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Marilyn Pencil Skirt

The vertical elements on this skirt pattern, made from half double crochet ribbing, creates figure- flattering lines. An added yoke on top allows for easy shaping and a custom fit. Pair this sleek skirt with heels and a blazer for the office or with riding boots and turtleneck for a casual weekend.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Finished Hip Circumference 31 1/2 (33 1/2, 35 1/4, 37 1/2, 39 1/2, 41 3/4, 43 3/4, 46, 47 1/2, 49 3/4,)” to fit hip 32 (34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50)” 0 – 1” negative ease recommended. Shown in size 34”

Gauge: 19 sts and 14.5 rows = 4″ [10 cm] in hdc-BL after blocking


Yarn: Hikoo by Skacel Simplicity (55% superwash merino, 28% acrylic, 17% nylon; 117 yards [107 meters]/50 grams): #046 Crimson (MC, 8 (8, 9, 9, 10) balls)
Hook: US size G/6 (4.0 mm) hook or size require for gauge
Notions: Tapestry needle, 4 stitch markers, 3/4″ [2 cm] elastic for waist band


Hdc-BL: Half double crochet in the back loop only
Hdc-BL-dec: Half double crochet decrease
Sc-FL: Single crochet in the front loop only

Pattern Notes

The bottom section of the skirt is worked from side to side in one piece. Yarn is then joined to the top edge so the yoke section can be worked from the hip up to the waist.
When seaming the bottom panel, begin at the top of the skirt and work downward stopping 5-6″ (10-13 cm) before the bottom edge to form the slit opening. Use a slip stitch seam worked on the right side of the garment to mimic the lines created by the ribbed fabric.
Before joining yarn to top edge of skirt to work the yoke, align seam/slit to sit at the center of the left knee (approximately 5-6″ or [13-15 cm] to the left of the front center point). For best results, try on the skirt to double check placement.
The pattern is worked almost entirely in half double crochet in the back loop. All decreases are worked in hdc-BL as follows: Yo, insert hook in back loop of designated st, yo, pull up a loop, yo insert hook in back loop of next st, yo pull up a loop, yo, pull through all 5 loops on hook. (One Hdc-BL-dec complete.)


Bottom Panel

Chain 73 (73, 73, 74, 74, 76, 76, 77, 77, 78).
Row 1 (RS): Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.
Row 2 (WS): Ch 2, hdc-BL in first hdc and each hdc across, turn.
Rep row 2 until a total of 114 (122, 128, 136, 142, 150, 158, 166, 172, 180) rows has been reached or until piece measures 311/2 (33 1/2, 35 1/4, 37 1/2, 39 1/2 , 41 3/4, 43 3/4, 46, 47 1/2, 49 3/4)” or 80 [85.5, 89.5, 95.5, 100.5, 106, 111, 117, 120.5, 126.5] cm then fasten off. Seam skirt leaving 4-5″ slit. (See pattern notes.)


Align bottom section of skirt so that slit opening is in desired location at left front knee. (See pattern notes.) Then with RS facing, join yarn to top edge of skirt at the center back and ch 2. Work 150, (160, 168, 178, 188, 198, 208, 218, 226, 236) hdc evenly around the piece, turn.
Mark locations for decreases: Ch 2, hdc-BL in first st and in each st across while placing markers on indicated stitches.

Size 32 only: 19th, 57th, 94th, 132nd sts
Size 34 only: 20th 61st, 100th, 141st sts
Size 36 only: 21st, 64th, 105th, 148th sts
Size 38 only: 22nd, 68th, 111th, 157th sts
Size 40 only: 23rd, 72nd, 117th, 166, sts
Size 42 only: 25th, 75th, 124th 174th sts
Size 44 only: 26th, 79th, 130th, 183rd sts
Size 46 only: 27th, 83rd, 136th, 192nd sts
Size 48 only: 28th, 86th, 141st, 199th sts
Size 50 only: 29th, 90th, 147th, 208th sts

All sizes
Next row (Dec row): Ch 2, hdc-BL in first st and each st until first marker. Complete st and replace marker. Work hdc-BL-dec over next 2 sts, cont evenly until 2 sts before 2nd marker then work another hdc-BL-dec. Work 2nd marked st and replace marker, then work evenly to 3rd marker. Work 3rd marked st and replace marker then work hdc-BL-dec in next 2 sts. Work evenly until 2 sts before 4th marked st and work last hdc-BL-dec. Work 4th marked st and replace marker then cont evenly across, turn.

Next row: Ch 2, hdc-BL in first st and in each st across, turn.

Cont in est patt rep these 2 rows 11 more times until 102 (112, 120, 130, 140, 150, 160, 170, 178, 188) sts rem.

Waist Band

Ch 1, sc in first hdc and in each hdc across, then work 4 more rows evenly in Single Crochet st.
Next row: Ch 1, sc-FL in first sc and in each sc across, then work 4 more rows evenly in Single Crochet st. Fasten off leaving long tail for seaming.


Lightly block garment to finished dimensions. Cut elastic to desired length (usually 2-3″ or [5-8 cm] shorter than actual waist measurement.) Insert elastic into waistband casing and seam casing. Overlap elastic by ½” or [1 cm] and sew securely, then seam center back opening. Weave in ends. yarn ball

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  • Patricia W.

    Could you please include gauge information or at least yarn size so the I could find an adequate substitute if the specified yarn is not available in my area. This is a comment for all your patterns. Many are very pretty, but for garments to work, you need to know whether the yarn should be sport, DK, worsted or lace weight. It is an expensive mistake to guess

    • Nicola P.

      Thanks for your comment! We appreciate the suggestion and definitely have plans to update our patterns with yarn weight information. It’s a great idea!


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