Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Crocheted Granny-squares skirt

I crocheted a skirt!  Yup, a whole skirt.... almost can't believe it myself, since crochet is not my forte.
Now I was initially inspired by Jo Sharp's Hexagon skirt, but have discovered this new-wave trend was set by Australian designers Romance was Born in their whimsical Spring/Summer 2009 collection, itself inspired by the crocheted granny-square rugs of the 1960's and 1970's.
I really love it! it's so warm and cosy, and I love the unexpected jolt of seeing so-unhip-it's-actually-kinda-hip granny-squares in a wearable item.  I think it is fun and funky; when I first posted my plans for this skirt I did get a comment that "these are everywhere right now" but I haven't seen a single one out and about around where I live, so I guess the trend hasn't caught on in Perth yet.  I feel happily unique so far.
Viva les granny-square!




Details:
Skirt; crocheted to my own design using Jo Sharp yarns, my pattern below
Top; Sexy Woman, found second hand
Tights; Voodoo
Shoes; Misano from Labels boutique

(at left, Jo Sharp's Hexagon skirt; at right from Romance was Born Spring/Summer 2009)
I wrote down the pattern I used to make my own skirt if anyone is interested in making one too.  There are multiple small variations on the crocheted granny-square.  I trialled several different variations before settling on this one, but a granny-square is a granny-square is a granny-square really...  

Crocheted Granny-Squares Skirt:
6 balls of coloured 8ply yarn
I used Jo Sharp  Classic DK Wool; 3 "greenish" shades (Glade, Lichen and Orchard), and 3 "reddish" shades (Brocade, Scarlet and Nasturtium)
3 balls of Black 8ply yarn
3.5mm crochet hook  *
3.5mm round needle  *
(*warning, I am an extremely loose knitter and crocheter, and a "normal" person would probably use a needle/hook 3 sizes bigger...)



Abbreviations:

ch; chain
tr; treble stitch (US double)
sl st; slip stitch


Using colour 1, ch 6, join with a slip stitch in the 1st chain to make a ring.
ch3, tr x2 into ring, (ch 3, tr x3 into ring) 3 times; ch 3.  Sl st into top of 3 ch at beginning, end wool. 
Join 2nd colour into corner:
ch3, tr x2, ch 2, tr x3; (ch 2, tr x3 into next corner, ch2 tr x3 into same corner) 3 times,  ch 2, sl st into top of first ch 3 in this colour, end wool.
Using black, join into corner:
ch 3, tr x2 into corner , ch 2, tr x3 into same corner, ch 2; ( tr x3 into side, ch2, tr x3, ch 2, tr x 3 into next corner, ch 2, tr x3 into same corner, ch2) 3 times; ch 2, tr x3 into next side, ch 2, join with a sl st into top of first black ch 3, end wool.
Voila! you have a little granny square!
How many you need to make depends on the size of your granny-squares, your own hip measurement and how long you want your skirt to be; this is an individual requirement.
I made 78, having one "green" and one "red" shade in each one, and alternating to have equal-ish numbers of each variation. Then overstitched them together to make a tube of 6 x 13 squares.
Then using a 3.5mm round needle, I picked up 92 stitches around the top (as a guide, 7 in each square and then 1 extra in the last), 
K 15 rows in the round in black.
Row 16; (K4, K 2 tog) rep until you get to the last 2 st, K2  (78 st)
K 15 rows.
Cast off, veeeeery loosely (otherwise you won't be able to fit the skirt over your hips!)
Take a piece of 2mm black elastic cut to fit your waist, and weave it in and out through the stitches in the second to top row, then machine zig-zag the ends together firmly.
The beauty of this is that it has no front or back, so there is less chance of developing a "seat" by sitting in the skirt the same way every time.  It can just be swivelled around any which way.  And since it is all wool and crocheted, it can be reshaped after laundering, if necessary.

61 comments:

  1. Very groovy. I remember when Cate Blanchett wore that dress on the right, on the red carpet. I remember it received mixed reviews. I liked it.

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  2. Very hip! The right side of kitsch, I'd say.

    I remember Cate Blanchette's dress as well.

    I have a friend who has a skirt made out of quilting cotton printed with granny squares. It was so realistic looking that I had to reach over and feel it. She has had it for years, so I guess you will be able to wear yours for years to come.

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  3. I was idly wondering if you were going to make this skirt and ta da! here it is. Looks so great on you. I like the colours you have chosen. x

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  4. You can pull it off! I've only seeen similar online and in magazines, not on any actual people in my normal life.

