BOHO Crochet Maxi Skirt

I know I’ve been teasing you with pictures of my BOHO Crochet Maxi Skirt as I was crocheting it, but now it is finally finished! I am so happy with how it came out. It is a one of a kind original design and I feel like a hippie princess wearing it!!

First I want to thank Rebecca aka Twinklehook for all of her encouragement, suggestions and all around awesome cheerleading as I was designing this skirt!!

boho crochet maxi skirt

Now let me tell you all about it!

From the first warm day of spring until the last leaf falls in autumn, my warm weather uniform is a tank top and maxi skirt. I love wearing skirts. I love full skirts that make me feel like I am 5 years old when I twirl around. I love full skirts because I feel like I am the sexiest woman alive when I sashay around. I love wearing skirts because they are cool and comfortable.

I love wearing THIS maxi skirt because I MADE IT!! ❤ ❤ ❤

boho crochet maxi skirt 1

I would like to tell you that the full pattern is below in this post. Or that there is a link to the pattern – but I can’t. I didn’t even take any notes while I was making it.

I had a design in mind when I started but it ended up with every row being decided on as I went along. There were a few rows that worked together to build a specific stitch pattern but for the most part my hook was taking the lead. Surprisingly I didn’t need to frog any part of this. And even more surprising was that every row ended up with the right amount of stitches! The crochet gods were guiding my hook for sure!!

The truth is – this skirt was very easy to make. I just used stitch patterns and a few basic techniques that we all know.

boho crochet maxi skirt 2

How to Crochet a Boho Style Maxi Skirt

The waistband of the skirt was done using the same method that you would use to make the band on a hat. Using back loop only half double crochet stitches I made a band that fit around my waist. I slip stitched it together and then went around the bottom in single crochet stitches to form the first round for the skirt.

The top section of the skirt is all single crochet. It was all about modesty here and I didn’t want to have to wear or sew any kind of a liner underneath the skirt. If you’ve ever made an amigurumi doll or stuffed animal you know how to do this. I crocheted continuously in the round so that there was no seam.

Once the single crochet was at the length that I wanted – about 2 or 3 inches above the knee I did 2 rounds of double crochet. Then I switched to treble crochet stitches for the rest of the skirt. I used variations of shell, fan, and cluster stitches. I placed rows of treble stitches or treble with chain space between each fan/shell/cluster section.

Here is all you need to know, remember, or keep in mind to design your own crochet skirt.

  • I wanted a very full skirt so I did some increase rounds when I started the treble stitches.
  • If you want a narrower skirt – don’t do the increases.
  • For narrow skirts you can make a slit in the back or on the side of the skirt by switching to crocheting in rows instead of rounds when you reach the length you want your slit to be.
  • Be creatively brave – the worst that will happen is you have to pull the stitches out and try a different stitch.

Another thing that I had not considered at first was the type of yarn that I used. For this skirt I used Caron Simply Soft in Country Blue. I chose this yarn because I had 6 skeins of it in my stash and I liked the color. In hindsight I wish that I had used lighter weight yarn.

I ended up using 8 full skeins of yarn on this skirt and it is pretty heavy.  It is heavy in weight but surprisingly cool to wear. The open lacy stitches allow plenty of airflow through the skirt so it was not too hot to wear it. I did however need to make a drawstring to keep it from falling down. I made a kumihimo braid for the drawstring and now it sits very securely on my hips.

So my final thoughts on my skirt are – I wanted to crochet a skirt and I didn’t want to spend time or money trying to find a pattern that is someone else’s dream skirt. I wanted my own custom, one of a kind skirt. I used basic stitches anyone that knows how to crochet can do or can easily learn. You can crochet this skirt. Trust your skills. Trust your instincts. Trust your hook.

Thanks for reading!

~ Tami

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89 responses to “BOHO Crochet Maxi Skirt

  1. Love it! Love it! Love it! It’s perfect and you wear it so well. 🙂 And it looks beautiful with that top. You are definitely my internet sister, or would that be a virtual sister? I work the same way. I make it up as I go along. The worst that can happen is that it doesn’t work out but that didn’t happen with your skirt. Came out fantastic.

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    • Thanks Yolanda!! I’ve known that we were Twinternet sisters all along!! I made that tank top too. That will be my next post. As time goes by I go to patterns less and less. After I finish the wrap that I’m making I will probably never bother with a pattern at all. Ever since I did my “Yeah I can crochet that” post a few months ago that has become my mantra. If I get inspired to crochet something I plan it in my head. It really is more fun and more satisfying isn’t it?? 😀

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    • Thanks Robin!! It was a lot of fun making up the design as I went along. I’m super happy that what I had in my head came off my hook exactly like I hoped it would. 😀

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    • Thank you Lisa! I love Caron Simply Soft. Isn’t that a great color! I bought that yarn months ago and was waiting for a big project like this to use it on. I only had 6 skeins in my stash and when I ran out I was so relieved that a quick trip to Michael’s and they had it in stock so I was able to pick up more. 😀

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      • That Simply Soft is a relatively lightweight yarn, so what do you think would be a good alternative that would weigh less? Maybe one of the cotton blends?

