Flirty Marvel Skirt
Marie Segares/Underground Crafter
This A-line skirt was inspired by Marvel Crosson, a pioneering aviator with a fabulous and flirty sense of style.
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 young 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. Start by crocheting two panels flat, join with a decorative stitch, and then finish with a covered elastic waist band crocheted in the round.
(This skirt is unlined. I recommend slip shorts rather than a half slip if you prefer a liner.)
Basic crochet stitches: chain, double crochet, single crochet, slip stitch
Working in rows, working in the round, decreasing
Special stitches: broomstick lace, dc2tog, sc2tog (described in pattern)
Knit Picks 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 light weight wool/bamboo blend yarn.
US 7/4.5 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
0.75” (2 cm) elastic for waist band – 1 yd/1 m length
Sewing needle and thread.
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.
16 sts x 8 rows = 4” (10 cm) in pattern before blocking. For best fit, always check your gauge.
The complete free pattern is available on the Underground Crafter blog here.