Jolly Rancher

Jan 28, 2006
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by Even Howard


Jolly Rancher Skirt

I’m so happy to be in Montana where little sheep are running free and being chased by wolves.  No, really! Except instead of wolves it is more like coyotes or mountain lions. The yarn I’ve used for this skirt is certified ‘predator friendly’ meaning that the farm is run with respect for all living things, not just the cute ones. You can read more about it at It’s certified organic too! I hope you’ll try ordering from them or poke around for a local homespun in your neck of the woods.

I’ve had a bit of culture (and temperature) shock since leaving Japan and I was bemoaning the nippy winds that prevent me from wearing my summer skirt collection during winter.  Cozy yarn to the rescue!  This overskirt is like putting on a sweater, just lower down.  Of a rather chunky weight, it is quick to work up on big hooks and just a little bit delicate with a Kid Silk Haze trim and a nice bell shape.  You can wear it over skirts or pants, depending on how weird you want to look.  Either way, you’ll be warm.  Plus the rhythm of crochet might help you realize where you are and that it is okay (at least it does for me).

Materials List

  • Jolly Rancher SkirtThirteen Mile Yarn (A) 2 skeins at ~110yds/skein. The color is a natural chocolate brown that comes straight off the sheep. This is a ‘chunky’ weight yarn usually used with size 11 knitting needles.
  • 1 ball of Rowan’s Kid Silk Haze (B) in Villian (25g per 229yds). You could substitute another lightweight yarn easily, in either a tonal or contrast color. The gauge isn’t crucial for the trim.  
  • Hook sizes F/5 (4mm), and L/11 (8mm), M (9mm), N (10mm), and P (11.5mm)
  • ¾”- to 2”-wide ribbon or other belting material, long enough to go around your low waist and tie in a friendly bow. The picture shows a 3/4"-wide knit belt that is 56" long.

Finished Size

Pattern as written has a 36-inch dropped waist that stretches to 42 inches and can be tightened to 32 inches without looking odd.  You can add or remove a pattern repeat to change size 3 inches at a time (details included in pattern).


10 stitches = 4in, 10cm; 10 rows = 4in, 10cm in single crochet with yarn A and 8mm hook.


  • The turning chain does not count as a stitch unless indicated.
  • Be sure to read the pattern all the way through before beginning.

The Pattern


With 8mm hook and thick yarn (A), chain 7.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd chain and in each chain across.  Ch 1and turn.

Row 2:   Work  sc in each stitch across. Ch 1 and turn.

Repeat row 2 as follows: Work a total of 72 rows for 33-inch, 80 rows for size 36-inch, and 88 rows for 39-inch. If you would like to make it larger or smaller make sure the total number of rows can be divided evenly by 8. At the same time, on every 6th and 8th row work a button hole row as follows: Sc in each of first 2 sts, ch 2, skip 2 sts, sc in each of last 2 sts.  Ch1 and turn. Work sc across the next row, working 2 sc in the ch-2 space.

After final row, sl st edges together to form a loop and turn right side out (sl st edge goes inside). Turn work to long edge, ch 1 and work one sc stitch per row along one side. The total number of sc must equal your number of rows for the lace pattern to work, so be sure and check!

Skirt body

Round 1: Continuing with 8mm hook, ch1 and sc1 in same space. *Ch3, sk 3 sc, (1dc, ch3, 1dc) in next sc, ch 3, sk 3 sc**, 1sc in next sc*.  Repeat * to *around, ending the last repeat at **.  Ch3, sl st in first sc to join.

Round 2: Ch 4 (counts as a tr). * Skip the first ch-3 space.  Work (1tr, ch3) four times in the next ch-3 space.  Work 1 tr in the same ch-3 space.  Skip next ch-3 space** and tr into sc st*.  Repeat * to * around, ending the last repeat at **. Sl st into top of ch 4 to join.

Round 3: Ch 1 and sc in same space. * Ch 4. Skip next ch-3 space. Sc in next ch-3 space, ch3, sc in next ch-3 space, ch 4, skip next ch-3 space**, sc in  tr st *. Repeat * to * across, ending last repeat at **. Sl st into first sc to join.

Round 4: Ch 3 (counts as dc). * Ch 3, skip ch-4 space. Work (1dc, ch 3, 1dc) in next ch-3 space. Ch 3. Skip ch-4 space.** Dc in next sc *.  Repeat * to * around, ending the last repeat at **. Sl st into top of ch 3 to join.

Repeat rounds 2-4 to continue skirt body. At the same time, on every 5th round, change hook size to 1mm larger, beginning with Round 5. (Round 5 = 9mm hook, Round 10 = 10mm hook, Round 15 = 11mm hook). Skirt as shown is 15 rounds long and ended on a round-3 pattern. Feel free to add more if you like.

Edge detailEdging

Round 1: With size 11mm hook and thick yarn (A), ch 1.  Working only in the chain spaces, work sc around placing 5 sc sts in each ch-4 space and 4 sc sts in each ch-3 space. Skip all sc stitches from the previous row.  Sl st into first sc to join.

