I've also tried things like grass crest, stone armor, mask of the mother, etc. My problem is more with those three skeletons. What usually happens is:
The three skeletons sort of attack me at once and kill my stamina. It's hard to hit one or two because it exposes you to an attack from the other (and I'll die in two hits). These skeletons are so unpredictable and buffed! They sort of flip all over the place and annoy the hell out of me. And if Gravelord Dance shows up at the same time, forget it.
Occasionally I will be about to finish them off but get killed from behind by Nito.
If I do get to Nito, the fireball takes away most his health and the crest shield negates most of the AoE attack. However I have to stay close enough to hit him with fire, while far enough away such that I don't back into the OTHER skeletons, which happens quite often.
If I do hit him with all eight fireballs, I still have to finish him off with melee. In this case I get killed by the overhand attack or by the big skeletons that just appeared out of nowhere.
I'm looking for some tips to at least make getting past the first part easier. Thanks.