Ring Around the Posies Skirt

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This simple skirt is solid in color, but chock full of texture! It even features a gorgeous floral motif hemline. Make it your own by lengthening (or shortening) the skirt to create a unique design that’s perfect for your wardrobe. You’ll love donning this beauty all season long.

Skill Level: Advanced

Sizes: Small (Medium, Large, XL, 2X); Finished Skirt length 28.5”; Finished Waist Size 27 (31, 35, 39, 43)” to fit waist 26 (30, 34, 38, 42)”; Finished Hip Size 38 (42, 46, 50, 54)” to fit waist 36 (40, 44, 48, 52)”

2” positive ease recommended at Hip.

Shown in size Small.

Gauge: 17 sts and 18 rows = 4” [10 cm] with larger hook before blocking

Materials

Fine weight yarnYarn: DesigningVashti Lotus (52% Cotton, 48% Rayon; 256 yards [235 meters]/100 grams);

#024 Sapphire (A, 1 snack), #017 Rose Red (B, 1 snack), # 019 Peachy Sheen (C, 1 snack), #025 Emerald Deep (D, 1 ball), #0003 Satin Grey (E, 4 (4, 5, 5, 6) balls)

Hook: US size G/6 (4.0 mm); US size 7 (4.5 mm)

Notions: Stitch markers, tapestry needle, 9” invisible style zipper to match skirt color, matching sewing thread, sharp sewing needle

Special Stitches

2 DC Cluster Stitch (CL): (Yo, insert hook in indicated st or sp, yo, pull up a lp, yo, pull through 2 lps on hook) twice, yo, pull through all loops on hook.

Treble Cluster Stitch (TrCL): (Yo twice, insert hook in indicated st or sp, yo, pull up a lp, [yo, pull through 2 lps] twice) twice, yo, pull through all lps on hook.

Standing Treble Crochet (standing Tr): Make slip knot in end of yarn leaving at least 4” tail, place lp on hook, yo twice, holding lps secure on hook shaft insert in indicated st or sp, yo, pull up a lp, (yo, pull through 2 lps) 3 times.

Place Stitch Marker (PM): Insert stitch marker into indicated st or sp.

Pattern Notes

Work the strip of motifs first, using the Join-As-You-Go method for attaching the motifs to each other, then filling in the spaces between each motif with filler motifs.

When working Join-As-You-Go motifs, attachments to each other use a loose slip stitch. Similar to working a chain stitch, but the back bump will create the attachment to the stitch or space working into.

When joining a motif to a spot where motifs are already joined, you will work into that previous joining slip stitch.

When working slip stitches always insert hook from front to back unless otherwise instructed.

Weave in all tails and gently block the Motif strip before adding to hemline of skirt.

The solid top part of skirt is worked from the waistband to hemline. It is started in rows to the depth of the zipper opening then joined to work in rounds until desired length is reached. Last round of stitches worked on this section will be used to join the motif strip to the hemline.

Directions for increases in top of skirt use stitch markers. If adding increases to adjust size around, add in multiples of 2 sts to keep stitch pattern.

Zipper is hand-sewn into opening at waist. See article on adding a zipper.

Pattern

Flower Motif Strip

Note: When working rnds of motifs, weave in beginning tails of color after finishing color, but weave in ending tails after working over them with next color.

With Flower Color, make:

3 (3, 4, 5, 5) – Color A,

4 (4, 5, 5, 5) – Color B,

4 (4, 4, 5, 5) – Color C.

With smaller hook, ch 6, sl st in 6th ch from hook to make ring.

Rnd 1: Working over beg tail, (ch 2, dc) in ring (counts as first CL), ch 5, CL in 5th ch from hook, CL in center ring, sl st to first dc of rnd to complete first Side CL. Fasten off. (6 Side CL)

Rnd 2: With D and RS of Rnd 1 facing attach new color with sl st in top of any CL st, ch 1, sc in same st, (ch 9, sk over CL bump and sc in top of next CL) 5 times, ch 9, sk over CL bump and sl st to first sc of rnd. (6 sc, 6 ch-9 sp)

Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in same st, [*(hdc, 4 dc, ch 9, 4dc, hdc) in next ch-9 sp*, sc in next sc] 5 times; rep from * to * once more, sl st to first sc of rnd. (12 hdc, 48 dc, 6 ch-9 sp)

Fasten off. Join Motifs with E.

