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Crochet Your Very Own Lopez String Bikinis: Includes Designs for 2 Triangle Tops & 9 Bikini Bottoms

Crochet Your Very Own Lopez String Bikinis: Includes Designs for 2 Triangle Tops & 9 Bikini Bottoms

by Audrey Lopez

ISBN: 9781434386366

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Chapter One

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

ABBREVIATIONS

beg beginning

bet between

ch chain: yo and pull up a loop

cm centimeter(s)

dc double crochet: yo and insert hook, yo again and pull up a loop (you should have 3 loops on hook). Yo again and draw through 2 loops on hook (you should have 2 loops on hook). Yo again and draw through last 2 loops on hook

dc2tog double crochet 2 together: * yo and insert hook, yo and draw loop through, yo and draw through 2 loops, rep from * once more, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook (1 st decreased)

dc3tog double crochet 3 together: * yo and insert hook, yo and draw loop through, yo and draw through 2 loops, rep from * twice more, yo and draw through all 4 loops on hook (2 sts decreased)

g gram(s)

hdc half double crochet: yo and insert hook, yo again and pull up a loop (you should have 3 loops on hook). Yo again and draw through all 3 of the loops on hook

in(s) inch(es)

mm millimeter(s)

rep repeat

RS right side

sc single crochet: insert your hook, yo and pull up a loop (you should have 2 loops on hook). Yo and draw through both loops on hook

sp space

st(s) stitch(es)

tog together

yo yarn over: wrap the yarn over the hook the number of times specified, if the instructions say yarn over then you only do it once

WS wrong side

* work instructions following * as many more times as indicated in addition to the first time

work enclosed instructions as many times as specified by the explanatory remarks

WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO GET STARTED

3 x 50 g 100% lightweight Cotton yarn for one set 3.00 mm Crochet hook Markers (a few strands of contrast coloured yarn will work) Measuring Tape Needles - for yarn and sewing Scissors Sewing pins Small safety pin Steam iron Swimsuit lining in nude and thread to match (Optional) Swimsuit elastic (preferably clear)

GAUGE

24 sts and 14 rows to 10 cm (4 ins) measured over dc pattern using 3.00 mm hook.

Exact gauge is very important to obtain the appropriate size. The size of hook given in the instructions is a guide and should not be used without making a sample swatch first. The sample swatch should be an approximate 10 cm (4 ins) square in the stitch, yarn and hook specified. Then measure 10 cm (4 ins), counting your stitches and rows carefully. If your swatch is larger or smaller than specified, change your hook size and make another swatch to get the correct gauge. Keep trying until you find the size hook that will give you the specified gauge.

TIPS

Good finishing techniques make a difference in the quality of the final piece. It's best to take care of loose ends as the final step after the edging is complete and before the lining is stitched in. Thread a yarn needle with the yarn end. With the wrong side facing, weave the needle through several stitches, then reverse the direction and weave it back through several more stitches. When the ends are secure, clip them off close to work.

Joining a new yarn is a technique used for changing yarns when your ball of yarn is finished or when you want to start a new colour for stripes. When your ball of yarn is finished, it's best to change to a new yarn at the end of a row. Begin the last stitch in the usual way, drop the old yarn in the final step and use the new yarn to yarn over again and draw through the last loops on the hook. This way, the new yarn will be used for the turning chain. Leave long loose ends of the old and new yarns to weave in.

If you would like to add stripes of just one contrasting colour, as seen on page 5, the contrasting coloured stripes will stand out more if you crochet the stripe on even numbered rows when row 1 is the right side.

Most of the bikinis shown in this book are made with SandnesGarn Mandarin Petit 100% Egyptian Cotton. I also used Marks & Kattens Camomille 100% Mercerized Cotton but, don't be afraid to experiment with different kinds of yarn other than cotton, as seen on pages 14-17. I used Patons Brilliant (with a 2.75 mm hook), which is an Acrylic blend with a little shimmer and stretch, and Patons Lacette, which is a Mohair blend.

FINISHING INSTRUCTIONS

Weave in all ends neatly.

Slip stitch swimsuit lining in place to wrong side, ensuring only dc section is covered. Trim lining as needed.

