Naomi Crochet Skirt

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An image of an African American woman sitting at a bar with a martini glass in her left hand and cellphone in her right hand. The woman is wearing a crochet skirt that is red, pink and orange blended together.

The Naomi Crochet Skirt pattern is THE must-make crochet pattern for your handmade closet! This crochet skirt pattern is the most size-inclusive design to date by Creation by Courtney, as instructions are provided based on Craft Yarn Council sizing, and notes for the perfect fit, if your body measurements differ from the sizing chart.

This idea was inspired by another design (that design is still a secret ????), Spring/ Summer 2023 fashion trends and confidence. I’m sure you’re wondering how confidence inspires a crochet skirt pattern. Keep reading…

First off, as a long-time fan of fashion, even though haute couture is not for everyday wear or every body, it is still enjoyable to see what is being created. Often, I think about how well it could translate to crochet fabric, and a few ideas have come to fruition, such as the Syrah Swancho. For the Naomi Crochet Skirt, I was directly inspired by the trend of trains attached to skirts. Yes, trains, but not wedding gown trains. These trains are not as wide and may even be short. In knowing that crochet fabric can become heavy, this crochet skirt’s train is light weight by using a fingering weight yarn and a lace pattern.

Secondly, confidence was a source of inspiration, as the Naomi Crochet Skirt is part of the Progress, Hope and Happiness Make-A-Long Collection. This year’s theme is the Audacity of Authentic Self, and for me that means feeling and looking confident. This can mean anything to a person, but will most often include a person wearing what they enjoy most, participating in joyful activities and living a fulfilled life regardless of the opinion or influence of others. Confidence further translates to one’s self-esteem, which is defined as “confidence in one’s own worth and abilities.”

Instilling confidence in one’s crochet skills and how a person feels when gifts or wears a finished project from a Creations by Courtney crochet pattern is the heart of this small creative business. The Naomi Skirt crochet pattern will offer an easy approach to making a well-fitted skirt for all body sizes, and the train is removable to be worn at the shoulders like a cape or wrap. Most people will state that they feel good when they look good, and Naomi is here to assist with feeling good.

Yarn

Let’s talk about yarn! In being chosen as one of the Progress, Hope and Happiness designers, I was provided with several hard to choose from options from ModeKnit Yarns and Voie de Vie. In being my authentic self first, then a designer, I chose ModeKnit Yarn’s ModeWerk DK in Habanera and ModeWerk Fingering in The Factory. I like vibrant colors, and wanted something that didn’t look perfectly coordinated.

ModeWerk DK is a 100% superwash merino that is approximately 232 yds per 100 grams, and ModeWerk Fingering is 80% merino and 20% nylon that comes in hanks of 400 yards per 100 grams. Each skein is $28 at ModeKnit Yarn, with an array of colors to choose from.

Lately, DK has become my favorite weight yarn to crochet, as it just right thickness to create a fabric with drape or stiffness with a small hook for structure. Kathleen hit it out of the park with Habanera! The blend of red, orange and pops of pink made this color and yarn a joy to work with for the skirt. Do your stash a favor and get some!

Fingering weight has been working its way into more crochet designs and my stash. I can admit that I used to be scared of working with fingering weight because I thought that it would take FOREVER to finish anything in fingering weight. I learned that using a larger hook helps, especially when creating a lace pattern. You absolutely can use the recommended hook or needle size (2.25mm – 3.5 mm), but it will require more patience.

I chose a 4mm / US G to work with both yarns, which allowed for the stitches of the skirt to have space fro stretch and fit the body without showing skin, and the train’s lace pattern really opened up after blocking.

The importance of gauge and blocking

Yes, let’s talk about the dirty G word, gauge. You know and I know that it’s important, but it is not as much fun to make. Gauge helps you know that your finished crochet skirt and train will be the desired size once finished. Best practices means to make a gauge swatch it, block it, then measure it, if instructed to do so, and then to check your gauge every few inches of progress. One’s gauge can change based on how you’re sitting, energy level and mood.

Gauge information is provided before and after blocking. Make sure to take the time to check, especially, if you choose to change the length of your train.

