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Crochet Ra Ra Skirt – for ages 1 to 3 years old

Designed by Cyra Lewis

Crochet and Knitting

This Pull-On skirt measures:

Length .... 10.5" (27cm)

Waist .... 14" - 23" (36cm - 58cm) the larger width is measured with the waistband stretched but still comfortable.

Swatch size: 4 inches = 15 tr (blo) x 9 rows

I work loosely. If you have a tight tension then your garment will end up slightly smaller.

Variations to ths size can be made by altering the thickness of the yarn, and by changing the hook size.

The purple 'Ra Ra' bottom piece is an open lacy pattern.

The stretchy waistband is knitted ribbing with crocheted belt loops and a ruffle belt that has the unique ability to 'grow' with the child.

Materials

Yarn 'A' : 1 ball Windsor Acrylic Double Knit Opal in Purple

Yarn 'B' : 1 ball Windsor Acrylic Double Knit Variegated to match

Crochet hooks - 3.5mm & 4mm

Knitting Needles - 4mm (I used circular needles)

Abbreviations (English Crochet Terminology)

sts..... stitches

sl st..... slip stitch

sp..... space

ch.....chain stitch

dc.....double crochet

tr.....treble

dtr.....double treble

pct.....picot

dec.....decrease

beg.....beginning

prev.....previous

blo.....back loop only

tr2tog....treble 2 together

Step 1: Foundation Row & Round One

Instructions

Starting with the purple yarn and the 4mm hook we will make the 'Ra Ra' part of the skirt first.

Foundation Row :

Ch.90. Sl st to the first ch (making sure not to twist the foundation chains) to make a circle.

You will now be working in the Round. The outside is the right side. Keep the right side facing you.

Do not turn.

R1. -

Ch.3, 4 tr in same ch., ch.2, (skip next 2 ch.), dc in next ch., *ch.2, (skip next 2 ch.), 5 tr in next ch., ch.2, (skip next 2 ch.) dc in next ch., **

Repeat from * to **14 times. Ch.2, sl st to top of beg ch.3 stitch.

Step 2: Round Two

R2. -

Ch.3, 1 tr in each of next 2 sts., ch.2, 1 tr in same place as prev tr, 1 tr in each of next 2 sts., * ch.3, (now, work into the next shell), 1 tr in each of the next 3 tr, ch.2, 1 tr in same st., 1 tr in each of next 2 sts. ** Repeat the shell pattern from * to **to the end of the round, sl.st to the top of the beg st of that round.

Step 3: Round Three

R3. -

Sl st across the top of next 2 sts., (brings you to the tr just before the ch.2 sp.), ch.4, 3 dtr in the ch.2 sp., ch.2, 3 dtr in the same sp., 1 dtr in the next st., 1 dc in the ch.3 sp., * (skip 2 tr), 1 dtr in next st., 3 dtr in the ch.2 sp., ch.2, 3 dtr in the same sp., 1 dtr in the next st., 1 dc in the ch.3 sp., **

Repeat pattern from * to ** to end of round, sl st to 4th ch of starting st.

Step 4: Round Four

R4. -

Sl st across next 2 sts., ch.4, 1 dtr in next st., 3 dtr in the ch.2 sp., ch.2, 3 dtr in same sp., 1 dtr in each of the next 2 sts., * 1 dtr in 3rd dtr of the next shell, 1 dtr in the next st., 3 dtr in the ch.2 sp., ch.2, 3 dtr in the same sp., 1 dtr in each of the next 2 sts., **

Repeat the pattern from * to ** to the end of the round, sl st to the 4th ch of starting st.

Step 5: Round Five

R5. -

Sl st across next 2 sts., ch.4, 1 dtr in each of next 2 sts., 3 dtr in the ch.2 sp., ch.2, 3 dtr in the same sp., 1 dtr in each of next 3 sts., * (skip 4 dtr) 1 dtr in each of next 3 dtr., 3 dtr in the ch.2 sp., ch.2, 3 dtr in same sp., 1 dtr in each of next 3 sts., **

Repeat pattern from * to ** to the end of the round, sl st to 4th ch of starting st.

Step 6: Round Six

The yellow arrows in the photo are the placement of the {2 dtr in next ch.2 sp., ch.5, 2 dtr in same sp} in the following instructions, and the orange/red arrows in the photo are the placement of the {1 dtr}.

