Tuesday, 5 August 2014

The Belinda Baby Skirt




“Belinda” Baby Skirt
To fit: 0-3 month; 3-6 months
Pattern is written in US terms; a conversion chart is included.


Materials needed:   1 skeins worsted weight (aran/10ply) yarn, 4.5mm hook for 0-3 months; 5mm (H) hook for 3-6 months; yarn needle for sewing up ends

Finished sizes0-3 months:  Waist 16” – 18”; Length from waist to hem: 6.5”;  3-6 months; Waist 18”-20”; Length from waist to hem 7” (easily adjustable by adding or substracting rows).

Abbreviations:
Sc = single crochet
Dc = double crochet
Hdc = half double crochet
Fpdc = front post double crochet
Bpdc = back post double crochet
Sl st = slip stitch
Yo = yarn over
Sk = skip
Sp = space
Beg = beginning 


Special StitchesMesh Cluster:  This stitch begins with a setting out row, and a pattern row.  Every row from there follows the second row. 

1st Row of Mesh Cluster Stitch:  Yarn over, insert hook into 3rd chain from hook, pull yarn through, skip 1 chain, insert hook into next chain, pull yarn through, yarn over, pull through all 4 loops, chain 1; *Yarn over, insert hook into same st as last loop, pull yarn through, sk 1, pull yarn through next st, yo, pull through all 4 loops, ch1 *Repeat from * to * to last 2 sts.  Yarn over, insert hook into same stitch as last loop, pull the yarn through, sk 1, insert hook into next chain, pull yarn through, yarn over, pull through all 4 loops; 1 hdc in same sp; turn.

2nd Row of Mesh Cluster Stitch:  Chain 2, yarn over, insert hook into 1st space (directly next to ch 2), pull yarn through, insert hook into next space, pull yarn through, yarn over, draw yarn through all 4 loops, ch 1; *yarn over, insert hook into same space as last loop, pull yarn through, insert hook into next space, pull yarn through, yarn over, draw yarn through all 4 loops; ch 1*; repeat from * to * to last stitch.   Yarn over, insert hook into same st as last loop, pull yarn through, insert hook into top of ch2 from prev row, yarn over, draw through all 4 loops; turn.

Notes:  Each Mesh Cluster stitch as per Row Two instructions is, basically, (hd2tog, ch1).  Always begin Mesh Cluster in the same space as the last one you previously worked, unless instructed to do otherwise.  In straight rows, always complete Mesh Cluster at the end of the row by working into the top of ch2 from previous row, unless instructed to do otherwise.  

Stitch numbers, etc. for 0-3 months are given first, numbers/measurements for 3-6 months are given in brackets.


Pattern:


Using 4.5mm hook for 0-3 months; 5mm hook for 3-6 months, Ch 74,

Row One:  Yarn over, insert hook into 2nd chain from hook, pull yarn through, skip 1 chain, insert hook into next chain, pull yarn through, yarn over, pull through all 4 loops, chain 1; *Yarn over, insert hook into same st as last loop, pull yarn through, sk 1, pull yarn through next st, yo, pull through all 4 loops, ch1 *Repeat from * to * to last 2 sts.  Yarn over, insert hook into same stitch as last loop, pull the yarn through, sk 1, insert hook into next chain, pull yarn through, yarn over, pull through all 4 loops. 1 hdc in same sp.

For this item, do not turn here, as you would if you were working the Mesh Stitch side to side, but sl st to beg ch2 to form a circle.  Continue to work in the round.

Row Two:  Chain 2, yarn over, insert hook into 1st space (directly next to ch 2), pull yarn through, insert hook into next space, pull yarn through, yarn over, draw yarn through all 4 loops, ch 1; *1Mesh Cluster (yarn over, insert hook into same space as last loop, pull yarn through, insert hook into next space, pull yarn through, yarn over, draw yarn through all 4 loops; ch 1)*; repeat from * to * to last stitch.   Yarn over, insert hook into same st as last loop, pull yarn through, insert hook into top of 1hdc (in this row only, this is normally a ch2) from the prev row, yarn over, draw through all 4 loops.   Sl st to beg ch2.   (36 Mesh Clusters & ch2)

Row Three:  Ch 2, 1 hdc in same stitch, ch 1, work 9 Mesh Clusters (as instructed in Row Two) beginning in same sp as hdc and ch1 just worked, 1 hdc in same space, ch 1, 9 Mesh Clusters, 1 hdc in same space, ch 1, 9 Mesh Clusters, 1 hdc in same space, ch 1, 9 Mesh Clusters, ch 1, sl st to beg ch2.  (36 Mesh Clusters, 4 hdc & ch 2)

Row Four:  Ch 2, 1 hdc in same stitch, ch 1, work 10 Mesh Clusters, 1 hdc in same space, ch 1, work 10 Mesh Clusters, 1 hdc in same space, ch 1, work 10 Mesh Clusters, 1 hdc in same space, ch 1, work 10 Mesh Clusters, sl st to beg ch 2.  (40 Mesh Clusters, 4 hdc & ch2)

Row Five: Ch 2, 1 hdc in same stitch, ch 1, work 11 Mesh Clusters, 1 hdc in same space, ch 1, work 11 Mesh Clusters, 1 hdc in same space, ch 1, work 11 Mesh Clusters, 1 hdc in same space, ch 1, work 11 Mesh Clusters, sl st to beg ch 2.  (44 Mesh Clusters, 4 hdc & ch2)

Row Six:  Ch2, 48 Mesh Clusters, sl st to beg ch2.

Rep Row Six until you reach 5.5” (6.5”), or your desired length.

Next Row:  Ch 2, 4hdc in same st; *sk 1 space between clusters; 5hdc in next space*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to beg ch 2, fasten off.


Waistband:

Go back to the waist of the skirt, and attach the yarn to the centre back stitch.

Ch 1, sc in each stitch around (72), sl st to beg ch 1

Ch 2, *fpdc in next st, bpdc in next st*, rep from * to * all the way around, sl st to beg ch 2.

Ch 1, sc in each stitch around, sl st to beg ch 1.

Fasten off, tidy up ends and make tie cord.  Chain 120 with yarn doubled, thread through existing front and back post stitches, tie in a bow, and tidy up the ends.


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