3 dc* ;
rep *to* all the way around till last ch-4 sp, dc in the last dc.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 5 : dc in the 1st 2 dc ;
*ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp, sk next 3 dc , 4 dc in the next dc ; 
[ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp] ; 
rep [to] once ; ch 3, 4 dc in the next dc ; ch 3, sk next 3 dc, dc in the next 3 dc* ;
rep *to* all the way around till last ch-3 sp, dc in the last dc.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 6 : dc in the 1st  dc ;
*ch 3, sk next dc, sk next ch-3 sp, sk next 3 dc , 4 dc in the next dc ; 
[ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp] ; 
rep [to] 2 times ; ch 3, 4 dc in the next dc ; 
ch 3, sk next 3 dc, dc in the next 2 dc* ; 
rep *to*all the way around till last ch-3 sp, dc in the last dc.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 7 : dc in the 1st  dc ;
*ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp, sk next 3 dc , 4 dc in the next dc ; 
[ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp] ; 
rep [to] 3 times ; ch 3, 4 dc in the next dc ; 
ch 3, sk next 3 dc, dc in the next 2 dc* ;
rep *to* all the way around till last ch-3 sp, dc in the last dc.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 8 : dc in the 1st  dc ;
*ch 2, sk next ch-3 sp, sk next 3 dc , 4 dc in the next dc ; 
[ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp] ; 
rep [to] 4 times ; ch 3, 4 dc in the next dc ; 
ch 2, sk next 3 dc, dc in the next 2 dc * ;
rep *to* all the way around till last ch-3 sp, dc in the last dc.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 9 : dc in the 1st  dc ;
*ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp, sk next 3 dc , 4 dc in the next dc ; 
[ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp] ; 
rep [to] 5 times ; ch 3, 4 dc in the next dc ; 
ch 2, sk next 3 dc, dc in the next 2 dc* ;
rep *to* all the way around till last ch-3 sp, dc in the last dc.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 10 : dc in the 1st  dc ;
*ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp, sk next 3 dc , 4 dc in the next dc ; 
[ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp] ; 
rep [to] 6 times ; ch 3, 4 dc in the next dc ; 
ch 2, sk next 3 dc, dc in the next 2 dc* ;
rep *to* all the way around till last ch-3 sp, dc in the last dc.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 11 : dc in the 1st  dc ;
*ch 1,  sk next ch-2 sp, sk next 3 dc , 4 dc in the next dc ; 
[ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp] ; 
rep [to] 7 times ; ch 3, 4 dc in the next dc ; 
ch 1, sk next 4 dc, dc in the next dc* ;
rep *to* all the way around till last ch-3 sp.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 12 : dc in the 1st  dc ;
*ch 1,  sk next ch-1 sp, sk next 3 dc , 4 dc in the next dc ; 
[ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp] ;
 rep [to] 8 times ; ch 3, 4 dc in the next dc ; ch 1, sk next 4 dc, dc in the next dc* ;
rep *to* all the way around till last ch-3 sp.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Rep Round 12 adding one [to] rep with each round till you have done [to] 11 times (so a total of 13 ch-3 sps between the 4 dc sets. 

Now, I reached the length I am happy with before completion of the last Round (i.e 16), so I just went ahead and made my final border round before.  
However, do remember that the final round of shells needs an odd number of ch-3 sps between the 4 dc sets.

So in the border row, we’re only going to do our shells in the ch-3 sps between two 4-dc sets, and skip both 4-dc sets. 
There is also a defining sc in the dc that comes between two 4-dc sets.  
At this time, I urge you to take a look a the chart for better clarification.

Last border round : dc in 1st dc, sk next 4 dc, 
*[5 dc in next ch-3 sp ; sc in next ch-3 sp] ; 
rep [to] till last ch-3 sp (between the next 4 dc sets) ; 
ch 3, sk next 4 dc (of 4 dc set) and sc in the next dc (between two 4 dc sets)* ; 
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.



Fasten off then and weave in the ends

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






http://shyamanivas.blogspot.com/2014/10/a-lovely-3-in-1-skirt.html

http://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2014/10/gypsy-shelled-skirt.html ;

 http://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2014/10/all-pineapples-skirt.html ;

http://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2014/08/simply-lovely-skirt.html ;

http://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2014/08/beautifully-simple-shelled-skirt.html

http://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2014/09/oh-wow-such-lovely-skirt.html