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  5. Carolyn!
    How fabulous! What a brilliant job. I've decided that I'm going to start crocheting at some point in the next couple of weeks. Is it hard?

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  6. I would never think that this look could work, but somehow, you are totally rocking the granny crochet skirt + heels combo.

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  7. I like yours better than the original, maybe because the colours are more muted...well done and so quickly too!

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  8. Wow, so great to see how it turned out! Just like I imagined it, really cute and unique! Love it!

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  9. Wow, it looks fabulous! Who would've known that granny squares could look so good. The colour is so rich and warm looking. Great job.

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  10. That's a great look - thanks for sharing your pattern with us!

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  11. I'm totally loving it. Would if I could, any time.

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  12. I love it! I'm definitely going to add it to the list for next winter. Love the idea for knitting the waistband too.

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  13. This is fun, and you make it look terrific. I like your colour combination, and the shorter length.

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  14. Wow, it looks fabulous. I don't know how, but you've managed to make granny squares look very chic and elegant.

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  15. So clever - I really like it. Being unique is one of the best parts of creating your own clothes.

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  16. Absolutely wonderful, well done you!

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  17. That skirt is wonderful - love the colours!

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  18. Wow! You're making me want one, esp with the weather starting to get cooler here. Nice job.

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  19. The skirt is BEAUTIFUL! and you look just as fab in it.

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  20. Total cuteness! It looks super on you as well!

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  21. The skirt looks great on you. I have not seen that look before. Except in the 70's on vests. You always look great in everything.
    Thanks for the pattern. I have a daughter who would love this. I have to brush up on my crocheting.
    I am "pinning" this !

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  22. So cute! And the colors of that skirt look fabulous against the colors of that plant, whatever it is. :) (I almost said those fall colors, but that is spring for you, I gather! I have a hard time adjusting to the fact that your seasons are opposite!)

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  23. wow that was fast! It looks really cool!

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  24. VERY cute. That turned out great.

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  25. Love your skirt, the photo's, the inspiration and that you posted a description!
    I'm not sure I'd be able to make one though... (I might try when I've finished my never ending christmas knitting, a multi-coloured scarf)!

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  26. This skirt looks really lovely.I have been looking for a nice crochet skirt pattern that I want to make all summer and I am still looking! I must admit that I am not a fan of Granny squares but they do look so nice here.Well done as ever but don't forget you can do stretchy rib in crochet too!!

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  27. that looks great, so autumnal - however as Shams said,you are heading into spring. Oh how I wish I had learned to knit and crochet from my grandmother who was a champion.

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  28. I love your skirt, especially in those colors! I don't see anything approaching the blue you show in your list of 'greenish' shades. Which color is that? It is set off so perfectly by the warmer shades of the skirt.

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  29. Leave it to you to take something that has the potential to turn out hideous & turn it into something that looks so very chic!

    Thanks for the pattern. I may have to brush up on my crochet skills & give it a try.

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  30. that makes quite an appearance! I've never crocheted so much but a little I have, enough to realize it's quite a lot of work involved in your skirt! totally cool \(^-^)/

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  31. Wow! This is so cute! Crochet skirt has been on my wish list for years, but time is always too little .... You inspired me!

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  32. I love it too - it looks fabulous! I might give something like this a go, but you know what I'm like!
    I've seen one recently that has one large granny square as the front and presumably back too, although it mustn't be a true sguare as it is a pencil skirt shape like yours, from C Kane I think - would save linking them all together!!

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  33. So cool! (I wish I could crochet...)

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  34. I may actually have to learn how to crochet! Fantastic!

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  35. Love your version. Have you seen the Christopher Kane version made of just 2 giant granny squares? He even embossed the crochet motif on matching leather jackets.

    http://www.stylebubble.co.uk/style_bubble/2011/08/hanging-on.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+StyleBubble+%28Style+Bubble%29

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  36. This is so cool! Now I have to start crocheting again b/c I want one.

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  37. Oh, I love that "so-unhip-it's-actually-kinda-hip" descriptor. Super funky skirt.

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  38. Oh Carolyn, you are amazing. I think you could reproduce anything, with your own flair. This is quite nice, unexpected and unique but still very appropriate. I can see one wearing it in quite a number of situations. Good for you...!

