I’m so excited to share my first skirt pattern on the blog today, the Flirty Marvel Skirt, which is available in 4 women’s sizes. This A-line skirt was inspired by Marvel Crosson, a pioneering aviator with a fabulous and flirty sense of style.
This post contains affiliate links. The yarn for the sample was generously provided by WeCrochet.
Marvel was the first woman to receive a pilot’s license in (the then Territory of) Alaska, and was a contestant in the 1929 Women’s Air Derby (also known as the “Powder Puff Derby”), the first U.S. air race for women.
Sadly, Marvel died as a result of a crash on the second day of the Derby.
This skirt is a great project for a crocheter who hasn’t made garments before, but the join keeps things interesting for a more advanced crocheter. I used WeCrochet Galileo, a smooth wool/bamboo blend with an excellent drape that hugs curves for the sample.
This skirt was designed with a bold-hearted woman in mind, but some ladies won’t feel comfortable wearing it without lining.
One option is to use a half slip, but I would actually recommend slip shorts instead. The Flirty Marvel Skirt looks best with a snug fit, and a half slip may “bulk it up” too much. If you’re not familiar with slip shorts, they can be worn in place of undies and are available in different lengths and colors.
This skirt starts with two panels, crocheted flat. These are joined with a decorative stitch to create peek-a-boo openings on the side seams.
Then skirt is finished with a covered elastic waist band cover that is crocheted in the round.
My dear friend, Carlota Zimmerman, was kind enough to model for me. You can really feel her boldness in these pictures, can’t you?
And her theatrical sensibilities as well…
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Flirty Marvel Skirt
Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter
This easy A-line skirt is inspired by pioneering aviatrix, Marvel Crosson.
- Adult Women’s: XS (S, M, L) – 24 (26.5, 30, 34)”/61 (67.5, 76, 86.5) cm waist; 20.75”/53 cm length. Photographed sample is size M.
- WeCrochet Galileo (50% Merino wool/50% bamboo, 1.75 oz/50 g, 131 yd/120 m) – 5 (6, 6, 7) skeins Nebula, or approximately 655 (786, 786, 917) yd/600 (720, 720, 840) m in any fine weight wool/bamboo blend yarn.
- US 7/4.5 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
- Yarn needle.
- Stitch marker.
- 0.75” (2 cm) elastic for waist band – 1 yd/1 m length
- Sewing needle and thread.
- 16 sts x 8 rows = 4” (10 cm) in pattern before blocking. For best fit, always check your gauge.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern
- ch – chain
- dc – double crochet
- dc2tog – double crochet 2 sts together (decrease) – *(Yo, insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops) twice, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops. A helpful tutorial for this stitch is available here.
- ea – each
- rep – repeat
- sc – single crochet
- sc2tog – single crochet 2 sts together – *(Insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a loop) twice, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops.
- sk – skip
- sl st – slip stitch
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- t-ch – turning chain
- yo – yarn over
- * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.
- Panels are crocheted from hem to waist.
- Front and back panels are connected with lacy crochet join.
- Skirt is finished with an elastic waist band covered with crochet in the round.
- Waist band is crocheted in spirals without joining
Front and back panel – Make 2
- Ch 72, (78, 84, 90).
- Row 1: Turn, sk 2 ch (counts as dc), sk 1 ch, 3 dc in next st, *sk 2 ch, 3 dc in next st; rep from * across to last 2 sts, sk 1 ch, dc in last st. – 71 (77, 83, 89) sts
- Row 2: Turn, ch 2 (counts as dc, here and throughout), sk 1 st, *3 dc in center of next 3-dc group, sk 2 sts; rep from * across to last 3 sts, 3 dc in next st, sk 1 st, dc in t-ch.
- Rows 3-5: Rep Row 2 three times.
- Row 6: Turn, ch 2, sk 1 st, 2 dc in next st, *sk 2 sts, 3 dc in next st; rep from * across to last 5 sts, sk 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, sk 1 st, dc in t-ch. — Decreases 2 sts — 69 (75, 81, 87) sts
- Row 7: Turn, ch 2, 2 dc in next st, *sk 2 sts, 3 dc in next st; rep form * across to last 4 sts, sk 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, dc in t-ch.
- Rows 8-9: Rep Row 7 twice.
- Row 10: Turn, ch 2, dc in next st, *sk 2 sts, 3 dc in next st; rep from * across to last 4 sts, sk 2 sts, dc in next st, dc in t-ch. — Decreases 2 sts — 67 (73, 79, 85) sts
- Row 11: Turn, ch 2, dc in same st, *sk 2 sts, 3 dc in next st; rep form * across to last 3 sts, sk 2 sts, 2 dc in t-ch.
- Rows 12-13: Rep Row 11 twice.
- Row 14: Turn, ch 2, *sk 2 sts, 3 dc in next st; rep from * to last 3 sts, sk 2 sts, dc in t-ch. — Decreases 2 sts — 65 (71, 77, 83) sts
- Row 15: Turn, ch 2, sk 1 st, *3 dc in next st, sk 2 sts; rep from * across to last st, dc in t-ch.
