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Monday, 18 August 2014

SIMPLY LOVELY SKIRT



SIMPLY LOVELY SKIRT

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

As this skirt has a basic chart, I’m saved trying to figure it out.. and hopefully will get it done in time for my daughter (so she can take it when she leaves on her trip abroad).. fingers crossed.  
So without further ado.. let’s get at it.

Oh before we head off.. few notes :
The pattern (as expected) gets complicated as it moves along.. so there are different brackets / parenthesis to distinguish the different sets of instruction.  This ‘may’ mar the chart a bit.. so right at the bottom of this pattern sheet / blog, is the full chart as well.. that you could refer to as needed.

I found that as I went along, my start stitches did not really match up with the bits I could see on chart – so may I suggest that you use the write up as a ‘guide’ and using the repeats, work out where you are and where you are headed on that row/round.

Before you proceed any further – decide if you’re going to have a fitted waist or not.. if not fitted waist, then please work in rounds from foundation row and ensure that the first row goes around your hips.  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. J

Finally, do refer to the links and information given below for the abbreviations/stitches used. 

Right so .. off we go now.. J

Materials used : Anchor knitting cotton  about 200 gms (Purple  Shade 00119) ; 4 mm (US 6, G) crochet hook


Size made :  Waist 27" ; Length ~ 18"

Stitches used :

fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view the superb vide by Tamara Kelly at this link below 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 this lovely new way of starting a dc row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video. http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 start.  However, all instructions will be given as 2 dc, assuming that you are using the 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 3-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

Small shell : (dc, ch 1, dc) all in the same st or ch-sp

Abbreviations used :
Fsc : Foundation Single Crochet                                 Sc : Single crochet
Dc : Double crochet                                                    Dc 3-tog : Double crochet 3 -tog
Sp(s) : Space(s)                                                           sl-st : slip stitch
Sk : Skip                                                                      rep : Repeat



Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)

Pattern repeat = 18 sts

In this pattern, 18 sts make one rep (which you can see as the square bracket in the chart shown above), so work your start row accordingly ensuring  that you have the number of stitches needed to go around your waist.

Starting with fsc, 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.

I will also be using the chainless dc start, so all instructions will be as dc from start. 

Designer seems to have done a start row of sc, but I’ve started with 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 start in rounds.
So I’d suggest you start, and after a few rounds in sc, you do the ‘hole row’.

"Hole" row instruction : So there’s a *2 dc in first 2 dc, ch 1, sk next dc* all the way around.
Then there’s a row of dc, followed by few more rows of sc.

and now finally.. for the skirt instructions...

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



Round 2 : *ch 4, sc on dc 3-tog ; ch 5, sk both ch-3 sps , sc on dc 3-tog ; ch 4, sc in sc ; ch 3, small shell in next dc 3-tog ; ch 3, sc in next sc* ; rep from *to* all around. Join to the 1st st. 



Round 3 : *small shell in small shell ; ch 3, sc in ch-3 sp ; ch 3, sc in ch-4 sp ; ch 1, 7 dc in ch-5 sp ; ch 1, sc in ch-4 sp ; ch 3, sc in ch-3 sp ; ch 3 * ; rep from *to* till end.  Join to 1st st. 


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


Round 55 dc in 1st 3 dc [i.e 2 dc in 1st dc, dc in next dc, 2 dc in last dc] ; *ch 3, sk 1st dc, (sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 4) ; rep from (to) 4 times ; ch 3, 5 dc in the next 3 dc [i.e rep this set]* ; rep from  * to * till end.  Join to 1st st. 


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


Round 7 : [dc in 1st 2 dc ; ch 1 , 2 dc in 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) ; rep from (to) 2 times ; ch 3 , rep [ to ] once* ; rep * to * till end.  Join to 1st st. 



Round 8 : dc in 1st dc ; ch 1, sk 2 dc, 3 dc in ch-1 sp ; ch 1, 3 dc in same ch-1 sp ;
*ch 2 , (sc in next ch-4 sp, ch 4) ; rep from (to) once ; ch 2, [ {sk 1st 2 dc, 3 dc in ch-1 sp ; ch 1, 3 dc in same ch-1 sp} ; dc in next ch-1 sp ; rep { to } once ]* ; rep from * to * till end.  Join to 1st st.



Round 9 : dc in 1st dc ; ch 1, sk 2 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, sk next dc ;
*ch 2, (sc in next ch-4 sp, ch 4, sc in next ch-4 sp) ; ch 2, [sk 1st 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, dc in next dc ; rep [ to ] once* ;
rep from *to* till end.  Join to 1st st.