When it comes to blocking, it is well worth having the right tools. Head over to this post to learn more about wet blocking. Luckily, blocking is not needed for the crochet skirt because gravity will do its thing over time when worn or if it is hanging in a closet, and the stitches allow for stretch. (I recommend laying it flat or keeping it folded when stored.)

Blocking is required for the train to transform the lace. The train grew by 12″ in length and 6″ in width after blocking and the chain spaces became more defined.

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MATERIALS

  • ModeKnit Yarns ModeWerk DK, #3, (100% Superwash Merino, approx. 231 yds/ 212 m, 3.5 oz/ 100 g):
    • Short Skirt: 2 (2, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5) in Habanera
    • Longer Skirt: 3 (3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6) in Habanera
  • ModeKnit Yarns ModeWerk Fingering, weight #1, (80% merino, 20% nylon, 400 yds /366 m, 3.5 oz / 100 g): 2 (2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5) in The Factory
  • US G / 4mm I used my Furls Crochet Streamline Aries hook.
  • 15 mm satin ribbon, twice the waist measurement
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch markers
  • measuring tape
  • Blocking Mat
  • Blocking Pins

GAUGE

For Skirt:

24 hdc in pattern x 18 rows = 5” x 5” [12.7 cm x 12.7 cm]

5 sc x 5 rows = 1” x 1” [2.5 cm x 2.5 cm]

For Train:

Approx 20 sts x 12 rows in pattern = 4” x 4” [10 cm x 10 cm], before blocking

3 repeats = 4.75” [12.2 cm]

After blocking: 16 sts x 9 rows in pattern = 4” x 4” [10 cm x 10 cm]

2 repeats = 4” [10 cm]

FINISHED SIZE(S)

SKIRTTo fit WaistTo fit HipSkirt Hip Width before seamingFinished Length
Extra Small23-24″ [58.5-61 cm]33-34″ [83.5- 86 cm]28-30″ [71.1 -76.2 cm]15.5 [39.4 cm] OR 18.5″ [47 cm]
Small25-26.5″ [63.5-67.5 cm]35-36″ [89-91.5 cm]30-32″ [76.2- 81.3 cm]15.5 [39.4 cm] OR 18.5″ [47 cm]
Medium28-30″ [71-76 cm]38-40″ [96.5-101.5 cm]34-36″ [86.4-91.4 cm]15.5 [39.4 cm] OR 18.5″ [47 cm]
Large32-34″ [81.5-86.5 cm]42-44″ [106.5-111.5 cm]38-40″ [96.5-101.6 cm]15.5 [39.4 cm] OR 18.5″ [47 cm]
X-Large36-38″ [91.5-96.5 cm]46-48″ [116.5-122 cm]42-44″ [106.7-111.8 cm]15.5 [39.4 cm] OR 18.5″ [47 cm]
2X-Large40-42″ [101.5-106.5 cm]52-53″ [132-134.5 cm]47-49″ [119.4-124.5 cm]15.5 [39.4 cm] OR 18.5″ [47 cm]
3X-Large44-45″ [111.5-114 cm]54-55″ [137-139.5 cm]49-51″ [124.5-129.5 cm]15.5 [39.4 cm] OR 18.5″ [47 cm]
4X-Large46-47″ [116.5-119 cm]56-57″ [142-144.5 cm]51-53″ [129.5-134.6 cm]15.5 [39.4 cm] OR 18.5″ [47 cm]
5X-Large49-50″ [124-127 cm]61-62″ [155-157 cm]56-58″ [142.2-147.3 cm]15.5 [39.4 cm] OR 18.5″ [47 cm]
TRAIN, measurements for blockingXSSMLXL2XL3XL4XL5XL
Width (sts)56″ [142.4 cm]56″ [142.4 cm]56″ [142.4 cm]56″ [142.4 cm]56″ [142.4 cm]56″ [142.4 cm]56″ [142.4 cm]56″ [142.4 cm]56″ [142.4 cm]
Length (rows)26″ [66 cm]28″ [71.1 cm]32″ [81.3 cm36″ [91.4 cm]40″ [101.6 cm]46″ [116.8 cm]49″ [124.5 cm]51″ [129.5 cm]56″ [142.4 cm