- Rows 16-17: Rep Row 15 twice.
- Rows 18-25: Rep Rows 6-13 once.
- Row 26: Turn, ch 2, dc2tog, dc in next st and ea st across to last 3 sts, dc2tog, dc in t-ch. — Decreases 2 sts — 59 (65, 71, 77) sts
- Row 27: Turn, ch 2, dc in next st and ea st across.
- Rows 28-41: Rep Rows 26-27 seven times. Fasten off. — Decreases 14 sts — 45 (51, 57, 63) sts
- Weave in ends with yarn needle. Spray block to 20” (51 cm) length and panel width listed in schematic.
- With 2 panels side by side, join with sl st to bottom (first row) of left panel, ch 7, sl st to right panel.
- Row 1: Turn, ch 1, sk 3 ch, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc, ch 1) in next st, sk 3 ch, sl st to top of 3rd
- Row 2: Turn, ch 1, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc, ch 1) in ch-2 sp, join to opposite piece 2 rows above with sl st.
- Rep Row 2, alternating sides, ending top row on one side, turn, ch 3, sl st in ch-2 sp, ch 3, join to other side with sl st, fasten off.
- Rep to join panels on other side.
- Join with sl st to st on edge, ch 1, sc in ea st around, place marker. — 104 (116, 128, 140) sts
- Round 1: *Sc in ea of next 11 (8, 14, 33) sts, sc2tog; rep from * around. — 96 (106, 120, 136) sts
- Round 2: Sc in ea st around.
- Rounds 3-8: Rep Round 2 six times, or until waist band measures approximately 1.5” (4 cm), do not fasten off.
- Cut elastic to 1” (2.5 cm) longer than skirt waist measurement. Fold overlap of elastic and sew closed with needle and thread.
- Insert elastic inside of skirt in waist band Rounds 1-4. Fold over waist band. With yarn needle, sew waist band closed over elastic. With yarn needle, weave in ends.
24 thoughts on “Crochet Pattern: Flirty Marvel Skirt in 4 Sizes”
I read through your pattern. I find it is an easy to read and follow pattern.
I am looking forward to crocheting this cute and flirty skirt.
Thank you, for the free pattern and time you took.
Thanks so much for your kind words, Mary! I’d love to see pictures when you’re finished.
Wow! This skirt is so fresh and yet classic in style. Thank you so much for all your hard work and creativity in not only designing this free skirt pattern, but doing so in 4 different sizes! I also like that it is two separate panels and then joined. I think it makes fitting it easier. Congratulations!! Your first skirt pattern is lovely!
Thanks so much, Darlene! I agree, fitting is much more straightforward this way.
Super cute! And thanks for the tip about short slips! Adding it favs on Ravelry so I don’t forget!
Thanks, Esther! Please share a picture when you make your own :).
I love this pattern beautiful appearance, original and easy. Thank you for sharing. You are a good designer. Sorry for my english I’m from Quebec Canada.
Thanks so much for your kind words, Maryse, and your English is excellent! Please share a picture if you make one for yourself :).
This is really cute! I’m definitely going to add it to my to-do list. And I love knit picks yarn!
Thanks, Margo! I really loved using this yarn, too.
#BestIdeaEver This is really lovely. I will be making this for my daughter, but will be looking for a light weight fabric to line it. Thanks!
So glad you like it, Lorraine. Do share a picture when you finish your lined version.
Thanks for this lovely patern, i’ll make my project for my daughter, but, i’m sorry, i from indonesia, i have a difficult to translate the term “yo”. Is there any tutorial about this, thanks so much
Thanks for stopping by, mayjend. I don’t have a tutorial for the term “yo,” so I hope this helps. Yarn over means to wrap the yarn around the hook. For example, when you make a chain, you “yo” and then draw that yarn through the loop.
Hi thank u for the pattern can this pattern be used on thinner wool
Sarah, you can try thinner yarn, but if you don’t get the same gauge, your skirt will be a different size.
I have finished the first panel and over halfway through second, very much looking forward to finishing & wearing this Spring/Summer (when English weather permits!). I’m using a cotton viscose lightweight yarn on hook size 5mm , will post a picture as soon as I can. Thank you so much for your lovely sophisticated flirty marvel skirt pattern, it’s a joy to crochet! Looking forward to trying some of your other patterns, Sam
Loved this beautiful skirt. I have featured it on my website in the 9 best free patterns for crochet skirts.
Thank you for the inspiration. I had forgotten about the A line skirt and after looking at the drawing of your pattern, it helped me to put the pattern of the A libne skirt into perspective. I tend to run a 3x at the moment and I’ve just started wearing 3x knee length tunic dresses. I’ve been trying to come up with ideas for the winter though. I live in Pennsylvania and knee length dresses just don’t keep your legs warm enough. So I’m going to crochet some skirts to go beneathe them during the winter time. That way I can still wear my knee length dresses during the colder months. Your pattern is beautiful and keep up the good work. I love your pattern designs. Take care and stay well.