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      • Simply Soft is pretty light for a medium yarn – I think that using 8 skeins on a skirt of any yarn will make it heavy LOL. I was going to try using a cotton or a baby weight yarn if/when I make another skirt. 😀

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  2. I LOVE the skirt, Tami! You look so cute with your tank and maxi. Great advice too. I made a skirt using simply soft and it is heavy (I had to make a tie too). I have a boho maxi on my bucket list, you have given me the confidence to give it a try!

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    • Thank you Brenna!! I made the tank top last summer and thought it would be perfect to wear with the skirt. I’ll do a post on the top over weekend. I’m so glad the drawstring held it up okay. But I would have definitely gone out and gotten some suspenders if it didn’t LOL!! I love wearing it and I’m so happy it’s finally finished. I would love to see what you come up with – you have such a creative flair I know it will be amazing!! 😀

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      • You should be it’s gorgeous.. I use to crochet all the time yet don’t anymore. Yet when I see beautiful things like this it makes me want to start again. Thank you for the inspiration and for sharing Tami it’s beYOUtiful ❤❤❤❤

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      • Thank you so so much – you are very sweet and kind! There was a period of several years when I didn’t crochet anything. Since I picked my hook back up about 3 years ago I crochet every day! 🙂

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      • You are more than welcome…I am a writer and I’m my spare time I make motivational journals that I cover with different designs made with clay and natural stones… Yet you’re making me miss crocheting lol I may have to pick it up again lol. Have a beautiful day my friend ❤🤗❤

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      • The motivational journals sound lovely! I love the inspiring quotes you post. Thank you again and I hope you have a wonderful day too!! ❤

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      • Thanks Tami… Writing is my passion and it’s sorta like reminders to self that I share with others. I don’t prewrite my poems and quotes they just pop into my head from an experience or from something I see, read or am going through. I’m grateful that you enjoy them my friend. Much love to you always 😊🤗😊

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    • Isn’t it pretty!! I got that beautiful belt at a Renaissance Fair years ago. For some reason it reminded me of my grandmother and I had to buy it! I have only worn it a few times but I love to just take it out every now and then because I love the way it jingles!! Before I had hubby do this photo shoot I dug it out because I thought it would look nice with the solid color of the skirt. Plus I just wanted an excuse to wear it. 😀

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  3. I know I’m going to repeat what everyone else has written, but what the heck lol. What a simply gorgeous skirt!!!! Everything about it is gorgeous – the colour, the length (I too love a maxi skirt to hide my legs) and the fact that it’s uniquely your own design. I also love your tank top too ^^

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    • Thank you Claire! It really did come out better than I hoped it would. When I decided to make it I knew instantly that I was going to use that country blue yarn. I’ll probably buy more of that color to replenish my stash since I used up all that I had. I’m going to do a separate post about the tank top. I made that last year. I used a Crochet Crowd tutorial for that and it was super easy. 😀

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    • Thanks Tony! The best thing about the Simply Soft yarn is that it’s machine wash/dry so I am going to wear the hell out of this skirt all summer!! 😀

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    • Thank you Kate!! I am really proud of how well it turned out. I should get a t-shirt to wear with it that says “I made this skirt” LOL!! I’m so glad too that I was able to finish it while there is still plenty of summer weather to wear it. 😀

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    • Thank you Emma!!! Blue is my favorite color. It was so much fun making it too. I really liked making up the design as I went along. It was exciting to think about what stitches I wanted to do next and not worry about following a pattern. 😀

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  4. I love your skirt now it’s finished… Feeling quite envious of it! Thank you for your description as well… It’s given me confidence that I could maybe try to make a skirt without a pattern myself. It might have to be a next year project though as I have rather too many projects on the go at the moment!! Enjoy wearing your beautiful skirt 🙂

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    • Thank you so much! When I decided I was going to make it I was a little nervous about how it would come out. But then I thought – just give it a try, why not. The thing I liked best was that I just used stitches that I know. I didn’t have to worry about learning a new stitch or trying to interpret a pattern. I’m so glad that I didn’t have a lot of projects going at the time when I started this one. I’m kind of hoping to make another one before summer is over. I would love to make a narrow one with a slit up the back. Maybe a striped one using Caron Cakes. Hmmm now I want to start on that right away!! 😀

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  5. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas. You mother fucking slayed!!!! It looks amazing you look amazing! You should be so proud 😀 it looks so expensive and if I saw this in a store I’d totally buy it that’s how good it is. Project runway 😂

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    • You get half the credit girlfriend!!!! ❤ ❤ I think that if I saw this in a store I would probably buy it too!! Lucky for us we don't need to – we can make our own!!!! 😀

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  6. It turned out beautifully! You make it seem so easy I want to try; however, I know if I do there will be a ton of frogging involved!! Maybe I’ll just stick to the little things and existing patterns for now, lol.

