Shimmy by Jessica Cook


September 2013
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
US 15 - 10.0 mm
50 - 150 yards (46 - 137 m)
Child to Adult
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

Shimmy is a tutu for the girl on the go - throw it on over a pair of jeans for instant flair, without all the hassle of a traditional skirt. If you know of a little girl who wants to dress like a fairy and still climb trees, this could be just the accessory she needs! Let your own inner child come out to play in the adult version, which is a great throw-on accessory for Halloween, bellydancing, or any time you just want to have a little fun in your day.

This is a basic pattern/tutorial for combining a fun and funky skein of handspun yarn with tulle, fabric, ribbons and bells to make a tutu style skirt. Gauge is unimportant for this project; you should be able to make a child or adult sized skirt using 4oz of handspun yarn in any weight, or a single skein of a fun and funky commercial yarn.

In addition to the yarn itself, to make a tutu you will need:

  • tulle (one bolt from the craft section of a big-box store is more than enough; 1/4 yard cut from a larger bolt will work as well
  • ribbons
  • small bells or jewels
  • fabric strips
  • spare lengths of yarn
  • a crochet hook for making slipknots (it’s possible just to use your fingers)