First Motif

Rnd 4: With RS facing, attach new color with sl st in any Rnd 3 sc, ch 3, tr in same st (counts as first TrCL), [*ch 3, sk next 5 sts, (6 sc, ch 3, 6 sc) in next ch-9 sp, ch 3, sk next 5 sts*, TrCL in next sc] 4 times; rep from * to* once more, sl st to first tr of Rnd. (18 ch-3 sps, 72 sc, 6 TrCL)

Fasten off. 

Top Strip of Motifs 2-6 (2-7, 2-8): Joining to 2 points of previous motif (see JAY-Go schematic – Green Arrows)

Rnd 4: With RS facing, attach new color with sl st in any of the Rnd 3 sc, ch 3, tr in same st (counts as first TrCL), [ch 3, sk 5 sts, (6 sc, ch 3, 6 sc) in next ch-9 sp, ch 3, sk 5 sts, TrCL in next sc] 4 times, *ch 3, sk 5 sts, (6 sc, ch 1, slip st to ch-3 point on previous motif, ch 1, 6 sc) in next ch-9 sp, ch 3, sk 5 sts,* TrCL in next sc; rep from * to* once, sl st to first tr of Rnd. (16 ch-3 sps, 2 joining ch-3 sps, 72 sc, 6 TrCL)

Fasten off.

Motif 7 (8, 9): First motif of second row, joining to 3 points on bottom of first strip of motifs. (see JAY-Go schematic – Blue Arrows)

Rnd 4: With RS facing, attach new color with sl st in any Rnd 3 sc, ch 3, tr in same st (counts as first TrCL), [ch 3, sk next 5 sts, (6 sc, ch 3, 6 sc) in next ch-9 sp, ch 3, sk next 5 sts, TrCL in next sc] 3 times, *ch 3, sk next 5 sts, (6 sc, ch 1, sl st to bottom ch-3 point on motif, ch 1, 6 sc) in next ch-9 sp, ch 3, sk next 5 sts*, TrCL in next sc, ch 3, sk next 5 sts, (6 sc, ch 1, sl st to lower join between 2 motifs, ch 1, 6 sc) in next ch-9 sp, ch 3, sk next 5 sts, TrCL in next sc; rep from * to* once more, sl st to first tr of Rnd. (15 ch-3 sps, 3 joining ch-3 sps, 72 sc, 6 TrCL)

Fasten off.

Motifs 8-11 (9-13, 10-15): Creating second strip of motifs by joining to 4 points connecting to each other and to bottom of first strip (see JAY-Go schematic – Red Arrows)

Rnd 4: With RS facing, attach new color with sl st in any Rnd 3 sc, ch 3, tr in same st (counts as first TrCL), [ch 3, sk next 5 sts, (6 sc, ch 3, 6 sc) in next ch-9 sp, ch 3, sk next 5 sts, TrCL in next sc] twice, *ch 3, sk next 5 sts, (6 sc, ch 1, sl st to ch-3 point on motif, ch 1, 6 sc) in next ch-9 sp, ch 3, sk next 5 sts*, TrCL in next sc, [ch 3, sk 5 sts, (6 sc, ch 1, sl st to join between 2 motifs, ch 1, 6 sc) in next ch-9 sp, ch 3, sk next 5 sts, TrCL in next sc] twice; rep from * to* once more, sl st to first tr of Rnd. (14 ch-3 sps, 4 joining ch-3 sps, 72 sc, 6 TrCL)

Fasten off.

Filler Motifs

Note: After all motifs are joined in strip, work filler motifs between motifs. See Filler Motif and Strip Attachment illustration.