Round 2: Ch 1. Working in front loops only, sc in each of first 2 sts, (sc, ch 3, sc) in  next sc (picot made),* sc in each of next 8 sts, make picot in next st **, sc in each of next 4 sts, make picot in next st*.  Repeat around, ending the last repeat at ** and two sts remaining. Sc in each of the last 2 sts and sl st into first sc to close.  Tie off yarn and weave in end.

Round 3:  Change to F hook and join Kid Silk Haze (B).Work 1 sc into the back loop of the  sc below. Continuing in the back loops only, work * Ch 5, sc in next sc * around.  Pass behind picots, skipping the chain stitches and working in the backs of each sc.  Ch 5 and sl st into first sc to join.

Kid Silk Haze detailRound 4:  Sl st up first 3 chains to begin at the middle of the ch-5 space.  Sc in ch-5 space.  *In next ch-5 space, work (1tr, ch 2) 4 times.  Tr once more in same space **.  Sc in next ch-5 space *.  Repeat around, ending last repeat at **.  Sl st into first sc to join.  Tie off and weave in ends.

Round 5:  With size 11.5mm hook, join yarn (A) to remaining back loops of round 2.  Ch 4 (counts as a dc plus 1 ch). * Skip one sc and dc into next sc. Ch 1. *  Repeat * to * around.  Skip last stitch and sl st into 3rd ch of beginning ch 4 to join.

Repeat Round 5 twice more.  Tie off and weave in ends. 

skirt up closeFinishing

Weave ribbon or other belt through the button holes (I used a thin knit belt from an old sweater). Finish ribbon ends by clipping them in a ‘V’ shape so they won’t fray. I didn’t block this skirt, but if you want to, go right ahead! You can wear a slip or an a-line, flared, bias cut, or pencil skirt underneath easily, but please experiment with other shapes and let me know how it goes!

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Nadine wrote
on Jan 29, 2006 2:01 PM

I just LOVE this skirt!!!! I've been waiting for a skirt pattern to come along that I really like.....and this is the ONE! Thank you so much it's just gorgeous.

Oedalis wrote
on Jan 29, 2006 11:20 PM
"You can read more about it at ."

I can read more about it _where_? :<

on Jan 30, 2006 12:26 AM

Sorry about that! I put the link back in --



Shannon wrote
on Feb 2, 2006 10:03 AM

Lovely skirt and lovely writing! Bless your heart for sharing this with us!

Rachel wrote
on Feb 2, 2006 1:17 PM

LOVE this skirt! Very fun stitch pattern and a good length.

TERRI wrote
on Feb 2, 2006 3:35 PM

I have to say I not only enjoyed the skirt but also just the rendering of Montana. I lived in Butte Montana for several years and its funny I only seen sheep twice the whole time I was there! lol I expected to see nothing but a sea of wool when I moved there since its such a joke to say Montana folk are sheep shaggers. Anyway I had to say it was a pleasure to read and I loved the pattern, thanks for sharing both.

Anonymous wrote
on Feb 6, 2006 1:28 PM

I love this skirt!! Its beautiful, just what i need this time of year i can't wait to get started on it!! It would look really cute with a spicy underskirt and high heels!! Thanks.

Kristen wrote
on Feb 22, 2006 7:31 PM

Wow - what fun! Being new to crochet, I must admit to reading the pattern for a couple of weeks before gathering up my nerve to begin. I started this afternoon and just flew. Now I'm ready to change to an M hook, but alas having difficulty finding one here deep in the heart of Texas. I'm using a thick & quick wool type yarn & making the skirt for my 10 year old daughter. How lovely to be able to adjust the size ( went with 7 rounds on the waist band ). Beautiful writing as well & what a delight! Thanks!

Theresa wrote
on Feb 28, 2006 4:08 AM

This skirt is lovely! As soon as I return to the States, I'm going to make it. I used to live in Bozeman, but now I am in southern Africa. There's no need for a warm skirt down here!! LOL Thanks for reminding me of Montana!

Cherrel wrote
on Feb 28, 2006 2:14 PM
WOW!!!! This is gorgous.

Wish it was in a plus size.

on Feb 28, 2006 4:03 PM

Cherrel, the sizing on this skirt is very flexible, and Even included instructions on how to make it larger or smaller.



Cherrel wrote
on Mar 2, 2006 9:16 AM

Kim, Great thank you. I can't wait to try it.

Carrie wrote
on Mar 8, 2006 4:16 PM

I made the skirt for my sister in a nice thick green wool and she's wearing it over a hot pink slip -- fantastic!

great pattern -- I enjoyed it very much.

