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Lovely Ruffled Skirt…

My little niece is my favorite model. She is 2 years old and she loves ‘flying skirts’. When I heard it for the first time, my only thought was about how surprising can be a child’s imagination since this is the name she uses for ruffled skirts. Until that moment I never crocheted a skirt, especially a ‘flying one’, but I took up the challenge and tried to make one for her. After three weeks working, here is the final result and judging from her excitement I really can say that the mission was accomplished!

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Here is the pattern I made up for this skirt and if you are a beginner don’t give up! This was my first skirt project too, so let’s get started!!

What you'll need:

  • 250 gr of cotton in the color you prefer. I chose the green mint color.
  • 1.75 mm crochet hook;
  • elastic band ;
  • ribbon;
  • needle;
  • scissors ;

Stitches used :

  • chain stitch (ch);
  • single crochet stitch (sc);
  • double crochet stitch (dc);
  • slip stitch (sl st);

The first thing you need to do is to take some measurements. You should define waist circumference, hips width and the total length of the skirt. If you don’t have the opportunity to take these measures directly from your model this can be the most difficult part. This is why I usually follow this table especially when my project is a gift.

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Once you have all the measures, make a foundation chain long as the hips width you measured or you got from the table (in my case it was 55 cm). Join to the first chain with a slip stitch to form a circle, making sure your work doesn’t twist.

 Rounds 1-12 : ch 1 (it counts as the first sc), sc in each stitch around. Sl st into the first chain.

Rounds 13-20 : ch 3 (the first 2 ch count as the first dc), skip the next stitch, dc in the next stitch.*Ch 1, skip the next stitch, dc in the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the row. Sl st into the second ch.

Round 21: ch 3 (the first 2 ch count as the first dc), skip the next stitch, dc in the next stitch. *Ch 1, skip the next stitch, dc in the next stitch. (repeat 5 times). Ch 1, skip the next stitch, dc in the next stitch, ch1, dc in the same stitch*. (first increase). Repeat from * to * until the end of the row. Sl st into the second ch.

Rounds 22-28 : ch 3 (the first 2 ch count as the first dc), skip the next stitch, dc in the next stitch. *Ch 1, skip the next stitch, dc in the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the row. Sl st into the second ch.

Round 29: ch 3 (the first 2 ch count as the first dc), skip the next stitch, dc in the next stitch. *Ch 1, skip the next stitch, dc in the next stitch. (repeat 5 times). Ch 1, skip the next stitch, dc in the next stitch, ch1, dc in the same stitch*. (first increase). Repeat from * to * until the end of the row. Sl st into the second ch.

Rounds 30-36 : ch 3 (the first 2 ch count as the first dc), skip the next stitch, dc in the next stitch. *Ch 1, skip the next stitch, dc in the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the row.Sl st into the second ch.

For the ruffles I was inspired by the pattern I found on Olga Verenich blog http://www.liveinternet.ru/users/4768064/blog . They will be attached to rounds 13-21-29-36.

ruffles

I put an elastic band to make the skirt more comfortable to wear. To create the elastic casing, fold the waistband in half and sew all the way around, leaving a 10 cm opening to add the elastic. Cut it to be the length of the waist circumference minus 10 cm. Slide the elastic into the casing, using a pin. Pull it through the loop until you reach the other side where you are going to sew the two ends together. Close the opening left and you’ve done!

You can leave the skirt like this or you can add some belt loops and embellish them with a ribbon. I also bought a white t-shirt and I sewed two little crocheted butterflies on the collar. And here is the final outfit!

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 Now I can only wish you happy crocheting! I can’t wait to see all the pictures of your handmade skirts and the way you customized them. If you have any questions about the pattern, leave a comment and I’ll be pleased to answer as soon as I can. Keep in touch my dear friends and see you next time!

French Beret…

Salut mes amis! Get ready, today we are going to fly to Paris. If you want to feel a cute “parisienne”, the fashion accessory you cannot miss is the typical French basque. I really love it ! I think it looks adorable on everyone, sophisticated with short hair and romantic with long or medium hair. For sure it gives an extra touch to your style! You can wear it in winter as warm and cozy, but also in spring or summer. If your summers are impossibly hot like in my Country, you can wear it in the evening with a red lipstick looking simply chic and unique. I wanted one to be worn during spring/summer times, so I looked for an openwork pattern and I was captured by this one on the net. http://www.craftideas.us/crochet-beret-for-girls.html

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For my beret, I chose the dusty rose that is actually my favorite color and I used 2 threads of cotton together, worked with a 3 mm hook. I love the texture it came out! I also made some adjustments to this pattern skipping the last 5 rows and going directly to the edging band, but this is completely optional. It depends on how slouchy you want your basque to be.

After few hours working voilà this is the final result!!

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I hope I convinced you guys enough to give this basque a try!! I would be pleased to receive photos of your handmade basque and if you have any questions leave a comment and I will answer as soon as I can!! See you next time, bye !!!