Rnd 1: Color E, start with standing Tr in sc at point 1 on motif, sk next ch-sps and TrCL, Tr in next sc at point 2, sk 10 sc, Tr in next sc at point 3, sk ch-sps and TrCL, Tr in next sc at point 4, sl st to top of standing Tr making sure tail and knot are behind hook.

Fasten off.

Weave tails down middle of Trs and along scs on one side of motif points, trim off excess yarn.

Weave in any remaining tails on motifs and gently steam block strip.

Main Part of Skirt

With smaller hook and E, ch 125 (143, 161, 179, 197).

Row 1: Working in 2nd ch from hook and in back bump, sc in each ch across. (124 (142, 160, 178, 196) sc)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, *dc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * until only 1 st rem unworked, hdc in last st. (1 hdc, 62 (71, 80, 89, 98) sc, 61 (70, 79, 88, 97) dc)

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, *dc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * until only 1 st rem unworked, dc in last st. (62 (71, 80, 89, 98) sc, 62 (71, 80, 89, 98) dc)

Row 4: Rep Row 2.

Size Small Only

Note: Place st markers for increases, (count 16 sts, PM in next st, count 17 sts, PM in next st) 3 times.

Row 5: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc in each un-marked st, 2 sc in each marked st to end of row. Remove st markers. (130 sc)

Size Medium Only

Note: Place st markers for increases, (count 19 sts, PM in next st) 6 times.

Row 5: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc in each un-marked st, 2 sc in each marked st to end of row. Remove st markers. (148 sc)

Size Large Only

Note: Place st markers for increases, (count 21 sts, PM in next st, count 22 sts, PM in next st) 3 times.

Row 5: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc in each un-marked st, 2 sc in each marked st to end of row. Remove st markers. (166 sc)

Size XL Only

Note: Place st markers for increases, (count 24 sts, PM in next st, count 25 st, PM in next st) 3 times.

Row 5: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc in each un-marked st, 2 sc in each marked st to end of row. Remove st markers. (184 sc)

Size 2X Only

Note: Place st markers for increases, (count 38 sts, PM in next st) 4 times.

Row 5: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc in each un-marked st, 2 sc in each marked st to end of row. Remove st markers. (200 sc)

All Sizes

Rows 6-8: Rep Rows 2-4. (1 hdc, 65 (74, 83, 92, 100) sc, 64 (73, 82, 91, 99) dc)

Size Small Only

Note: Place st markers for increases, count 10 sts, PM next st, (*count 20 sts, PM next st*, count 21 sts, PM next st) twice; rep from * to * once.

Row 9: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc in each un-marked st, 2 sc in each marked st to end of row. Remove st markers. (136 sc)

Size Medium Only

Note: Place st markers for increases, count 11 sts, PM next st, (*count 23 sts, PM next st*, count 24 sts, PM next st) twice; rep from * to * once.

Row 9: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc in each un-marked st, 2 sc in each marked st to end of row. Remove st markers. (154 sc)

Size Large Only

Note: Place st markers for increases, count 13 sts, PM next st, (*count 26 sts, PM next st*, count 27 sts, PM next st) twice; rep from * to * once.

Row 9: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc in each un-marked st, 2 sc in each marked st to end of row. Remove st markers. (172 sc)

Size XL Only

Note: Place st markers for increases, count 22 sts, PM next st, (count 45 sts, PM next st) 3 times.

Row 9: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc in each un-marked st, 2 sc in each marked st to end of row. Remove st markers. (188 sc)

Size 2X Only

Note: Place st markers for increases, count 24 sts, PM next st, (count 49 sts, PM next st) 3 times.

Row 9: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc in each un-marked st, 2 sc in each marked st to end of row. Remove st markers. (204 sc)

All Sizes

Change to larger hook.

Rows 10-12: Rep Rows 2-4. Count at end of Row 12 (1 hdc, 68 (77, 86, 94, 102) sc, 67 (76, 85, 93, 101) dc)

Size Small

Note: Place st markers for increases, count 16 sts, PM next st, (count 33 sts, PM next st) 3 times.