    My little one did great his first (and second!) day of kindergarden. In fact he told me it was "even more fun than I expected!" He was really worn out yesterday; a bit less today. Mommy had some tears but did okay too. The house is quiet, and I miss him some, but it seems like this is a good next step for him. We prepared him as best we know how and now it's time for our little fledgeling to fly on his own a bit ...

    Thanks for the virtual hugs! If you were a few thousand miles closer we could meet for tea now in the mornings ... :)

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  39. Lovely! So 70's, so in fashion now!
    Great job! Once in my lifetime I made a curtain... My God! My poor fingers!
    Kisses for you.

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  40. WOW! Looks fantastic on you Carolyn. Love your colour choice. I will be in touch soon.

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  41. Wow - I love it! And I think a skirt like this is something you'll be able to wear for a long time... If I ever polish up on my crochet skills I might have to give your pattern a whirl!

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  42. Thank you all!
    vtmartha: I think the "blue" you are asking about is the ball at the top left in the picture of wools I used, and its name is Orchard.

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  43. I LOVE it! Definitely groovy.
    I once crocheted a long, tight string, but that wouldn't make a very good skirt.

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  44. Thank you, Carolyn! Blue or gray, it's stunning!

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  45. I loved the inspiration shots when you first posted them, but Carolyn, this skirt is just sensational. I want one. Damn I can't crochet.

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  46. I saw these on Susie Bubble's blog this week and I just "Pinned" your version on Pinterest! That may bring you some visitors.

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  47. What a gorgeous photo shoot to go with your gorgeous new skirt. Also, the colors in the skirt with your hair are amazing. This whole outfit is fun, yet totally chic.

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  48. Wow! It looks really chic on you, I love your styling! I may have to start crocheting granny squares this fall...

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  49. This skirt looks amazing on you!

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  50. Great idea. I bet it feels fantastically cosy too! I'd love to give this skirt a go sometime. Just got to get through my eternal project list! Thanks so much for the instructions. ;-)

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  51. Thank you so much for sharing your pattern. I made a crochet skirt, a zig-zag pattern and I love it. I will be trying out your version, it looks great on you

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  52. Ya, so I know this is an old post, and this is a new comment, but I had to add that a) you did a great job on the skirt; its very wearable and looks great on you. Lastly, you (or your readers) might want to try making a granny square blouse that also looks a bit timeless: http://grandmotherspatternbook.com/?p=1466

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  53. This is BEAUTIFUL!!! I love it. You did a wonderful job and its adorable on! I have to make one for myself. Awesome of you to share it, too. Thanks a bunch!

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  54. i love this pattern! have been looking forone similar to the jo sharp one! i am starting mine using this pattern right now - literally i just came from craft store with the yarn! i amso excited. thank you for sharing the pattern!

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  55. Hi Carolyn. Imagine my surprise, when trolling through skirt patterns on Pinterest, I find this cute granny square skirt made by someone in PERTH! HOME TOWN!!!. I'm currently enjoying my holidays, surfing the net for crochet and knit patterns. Like you, I LOVE making my own clothes, making gifts for friends and family AND am also a member of patternreview. Love your work lol.
    Karen Cosson

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  56. Hi Carolyn from Perth! I just finished reading Belly Dancing for Beginners which is set in Perth... But I digress... Great skirt, very stylish (on you). Jealous sigh. Should you or any of you readers plan to crochet or knit garments... particularly skirts; may I recommend Biggan Yarns (ThUD). This stylish lady designed her own range of yarns and knitted garments for them. Her garments Never lose their shape and are machine washable. It's also good for crochet, I have made many berets and beanies with it and they keep their shape perfectly indeed. I have seen her clothes worn at craft shows and her yarn is truly versatile! But don't take my word for it, (after all, I am a Believer!), check her out. On Ravelry or at the link above. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  57. Hi Carolyn from Perth! I just finished reading Belly Dancing for Beginners which is set in Perth... But I digress... Great skirt, very stylish (on you). Jealous sigh. Should you or any of you readers plan to crochet or knit garments... particularly skirts; may I recommend Biggan Yarns (ThUD). This stylish lady designed her own range of yarns and knitted garments for them. Her garments Never lose their shape and are machine washable. It's also good for crochet, I have made many berets and beanies with it and they keep their shape perfectly indeed. I have seen her clothes worn at craft shows and her yarn is truly versatile! But don't take my word for it, (after all, I am a Believer!), check her out. On Ravelry or at the link above. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  58. I love that this combines knitting and crocheting together. Thank you so much for the wonderful pictures. I will mention this blog entry on my site! :)

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