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Skirt and Beret  

Directions are for size 8 with any changes for sizes 10, 12 and 14 in parentheses.

 They take approximately 9 (10, 11, 12) balls, 100 yards each, Coats and Clark's "Speed-Cro-Sheen" Mercerized Cotton;  crochet hook size F, and ¾ yard of one-inch elastic.

  Abbreviations:
ch (Chain)  

rnd (round)
dc (double crochet) 

sk (skip)
sl st (slip stitch) 

lp (loop)


Gauge: 3 Dc and 2 ch sts equal 1 inch 2 Rnds equal 1 ¼ inches

Measurements in Inches: Blocking -body waist size-23 (24, 25 ½, 27);
hips-33 ½ (34 ½, 36, 38). 
Actual Crocheting-hips - 35 (36, 38, 40);
waistband to lower edge-21 (2l ½, 22, 22 ½); 
lower edge-54 (56, 58, 60).

SKIRT: Starting at waistband, ch 175 (180, 190, 200) to  measure 36 (37,39, 41) inches, join with sl st to first ch.

Rnds 1 through 4: Ch 3 (count as 1 dc), sk joining, dc in each st around, join with sl st to top of ch 3, ch 3, turn.

Pattern-Rnd 1: Sk joining, dc in next dc, * ch 2, sk 2 dc, dc in  next 3 dc, repeat from * around, ending with ch 2, sk 2 dc, dc in  last dc, join-35 (36, 38,40) dc groups, ch 3, turn. 

 

Mark this rnd as right side of pattern.

Rnd 2: Sk joining, dc in next dc, * ch 2, dc in next 3 dc, repeat from * around, ending with ch 2, dc in last dc, join, ch3, turn.

Repeat pattern rnd 2 until total length is 12 ½ (13, 13 ½, 14) inches from first Row of pattern, ch 3, turn.

Next Rnd: dc in joining, dc in next dc, * ch 3, dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc, repeat from * around,ending with ch 3, dc in last dc, join, ch 3, turn.

Following Rnds: dc in each dc with ch 3 between dc groups until length from waistband is 21 (21 ½, 22, 22 ½) or desired inches, end on wrong side, ch 1,turn.

Edge (Right Side): Sc in joining, sc in each dc and 3 sc over each ch 3 around, join. fasten off.

Block to measurements. Fold and sew half of waistband to wrong side of work for casing. Insert elastic of desired length, overlap ends and sew.

BERET: Starting at center, ch 4,join with sl st to form ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, 8 sc in ring, join with sl st to first sc.

Rnd 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in joining, 3 dc in each of next 7 sc, join to top of ch 3-24 dc, ch 3, turn.

Rnd 3: dc in next dc, (ch 2, dc in next 3 dc) 7 times, ch 2, dc in next dc, join, ch 3, turn.

Rnd 4: dc in next dc, (ch 2, dc in next ch 2 sp, ch 2, dc in next 3 dc) 7 times, ch 2, dc in next sp, ch 2, dc in next dc, join, ch 3, turn.

Rnd 5: dc in next dc, (ch 2, dc in next sp) twice, * ch 2, dc in next 3 dc, (ch 2, dc in next sp) twice, repeat from * around, ending with ch 2, dc in last dc, join, ch 3, turn.

Rnds 6 through 10: Dc in next dc, * ch 2, dc in each sp to next 3 dc group, ch 2, dc in next 3 dc, repeat from * around, ending with ch 2, dc in each sp to next dc group, ch 2, join,  ch 3, turn -inc of one sp between dc groups each rnd. 


On around, ending with dc in last 4 dc, last rnd there are 8 sps between dc groups. 

Rnd 11: Dc in each sp and each dc around, join, ch 3, turn.

Rnd 12: Dc in each dc, join-88 dc, ch 3, turn. 

Rnd 13: Dc in next 4 dc, holding back on hook last lp of each dc, dc in next 2 dc, thread over and draw through all 3 lps on hook- 1 dc dec, * dc in next 9 dc, dec 1 dc over next 2 dc, repeat from * join, ch 3, turn.

Rnd 14: Dc in next dc, * dec 1 dc over next 2 dc, dc in next 3 dc, repeat from * around, ending last repeat with dc in last dc, join, ch 1, turn. 

Rnd 15: Sc in joining and in each st
around, join. Fasten off.