Row 13: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc in each un-marked st, 2 sc in each marked st to end of row. Remove st markers. (140 sc)

Size Medium Only

Note: Place st markers for increases, count 18 sts, PM next st, *count 38 sts, PM next st*, count 37 sts, PM next st; rep * to *.

Row 13: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc in each un-marked st, 2 sc in each marked st to end of row. Remove st markers. (158 sc)

Size Large Only

Note: Place st markers for increases, count 20 sts, PM next st, (count 42 sts, PM next st) 3 times.

Row 13: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc in each un-marked st, 2 sc in each marked st to end of row. Remove st markers. (176 sc)

Size XL Only

Note: Place st markers for increases, count 22 sts, PM next st, (count 46 sts, PM next st) 3 times.

Row 13: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc in each un-marked st, 2 sc in each marked st to end of row. Remove st markers. (192 sc)

Size 2X Only

Note: Place st markers for increases, count 24 sts, PM next st, (count 50 sts, PM next st) 3 times.

Row 13: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc in each un-marked st, 2 sc in each marked st to end of row. Remove st markers. (208 sc)

All Sizes

Rows 14-16: Rep Rows 2-4. Count at end of Row 16 (1 hdc, 70 (79, 88, 96, 104) sc, 69 (78, 87, 95, 103) dc)

Size Small Only

Note: Place st markers for increases, count 11 sts, PM next st, (count 22 sts, PM next st) 5 times.

Row 17: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc in each un-marked st, 2 sc in each marked st to end of row. Remove st markers. (146 sc)

Size Medium Only

Note: Place st markers for increases, count 19 sts, PM next st, *count 38 sts, PM next st*, count 39 sts, PM next st; rep * to *.

Row 17: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc in each un-marked st, 2 sc in each marked st to end of row. Remove st markers. (162 sc)

Size Large Only

Note: Place st markers for increases, count 21 sts, PM next st, (count 43 sts, PM next st) 3 times.

Row 17: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc in each un-marked st, 2 sc in each marked st to end of row. Remove st markers. (180 sc)

Size XL Only

Note: Place st markers for increases, count 23 sts, PM next st, (count 47 sts, PM next st) 3 times.

Row 17: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc in each un-marked st, 2 sc in each marked st to end of row. Remove st markers. (196 sc)

Size 2X Only

Note: Place st markers for increases, count 25 sts, PM next st, (count 51 sts, PM next st) 3 times.

Row 17: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc in each un-marked st, 2 sc in each marked st to end of row. Remove st markers. (212 sc)

All Sizes

Rows 18-20: Rep Rows 2-4. Count at end of Row 20 (1 hdc, 73 (81, 90, 95, 106) sc, 72 (80, 89, 94, 105) dc)

Size Small Only

Note: Place st markers for increases, count 12 sts, PM next st, (count 23 sts, PM next st) 5 times.

Row 21: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc in each un-marked st, 2 sc in each marked st to end of row. Remove st markers. (152 sc)

Size Medium Only

Note: Place st markers for increases, count 12 sts, PM next st, (count 26 sts, PM next st) 5 times.

Row 21: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc in each un-marked st, 2 sc in each marked st to end of row. Remove st markers. (168 sc)

Size Large Only

Note: Place st markers for increases, count 21 sts, PM next st, (count 44 sts, PM next st) 3 times.

Row 21: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc in each un-marked st, 2 sc in each marked st to end of row. Remove st markers. (184 sc)

Size XL Only

Note: Place st markers for increases, count 23 sts, PM next st, (count 48 sts, PM next st) 3 times.

Row 21: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc in each un-marked st, 2 sc in each marked st to end of row. Remove st markers. (200 sc)

Size 2X Only

Note: Place st markers for increases, count 25 sts, PM next st, (count 52 sts, PM next st) 3 times.

