Two years ago I made a dress for my daughter for Easter. She went bananas for it, and has been asking me to make her more clothing forever. I decided to try and create my own dress for her, which did not go well and ended up being a skirt instead. A cute skirt though! So here is the pattern for my failed dress aka my successful skirt!
“We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.”
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What You’ll Need:
Yarn – I used two full skeins of Loops and Thread Kai yarn in Birthday Cake. It’s a lightweight 3 yarn and is variegated perfectly for this project!
Hook – H Hook (5 mm)
Stitches You Need to Know:
Single Crochet (sc)
Half Double Crochet (hdc)
Double Crochet (dc)
Slip Stitch (slst)
I made the band around the waist in two pieces. So you will need to make two panels and slst the sides together OR just make one long band piece. It’s completely up to you and whether you want one seam running down the back, or two seams down the sides.
The Waistband: You need to measure your person, or look up a measurement chart online to see the average size of the kid/adult you want to make one for.
My daughter has a 22″ waist, so I made two panels that were each 11″ wide. I’d suggest sticking as close to the measurement as possible, or possibly going slightly under. The stitches will stretch, but if it’s too big it will be hard to adjust to fit.
Row 1 – Start with a chain that measures the length you need. It doesn’t matter if it’s an odd or even number of stitches. Remember the amount of chains you started with so that you can match your second panel (if you are doing one long panel, you don’t have to remember your stitch count).
Row 2 – sc in second chain from hook. sc in each ch st across. ch 1 (always counts as first hdc), turn (measure here too, just to make sure your tension isn’t changing the length too much. You do not want to be 12 rows in before you realize it’s working up too big/small).
Row 3 – hdc in each st across, ch 1, turn
Row 4 – *Continue hdc’s back and forth until your waistband measures 4″ in height. You can, of course alter this length to make it a thinner waistband. I really like the look and the fit of the thicker waistband, but it’s completely your call. Go with your creative instincts!
Finishing the Waistband – Once you’ve completed your two panels, slst the sides together, making sure to match the bottoms of each panel (where your starting chain was) so that you have a consistent look. If you made one panel, slst the sides together.
Row 1 – Attach your yarn to any stitch in the bottom (where your starting chain was) of the waistband (I prefer to start at a seam) and ch 1, sc in each st across, slst to ch 1
Row 2 – ch 2, dc in same st, ch 1, 2dc in next st, ch 1, *2dc in next st, ch 1* *Continue around*, slst to top of ch 2 space, slst into top of dc space, slst into ch 1 space
Row 3 – Repeat row 2, being sure to put your dc stitches in the ch 1 spaces from the previous row, until your skirt measures your desired length. My skirt measures 12″ total, so 4″ for the band, and 8″ for the “skirt”. Mine was made to fit a 6 year old, so check the chart below to find the perfect length for your project!
There you have it! A beautiful Emilia skirt ready to go!
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