Crochet shorts are popping up all over runways and
celebrities this summer season. For those not interested in paying big bucks for tiny clothes, consider making DIY crochet shorts instead. Not a fan of making lace from scratch or crochet in general — or, uh, even sewing? We’ve get your fanny covered with our favorite no-sew and even no-crochet crochet shorts as well as from-scratch shorts that dyed-in-the-wool yarn heads will love.
The two fashionistas of ReadyTwoWear
have translated the crochet shorts trend into ready-to-wear outfits that are no less glamorous than the high-fashion counterparts. Their DIY crochet shorts video transforms cozy cotton
boxers with lace trimming, sewn by hand.
Short and Sweet
Rather than crochet your own clothes, consider adding crochet or lace trim to a tired old pair of denim shorts. This is a quick and easy project sure to add a touch of flair to a pair of shorts that might otherwise have been destined for the donation pile.
Life's Too Short
Sometimes there’s a reason a crochet pattern is free. If you're not up for wasting your time on an unreviewed pattern, consider buying one instead. This $6 crochet shorts pattern is simple and offers a little more assurance that your end product was not doomed from the beginning.
Tiered lace tops these stylish shorts in another trendy
alternative to crochet and even sewing, thanks to that old stand-by — fabric glue. To make your own, grab lace trim that is either vintage-inspired
or bold and modern, depending on
your personal tastes.
Perhaps you understand the basics for making DIY crochet shorts and want to jazz them up a little. Consider using a pineapple crochet lace stitch (not for beginners), inspired by the high-fashion brand Letarte Swimwear’s
$150 pair (featured left).
Shorts not doing it for you? Consider making a crochet skirt
for your trip to the beach this summer. This free pattern can be shortened or
lengthened, depending on your preference, but uses the same whimsical designs
of crochet shorts.
This free, reviewed pattern from DROPS Design
simple crochet stitch with lace trimming along the hem. Even better, the average cost to make these shorts is $21, a bargain compared to store-bought crochet
shorts, often landing over $50. For the free crochet shorts pattern, check out DROPS Design.
All Day Thong
This pattern looks suspiciously like a yarn thong in the early stages of its creation, but in the end turns out a fashionably airy pair of shorts. Thread a colorful ribbon through the top for a cute and easy drawstring.
Image credits (from top): ReadyTwoWear, ReadyTwoWear, Inspired Soul, Sara Dudek, Swell Mayde, Letarte Swimwear / Mostly Crochet, FaveCrafts, DROPS Design, Crochet Chiq.