Round 10 : 2 dc in 1st dc ; ch 3, sk 1st dc ; dc in next 3 dc ; 2 dc in ch-1 sp ; dc in next 3 dc, sk next dc ; *ch 3 , sc in ch-4 sp ; ch 3, [sk 1st dc, dc in next 3 dc ; 2 dc in ch-1 sp ; dc in next 3 dc] ; ch 3, 2 dc in next dc*



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



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 2, sk next dc, dc 3-tog over the next 3 dc ; ch 3, 2 dc in next dc ; ch 2 , dc 3-tog over the next 3 dc ; ch 3, [sk 1st 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 1, sk next dc, dc in next ch-1 sp ; ch 1, sk next dc, dc in next dc ; 2 dc in ch-1 sp ; ch 1, 2 dc in same ch-1 sp ; dc in next 2 dc] ; ch 3, dc 3-tog over the next 3 dc * ;
rep from * to * till end.  Join to 1st st. 



Round 14 : dc in dc, dc in ch-1 sp ; 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 3, sk dc 3-tog , 2 dc in 1st dc ; ch 1, 2 dc in next dc ; ch 3, [sk dc 3-tog , sk 1st dc, dc in next 2 dc ; 2 dc in ch-2 sp ; ch 1, 2 dc in same ch-1 sp ; dc in next 2 dc] ; ch 2, sk next dc and ch-1 sp, (dc, ch 5, dc) all in next dc ; ch 2, rep from [to] once* ; rep from * to * till end.  Join to the 1st st. 



Round 15 : dc in 1st 2 dc ; ch 2, dc in next 2 dc ; *(ch 3, 7 dc over the next 3, ch-1 sp, and next 3 dc) ; ch 3, sk 1st dc, dc in next dc ; dc in ch 1 sp ; ch 1, dc in same ch 1 sp ; dc in next dc ; ch 3,  rep (to) once ; ch 3, 2 dc in ch-5 sp ; ch 3, 2 dc in same ch-5 sp* ;  rep from *to* till end.  Join to 1st st.



Round 16 : dc in 1st 2 dc ; 8 dc in ch-3 sp ; dc in next 2 dc ; *ch 3, [sk 1st dc, (dc 2-tog in 1st 2 dc), dc in next dc, rep (to) once] ;  ch 3, sk next 2 dc, dc in next dc , dc in ch-1 sp ; ch 1, dc in same ch-1 sp, dc in next dc ; ch 3, rep [ to ] once ; ch 3, {dc in 1st 2 dc, 8 dc in the ch-3 sp, dc in next 2 dc} * ; rep from * to * till end.  Join to 1st st.



Round 17 : dc in 1st st, ch 1, (dc in next st, ch 1) ; rep from (to) 9 times, dc in last dc ;
*ch 3, [dc 2-tog over the next 2 dc] ; ch 3, sk 1st dc, dc in next dc ; dc in ch-1 sp ; ch 1, dc in same ch-1 sp, dc in next dc ; ch 3, rep [to] once ; ch 3, rep (to) 11 times ; dc in last dc* ; rep from *to* till end.  Join to 1st st.



Round 18 : sc in 1st ch-1 sp , ch 4, {sc in next ch-1 sp , ch 4} ; rep from {to} till last ch-1 sp , sc in last ch-1 sp;
*ch 3, sc on next dc (top of dc 2-tog) ; ch 3 , sk 1st dc, dc in next dc ; dc in ch-1 sp ; ch 1, dc in same ch-1 sp ; dc in next dc ; ch 3, sk next dc, sc on next dc (top of dc 2-tog) ; ch 3, rep from {to} 10 times till last ch-1 sp * ; rep from *to* till end.  Join to 1st st.



Round 19 : sc in 1st ch-1 sp , ch 4, {sc in next ch-1 sp , ch 4} ; rep from {to} till last ch-1 sp , sc in last ch-1 sp;
*ch 3, sc on next sc ; ch 3 , sk 1st dc, dc in next dc ; dc in ch-1 sp ; ch 1, dc in same ch-1 sp ; dc in next dc ; ch 3, sc on next sc ; ch 3 ,  rep from {to} 9 times till last ch-1 sp * ; rep from *to* till end.  Join to 1st st.



Round 20 : (3 dc in ch-4 sp, ch 1) ; rep from (to) till last ch-4 sp ;
*ch 2, sk next dc, dc in next dc ; dc in ch-1 sp ; ch 1, dc in same ch-1 sp ; dc in next dc ; ch 2, sk next dc , rep from (to) till last ch-4 sp* ; rep from *to* till last st.  Join to 1st st.



Round 21 : (dc in 1st dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc) ; ch 1, rep from (to) till last 3-dc group ;
*ch 1, sk next 2 dc, 2 dc in ch-1 sp ; ch 1, sk next 2 dc* ; rep from *to* till end.   Join to 1st st.



Round 22 : 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 from (to) till last 4 dc group * ; rep from *to* till end.  Join with 1st st.



Round 23 : sl-st into the 1st ch-1 sp , *ch 3, dc 4-tog over next 4 dc ; ch 3, sc in ch-1 sp* ; rep from *to* till end.  Join to 1st st.  Fasten off and weave in ends. 



But before we put this on.. we need to hold that waist up.. so the cord.. few options/suggestions..

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 !!!!! J

Is it good.. or IS IT GOOOD???

Till we meet again in my next blog.. have lots of fun showing this off and spread those smiles J