...plus great crochet tips, tricks, and articles. We will never share your email. Unsubscribe at any time.
Hello everyone! My name is Sam, the designer behind Casale Crafts and I am so thrilled to be hosting the July CAL with Furls! I am a self-taught crochet fashion designer based in Santa Monica, CA and honestly, doing a Summer CAL could not have been better because I am beyond obsessed with working with cotton yarn! I was so excited when Furls reached out to me about a collaboration because I had been dying to try out their hooks for quite some time now. For me, working with cotton yarn often means working with a smaller hook which as we all know typically means more hand and wrist pain. Luckily, Furls Hooks are all about ergonomics and treating your hands kindly (your hands are your most important tool after all, other than your brain I suppose). Needless to say, as someone who loves working with cotton, I was so ready to get my hands on a Furls Hook and honestly other than the facts that they are absolutely gorgeous, they really did make a difference for my hands!
Obviously, another big part of the collaboration was actually coming up with a design. I feel like features and collaborations are such a big help in this community in terms of getting your name out there and having the chance to showcase your work, so I like to give them my all and really challenge myself to tackle a bigger and/or more complex project. Now, I am by no means a tall person (don't worry, this is about to come full circle in just a second haha) so in my mind, although I loved Maxi Skirts and Dresses on other people, I didn't think it could ever be a style for me because I was just too short. That is until one day I decided to say screw it and try one on just for fun, and not only did it fit, it looked great AND made me look taller! Ever since then, I have fallen in love with them and it brought a whole new light to Summer Fashion for me haha. With that being said, I simply couldn't help myself and I just had to make a Maxi Skirt design for this collaboration. Therefore the Megara Maxi Skirt and Top Pattern was born! For anyone who may not know, I almost always have some kind of Disney influence behind my designs and as I was making this pattern, I was feeling some major Megara (from Hercules) vibes, hence the name haha.
So, as previously stated, this is a Free Pattern for both the Maxi Skirt and the Crop Top! Although the design may take a little bit of time to complete given the size of the skirt, it is actually very simple to make, you only need to know like 3 or 4 stitches, I promise haha. However, should you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns while following the pattern please feel free to reach out and share your thoughts! I will be available to assist on the Furls Facebook CAL group, Fun with Furls. I am always happy to help so don't be scared to ask any questions! So, let's dive in shall we??
I am a huge fan of Gazzal Cotton, it is so soft and an amazing quality, not to mention pretty dang affordable for a high-quality cotton. I have a whole review of it on my site, here. If you are thinking of giving it a try. I have only really ever been able to find it for sale online on Amazon, which you can find the link to it below.
- Approximately 8 (10/12/14/16/18) balls of Gazzal Baby Cotton
I made this design in the color "Plum", but obviously you can use any color you'd like, additionally if you would like to use a different brand of cotton, just make sure that it is a Sport/Baby Weight and test it's gauge as it may not be equal to the gauge provided. Also keep in mind that these are an approximate amount of balls that are needed and the lengths of the skirt and the top of the individuals, so it is always safe to get a little more yarn than you think you may need.
- G/4.00 mm Furls Candy Shop Crochet Hook
- A measuring tape to get body measurements
- 4 Charms to add to the end of your Ties (Optional)
I just want to share a few notes about the sizing for this project. Although I have provided the approximate measurements of standard sizes, keep in mind that these may not match your actual measurements. Because this is a more form-fitting design, I recommend taking your personal measurements and working with those but using the standard sizes as a guideline. For example, if you are usually a small, but your hips are not 36", use the gauge to aid you in deciding how many stitches to add or subtract from your foundation in order to make the skirt fit you properly.
In addition, keep in mind that the skirt is worked as one big rectangle, so there is no shaping to it (you won't be increasing or decreasing your stitches in any of the rows). This is why the waist and hip measurements are the same in the table above. As the hips will likely be the widest part of your lower body, it is most important to make sure that the skirt can fit around your hips, and there is a drawstring at the waist for you to take in any extra room that there may be around the waist. So just keep in mind that having an accurate measurement of your hips is the most important part of making a skirt that will fit you.
The crop top is also going to a be a big rectangle that is based on the measurement of your bust.
There is also no set measurement of length for the top or the skirt as that is entirely based on personal preference for the individual making the design.
Single Crochet - 4 Stitches Across X 8 Rows = 1" x 1"
Griddle Stitch - 5 Stitches Across X 5 Rows = 1" x 1"
Double Crochet - 4 Stitches Across X 2 Rows = 1" x 1"
Mesh - 2, 3 chain Spaces across X 3 Rows = 1" X 1”
CH - Chain, SC - Single Crochet, DC - Double Crochet, GS - Griddle Stitch, SS - Slip Stitch, FPDC - Front Post Double Crochet
I’m so excited for you guys to be joining me for this CAL! As you can see below, a new section will be added to this post each week for you to follow along with for the next 4 weeks. Hopefully, this is enough information for now for you to get your supplies ready and we will start working on the Skirt next week!
I really hope you enjoy this design and as always feel free to ask any questions you may have, I’ll be here to help throughout the whole thing (and after haha) and I am happy to help!
So today we will be starting with the Maxi Skirt which will generally be worked from the top of the skirt, to the bottom of the skirt, with the exception that once you reach the bottom of the skirt you will be working back at the top to add the waistband that you will be stringing your drawstring through. If that sounds confusing now it will make sense later, I promise haha. Also keep in mind that the number of rows that are worked for each section will be a little bit vague as it will depend on the preference of the individual making the piece.
KEEP NOTES OF HOW MANY ROWS YOU ARE WORKING BECAUSE YOU WILL NEED TO DO A ROW OF SC ALONG THE SIDES OF THE SKIRT WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED AND KNOWING HOW MANY ROWS YOU HAVE DONE WILL HELP YOU KNOW HOW MANY SC STITCHES TO WORK ALONG THE SIDES
For this first section on the skirt, it is important to note that this is the part of the skirt that would be covering from the waist to a little past the butt, aka the part that you don't want to be see-through haha. Therefore, I highly suggest working with your personal measurements here to make sure that you get the proper coverage that you need for that area of the body.
This diagram shows what this section of the skirt will look like, as you can see there is a section in the middle that will measure a fixed 2". Take the measurement of your waist to the bottom of the butt, subtract two inches, and then divide that number by two. The number you are left with should be the approximate number of inches that each section of the griddle stitch should be. You can use the gauge to figure out how many rows you will need to work up that many inches.
Chain 126 (138,150,162,174,186) stitches + 1, the plus one counts as your turning chain (double check that it fits around your hips before you commit to a size) if you do choose to adjust your foundation chain just make sure that it is a multiple of 6 (+1).
First Griddle Stitch Section
Repeat steps 1-5 until your 1st Griddle Stitch section is the amount of inches that you figured out earlier. (You don't need to chain 3 at the end of the last row, but finish by chaining 1)
Middle Transition (Fixed 2" Section)
Second Griddle Stitch Section
Repeat steps 1-5 until your 2nd Griddle Stitch section is the amount of inches that you figured out earlier. (You don't need to chain 3 at the end of the last row, but finish by chaining 1)
Once you have finished all of these steps, you will be working on another fixed transition section before you start working on the mesh portion.
Transition (Fixed 3 ” Section)
This is what it should start to look like once you are done with this half of the Skirt. New week we will be working on the second half with the mesh, the drawstring waistband, and the slit that will be attached the halves for it to finally come together as a whole skirt!