(Optional) Cut a piece of swimsuit elastic by measuring the length of the edging on the sides of your bikini bottom and subtract 5 cm (2 ins). Pin the elastic in place from end to end, and with a zig-zag stitch on the sewing machine, sew the elastic to the edging pulling the elastic tighter between the markers.

Use a steam iron to gently press straps.

CARE INSTRUCTIONS

Rinse in cool, fresh water after each use and lay flat to dry indoors or in the shade. When dirty, use a mild soap. Do not soak, but rinse right away. Do not put in a washing machine, dryer, or dry clean.

BIKINI TOPS

DESIGN #1 with STRAP A

DESIGN #2 with STRAP B

There are two different styles of triangle tops. Design #1 is a classic style. Design #2, because of the dart, cups the breast more than Design #1, which is why Design #2 does not include instructions for a child. I think the triangle top looks best when the top of the triangle is approximately at the armpit level. When you put your bikini top on, it will stretch in length by approximately 1.3 cm (1/2 in), so do not look to the gauge for measurements for the final fit.

Approximate Measurements From the Top of the Triangle to the Bottom When Worn

CHILD SMALL MEDIUM LARGE

DESIGN #1 15 cm (6 ins) 18 cm (7 ins) 20 cm (8 ins) 25 cm (10 ins)

DESIGN #2 - 16.5 cm (6.5 ins) 19 cm (7.5 ins) 23 cm (9 ins)

For the bottom strap, use Strap A instructions for a thin strap, or Strap B for a thicker strap.

BIKINI TOP DESIGN #1

MAKE 2

Make 4 ch

Row 1 (RS): 1 dc into 4th ch from hook (first ch of 3 from hook counts as 1 dc), 2 sts

Row 2: 3 ch (counts as first dc), turn, 1dc into dc at end of previous row, 1 dc into top of 3 ch at beg of previous row, 3 sts

Row 3: 3 ch (counts as first dc), turn, skip last dc of previous row, 3 dc into next dc, 1 dc into top of 3 ch at beg of previous row, 5 sts

Row 4: 3 ch (counts as first dc), turn, skip last dc of previous row, 1 dc into next dc, 3 dc into next dc, 1 dc into next dc, 1 dc into top of 3 ch at beg of previous row, 7 sts

Row 5: 3 ch (counts as first dc), turn, skip last dc of previous row, 1 dc into next dc, 2 dc into next dc, 1 dc into next dc, 2 dc into next dc, 1 dc into next dc, 1 dc into top of 3 ch at beg of previous row, 9 sts

Row 6: 3 ch (counts as first dc), turn, skip last dc of previous row, 1 dc into next dc, 2 dc into next dc, 1 dc into each dc to last 3 sts, 2 dc into next dc, 1 dc into next dc, 1 dc into top of 3 ch at beg of previous row, 11 sts

Size SMALL (use this for CHILD), Rows 7 to 16: As row 6, 31 sts

Size MEDIUM, Rows 7 to 20: As row 6, 39 sts

Size LARGE, Rows 7 to 24: As row 6, 47 sts

These last 4 rows will give the triangle top the shaping it needs to cup the breast (for CHILD, skip this step and fasten off):

Row 17 / 21 / 25: 1 ch (does not count as a st), turn, 1 sc into dc at end of previous row, 2 sc over next 2 sts, 1 dc into each st to last 3 sts, 2 sc over next 2 sts, 1 sc into top of 3 ch at beg of previous row

Row 18 / 22 / 26: 1 ch (does not count as a st), turn, 1 sc into sc at end of previous row, 5 sc over next 5 sts, 1 dc into each st to last 6 sts, 6 sc over last 6 sts

Row 19 / 23 / 27: 1 ch (does not count as a st), turn, 1 sc into sc at end of previous row, 8 sc over next 8 sts, 1 dc into each st to last 9 sts, 9 sc over last 9 sts

Row 20 / 24 / 28: 1 ch (does not count as a st), turn, 1 sc into sc at end of previous row, 11 sc over next 11 sts, 1 dc into each st to last 12 sts, 12 sc over last 12 sts

Fasten off

Before you begin the edging, cut a piece of swimsuit lining the same size as this piece

INNER EDGE

For Left Top start at Row 1

For Right Top start at Last Row

Row 1 (RS): With RS facing, work 1 row of sc evenly up row end edge working 2 sc into each row and ensuring an even number of sts are worked

