# How to Make a Skirt Pattern

## for a Crochet or Knitting Project

Updated 01-28-2021

Do you really have to make a skirt pattern ? Well, not really.

But if you do want to avoid wasting your time, you have to make a small sketch of a pattern, based on your measurements. It will look similar to the one described step by step on this page.

I will show you how to make a pattern for a straight skirt. This  pattern is a basic block which can be used "as is" to crochet or knit a straight skirt.

Besides that, you can easily model it to make a pattern for other skirt styles: A-line, gathered, princess style, 3-tier, 4-6 - gore skirt, and etc.

• Make a gauge swatch for every stitch pattern your are going to use for your project. Check explanation how to do it at the Beginner Crochet page if necessary.

• Calculate gauge for each of them.

• Calculate the number of stitches and rows necessary to shape your fabric according to your skirt pattern. Check Crocheting Basics page for detail instructions.

## Make a skirt pattern Important Note:
1.A skirt pattern is designed for crochet or knit projects only. Doesn't work for sewing skirts.

2.It is easier to draw in centimeters than inches during the pattern drafting exercise.

## Step 1. Measure yourself.

You will have to take 3 measurements:
(See the picture)

1. Hip circumference (Line "H") - measure around the fullest part of the hips.
2. Waist circumference (Line "A") - measure around the waist.
3. Skirt length (Line "AHL")

We will draw a pattern where 1/2 of the back plus 1/2 of the front skirt pattern is presented.

Hip circumference HC = 102 cm (40 in).
Waist circumference WC = 72 cm ( 28 in).
Skirt length SL = 65 cm (26 in).

## Step 2. Draw a base rectangle Start from point A.
Hem line.
Distance AL = SL = 65 cm (26 in)
Distance AH = HC / 6 = 102 cm / 6 = 17cm (40 in).
AH = HC / 6 = 40 in / 6 = 6.7 in

Position of the back dart.
Distance AA2 = HC / 10 + 0.5 cm = 102 cm / 10 + 0.5 cm = 10.7 cm
AA2 = HC / 10 + 0.2 in = 40 in / 10 + 0.2 in = 4.2 in

Position of the side seam.
Distance AA5= HC / 4 - 1 cm
AA2 = HC / 4 - 1 cm = 102 cm / 4 - 1 cm = 24.5 cm
AA2 = HC / 4 - 0.4 in = 40 in / 4 - 0.4 in = 9.6 in

Position of the center front line
Distance A5A1 = HC / 4 + 1 cm
AA2 = HC / 4 + 1 cm = 102 cm / 4 + 1 cm = 26.5 cm
AA2 = HC / 4 + 0.4 in = 40 in / 4 + 0.4 in = 10.4 in

Position of the front dart.
Distance A1A7 = HC / 10 + 1 cm = 102 cm / 10 + 1 cm = 11.2 cm
AA2 = HC / 10 + 0.4 in = 40 in / 10 + 0.4 in = 4.4 in

## Step 3. Draw 1/2 of the back part.

Back Dart.
Distance K2A2 = A2A3 = K2A3 / 2 = 4 cm / 2 = 2 cm (0.8 in)
Distance K1H2 = 3 cm (1.2 in)

The Hip Curve.
Distance AK3 on the waist line.
AK3 = WC/4 + 3 cm = 72 cm / 4 + 3 cm = 21 cm
AK3 = WC / 4 + 1.18 in = 28 in / 4 + 1.12 in = 8.2 in

Distance K3A4 is perpendicular to the waist line.
K3A4 = 1 cm (0.4 in)

To finish 1/2 back of the skirt pattern, connect points:
A - K2 - K1 - A3 - A4 - H6 - L2 -L - H - A.

## Step 4. Draw 1/2 of the front part.

Front Dart.
Distance A7K6 = A7K7 = K7A6 / 2 = 3 cm / 2 = 1.5 cm (0.6 in)
Distance K4H5 = 5 cm (2 in)

The Hip Curve.
Distance A1K5 on the waist line.
A1K5 = WC / 4 + 4 cm = 72 cm / 4 + 4 cm = 22 cm
A1K5= WC / 4 + 1.6 in = 28 in / 4 + 1.6 in = 8.6 in

Distance K5A6 is perpendicular to the waist line.
K5A6 = 1 cm (0.4 in)

To finish 1/2 front of the skirt pattern, connect points:
A1 - H1 - L1 - L2 - H6 - A6 - K7 -K4 - K6 - A1.

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