Thursday, 9 August 2012

HOW TO CROCHET A SKIRT, any size, any length

Follow along!  The Youtube tutorial video can be found at the bottom of this post. (Just scroll down past the pattern.)

FREE CROCHET SKIRT PATTERN, make it any size

BY Emi Harrington
COPYRIGHT, 2012, M. E. Harrington

You may sell your finished items.
Permission is not granted to copy or distribute this pattern in any manner.

Materials:
Worsted weight yarn,  400 grams for women’s  size small, up top 800 grams for large.
Crochet Hook, size 6.5mm (US K 10.5), and size 9mm (US M)
Yarn needle
Ribbon

INSTRUCTIONS: (This garment works from the waist down.)
See this skirt video on youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=466hRrT8Jdg 
1.  First measure around the largest part of your hips, and working with a size 6.5mm crochet hook, 
     make a chain to that measurement. (Measuring around the largest part of the hips guarantees a
     garment that will fit properly.)
     Slip stitch to join, being careful not to twist the chain.  See photo 1.
2.  Chain 2,* skip the next chain stitch, double crochet in the next stitch, repeat from * around, slip
     stitch to join. Photo 2 and 3.
3.  Chain 3 and turn, double crochet in the next stitch.  *Chain 1, double crochet in the next double
      crochet, repeat from  * around, slip stitch to join. Photo 4 and 5.
4.  Chain 2, *in the next space between double crochet stitches, make 3 double crochet (shell formed), in the next
     double crochet, make 1 double crochet.  Repeat from * around, slip stitch to join.  (If you end with 2 shells beside
     each other, simply slip a double crochet between them to maintain the stitch pattern.)  Photo 6.
5. Chain 2, *in the center of the next shell stitch, make 3 double crochet (shell formed), skip the next stitch, in the next
    double crochet,  make 1  double crochet.  Repeat from * around, slip stitch to join. Photo 7.
6.  Repeat step 5 until you have reached the end of the torso, (for women’s small, that is approx. 12 inches).  Then
    change to a size 9mm hook, and continue the pattern for as long as you would like the skirt. Photo 9.  Fasten off.

    Weave all yarn ends into the finished work.  Pass a ribbon through the top row of stitches at the waist.  Photo 11.

OPTIONS:
In the shortest version, one row of loops was added.  To make the loops: *Chain 5, skip the next stitch, single crochet in the next stitch, repeat from * around, slip stitch to join and fasten off.

In the medium length version, after the initial 12 inches of shell pattern, hook size was changed to 9mm for 5 rows, and then 2 rows of 5 double crochet shells were added for flare at the bottom.  To make the 5 dc shells, simply make 5 dc instead of 3 dc shells. Photo 9.

In the long version, the same instructions were used as for the medium length, except 4 rows of 5 dc shells were added.  Photo 10.

IN MAKING SKIRTS, FOR A GARMENT THAT DRAPES AND HANGS  BETTER,  “KILLING”  THE YARN IS AN OPTION.  Normally, “killing” yarn is something we try not to do with knitted or crocheted garments, however in a skirt, and other items such as scarves, “killing” can add to the garment’s fit and feel.  To “kill” the yarn, arrange the skirt on an ironing board, and steam, pressing very heavily, with a wet cloth.  This will cause the yarn to flatten , and become silkier in feel, as well as hanging better on the body when being worn.

















Video Tutorial


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