Row 2: 3 ch (counts as 1 hdc and 1 ch), turn, skip last sc of previous row, * 1 hdc into next sc, 1 ch, skip 1 sc, rep from * to end, 1 hdc into sc at beg of previous row

Row 3: 1 ch (does not count as a st), turn, 1 sc into last hdc of previous row, * 1 sc into next ch, 1 sc into next hdc, rep from * to end, working last sc into 2nd of 3 ch at beg of previous row

Fasten off

OUTER EDGE AND STRAP

For Left Top

Row 1 (WS): For strap, make 119 ch, with WS facing, work 1 row of sc into side of edging and evenly up row end edge working 2 sc into each row and ensuring an odd number of sts are worked

Row 2: 1 ch (does not count as a st), turn, 1 sc into each sc from row 1, 1 sc into each ch to end

Row 3: 3 ch (counts as 1 hdc and 1 ch), turn, skip last sc of previous row, * 1 hdc into next sc, 1 ch, skip 1 sc, rep from * to end, 1 hdc into sc at beg of previous row

Row 4: 1 ch (does not count as a st), turn, 1 sc into last hdc of previous row, * 1 sc into next ch, 1 sc into next hdc, rep from * to end working last sc into 2nd of 3 ch at beg of previous row

Fasten off

For Right Top

Row 1 (WS): With WS facing, work 1 row of sc evenly up row end edge working 2 sc into each row and into side of edging and ensuring an odd number of sts are worked, to continue with strap, make 120 ch, turn

Row 2: 1 sc into 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc into each ch to end, 1 sc into each sc from row 1

Row 3: 3 ch (counts as 1 hdc and 1 ch), turn, skip last sc of previous row, * 1 hdc into next sc, 1 ch, skip 1 sc, rep from * to end, 1 hdc into sc at beg of previous row

Row 4: 1 ch (does not count as a st), turn, 1 sc into last hdc of previous row, * 1 sc into next ch, 1 sc into next hdc, rep from * to end working last sc into 2nd of 3 ch at beg of previous row

Fasten off

BOTTOM EDGE AND STRAP HOLDER

FOR STRAP A

Row 1 (RS): With RS facing, work 1 row of sc evenly across bottom edge ensuring an even number of sts are worked

Row 2: 3 ch (counts as 1hdc and 1 ch), turn, skip last sc of previous row, * 1 hdc into next sc, 1 ch, skip 1 sc, rep from * to end, 1 hdc into sc at beg of previous row

Row 3: 1 ch (does not count as a st), turn, 1 sc into last hdc of previous row, * 1 sc into next ch, 1 sc into next hdc, rep from * to end, working last sc into 2nd of 3 ch at beg of previous row

Fasten off

STRAP A

Make 351 ch

Row 1 (RS): 1 sc into 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc into each ch to end

Fasten off

BOTTOM EDGE AND STRAP HOLDER FOR STRAP B

Row 1 (RS): With RS facing, work 1 row of sc evenly across bottom edge ensuring an even number of sts are worked

Row 2: 4 ch (counts as 1 dc and 1 ch), turn, skip last sc of previous row, * 1 dc into next sc, 1 ch, skip 1 sc, rep from * to end, 1 dc into sc at beg of previous row

Row 3: 1 ch (does not count as a st), turn, 1 sc into last dc of previous row, * 1 sc into next ch, 1 sc into next dc, rep from * to end, working last sc into 3rd of 4 ch at beg of previous row

Fasten off

STRAP B

Make 351 ch

Row 1 (RS): 1 sc into 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc into each ch to end

Row 2: 3 ch (counts as 1 hdc and 1 ch), turn, skip last sc of previous row, * 1 hdc into next sc, 1 ch, skip 1 sc, rep from * to end, 1 hdc into sc at beg of previous row

Row 3: 1 ch (does not count as a st), turn, 1 sc into last hdc of previous row, * 1 sc into next ch, 1 sc into next hdc, rep from * to end, working last sc into 2nd of 3 ch at beg of previous row

Fasten off

Attach a small safety pin to one end of your strap and weave it in and out of the bottom edge

BIKINI TOP DESIGN #2

MAKE 2 Size SMALL Make 33 ch

Row 1: 1 dc into 4th ch from hook (first ch of 3 from hook counts as 1 dc), 1 dc into each ch to end, 31 sts