Row 21: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc in each un-marked st, 2 sc in each marked st to end of row. Remove st markers. (216) sc)

All Sizes

Rows 22-24: Rep Rows 2-4. Count at end of Row 24 (1 hdc, 76 (84, 92, 100, 108) sc, 75 (83, 91, 99, 107) dc)

Row 25: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc in each st to end of row. (152 (168, 184, 200, 216) sc)

Rows 26-27: Rep Rows 2-3. Count at end of Row 27 (76 (84, 92, 100, 108) sc, 76 (84, 92, 100, 108) dc)

End of Working in rows. Begin working in rounds

Rnd 28: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, *dc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * until only 1 st rem unworked, hdc in last st, sl st to first sc to join to work in the rnd. (1 hdc, 76 (84, 92, 100, 108) sc, 75 (83, 91, 99, 107) dc)

Note: To make your skirt shorter or longer, decrease or increase the number of times repeating Rnds 29-32. Each repeat adds approximately 0.9” to unblocked length.

Motif Strip blocked adds approximately 11”.

Rnd 29: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc in each st around, sl st to first sc to join. (152 (168,184, 200, 216) sc)

Rnds 30-32: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, *dc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around until only 1 st rem unworked, dc in last st, sl st to first sc of rnd. (76 (84, 92,100,108) sc,76 (84, 92, 100,108) dc)

Rnds 33-76: Rep Rnds 29-32.

Do not fasten off.

Unblocked length will be 16.25”; with gentle steam blocking will be 17.25”.

Joining Motif Strip to Hemline.

See Filler Motif and Strip Attachment illustration.

Sizes Small (Medium, Large, -, 2X) Only

Rnd 77: Ch 1, turn, sc in next 1 (7, 4, -, 7) sts, ch 5, sl st to ch-3 sp at point A on motif, ch 5, sc next 4 sts on Rnd 76, *ch 6, sl st to sc at point B on motif, ch 6, sc next 4 sts on Rnd 76,

ch 4, sl st to sc at point C on motif, ch 4, sc next 4 sts on Rnd 76,

remove hook from working lp, insert hook back to front thru ch-3 sp at point D on motif, pull working loop thru sp, complete sc in next st on Rnd 76, sc in next 4 sts on Rnd 76,

ch 4, sl st to sc at point E on motif, ch 4, sc in next 4 sts on Rnd 76,

ch 6, sl st to sc at point F on motif, ch 6***, sc in next 4 sts on Rnd 76,

ch 5, sl st to point G on motif, ch 5**, sc in next 4 sts on Rnd 76*; rep from * to * until 1 motif rem unattached.

Rep from * to ** on last motif, sc in next 1 (7, 3, -, 7) sts on Rnd 76, sl st to first sc of Rnd 77. (152 (168,184, -, 216) sc, 24 (24, 28, -, 32) ch-4 sps,14 (14, 16, -, 18) ch-5 sps, 24 (24, 28, -, 32) ch-6 sps)

Fasten off

Size XL Only

Rnd 77: Ch 1, turn, sc in next st ch 5, sl st to ch-3 sp at point A on motif, ch 5, sc next 3 sts on Rnd 76, *ch 6, sl st to sc at point B on motif, ch 6, sc next 4 sts on Rnd 76,

ch 4, sl st to sc at point C on motif, ch 4, sc next 4 sts on Rnd 76,

remove hook from working lp, insert hook back to front thru ch-3 sp at point D on motif, pull working loop thru sp, complete sc in next st on Rnd 76, sc in next 4 sts on Rnd 76,

ch 4, sl st to sc at point E on motif, ch 4, sc in next 4 sts on Rnd 76,

ch 6, sl st to sc at point F on motif, ch 6***, sc in next 4 sts on Rnd 76,

ch 5, sl st to point G on motif, ch 5**, sc in next 4 sts on Rnd 76*; rep from * to * until 1 motif rem unattached.

Rep from * to *** on last motif, sc in next 3 sts on Rnd 76, ch 5, sl st to ch-3 sp at point G on motif, ch 5, sc in next st on Rnd 76, sl st to first sc of Rnd 77. (200 sc, 32 ch-4 sps, 18 ch-5 sps, 32 ch-6 sps)

Fasten off

Finishing

Weave in all ends.

Hang skirt and gently steam block.

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