PATTERN KEY

BLO: back loop only

Ch(s): chain(s)

CSDC: chainless starting double crochet

Dc: double crochet

Fhdc: foundation half double crochet

Fsc: foundation single crochet

FO: fasten off

Hdc: half double crochet

M: stitch marker(s)

PM: place stitch marker

Rep: repeat

RS: right side

Sc: single crochet

Sk: skip

Sp: space(s)

St(s): stitch(es)

YO: yarn over

SPECIAL STITCHES & TECHNIQUES

CSDC: pull up a loop that is row height, holding loop in place and wrap yarn around hook (yarn over), insert hook in first st, YO, pull up a loop, [YO, pull through 2 loops] twice

EXPERIENCE LEVEL

Easy

NOTES

  • Pattern is written in US terms.
  • Read entire pattern before beginning.
  • The Naomi Crochet Skirt is made in 5 parts: Skirt, Lace Train, Waistband for Train, Edging, and Finishing. 
  • The Skirt is made to recipe style to be mid-thigh or close to knee in length with recommended rows listed per size and instructions for how to adjust the length.
  • When making the Skirt, all stitches are worked BLO unless indicated.
  • When making the Train, CSDC can be replace with ch 3, and make standard sts.
  • Sizes are listed in the following color-coded format: Size XS (Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X-Large, 3X-Large, 4x-Large, 5X-Large).
  • Yarn amounts listed are based on Craft Yarn Council’s Standard Measurements for each size and both lengths, mid-thigh and above the knee. Less or more yarn may be required for a different length and desired fit Skirt. 
  • Tips for choosing the length based on your body shape, the schematic, and notes for modifying the length of the Skirt and Train are included in the ad-free and color coded sizes PDF.

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INSTRUCTIONS

Skirt

15.5 in. / 39.4 cm length 

Row 1: 60 fhdc, 10 fsc, turn. 70 sts

Row 2: Working BLO, sc in first st, sc in next 9 sts, PM in last st made; hdc in next 60 sts, turn. 10 sc, 60 hdc

Row 3:  Ch 2 (counts as hdc BLO here and throughout), hdc in next 59 sts, PM in last st made; sc in last 10 sts, turn. 60 hdc, 10 sc

Next Rows:  Rep Rows 2-3 until piece measures 4-6” / cm less than desired hip measurement. Do not FO

Note: Refer to Skirt Hip Width before seaming in the Size Chart. 

Last Row:  Fold skirt in half with RS touching, pull active loop through first st on opposite side, working through both sts, scbl in each st, FO, turn RS out. 70 sc

Skirt 

18.5 in. / 47 cm length

Row 1: 73 fhdc, 10 fsc, turn. 83 sts

Row 2: Working in BLO, sc in first st, sc in next 9 sts, PM in last st made; hdc in next 73 sts, turn. 10 sc, 73 hdc

Row 3:  Ch 2 (counts as hdc BLO here and throughout), hdc in next 72 sts, PM in last st made; sc in last 10 sts, turn. 73 hdc, 10 sc

Next Rows:  Rep Rows 2-3 until piece measures 4-6” less than desired hip measurement. Do not FO

Note: Refer to Skirt Hip Width before seaming in the Size Chart.

Last Row:  Fold skirt in half with RS touching, pull active loop through first st on opposite side, working through both sts, scbl in each st, FO, turn RS out. 83 sc

Lace Train

Row 1: 217 fsc, turn. 217 sc  

Rows 2-3: Ch 1,sc in first st, sc in each st, turn. 217 sc

Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 3, sk next 2 sts, dc in next 3 sts, ch 3, sk next 2 sts ch and st, sc in next st, rep from * across, turn. 81 dc, 82 sc, 162 ch

Row 5: CSDC in first st, ch 2, *sc in next 3 sts**, ch 5, sk next 2 ch-3 sp, rep from * across, ending last rep at **, ch 2, dc in last st, turn. 81 sc, 130 ch, 2 dc

