Friday, 27 March 2015

Drawstring Beach Skirt/Poncho (S/M) and (L/XL)

How about a freebie update to an old pattern of mine?

Remember the old Drawstring skirt I made in Acrylic Aran over a year ago?  Well here is the updated version - looks better, doesn't it?

This time I used 100% Cotton, in a lovely "Passionfruit" and "Cream", and I love the end result.

As you can see - you can throw this skirt in your bag and slip it on when you want a quick swimsuit cover-up,..


if it gets a little breezy at the beach, you can even wear it as a Poncho!

You like?  I do!

Anyway, I promised a freebie... so here it is!

Drawstring Beach Skirt/Poncho

A very easy mesh skirt which you can make up in an evening or two, definitely over a weekend.

Pattern is written in US terms; a conversion chart in included at the end.

Materials : 180g - 250g  Worsted Weight (aran/10ply) yarn, depending on which size you make and how long you wish the skirt to be. I used just under 150g for the "up to 38" (S/M)" skirt, and 250g for the "up to 50" (L/XL)" skirt.  The smaller skirt I made to 14” length; the larger skirt I made to 15" length. You can use any worsted weight yarn.  I used Premier Home Cotton worsted weight in “Passionfruit”, but I have also used Stylecraft Special Aran with equally good results. 5mm crochet hook for the (S/M) skirt, 6mm hook for the (L/XL) skirt; 7mm hook for the drawstring; A Yarn needle for sewing up ends; A few matching beads.

Size: S/M:  from 24” waist up to 38” waist and 40” hips
         L/XL: from 36" waist up to 50" waist and 52" hips

Length: 14” - 15" (completely adaptable to any length you wish).

Gauge is not important for this garment. The mesh is very stretchy, but if you wish the gauge used for the waistband, on 5mm hook, this was 10 sts and 8 rows dc = 4"

Abbreviations: Dc – double crochet; Sc = single crochet; Ch = chain; sl st = slip stitch; rep = repeat; beg = beginning.


With 5mm hook for (S/M) and 6mm hook for (L/XL) , work a double crochet foundation chain of 90 (110) sts. If you do not know how to work a foundation chain, you can simply chain 89 (109) and work a row of double crochet over it.

If you wish to learn the foundation stitches, there is a good series of videos here:

90 Stitches gives a good base that, with a drawstring, fits from a very small waist up to 40” and hips up to 42".   Likewise, 108 sts makes a good base to fit from a 36" waist right up to a 50" waist and hips up to 52". When you measure for the beginning chain, be sure to measure by hip size as this will be the widest part.  If your hips are larger, simply add more stitches to the base chain to comfortably fit around them. There is no requirement for a particular multiple of chain.

Row 1 : Join the chain/foundation row with a slip stitch into a circle, being careful not to twist it. Ch 3, dc in next stitch and every stitch around. Sl st to beg dc.

Rows 2 - 4 : Work 3 more row of double crochet to complete the waistband. Again, this pattern is quite adaptable, and if you want a taller waistband, dc more rows accordingly.

Row 5 : Ch 1. Sc into same stitch as ch 1, *2 sc in next, sc in next*, all the way around. The exact number of stitches is not important, just that you increase every other stitch. Sl st to beg sc.

Note:  I have made the skirt fairly "fitted" but if you wish the skirt to be more "flared" simply repeat Row 5 here.  I found that for the larger size, a nice flare was more flattering, so worked an extra row of increases.

Row 6 : Chain 5; skip 3 sts (watch out for those increases from the last row, they are easy to miss). Sc into the 4 th stitch. *Chain 5, skip 3, sc into next*, rep from * to * around. Don't worry if you have an odd amount at the end.  There is no need to sl st at the end of the row, as you can simply carry on into the beginning 5 chain loop, and work around and around to the desired length, then sl st at the centre back of the hemline at the end.

Continue in the mesh pattern (5 chain, sc in next loop) until you reach your desired length. 14” long generally comes to the middle of the thigh, which I think is perfect for wearing as a simple swimsuit cover on the beach. Feel free to make it as long or as short as you wish!

Drawstring: Once you have done the main body of the skirt, tidy up your ends, mark the centre front with a stitch marker and then you need to cut a very long piece of yarn to make a braid. You need around 36 feet (12 yds) of yarn for either size, which you will then fold into three strands.

With the yarn folded together in 3, and leaving about 6 or 7 inches of a tail at the start, using the 7mm hook, make a long chain. Leave about 6 or 7 inches free at the end. Thread the drawstring through the centre of the waistband, every 2 or 3 dc, bringing it back out at the centre front, and tie a bow.

Beading: Now find yourself a few pretty beads to match the skirt. Thread these onto the ends of the chain, and tie a knot into the end to keep the beads in place.

As you can see – a very simple pattern, but a very versatile skirt!

I have enjoyed updating this pattern - I hope you find it useful and fun.

©AG Handmades 2014/15

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