Row 2: 3 ch (counts as first dc), turn, skip last dc of previous row, 1 dc into next dc to end, working last dc into top of 3 ch at beg of previous row

Rows 3 to 6: As row 2

Row 7: 3 ch (counts as first dc), turn, skip last dc of previous row, 1 dc into next 28 dc, dc2tog over next dc and into top of 3 ch at beg of previous row, 30 sts

Rows 8 to 10: As row 2

Row 11: 3 ch (counts as first dc), turn, skip last dc of previous row, 1 dc into next 16 dc, dc2tog over next 2 dc, 18 sts

This will be the top of the dart

Row 12: 3 ch (counts as first dc), turn, skip last dc of previous row, dc2tog over next 2 dc, 1 dc into next dc to end, working last dc into top of 3 ch at beg of previous row, 17 sts

Row 13: 3 ch (counts as first dc), turn, skip last dc of previous row, 1 dc into next 14 dc, dc2tog over next dc and into top of 3 ch at beg of previous row, 16 sts

Rows 14 and 15: As row 2

Row 16: As row 12, 15 sts

Fasten off

Size MEDIUM Make 35 ch

Row 1: 1 dc into 4th ch from hook (first ch of 3 from hook counts as 1 dc), 1 dc into each ch to end, 33 sts

Row 2: 3 ch (counts as first dc), turn, skip last dc of previous row, 1 dc into next dc to end, working last dc into top of 3ch at beg of previous row

Rows 3 to 7: As row 2

Row 8: 3 ch (counts as first dc), turn, skip last dc of previous row, dc2tog over next 2 dc, 1 dc into next dc to end, working last dc into top of 3 ch at beg of previous row, 32 sts

Rows 9 to 12: As row 2

Row 13: 3 ch (counts as first dc), turn, skip last dc of previous row, 1 dc into next 18 dc, dc2tog over next 2 dc, 20 sts

This will be the top of the dart

Row 14: As row 8, 19 sts

Row 15: 3 ch (counts as first dc), turn, skip last dc of previous row, 1 dc into next 16 dc, dc2tog over next dc and into top of 3 ch at beg of previous row, 18 sts

Rows 16 to 18: As row 2

Row 19: 3 ch (counts as first dc), turn, skip last dc of previous row, 1 dc into next 15 dc, dc2tog over next dc and into top of 3 ch at beg of previous row, 17 sts

Fasten off

Size LARGE Make 40 ch

Row 1: 1 dc into 4th ch from hook (first ch of 3 from hook counts as 1 dc), 1 dc into each ch to end, 38 sts

Row 2: 3 ch (counts as first dc), turn, skip last dc of previous row, 1 dc into next dc to end, working last dc into top of 3ch at beg of previous row

Rows 3 to 8: As row 2

Row 9: 3 ch (counts as first dc), turn, skip last dc of previous row, dc2tog over next 2 dc, 1 dc into next dc to end, working last dc into top of 3 ch at beg of previous row, 37 sts

Rows 10 to 15: As row 2

Row 16: 3 ch (counts as first dc), turn, skip last dc of previous row, 1 dc into next 23 dc, dc2tog over next 2 dc, turn, 25 sts

This will be the top of the dart

Row 17: As row 9, 24 sts

Row 18: 3 ch (counts as first dc), turn, skip last dc of previous row, 1 dc into next 21 dc, dc2tog over next dc and into top of 3 ch at beg of previous row, 23 sts

Rows 19 to 21: As row 2

Row 22: 3 ch (counts as first dc), turn, skip last dc of previous row, 1 dc into next 20 dc, dc2tog over next dc and into top of 3 ch at beg of previous row, 22 sts

Fasten off

Before you begin the edging, cut a piece of swimsuit lining the same size as this piece

It does not matter which side is RS or WS. Designate one as the Right Top and the other as the Left Top. Use a seam stitch such as a back stitch or mattress stitch to close dart starting from the bottom and working your way up to the top of the dart. Use a steam iron to smooth out the top of the dart and it forms a shape that will beautifully cup the breast.

INNER EDGE

Row 1 of top is the inner edge For Left Top begin at the top For Right Top begin at the bottom

Row 1 (RS): With RS facing, work 1 row of sc evenly into sp bet dc and ensuring an even number of sts are worked

(Continues...)

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