Today I’m publishing something a little different for Little Conkers – my latest crochet pattern is my Star Stitch Skirt!
This simple but elegant, knee-length skirt is a great place to start if you’ve been doubtful about crocheting items of clothing beyond scarfs and hats!
Scroll down for the pattern download links.
I really wanted to show that crocheting a skirt can be easier than you might think. In some ways I think it’s more forgiving than making a fabric skirt, because you can always unravel a few rows and make changes in a way you can’t once you’ve cut fabric pieces. It also doesn’t require the kitchen table, which is the main reason I don’t do any sewing these days!
This is the first pattern for an item of clothing I have published, however, and it is a little nerve-wracking – it involved quite a learning curve in planning out the different sizes!
Pattern Sizing and Materials
I’ve sized the pattern in four sizes in hip measurements from 88cm / 34″ to 117cm / 46″. The length is 64cm / 25″ for all sizes, but this can easily be altered to make the skirt longer or shorter (details are given in the pattern).
Oh, and you don’t need to worry about the skirt being see-through! I can promise that this stitch makes a dense fabric which is not see-through at all, as I hope the photos show.
If by any chance your yarn/hook choices do end up giving you something with a more open weave than you are comfortable with, you can add a fabric lining, or (much easier) do what Granny did and wear a ‘slip’!
This pattern was originally published in Inside Crochet Issue 95, but now I’m publishing it for myself. That means it comes with all the features you expect from a Little Conkers pattern:
- UK and US patterns in two completely separate documents
- many colour photos showing you the detail of every step
- lots of tips to help you work the pattern successfully
- notes on choosing a suitable yarn
- single-page printer-friendly succinct pattern in addition to the photo-tutorial.
- e-mail support if you have any questions
My main problem, as I’m sure you have realised, is my lack of photos of the finished article being worn! The wonderful photo above of the red skirt being worn by a model was taken by the talented Lucy Williams for the magazine photoshoot, and I have her permission to use it here. But I no longer have the skirts I made when producing the design for the magazine. If I’d waited until I had made another example AND had taken some pictures of it, it would have been many more months before I published this pattern!
I am making another example, however, and since my sister resisted all attempts at bribery and Mr Conkers doesn’t really have the legs for this, I’m making it for me and am going to have to model for the photos myself. I’ve decided to go for something a little out of my comfort zone and make it in bold colour blocks of teal and brown for the autumn. I’m rather loving the look of it so far!
Meanwhile, what I’m really hoping is that all you fabulous makers out there – on Ravelry in particular, but also on Etsy and LoveCrafts – will post pictures of your own finished skirts and give other makers lots of lovely examples and inspiration that way.
Star Stitch Skirt Pattern Links
Download the pattern instantly via one of the links below: