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The Slow Living Skirt

Woman wearing grey crochet skirt and white vest holding a pink back of yarn in one hand whilst the other rests on her hip

Slow Living is an elegant modern crochet skirt pattern whose name reflects the making experience.

This is a relatively simple pattern (with a few interesting techniques that may be new to you) which shows off the texture of the beautiful Herringbone stitch.

The skirt is crocheted waist down from the ribbed waist band  (where you may learn a new trick or two!)  with some simple increases around the hips.

The repetitive rounds in the main body of the skirt are perfect for mindful crochet and stitchflixing.

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Dora stands in the centre of a living room in front of a gallery wall wearing an a-line drawstring crochet skirt made in crochet herringbone stitches, paired with a cropped t-shirt. A text overlay reads ‘crochet skirt pattern.’

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Skills needed

This is a fairly straightforward pattern with a few interesting techniques suitable for adventurous beginners or intermediate crocheters.

It will include working in rows, in the round, into row ends and the back loop only.

The pattern also uses short rows to create shaping at the back of the skirt but this is not as complex as it sounds 🙂

The body of the skirt uses Herringbone Double Crochet (instructions and tutorial available) and creating a crochet cord for the drawstring (tutorials and modifications are available)

This pattern uses the Herringbone Double Crochet stitch. You can find a full tutorial for it here

The drawstring is created using a slip stitch cord, which you can find a tutorial for here

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Hook: 4mm hook or size needed to obtain gauge

I used my clover amour hook.

Yarn: The yarn used in the item pictured is Drops Baby Alpaca Silk (70% alpaca, 30% silk), 4ply. 50g ball = 167m / 183yds, Light Grey.

You will need around 300g – 500g or 6 (6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9) 50g balls.

Substitution Options: A similar 4ply / sock / light sport weight yarn which meets gauge can be used for this pattern. Lightweight acrylic or animal fibres with a small halo / smooth finish would be suitable. 

Different fibres and yarns will produce a different finished result.

You may find this post useful when choosing yarn.

Measurements and Finished Size

The pattern is written in US terms for sizes XS – 3X with measurements given in the pattern to help you choose the right size for you.

The waist measurements of the finished skirt range from 61-114cm and is 45cm long (though it is fairly simple to alter the length.

Because of the drawstring feature you can be sure that your skirt will stay securely in place too!

How to purchase a Dora Does crochet pattern:

I sell my PDF crochet patterns in my Etsy, Ravelry and Love Crafts stores. You can purchase this pattern on any of these platforms, depending on your preference. Simply click the relevant links throughout this pattern page to be taken to the listing, or visit the store homepages in the links at the start of this paragraph.

Pattern available to purchase now from RavelryLove Crafts or Etsy

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Happy hooking


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