Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Sexiest One Piece I've Ever Crocheted!

Okay, so my little sister is going to kill me when she sees that I've posted this swimsuit I free style designed for her body almost 7 years ago! I thought I lost this picture, but I found it on a flash drive.   

Although I failed to record the actual pattern (don't ever be like me!), I can still tell you how I made it!

Okay, make two identical triangles (the top half of a bikini).  Be sure to measure yourself for how large you would like the triangles to be. Remember that the area of a triangle is 1/2 base (height). Really all you have to do is measure how long you want the base to be, and how long you want the height to be, and then crochet a chain the length of the base and start from there. Some people crochet 1.25 inch more to account for elastic bands, drawstrings, etc. It's up to you, but you have to be patient and willing to experiment...or just youtube it! haha!

To crochet a triangle: Chain however long you would like the base of your triangle to be (the longest bottom portion). for example: chain 47. double crochet in the 3rd loop from your hook and double crochet 44 (the ch 2 counts as 1 double 45 double crochet). ch2 . turn
Row 2: double crochet (dc) 44.  turn

Row 3: double crochet decrease 1x (dc decrease should have to go into 2 or stitches, so you decrease and then dc until you get to the other end, and double crochet decrease again). So, we dc decrease and dc 41 and dc decrease 1x again. So, that's 2 stitches to decrease + 41 dc + 2 stitches to decrease = 45 stitches we started out with.

Row 4-6: Dc 41.

(So, after the decrease, you should have less than 45 stitches to dc into...I guess it would be minus 2 or minus 4 (both ends decreased total), I can't remember right now if the dc decrease removes 2 stitches per dc decrease or one. However, after you decrease, if you decide to dc a row without decreasing, you will dc 41 instead of 45 because you decreased...this is the key to making the shape of the triangle).
I usually crochet about 2 - 3 rows before I started decreasing between rows. So, I'll decrease after about 2 rows, and then

Row 7: dc decrease. dc 37. dc decrease

(go into the stitch- meaning the stitch of the previous row).

You will continue on like this until you decrease down to only one stich, which I usually half double crochet (hdc- yarn over, go into the stitch and pull through you have 3 loops on the hook-pull the yarn through all three loops on the ch) and start making a chain for the support straps-strings that go around the neck.

Final Row as mentioned above: hdc in the final stitch at the top of the triangle. ch 60
(For a more supportive strap-instead of just strings-single crochet (sc- yarn over, go into the stitch and pull through yarn- you now have two loops on the hook-yarn over and pull through both loops) or hdc into each of the 60 chains you made for the straps.

Edging- I usually go around almost the entire triangle and straps with a simple sc bordering. When I get to the base of the triangle, I make a filet or just holes, which are made by 2 dc, skip two dc, 2 dc- repeat this all the way to the end of the base, and then sc up the sides. It looks nice and finished when this is done.

Strap for the bottom of the top: ch 100 or how ever many you need for the length. sc in each ch (repeat for however strong you want it to can be just a chain, or you can repeat the rows until it's a firm strap). String this through the loops/holes made at the base of each triangle.

Repeat exactly for the other triangle. So, you need to write down each step. I can recall recording the triangles on a scrap piece of paper, but I didn't save it :(

You can approach the mid part 2 different ways: crochet the midpart seperately and attach it after or turn the bikini top upside down and crochet across the bottom of both bases. You will approach this just like the triangles for the top, but you will make it larger and taper it down to where the top of the triangle will end at the back of the crotch area. Then you will make a chain to make a thong.

You have to increase to make the triangle at the back of the thong. So, after I get the string long enough to where it is almost at the top of the butt crack (haha), I start to increase: I'll start out with a hdc where I want to start the small triangle (at the back thong part). I add two dc into the 1 hdc and then go into each stitch across the top. Be sure to add strings on both sides of the small triangle and on the mid part so that you may tie the bottom securely to your bottom.

If you don't want a thong: just make a large triangle for your bum and a smaller triangle for the crotch. Instead of making the tops of these triangles to a point, don't go that far, but just make it square like and make the two meet in the middle by connecting with yarn or by sewing. You just have to measure yourself correctly.


Instructions on how to measure yourself for a swimsuit!

    • 1
      Enlist the help of a friend when measuring your body. This will allow you to maintain good posture during the process and improve your accuracy.
    • 2
      Measure yourself while wearing just your underwear. You will get inaccurate numbers if you attempt to measure over clothing.
    • 3
      Find your accurate bust measurements by ensuring the tape is positioned around the fullest part of your breasts. Keep your arms relaxed as this measurement is being taken, and do not hold your breath.
    • 4
      Record all your specific measurements on a piece of paper that you will take with you when shopping for a bathing suit. Don't rely on your memory. Compare the measurements with a bathing suit sizing chart if your shop has one.
    • 5
      Measure your hips carefully. Be sure to find the fullest area of this part of your body and keep your heels together during the measuring process.
    • 6
      Take an accurate measurement of your torso first. This is important for getting a one-piece suit that fits correctly. Run the measuring tape from your shoulder, and take it down diagonally over your front, between your legs and then back up to your shoulder again.
    • 7
      Get your waist measurement by running the tape around the narrowest point of your mid-section. This is the area from which you naturally bend. Make sure the tape measure is not twisted and that it lays flat on this area while you are reading from it.
    • 8
      Try on all suits you are considering purchasing. You may find that even with the most accurate measurements, your particular size will vary between suits. You also want to make sure that the suits you choose flatter your body, as a good fit does not automatically ensure a good look.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Never rush while you are being measured for a swimsuit, as it is easy to mistake a calculation by an inch or so when you are in a hurry.
  • Don't assume a snug suit is the wrong size. You want a bathing suit to have a snug, but not tight, fit when it is new and dry.

Read more: How to Measure the Body for a Bathing Suit |

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