Thursday, May 17, 2007

Crocheted Skorts

This pattern has been checked and updated.

I am doing another pair now in dark blue to test the pattern
and correct mistakes as I go. I am making this pair smaller
but I am keeping the larger instructions for those who want
to make a bigger pair. I will still be able to find any typos
or mistakes even though I am making this pair smaller.
(Edit: The second pair has been completed.)

It will be very easy to modify the size simply by reducing or
increasing the starting chain.


Crocheted Skorts




Materials:
- 4 ply worsted weight yarn - I am not sure how much I used as I had a
huge ball of yarn that I had ripped out of another project that I didn't
want to complete. I would guess that I used at least 3 - 175 gram skeins.
- 5.00 mm hook
- zipper or you could use a tie made from a crocheted chain.
- button
- needle for sewing seams


This pattern is done in the seed stitch, which is 1 sc in the dc of the
previous row, then 1 dc in the sc of the previous row. So wherever the
instructions say "Seed St" you will know to do that. I will also put
(1 sc, 1 dc) in brackets after "Seed St" to remind you.

On the decrease rows, it may appear that you should start
with 1 dc, but that is not necessary, you can begin each row
with 1 sc and then work the Seed Stitch.

Gauge: 3.5 stitches = 1 inch. 3.5 rows of seed stitch = 1 inch

Size: I made these by comparing each piece to a cloth pair of skorts
that I have. My crocheted version came out too big for me. I guess
the yarn stretches so that could be why they came out much too big.
So I took the seams in and they were still too big.


I will have to take the seams in again, however that leaves a bulky
seam. So I made another pair and decreased each piece by 4 sts
and the front panel by 8 sts. But I am leaving this pattern as is,
for those who would like to make them bigger. If you want them
smaller, just reduce each piece by the desired numbered of stitches
based on the gauge.

The Skorts from these instructions measures 34 inches around the
outside of the waist.


BACK PIECES (Make two, then turn one over so you have a left and right piece)
Ch 59
Row 1 - 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in each ch, ch 1, turn. (58 sts)
Row 2 - Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) repeat to end of row, ch 1, turn.
Rows 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 - Same as Row 2
Row 11 - Skip first st, ss in next 11 sts, 2 sc tog, Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to end of row, ch 1, turn (45 sts)
Row 12 - Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) over 42 sts (this will be more or less sts if you are making them smaller or larger), 2 sc tog, ch 1, turn. (44 sts)
Row 13 - 2 sc tog, 1 dc in next st, Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to end of row, ch 1, turn. (43 sts)
Row 14 - Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) over 41 sts, 2 sc tog, ch 1, turn. (42 sts)
Row 15 - 2 sc tog, Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to end of row, ch 1, turn. (41 sts)
Row 16 - Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) over 39 sts, 2 sc tog, ch 1, turn. (40 sts)
Row 17 - 2 sc tog, Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to end of row, ch 1, turn. (39 sts)
Row 18 - Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to end of row, ch 1, turn. (39 sts)
Rows 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 - Same as Row 18.
Row 25 - 2sc tog, Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to end of row, ch 1, turn. (38 sts)
Row 26 - Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to end of row, ch 1, turn (38 sts)
Row 27 - Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to end of row, ch 1, turn. (38 sts)
Row 28 - Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to end of row, ch 1, turn. (38 sts)
Row 29 - Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to end of row, ch 1, turn. (38 sts)
Row 30 - Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) , ch 2, turn. (38 sts)
Row 31 - Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to last 2 sts, 2 sc tog, ch 2, turn. (37 sts)
Row 32 - Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc), ch 1, turn. (37 sts)
Row 33 - 2 sc tog, Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) , ch 1, turn. (36 sts)
Row 34 - 2 sc tog, Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to end of row, ch 1, turn. (35 sts)
Row 35 - Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to end of row, ch 1, turn. (35 sts)
Row 36 - Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to end of row, ch 1, turn. (35 sts)
Row 37 - Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to last 2 sts, 2 sc tog, ch 2, turn. (34 sts)
Row 38 - Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to end of row, ch 1, turn. (34 sts)
Row 39 - Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to last 2 sts, 2 sc tog, ch 1, turn. (33 sts)
Row 40 - Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to end of row, ch 1, turn (33 sts)
Row 41 - Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to end of row, ch 1, turn (33 sts)
Row 42 - 2 sc tog, 1 sc in each st to end of row, ch 1, turn. (32 sts)
Rows 43, 44 - 1 sc in each st to end of row, ch 1, turn. (32 sts)
Row 45 - 1 sc in each st to end of row, fasten off. (32 sts)

