Olivia Eloise Skirt by CageofWords

Olivia Eloise Skirt

June 2021
Sport (12 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 11 rows = 4 inches
in double crochet (US)
3.75 mm (F)
400 - 2000 yards (366 - 1829 m)
Can be made to any size. Ideal for children age 1 - 6 years
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The pattern has two versions you can choose from - the first one is 14 pages and includes multiple diagrams and charts. The second is 7 pages and for those who wish to conserve printer ink or are more experienced and happy to work with simple written instructions. Both versions have your own Personal Stitch Count Tracker sheet.

The original version of this pattern was available from 2009 - 2023 as a free version, called the Olivia Skirt. I retired that pattern in Feb 2023. This edition is dramatically improved and has a number of differences to the design that improve the fit and construction.

The size is determined by waist measurement. This pattern can be made for a baby right up to adult sizes.

Flare and length can be also adjusted to suit your preferences.

The sample was made for a size 12-18 months and is 23 cm / 9” long with a 5 cm wide / 2” waistband and an un-stretched waistband circumference of 40 cm / 16” (stretching to 53 cm / 21”).

I recommend 8 ply (DK), Sport (5 ply) or Fingering (4 ply) yarn but it can be made in any yarn you like. Cotton or wool are great choices, as is acrylic or blends.

The sample was made in Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury 4 ply (Jnr Navy) and Classic 5 ply (Aegean Mix), worked together for the waistband and then in alternating rows for the skirt. I used 493 meters or 536 yards.

The pattern is flexible and can work with a wide variety of gauges. It lends itself well to colour-work and stripes.

The sample shown has 10 stitches and 20 rows of back loop single crochet in 10 cm / 4 inches and 5 cm / 2” wide for the waistband. The body of the skirt is 11 rows and 21 double crochet to 10 cm / 4 inches square.

Choose your hook size according to your yarn. I used a 3.75mm for my sample.

The top-down design makes it easy to try on and adjust as you go. If you make it in a DK or Worsted weight yarn it makes up very fast, especially when making for that super cute toddler age. It is also a very popular gift.