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The Ohana Hula Skirt Crochet Pattern

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Hula Girl / Luau Set Crochet by Briana K Designs

The Ohana Hula Skirt Crochet Pattern is great for the neighborhood luau or any festive outdoor party. With Halloween just around the corner, the Ohana Hula Skirt Crochet Pattern would make a perfect family costume theme or fun family pictures on the beach. This pattern is complete with a grass skirt, coconut top, headband with flower details, and barefoot sandals, that will have you feeling the island vibes. (For 40% off an ad-free PDF use code ALOHA on Ravelry & Etsy until 8/24/22)

A traditional hula skirt is called a pa’u and is a wrapped skirt. It is often made from raffia, which is long palm fibers woven together. The hula skirt made of raffia is often tied and thus has a wraparound quality. The Ohana Hula Skirt Crochet Pattern uses a button to achieve the same wraparound quality.

The individual raffia strands are both thick and stiff, so the skirt stands out slightly from the body. In the original hula skirt, Lion Brand Fun Fur was used but it has been discontinued. If you don’t have any of this eyelash yarn in your stash, some great alternatives would be thick & thin yarn or any yarn you have in your stash with varying widths of ribbon. Let your creativity go wild there are a lot of different options to make an amazing Ohana Hula Skirt.

The Ohana Hula Skirt Crochet Pattern is easily adaptable to any size needed from child to pre-teen but could be made in any adult size if you know your measurements for the skirt.

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Supplies:

Crochet Hook:

Furls Hook
9.0 mm Hook (N)
5.0 mm Hook (H)
4.25 mm Hook (G)
3.75 mm Hook (F)

Notions:

Removable stitch markers if needed
Yarn needle to weave in ends
Scissors
1 Button for Skirt

Yarn:

WeCrochet Brava Worsted, worsted weight #4 (100% Premier Acrylic; 218 yds/200 m per 100g skein)
1 skein of each of the following colors:

  • White
  • Cotton Candy (Light Pink)
  • Rouge (Dark Pink)
  • Tranquil (Light Blue)
  • Tidepool(Dark Blue)
  • Freesia (Light Purple)
  • Mulberry (Dark Purple)
  • Canary (Yellow)
  • Alfalfa (Light Green)
  • Grass (Dark Green)
  • Espresso (Light Brown)
  • Carob (Dark Brown)

Premier Eyelash, bulky weight #5 yarn (214 yds/196 m per 3.5 oz/100 g skein)
1-2 skeins needed for children sizes, for teen or adult sizes more will be needed.

*Original pattern was made with a combination of Red Heart Super Saver, Red Heart With Love, Red Heart Soft, Vanna’s Choice & Pound of Love.

**Lion Brand Fun Fur in Lime Green was used for the hula skirt which has been discontinued.

Yardage:

200 – 800 yards (183 – 732 m)

Abbreviations/Stitches:

ch- Chain
ch sp- Chain Space
st- Stitch
sc- Single Crochet
hdc- Half Double Crochet
dc- Double Crochet
sl st- Slip Stitch
MC- Magic Circle

Gauge:

 Hard to measure gauge on this pattern but I included it for the SC
10 SC by 10 Rows =2 ½ by 2 ½ inches

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Size:

Baby, Toddler, Child, and adjustable to Adult.

Special Stitches:

dc cluster: Yarn over insert hook in indicated stitch, yarn over, pull up loop, yarn over pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook) *yarn over, insert hook in same stitch, yarn over, pull up loop, yarn over pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook)*; repeat from * to * until 7 loop remain on hook, yarn over, pull through all loops. Push the cluster to the outside of the work.

Ohana Hula Skirt Crochet Pattern Instructions:

Small Flowers:

You will need 11 total: 8 for the Lei, 2 for the Barefoot Sandals, and 1 for the Coconut Top. You can choose any color combination or variety you would like.

Use F Hook

Round 1: MC, ch1, sc 10 in Magic Circle, Join with sl st

Round 2: *Ch 2, 5 dc in same st, ch 2 and sl st in next 2 sts*; repeat from * to * four times for a total of 5 petals, sl st to join. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing to outfit.

Large/Extra Large Flowers:

Large Flowers: There are two on the headband, use F Hook

Extra Large Flowers: On center headband and skirt use G Hook

Complete Small Flower Rounds 1-2, then go to Round 3.

Round 3: With RS facing, join with your second color in any starting ch-2 sp, *sc into ch sp, 2 sc in next stitch, 2 hdc in next, (dc, ch1, dc) in next, 2 hdc in next, sc 2 in next, sc in ch sp, sl st into the center base between petals*; repeat from * to * for each petal. Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing to outfit.

To help your flower lay right, fold every left side of the petal up and over the pedal next to it. This is shown below.

Using a needle and white yarn, sew lines extending from the center to each petal.

Yellow Center of Flower:

Using F Hook.

Row 1: ch 10, dc cluster in 3rd chain from hook, Hdc in next, sc in last 6. Use tail to attach to center of flower.

Estimated Size Measurements In Inches
Baby / Child MeasurementsNB3 Mo6 Mo12 Mo2345681012
Waist Inches18181919.52020.7521.522.523.5252627
Skirt Length above the knee5.255.756.256.757.758.258.759.2512.513.7514.515.25
Skirt Length at the knee5.756.256.57.258.759.510.251114.517.518.516.5
Skirt Length at mid-calf66.7578111316182022.523.7525

For the best fit, measure the waist of the intended wearer. I have included the above-estimated chart if you are unable to measure your subject.