R6. -

Ch.6, * 2 dtr in next ch.2 sp., ch.5, 2 dtr in same sp., ch.2, 1 dtr in the diamond shaped sp between 2 shells of the prev round, ch.2, **

Repeat pattern from * to ** to end of the round, ending with 1 tr in 4th ch of beg ch.6 st.

Step 7: Round Seven

R7. -

Sl st back into last dtr made, dc in same st., * ch.5, dc in the next dtr., 1 pct [a picot consists of ch.3 and a sl st into 3rd ch from hook], 1 dc in next st., <1 dc., 1 pct., 2 dc., 1 pct., 2 dc., 1 pct., 1 dc., > (< to > are made in the same ch.5 sp.,), 1 dc in next st., 1 pct., 1 dc in next st., **

Repeat pattern from * to ** to the end of round.

Fasten off yarn.

Step 8: Rounds Eight to Fifteen

Re-attach Yarn 'A' on any chain of the foundation row. You will now be working in the opposite direction on that foundation row (i.e. from the top of the purple Ra-Ra frill, upwards to the waist).

R8. -

Ch.1, work one dc in every st to end, join with a sl st..

Change to Yarn 'B'.

R9. -

Using Yarn 'B', ch.1, dc in every st around, join with a sl st.

R10. -

(Work 'blo' for this entire round).

Ch.3, 1 tr in into every st to end, join with a sl st to top of beg ch.3.

R11. -

(Work 'blo' for this entire round).

Ch.3, 1 tr in each of the next 13 sts., tr2tog., * 1 tr in each of the next 14 sts., tr2tog., **

Repeat from * to ** to end of round, join with sl st to beg.

R12. -

(Work 'blo' for this entire round).

Ch.3, * 1 tr in each of next 15 sts., tr2tog., **

Repeat from * to ** to end of round, join with a sl st to beg.

R13. -

(Work 'blo' for this entire round).

Ch.3, * 1 tr in each of next 8 sts., tr2tog., **

Repeat from * to ** to end of round, join with a sl st to beg.

R14. -

(Work 'blo' for this entire round).

Ch.3, * 1 tr in each of next 7 sts., tr2tog., **

Repeat from * to ** to end of round, join with a sl st to beg.

R15. -

(Work 'blo' for this entire round).

Ch.3, * 1 tr in each of next 12 sts., tr2tog., **

Repeat from * to ** to end of round, join with a sl st to beg.

Fasten off yarn.

Step 9: Knitted Waistband

Knitted Ribbed Waistband:

Using 4mm knitting needles and Yarn 'B'

Cast on 120 stitches.

R1. –

* k2, p2 ** Repeat this rib pattern to end. Turn.

R2. to R16. - Repeat Row 1.

Cast off.

Attach the Waistband to the skirt.

Sl st (or sew if you prefer) the waistband to the top of the skirt.

Step 10: Belt Loops

Belt Loop:

(make 5)

Using 3.5mm hook, and Yarn 'B'.

Leave long tails at least 6" at beg and end for sewing to waistband.

Attach belt loops to waistband.

Pin, and then sew the 5 Belt Loops in place (see photos for placement of Loops).
Three belt loops across the back of the skirt. Two belt loops on the front of the skirt.

Step 11: The Belt

Belt:

Using Yarn 'A', and 3.5 hook.

Foundation row - Ch.107, turn.

R1. - 1 dc in each ch to end, turn.

R2. - Ch.4, *(skip 1 st.) 1 tr in next st., ch.1., ** Repeat to end, turn.

R3. - Ch.1, 1 dc in every tr & 'ch.1' sp of prev row.

Fasten off.

Step 12: The Belt Ties

Belt Ties:

Using Yarn 'A', and 3.5 hook.

Make a foundation chain of about 180 ch.. Fasten off.

Weave the Belt Tie through the spaces between the tr's on the belt

The Belt Tie should be longer than the Belt to allow for tying in a bow when the skirt is worn.

Push the Belt up on the Belt Ties to make a 'ruffle' - this adjusts the size to fit the child.

Step 13: Add the Belt to the Skirt

Pass the Belt through the Belt Loops on the skirt, and tie in a bow on the front of the skirt when in being worn.

This is a FREE PATTERN designed by me – Cyra Lewis.

I hold the copyright to this design and pattern.

You may print a copy for your own personal use, but this pattern may NOT be sold in printed, digital, or any other form.

Garments that you make from this pattern are for personal gift giving only.

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<p>This is adorable and I love how you laid out each of the steps. :)</p>
<p>Thank you.</p>

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