FRONT PIECES (Make two, then turn one over so you have a left and right piece)
Ch 43
Row 1 - 1 sc in snd ch from hook, 1 sc in each ch, ch 1, turn. (42 sts)
Row 2 - Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to end of row, ch 1, turn.
Rows 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 - Same as Row 2
Row 11 - Skip first st, 2 sc tog, Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to end of row, ch 1, turn (40 sts)
Row 12 - Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to last 2 sts, 2 sc tog, ch 1, turn. (39 sts)
Row 13 - 2 sc tog, Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to end of row, ch 1, turn. (38 sts)
Row 14 - Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to last 2 sts, 2 sc tog, ch 1, turn. (37 sts)
Row 15 - 2 sc tog, Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to end of row, ch 1, turn. (36 sts)
Row 16 - Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to last 2 sts, 2 sc tog, ch 1, turn. (35 sts)
Row 17 - 2 sc tog, Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to end of row, ch 1, turn. (34 sts)
Row 18 - Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to end of row, ch 1, turn. (34 sts)
Rows 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 - Same as Row 18.
Row 25 - 2sc tog, Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to end of row, ch 1, turn. (33 sts)
Rows 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 - Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to end of row, ch 1, turn (33 sts)
Row 31 - Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to last 2 sts, 2 sc tog, ch 2, turn. (32 sts)
Row 32 - Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to end of row, ch 1, turn. (32 sts)
Row 33 - 2 sc tog, Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to end of row, ch 1, turn. (31 sts)
Row 34 - 2 sc tog, Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to end of row, ch 1, turn. (30 sts)
Rows 35, 36 - Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to end of row, ch 1, turn. (30 sts)
Row 37 - Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to last 2 sts, 2 sc tog, ch 1, turn. (29 sts)
Row 38 - Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to end of row, ch 1, turn. (29 sts)
Row 39 - Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to last 2 sts, 2 sc tog, ch 1, turn. (28 sts)
Rows 40, 41 - Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to end of row, ch 1, turn (28 sts)
Row 42 - 2 sc tog, 1 sc in each st to end of row, ch 1, turn. (27 sts)
Rows 43, 44 - 1 sc in each st to end of row, ch 1, turn. (27 sts)
Row 45 - 1 sc in each st to end of row, fasten off. (27 sts)

FRONT PANEL
Ch 59
Row 1 - 1 sc in snd ch from hook, 1 sc in each ch, ch 1, turn. (58 sts)
Row 2 - Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to end of row, ch 1, turn. (58 sts)
Rows 3 to 24 - Same as Row 2
Row 25 - 2 sc tog, Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to last 2 sts, 2 sc tog, ch 2, turn. (56 sts)
Row 26 - Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to end of row, ch 1, turn (56 sts)
Rows 27, 28, 29, 30 - Same as Row 26
Row 31 - 2 sc tog, Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to last 2 sts, sc 2 tog, ch 1, turn. (54 sts)
Row 32 - Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to end of row, ch 1, turn. (54 sts)
Row 33 - 2 sc tog, Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to last 2 sts, 2 sc tog, ch 1, turn. (52 sts)
Row 34 - 2 sc tog, Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to last 2 sts, ch 1, turn. (50 sts)
Rows 35, 36 - Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to end of row, ch 1, turn. (50 sts)
Row 37 - 2 sc tog, Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to last 2 sts, 2 sc tog, ch 2, turn. (48 sts)
Row 38 - Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to end of row, ch 1, turn. (48 sts)
Row 39 - 2 sc tog, Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to last 2 sts, 2 sc tog, ch 1, turn. (46 sts)
Rows 40, 41 - Seed st (1 sc, 1 dc) to end of row, ch 1, turn (46 sts)
Row 42 - 2 sc tog, 1 sc in each st to last 2 sts, 2 sc tog, ch 1, turn. (44 sts)
Row 43 - 1 sc in each st to end of row, ch 1, turn. (44 sts)
Row 44 - 1 sc, ch 2, skip 2 sts (for buttonhole), 1 sc in each st to end of row, ch 1, turn. (42 sc, 2 chs)
Row 45 - 1 sc in each st to end of row, fasten off. (44 sts)

With right side facing you, do a row sc down the right edge of front panel. Space the scs evenly along the end of each row. I got 44 sc, but if you get 43 or 45 sc, that would be Ok too.

Sew up Seams:
Take back left and right front. With right sides facing each,
sew leg seam.

Take back right and left front. With right sides facing each other,
sew leg seam.

Take back left and back right, with right sides facing each other
and starting at waist band of center seam, sew down around
crotch and up the front center seam, leaving an opening of 6 to
7 inches for the zipper (or you can use a drawstring for the opening).
With front of skort facing you, sew up the seam on the right by
turning the pieces so right sides are facing each other.

With front of skort facing you, place front panel on top of skorts
left front, turn so sides are facing the right side of back right. Make
sure you get the buttonhole on the correct side. Sew seam.

I have found that the open end of the front panel may stretch and
hang down below the shorts part. If so, you could sew up a hem
at that end or sew a tuck under the button or when you do a row
of sc down the right edge of the front panel, do not do a sc at the
end of every row on the bottom, instead skip a row between the
scs. That will pull up the bottom.

Finishing Up:
Sew a seam around front zipper opening. Sew in zipper, or you
could make a drawstring by doing a chain of the desired length
and weaving it through the stitches to the top, as if you were
lacing up a shoe.

Sew on button. I made a crocheted cover for my button. I chained
3 and joined with a slip stitch, then slip stitched around it adding
an extra ch here and there so it would widen out. When it was the
same size as the button, I continued around in slip stitch until it
covered the edge of the button. Then I slip stitched around
skipping a slip stitch on the previous row here and there so it
came in over the bottom of the button. When I fastened off I
left enough yarn on the tail end to sew onto the skorts.

Sue Norrad
http://crochetandknitting.com

4 comments:

Lee said...

Hi Sue. I really do love receiving your newsletter all the time. But since you have a blog too I will add a link to it on my blog just incase you discontinue your news letter I will know where to find you. I love the skort. I have to try it. Thanks for all the free patterns.

Sue Norrad said...

Thank you, Lee! I will add the link to your blog here too!

Sue

Riohnna said...

I really like the skorts pattern!! I think I will link to your blog from my blog, too.

Sue Norrad said...

Thank you, riohnna! I will post a link to your blog on my blog also. I like the name of your blog!