Skirt:

Use H hook.

Row 1: Using Dark Green Yarn, chain to desired waist size in multiples of 5+1 (ex: 25+1 or 26 chains) Add more stitches if needed to meet this requirement, sc in second ch from hook and in each across, turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first 10 sts, *ch 4, skip 4, sc in next*; repeat from * to * across, turn.

Row 3: Change to Light Green Yarn, ch 1, sc in each across working 4 sc in each ch-4 sp from previous row, turn.

Row 4: Change to Dark Green Yarn, ch 1, sc in each st across. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Sew a button onto the end of skirt that has the 10 sc from Row 2.

Starting just after the button area, you will be attaching strands of yarn to make the grass part of the skirt.

Use the chart above or measure your intended wearer for the desired length. You will cut each strand of yarn to be twice this length since they will be folded in half to tie a larks head knot (shown below).

For each stitch cut 2 strands of Dark Green, 1 strand of Light Green, and 1 Strand of Eyelash Yarn. Put these strands together, and attach with Larks Head Knot along edge of Row 4. To save time cutting strands for the hula skirt use a flat object that is the approx length needed and cut all of them at once.

Once all hula strands have been attached to Row 4, button skirt and sew an Extra Large Flower on front. If desired trim strands to equal lengths.

Lei:

Use N hook and 4 strands of yarn (2 Dark Green, 1 Light Green, 1 Green Eyelash Yarn) to ch 185 (leave about a 3 inch tail at the beginning). Fasten off and use strands to tie each end together. Repeat 2 more times varying the number of chains so each loop is a different length. Using Dark Green Yarn wrap the part of the loops that will go against the neck to hold all loops together and hide your knot. Weave in ends to secure wrap. Use 8 Small Flowers and sew them onto the Lei randomly.

Coconut Top:

Use G Hook and Brown Yarn. This will be worked in continuous rounds. Use a stitch marker if necessary.

Round 1: Make MC, ch 1, sc 11 in MC. 11 sts

Round 2: sc 2 in each stitch around. 22 sts

Round 3: sc 2 in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat around. 33 sts

Round 4: sc in each stitch around. 33 sts

Round 5: sc 2 in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat around. 44 sts

(For a small baby or newborn stop here and continue onto Top Strap.)

Round 6: sc in each stitch around (For 9-12 month baby stop here and continue onto top strap). 44 sts

Round 7: sc 2 in the first stitch, sc in the next 10 stitches, repeat around. 48 sts

Round 8: sc in each stitch around (For toddler/child stop here and continue onto top strap). 48 sts

Round 9: sc 2 in the first stitch, sc in the next 11 stitches, repeat around. 52 sts

Round 10: sc in each stitch around (For bigger child stop here and continue onto top strap)

(For a Pre-Teen/Teen Repeat Round 10 two more times). 52 sts

Top Strap: For Baby-12 Months: ch 12 and skip 9, sl st in next stitch, fasten off and weave in ends.

For Toddler: ch 15 and skip 10, sl st in next stitch, fasten off and weave in ends.

For Child/Teen: ch 17 and skip 11, sl st in next stitch, fasten off and weave in ends.

Ties: Cut 4 strands of Dark Brown and 4 strands of Light Brown, 24 inches in length. Attach 1 strand of each color to each Top Strap by folding in half and braid strands, (one part will have two strands, the other two parts will have one strand). Tie end and cut tails evenly. Repeat for other Top Strap.

Use a small flower to connect each side of the Coconut Top by stitching it onto the center edges.
With the remaining brown strands attach 1 strand of each color to side of Coconut top, braid using the same method as above, repeat for other side.

Barefoot Sandals:

Use G Hook

Round 1: Make MC, ch 3, dc, ch 2, *dc 2, ch 2*; repeat from * to * one more time, in MC. Join with sl st to top of ch 3.

Round 2: sl st to first ch-2 sp from previous round, ch 3, dc, ch 2, dc 2, ch 2 in the same ch-2 sp. In the next ch 2 space *(dc 2, ch 2, dc 2, ch 2) in next ch-2 sp*; repeat from * to * for last ch-2 sp, join with sl st to top of ch 3.

Round 3-Toe Hole: sl st to first ch-2 sp from Round 2, ch 10 and sl st into same space.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Cut 2 strands of Dark Green and 2 strands of Light Green, each 25 inches in length. (If you would like it to wrap around the ankle and up the shin make these strands longer)
With 1 strand of Dark Green and 1 strand of Light Green attach to one side of each side corner of triangle. Split the 4 pieces of yarn into three parts (one part will have two strands, the other two parts will have one strand) and braid. Tie end and cut tails evenly. Sew a Small Flower onto main body of Barefoot Sandal. Repeat for other sandal.

Headband:

Use N Hook and 2 strands of Dark Green, 1 strand of Light Green, and 1 Eyelash strand of Yarn.

Row 1: Ch 24, dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each across. Fasten off and weave in ends. (22 dc stitches total. If you would like the thick headband part to be wider or shorter, either increase or decrease your starting Ch).

Cut 2 strands of Dark Green and 2 strands of Light Green, each 30 inches in length. With 1 strand of Dark Green and 1 strand of Light Green attach to one side of Headband around edge dc post stitch using a larks head knot. Split the 4 pieces of yarn into three parts (one part will have two strands, the other two parts will have one strand) and braid. Tie end and cut tail evenly. Repeat on other side of Headband.

Using needle, sew 1 Extra Large Flower and 2 Large Flowers to Headband off set to one side or centered.

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Edited 8/22 originally posted 7/14

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