I love making baby stuff, especially baby girl stuff! Lately I have been seeing a lot of tutu’s floating around online and have decided to make up my own pattern for them. I originally thought I could possibly sell the pattern, but after giving it more thought I realized that I’m not very good at writing up patterns still… so these will be free for anyone who wishes to try them. The instructions are very similar to that of my White Russian skirt instructions, you basically want to know the measurements of the child and adjust the pattern accordingly.
What you need:
- Medium sized yarn (4) in your choice of color. I used Caron Simply Soft (one skein)
- Ribbon yarn (one skein each tutu). I used both Red Heart Boutique Sashay and Patons Pirouette ribbon yarn, any type you like will do.
- H/8 (5.00mm) crochet hook, or whichever size you prefer.
- Ribbon for the corset style lace-up back
Measurements to take:
- Chest circumference
- Length of chest from under-arm to waist (this will be how long you make the top part of the tutu… at the waist is where you will want to start the ruffles)
- Length from the waist to where you want the tutu to end… I like it to go just below the diaper so it looks more like a tutu, but you can make a full length dress if you want
- Chest at underarm to shoulder… how long you want the straps to be (I made mine tie straps to be more adjustable)
I used a basic crochet shell stitch for the bodice of the tutu, and I crocheted it flat so that I could lace up the back (making it look more like a tutu, and also more adjustable).
The shell stitch is a multiple of 6 plus an extra 2… so make your chain in multiples of 6 until you reach the chest circumference measurement, then add 2 extra chains.
Row 1: 1 SC in the 2nd chain from hook. SK 2 CH, Shell (5 DC) in next chain, SK 2 CH, SC in next chain. Continue across. At the end, CH3 and turn.
Row2: 2 DC in same sc as turning CH 3, *SC in 3rd DC in next shell. SK next 2 DC and 5 DC in next SC. REP from * across.
Row 3: CH 1, turn, 1 SC in the same stitch. 5 DC in the next SC,
SC in the 3rd DC of the next shell. Continue across. At the end, SC in top of the ch 3 turn of previous row.
Here is an image I found online to help you if you need it… it’s a very basic pattern
Basic crochet shell pattern
You will continue this pattern until your top is as long as the underarm to waist measurement. Tie off the yarn and proceed to crochet the mesh underskirt which you will then attach the ribbon yarn to.
Lay bodice flat (wrong side facing) with the shells facing up and fold the sides to meet in the center. Join yarn in bottom corner of right side, ch 5, join to other side of corset back in bottom corner.
Row 1: Ch 4, sk a ch on bodice, dc in next ch, ch 1… across bodice. Join with a sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch 4.
Row 2: Ch 4, sk ch, dc in next dc, ch 1, repeat across and join with a sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch 4.
Row 3: (Increase Row) Ch 4, dc in same st, ch 1, dc in next dc. Do another 3 increases evenly along this row (making a dc ch1 dc in the same dc). Join with a sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch 4.
Repeat row 2 and/or add another increase row (or couple of them) to desired length of skirt… you can customize it any way you want. Tie off yarn and proceed to add ribbon yarn to the mesh skirt. It should look like this up to this point (sorry I meant to take more pictures of the process, but it’s pretty simple).
This part is pretty tricky to explain in writing… here is a YouTube tutorial that shows the basics of joining and using the ribbon yarn. But see my instructions below the video for this particular skirt before you begin to join.
For this particular skirt, I recommend joining to each dc of the mesh skirt, and then doing a ch 1 of the ribbon, join to next dc, all around the skirt.
For the first row, try to join where the bodice and the mesh skirt meet, so that way you don’t have the mesh showing through. I did NOT fasten off each row of ribbon, I just made a ch 1 at the end of each row, then began working in the next row below. When you are done you should fasten off, then secure the ribbon yarn to the mesh skirt really well (you can use the piece of yarn left from when you fastened off the mesh part of the skirt). Here are some pictures:
You can use ribbon if you want for the straps, I just joined my yarn and chained to the desired length.
I attached my ribbon to the top of the tutu, just pull it through the spaces on the side edges, and lace it all the way down to the tutu.
That’s it! This tutu was really simple to make, joining the ribbon yarn is a bit tedious… but it looks so cute! I hope you and your little ballerina enjoy this pattern!!