I started a little over a week ago. I finished it "early" this morning. I couldn't sleep so I decided to go ahead and finish it! Finishing a crochet project always makes me feel good. After I sewed the seams and the waist band, I was a lot happier with it. (It seems to always be the case with me!)
I showed my husband (he knew I was up) this morning and he said he liked it. I always have doubts about my crochet projects (will it fit, is it too thick or too heavy, did I use the right color, am I doing this right, I don't like it, etc...) but once I put the finishing touches to it, I end up liking it! I'm REALLY my own worse critic. I need to take my own advice and give myself more praise! Anyways, here are the details to the skirt:
I used Caron's Simply Soft Yarn in Autumn Red. This was the yarn in my stash. I used 2 skeins of the red and 1 skein of the black. This pattern is from the booklet "Skirts" from the American School of Needlework (2 to knit, 3 to crochet). The skirt did work up relatively fast for a shell pattern. I used a size H hook for the waist and for the first 17 rows. After that, it was smaller than I like so I changed it to a size I hook for the rest of the skirt. It gave it a nice shape to it.
I probably could of changed back to the H hook for the lower pineapple and shell (in black). The lower part of the skirt took the longest, I had to re-read the directions a few times to figure out what I was doing. My last skirt pattern was with a diagram which I thought was easier. There were a few mistakes in the pattern but I was able to figure it out.
Here are 2 pictures of the skirt, I'm not sure if you can see the pineapple in it!