Sarah H wrote
on Mar 16, 2006 4:50 PM

OOOOH! I am putting aside another project (GULP!) at the peril of never finishing it for this one! I WISH I had had a project like this to get me through my tough winter in Bozeman my first year at college. (Maybe it would have kept me out of trouble;p) At any rate, can't wait to complete this for wear with jeans. I have a bulky weight yarn (out of whitch I have already made a purse) just itching to become this skirt!

~dd~ wrote
on Apr 30, 2006 2:02 PM
Can you recommend a similar yarn that might be easier to find in LYS's?


on Apr 30, 2006 6:57 PM

The designer notes that the yarn used is "a ‘chunky’ weight yarn usually used with size 11 knitting needles." According to, yarns that crochet to a gauge of 8-11 sc stitches to 4 inches should substitute adequately.

Jane wrote
on Jul 20, 2006 7:21 AM

Forgive my ignorance, but I'm just learning to crochet now after being a knitter for many years -- is the yarn requirement stated for this pattern correct? Around 220 yards of the main yarn, plus the Kidsilk Haze?! It doesn't sound very much but like I say, I'm thinking in knitting terms.

TIA to anyone who can help :o)

Melting wrote
on Jul 30, 2006 4:12 PM

Real Women run around sleeveless in the snow!! Thanks for the neat pattern, and for making me feel 10 degrees cooler. :-)

Anonymous wrote
on Nov 22, 2006 4:33 PM

I think one thing you´ll enjoy about crochet is patterns like these: the shell shapes and spaces in between mean you need little yarn and the project works up in a snap. I still love knitting, but crocheting is just so much faster!

Anonymous wrote
on Dec 5, 2006 8:50 AM

I love it!! I might addapt it,, make it with a lighter weight yarn, probably cotton.. and make it to wear with leggings under it... it's summer here!

Anonymous wrote
on Feb 12, 2007 6:24 PM

Hi, I really want to make this skirt but I can't figure out how the waistband is made. The pattern says "chain 7, sc in 2nd chain and work sc in each stitch across, chain 1 and turn" and then "work 80 of these rows for a 36-inch." I can't figure this out, it seems like everyone who left a comment did it fine, but I don't understand how this forms a waistband, could someone give me a clearer picture of this?

Even wrote
on Feb 20, 2007 4:57 PM

Does it help to think of the waistband as a long 'scarf' shape which is then turned on its side? The body of the skirt is worked off of one long side after the waistband is finished. Email me if you need more help!

heather.m wrote
on Nov 29, 2007 10:40 PM

Oh, I have tingles all over! We moved here to Chicago, last year, from Bozeman! And we will be returning, with our son, born here. Montana makes me OH SO HAPPY, too!

Anyways, love the skirt pattern. Sweaters are certainly needed for every part of the body in Montana. Can't wait to give the pattern a go.

Photos are beautiful and helpful.

Thanks for the info on the yarn. I will definitely check out the yarn. Yea, Springhill Road!



stephanie@2 wrote
on Feb 4, 2008 10:20 AM

Very pretty, most crochet skirts either look like 80's suits or are so lacy they're like a big scarf around your waist. I can't wait to wear this, I'm getting started as soon as I finish my sweater.

tomisha wrote
on Feb 25, 2008 3:52 PM
Thanks for a great skirt pattern! I am new to crochet, so I am stuck and need help :)
I have finished the waistband and gotten the 80 stitches around the lower edge. On round one of the skirt body, I don't understand "ch1 and sc1 in the same space". What space is that? The first of the 80 stitches? Do a single crochet in the chain stitch I just made? If so, that's gonna stretch my brain to figure out :)
Also, I assumed that I needed to do a slip stitch from the 80th stitch of the edge into the first one to join that round. Was I right on that?


tomisha wrote
on Mar 4, 2008 6:41 PM

Got it!

momwithahook wrote
on Jun 25, 2008 8:24 PM
Hey, is this you on Etsy?

It's this very pattern selling for $5.00

palm wrote
on Sep 9, 2008 12:43 AM

I love it.

Colisa wrote
on Nov 4, 2008 2:58 AM

Love the skirt!

but the SOCKS are Absolutely Major KEWLNESS!!!

I inherited Mom's penchant for wild socks!

keeps the other "house mouse" (DD)out of my sock drawer!


EvenH wrote
on Apr 2, 2009 11:46 AM
Hi Tomisha,
The "ch1 and sc1" is a standard start for a new round of sc. Just ch1 and then sc into the first of the 80st. The ch1 'lifts' up the sc so it is level rather than angled up from the last round. You're right on the slip stitch, I'll check into that as an edit.


Stefanie@7 wrote
on May 25, 2009 7:02 AM

i love this skirt! i'm from michigan and we get some pretty cold winters too. i love the idea. thank you for shareing! ;)- skatergirl501 ;)

tammyblondon wrote
on Jan 4, 2010 3:54 PM
Hi, I have been looking for so long to find a crochet skirt or dress pattern that went with my style. I can see my daughters wanting me to make them one too.
The pics are very helpful to see the style.
Do you have similar type dress patterns?

Thanks, Tammy