>CHRYSANTHEMUM TEA SKIRT

>Dang it! I forgot to jump on here and post this pattern extra while I was at CGOA Chain Link in Manchester. Yeah, right. I was having too much fun, as you can see from the image in Dee’s blog post from Thursday night. Gotta say, the wine flowed like… well… WINE. And we all got rather silly. But according to RULE #17: What happens in Manchester, stays in Manchester. Except all the bits that got sneakily preserved in photography.

Anyway, you’ll see that I am wearing this skirt. It’s the perfect wine-imbibing ensemble. Stretchy and comfortable. πŸ˜€

In order to crochet this skirt you must already have the pattern for the Chrysanthemum Tea Shawl, one of the designs from my book Amazing Crochet Lace. The instructions here will refer to specific rounds and pages from the book.

To reconfigure the shawl as a skirt, it is a simple matter of leaving out the mesh center and beginning the lace stitch on a large foundation ring. To get a better, modified circle shape to the skirt I also threw in extra rounds for length and finished the bottom with a less ruffled edge than I applied to the shawl. Being vertically challenged, I finished my skirt at 21”, but it is easy enough to adjust for your perfect length.

SKILL LEVEL Easy
SIZE S (M, L, XL, 2XL); length 21”; finished circumference: waistband 30 (33, 37, 41, 44)”, high hip 32 (36, 40, 44, 48)”, low hip 48 (54, 62, 70, 76)”, bottom 80 (90, 100, 110, 120)”
Skirt is seriously stretchy
MATERIALS
Tahki Cotton Classic; 100% mercerized cotton; 1.75 oz (50 g)/108 yd (100 m)
6 (7, 8, 8, 9) hanks in #3003 Natural
I used 9 oz for the sample skirt; feel free to substitute approx 600 (675, 750, 825, 900) yd of any sturdy DK weight yarn of your choice; more yarn required for longer skirt
Size I-9 (5.5 mm) crochet hook
Yarn needle
GAUGE
13 Fsc= 4”
In Lace pattern, Rnd 3 one repeat= 4”, Rnd 10 one repeat= 6”, last rnd one repeat= 10”
5 rnds dc= 3 1/2” (blocked)
Don’t be alarmed if the skirt seems very short right off your hook. The lace should grow and lengthen when blocked.
STITCHES
Same as Shawl, pg 24 except the BASE CH/SC is now called Fsc. When I wrote my books there was not yet a standardized name for this stitch. Today there is general agreement that it should be called Fsc (foundation single crochet). So I’m going along on this.
INSTRUCTIONS
Skirt is made with RS always facing, with some rounds the same as Shawl (page 25).
Fsc 96 (108, 120, 132, 144), sl st in beg sc to form a ring, careful not to twist stitches; begin work across β€œsc” side of foundation.
RND 1: Ch 1, sc in first sc, [ch 5, sk next 3 sc, sc in next sc] 23 (26, 29, 32, 35) times, ch 2, dc in beg sc for last ch-sp –24 (27, 30, 33, 36) ch-sp
RND 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 3 dc in beg ch-sp, *7 dc in next ch-5 sp, 4 dc in next ch-5 sp, ch 2, 4 dc in next ch-5 sp*; repeat from * to * 7 (8, 9, 10 11) times, except omit last 4 dc, instead end with sl st in top of beg ch – 8 (9, 10, 11, 12) lace repeats
RND 3: Ch 3, sk first dc, dc in each of next 3 dc, *ch 4, sk next 3 dc, V in next dc, ch 4, sk next 3 dc, dc in each of next 4 dc, ch 2, dc in each of next 4 dc*; repeat from * to * around, except omit last 4 dc, instead end with sl st in top of beg ch.
RND 4-5: Same as Shawl Rnd 11 for 8 (9, 10, 11, 12) lace repeats
RND 6-7: Same as Shawl Rnd 12
RND 8-9: Same as Shawl Rnd 13 (or repeat for length desired before creating the lower flare)
RND 10-20: Same as Shawl Rnds 14-24 – 80 (90, 100, 110, 120) ch-3 sp
RND 21: Ch 1, sc in beg ch-sp, *[tr3tog, ch 3, tr3tog, ch 3, tr3tog] in next ch-sp (at tip of leaf), sc in next ch-sp, [ch 5, sc in next ch-sp] 3 times*; repeat from * to * around, except omit last ch 5 and sc, instead end with ch 2, dc in beg sc.
RND 22: Same as Shawl Rnd 26 – 80 (90, 100, 110, 120) ch-5 sp
RND 23: Ch 1, [2 sc, ch 3, 2 sc] in each ch-5 sp around, sl st in beg sc, fasten off.
WAISTBAND
RS facing, join with sl st in any ch of foundation.
RND 1: Ch 1, sc in each ch of foundation, sl st in beg sc – 96 (108, 120, 132, 144) sc
RND 2: Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1), sk same sc, sk next sc, [dc3tog in next sc, ch 1, sk next sc, dc in next sc, ch 1, sk next sc] around, end with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch.
RND 3: Ch 1, 2 sc in each ch-1 sp around, end with sl st in beg sc, fasten off.
Weave ends, block skirt before threading following string through spaces in waistband, going behind the dc3tog clusters and in front of the dc.
STRING
Ch 2, sc in 2nd ch from hook, [ch 1, without turning, insert hook from top to bottom through front loop of sc just made, sc], repeat for desired length of string, approx waist measurement plus 24”, fasten off. Weave ends, tie knot in each end of string.

Wine not included.

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3 thoughts on “>CHRYSANTHEMUM TEA SKIRT

  1. >This is so lovely. I can just see it in a black silk yarn with a charcoal gray underskirt. You would be able to see the lace pattern, but the effect would be subtle. Thanks for posting this

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