Row 6: CSDC in first st, dc in next ch, *ch 3, sk next ch and st, sc in next st, ch 3, sk next st and ch**, dc in next 3 chs, rep from * across, ending last rep at **, dc in last 2 sts, turn. 82 dc, 27 sc, 162 ch

Row 7: Ch 1, sc in next 2 sts, *ch 5, sk next ch-3 sp**, sc in next 3 sts, rep from * across, ending last rep at **, sc in last 2 sts, turn. 82 sc, 135 ch

Next Rows: Rep Rows 4-7 until piece measures 20 (22, 26, 30, 34, 39, 42, 44, 48)”/ 51 (56, 66, 76.2, 86.4, 99, 104.2, 119.3, 122) cm without stretching and laid flat. Be sure to end on Row 4 or 7, turn.

Last 3 Rows: Ch 1, sc in each st and ch, turn. Do not FO.

Waistband for Train

Row 1: Continuing with yarn, ch 1, evenly sc along end of piece, turn. Make note of total sc made.  

Rows 2-14: Sc in each st, turn. FO after Row 14 with long tail to seam Waistband.

Edging

Row 1: Attach yarn to opposite side of Train, evenly sc across to same number of sc as Waistband, FO.

Finishing

  1. Wet block for 15 mins.
  2. Do not wring fabric. Roll in a towel to remove excess water. 
  3. Pin to dry.
  4. Once dry, weave in the ends on Edging. 
  5. Cut ribbon at least twice the length of the waist measurement. 
  6. Lay ribbon at the Waistband, and fold Row 14 to Row 1, and seam with tail. 
  7. Weave in ends. 

Progress, Hope and Happiness Collection – Year 7

Denise of Voie de Vie is the extraordinary woman behind the Happiness Make-a-long for seven years and counting. She has gathered designers from around the world to design crochet and knit patterns based on a theme.

This year’s theme is the Audacity of the Authentic Self, and I was honored to be invited to participate again and have my design selected. What excites me the most about this theme is the focus on what YOU, the individual likes, rather than fitting into someone else’s style.

Just like previous years, the Happiness Make-a-long has a home in the Ravelry Group, but you can share your WIP pictures on social media too with #happinessmakealong2023. There will prizes awarded for finished projects, and prizes awarded through the make-a-long from August 4th – October 15th. Make sure you are a part of the Ravelry group.

Make sure you check out each of the amazing crochet and knit designs for this year’s make-a-long. Don’t forget to hit the heart and comment on the designer’s Ravelry pages and social media, if you love their design.

Previous Progress, Hope and Happiness Designs

If you love the look of these designs, click the image above to go the pattern page. Each are size-inclusive crochet patterns that feature the Fractal crochet lace. Each pattern can be purchased separately, or in a bundle including all three designs. Click the button below!

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A collage of images of the Naomi Crochet Skirt being worn by an African American woman. 

From top right to left, down than bottom to the right: The woman is wearing crochet train at the shoulder and walking away; a close up of the crochet skirt; the woman sitting at a bar in the crochet skirt and a blouse; the woman walking up stairs in the crochet skirt and train with a tank; the woman sitting with the sun shining behind her wearing the skirt and train as a cape; a close up of the crochet lace stitch of the train; the woman ordering at a bar; the woman standing in front of a brick wall in the crochet skirt and the train is stretched behind her.

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15 Responses

    1. Thank you for the birthday wish! I’m glad that you find it unique. It was fun to come up with, and relaxing to make the train. I really love the lace pattern. Also, you’re the second winner for the day! Congrats!

    1. I can’t wait to see what colors you choose for your skirt!! I hope you win best dressed at the holiday party! Don’t forget to tag me @creationsbycourtneyllc on Instagram and Facebook when you finish.

  1. Love the skirt can it be longer though from waist to ankle? I am thinking of making a dress later from crochet alone. Love the color.

  2. I love this skirt, as well as so many of your designs, I have been following you for years. Thanks for all of your yard work 🙂 Once I get to my goal weight, this will be first on my list to make!

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