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    • Thanks Sophie!! You should make one! It really is super easy if you use stitches that you already know and are comfortable with. I already want to make another one!! 😀

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  7. Wow, that came out gorgeous! You look positively radiant wearing your creations! I love that we have a face to connect with now, too! I’ve never considered making a skirt before but I am inspired by the results of yours.

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    • Thank you Lyn! It was a lot easier than I thought it would be. Definitely easier than the mandala!! I am super proud of it. I wore it to the store the other day and I love the way it swooshes when I walk. I felt like the Queen of Walmart!! LOL 😀

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  8. I too love skirts and dresses and your skirts looks lovely! It reminds me of the pretty crochet dresses my mum used to make for me when I was a child ( I guess that when I grew bigger, it took longer to make them and that’s why she stopped 😉

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    • Thank you Mama!!! This took a little more than a month to make. I didn’t work on it every day though, I had a few other projects going on. I should make some for winter and wear skirts all year long!! 😀

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  9. Tami! I love that you used an “organic” approach to this skirt. I’m going to share your post with Erica, since she totally loves the “swirl-skirt” feeling as well and I’m sure she’d be inspired by your project!

    I loved reading this, because I am taking inspiration myself from your “decide as you go” method, for my writing. I’ve been dithering about whether to work on this project or that one, and now, I have an idea for what to try next. Inspired by you!

    Thanks, Tami!

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    • Thanks Theresa! Oh the stitch patterns from Erica’s Butterfly Wrap would look fantastic in a skirt! Believe it or not, after all of these decades of crocheting it’s only been the past year that I feel like I’m finally finding my crochet “voice”. The thing that I loved best about this skirt was that “organic” approach. Obviously I’m really pleased with the end result but it was the freedom of being able to do whatever I felt would work that I think I’m proudest of. It was one of those moments when confidence and trust turn into reality – it was exhilarating!!
      I am so amazed at the parallels and similarities in the creative process between our two crafts. And I am absolutely delighted that I was able to inspire you!! 😀

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      • yes, you certainly did. I’ve thought for a long time there are many parallels in different types of art practices, writing – painting – and textile arts. So good to hear you’re seeing it too! And I shared your blog post with Erica, that’s the type of skirt she has always enjoyed, and who knows, she might give it a try! – organically, of course! 🙂

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    • I know right!!! I don’t understand why he wouldn’t try it on!! Thanks Hannah! It came out better than I expected it to. I need to make a few more so I don’t end up wearing this every day! 😀

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      • I wish you’d written the pattern.. I’d have loved to give it a try.. esp how the stitches all lined up. lol.. I can design one but I don’t anticipate having to frog it if I end up with an extra stitch or two..

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      • Oh Kelley the incredible tops you design and make are way trickier to do than this skirt. I had no idea what stitches I would be using until I started a round and it was pure luck that it ended up with no extra stitches. I really wanted to demonstrate to everyone that is afraid to design a project of their own that all you really need to know is the concept of how to create something. Then just use stitches that you already know. For the skirt the concept was – single crochet for the top part so there are no see-through holes then any combination of stitches for the bottom part. I would love to see a skirt that you design – or since you have so much knowledge and talent in designing tops you could even try a dress design!! Oh my gosh – a halter dress would be AMAZING!!! 😀

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      • Aww..you are so sweet. It really isnt hart to design, it’s just when working with a piece so large and then realised you have to frog can be frustrating. I actually designed 2 dresses, using the pineapple stitch.. I made a long one for my sister, and made the entire skirt part with a DC, chain 1 pattern. I was trying to make a maxi dress for myself using a chain pattern and somehow i messed up and it started to get really wide and I realized that it would have been a lot of work had if it were a maxi, so i kept it short. It’s really cute. I’ll email a pic to you.

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      • Yes email me a picture!! I didn’t really intend for my skirt to be as full as it is but when I saw it going wide I just went with it and was very careful to not do any more increases. The designing is the easy part – it’s the writing it all down and then putting it in crochet language that I don’t like to do. 😀

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      • lol.. yeah it actually is the most difficult part.. it’s so easy to just work the stitches in real time. I can’t tell you the amount of times i tried designing pieces and charts before actually crocheting and always end up with a completely different piece.

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    • Thank you!!!!! I was really happy that it came out the way I wanted it to. It’s a lot of fun wearing it – the skirt has an awesome swish when I walk!!!! 😀

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    • Thanks Linda! I can’t even tell you how much I love wearing that skirt!! It was so much fun designing and making it. It’s my proudest crochet moment so far. The tank top I made last year and I think I’ll be doing a blog post about it soon since a few people have commented on it. 😀

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