Crochet: The White Russian
UPDATED AND REVISED FOR CORRECTIONS
So I’ve been seeing a lot of those adorable crochet ruffle shorts around, and it finally dawned on me that I really wanted a crochet ruffle skirt to wear during the summer to the beach or anywhere, really.
I searched long and hard until I found a free pattern here that I liked, except, it was in Russian (hence my adorable name) and it didn’t really give any instruction.
Luckily, there was a stitch diagram available so I was able to figure out the basics and create the pattern for the skirt by myself.
I started by measuring the widest part of my hips with measuring tape (which for me was about 36″). Looking at the stitch diagram, I decided that the pattern would repeat every 9 stitches…So I needed to make my beginning chain as long as a multiple of 9 chains that came close to 36″. Measuring my gauge by making chains, I determined that I would need to chain 153 (4.25 stitches per inch). Therefore, the pattern for your skirt will be based on the gauge that you come up with, you can follow mine if you are a size 5/6 – 7/8 (this skirt will run a little large as the material will stretch a bit, so make a size smaller if you can).
The White Russian (skirt):
Start by measuring your hip circumference, and if you like you can also measure the length that you want your skirt to be. For this skirt I chose to use the following materials:
- Lily Sugar’n Cream 100% Cotton (one super-size skein) in off white.
- E/4 3.50mm crochet hook
- Yarn needle
You will want to decide your chain length as a multiple of 14 chains that equal your hip circumference.
Row 1: ch (your decided length, or mine..) join with a sl st to beginning ch and begin to work in the round.
Row 2: ch 1, sc in ea ch, join with a sl st in 1st sc. (make sure to count each stitch to be sure you have the same # of stitches as chains… it’s real easy to lose or gain one and mess the pattern up)
Row 3: ch 4, tr in ea sc around, join with a sl st in the 4th chain of beg ch 4. (again, count all your stitches)
Row 4: ch 1, sc in ea tr around, join with a sl st in 1st sc (when joining, do so only in the front loop of the st). (again count all stitches)
Row 5: (working in the front loops only) ch 5, sk 3 sc, sc in next 11 sc. *ch 5, sk 3 sc, sc in next 11 sc* repeat from *-* around skirt, join skirt with a sl st to 1st sc/1st ch of ch 5 at the beginning of the round.
Row 6: ch 3, 10 hdc in the ch 5 sp, *ch 3 sk 5 sc, sc in 6th sc, skip 5 sc, ch 3, 11 hdc in next ch 5 sp* repeat from *-* around, join w/ a sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 3.
Row 7: ch 4, *dc in next hdc, ch 1 (repeat from * 9 times ending with a dc in the last dc… you should have 11 dc and 9 ch sp in between them), ch 3, sk ch 3 sp, sc in sc, ch 3. <dc in next hdc, ch 1> 10 times, dc in last hdc, ch 3, sk ch 3, sc in sc, ch 3** repeat from < to ** around, join w/ sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 4.
Row 8: ch5, dc in next dc, ch 2 (9 times), dc in last dc, ch 2, sk ch 3 sp, sc in next sc, ch 2, sk ch 3 sp *dc in next dc, ch 2, (10 times) dc in last dc, ch 2, sk ch 3 sp, sc in sc, ch 2, sk ch 3 sp * repeat *-* around, join w/ a sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 5.
Row 9: ch 1, *sc in 1st ch 2 sp, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in next ch 2 sp, sc in next 2 ch 2 sp (repeat from * once more), skip one ch 2 sp, 3dc ch 2 3dc in last ch 2 sp, sk ch 2 sp, sc in sc, sk ch 2 sp** repeat from *-** around skirt, join w/ a sl st in 1st sc. Fasten off.
Now, you will join your yarn again in the back loops of Row 5, I joined in a space so that my ruffles would not be overlapping (there would be a new ruffle below the space between two ruffles on the first round)… to do this I found the center sc between two ruffles, skipped one sc on the right next to that and joined in the next sc.
Row 10: (working in back loops only of row 5) ch 4, sk one sc, *dc in next sc, ch 1* repeat *-* around, join w/ a sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 4.
Row 11: ch 3, dc in each dc and ch sp around, join w/ a sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 3.
Row 12 – Row 16: Repeat Row 5 – Row 9
Continue adding rows of ruffles until your skirt is the desired length. Below is a (not so great quality) instructional video that I created for this skirt:
I was a little nervous making this skirt and almost gave up on it because I thought the cotton yarn was too thick, but it turned out amazing! I added a ribbon between the triple crochet’s of the waist. You can make this skirt in any yarn, but I would recommend sticking with a cotton yarn or thread… I can see this skirt being made beautifully in a small crochet cotton thread as well. I hope you enjoy!!
Please do not sell this pattern. Please reference my page for the pattern. You have my full permission to sell any finished product from this pattern, please give me credit. Thank you!!