#70 – LILA Bikini Top

Sometimes, things don’t work out like they intended, but that isn’t always a bad thing! This top was a happy mistake, as I actually wanted to make a less scandalous crop top for Uyen, but I secretly fell in love with the way this bikini top.

  • 1/3 skein of Premier Yarns Cotton Fair – a fine weight (2) (above colour: Lavender)
  • Size D (3.25 mm) hook

Pattern by tick-tock hobbies

(abbreviations: SC = single crochet; DC = double crochet; TC = triple crochet)

  1. Chain twenty-one stitches. Starting in the second stitch from the hook, SC across the row. (20 stitches)
  2. Chain-one and turn. Starting in the second stitch from the hook, do twenty SC across the row. In the previous step’s chain stitch, increase by doing three SC. Continue to work along the bottom of the original chain, and do twenty SC on this side. (20 stitches per side)
  3. Chain-one and turn. Starting in the second stitch from the hook, do twenty-one SC across the row to form one side of the triangle. In the next stitch, increase by doing three SC. This will be the top of the triangle. After that, do twenty-one SC to form the other side of the triangle. (21 stitches per side)
  4. Repeat step 3 seventeen more times, adding one stitch to both sides with each repeat. (22 / 23 / 24 / 25 / 26 / 27 / 28 / 29 / 30 / 31 / 32 / 33 / 34 / 35 / 36 / 37 / 38 stitches per side)
  5. Cut the yarn and leave a long tail. Repeat steps 1 – 4 for the other cup.
  6. Chain-one and turn. Starting in the second stitch from the hook, do thirty-nine SC across the side. Overlap the tips of the cups, and do the next SC going through the triangle tip of both cups. Continue onto the second cup, and do thirty-nine SC to the end. (79 stitches)
  7. Chain-one and turn. Starting in the second stitch from the hook, do ten SC. Chain-five while skipping five stitches, then do a SC in the next stitch. Chain-five while skipping five stitches, then do a SC in the next stitch. Chain-five while skipping five stitches, then do a DC in the next stitch. Chain-five while skipping five stitches, then do a DC in the next stitch. Chain-three while skipping three stitches, then do a TC in the next stitch. Chain-one while skipping three stitches, then do a TC in the next stitch. Chain-three while skipping three stitches, then do a DC in the next stitch. Chain-five while skipping five stitches, then do a DC in the next stitch. Chain-five while skipping five stitches, then do a SC. Chain five while skipping five stitches then do a SC. Chain five while skipping five stitches, then do ten SC to the end of the row. (77 stitches)
  8. Chain-one and turn. Starting in the second stitch from the hook, do ten SC. Chain-three while skipping two stitches, then do a SC into the middle stitch of the previous row’s chain. Chain-five while skipping five stitches, then do a DC, again into the middle stitch of the previous rows chain. Chain-five while skipping five stitches, then do a DC. Chain-five while skipping five stitches, then do a DC. Chain-five while skipping five stitches, then do a TC. Chain-five while skipping five stitches, then do a DC. Chain-five while skipping five stitches, then do a DC. Chain-five while skipping five stitches, then do a DC. Chain-five while skipping five stitches, then do a SC. Chain-three while skipping two stitches, then do ten SC. (75 stitches)
  9. Chain-one and turn. Starting in the second stitch from the hook, do ten SC. Chain-five while skipping six stitches, then do a TC into the middle stitch of the previous row’s chain. *Chain-five while skipping five stitches, then do a TC.* Repeat from * to * six more times. Chain-five while skipping six stitches, then do ten SC.(73 stitches)
  10. Chain one and turn. Starting in the second stitch from the hook, do ten SC. Chain-three while skipping two stitches, then do a TC into the middle stitch of the previous row’s chain. *Chain-five while skipping five stitches, then do a TC.* Repeat from * to * seven more times. Chain-three while skipping two stitches, then do ten SC. (69 stitches)
  11. Chain approximately 125 stitches, then connect securely to the other end to form the halter strap. A good way to attach the strap is to do a series of SC along the base of the triangle. If this strap is not long enough, feel free to add more stitches to the chain as needed.
  12. Add straps to the bottom of the bikini by doing a series of chain-stitches on each side.

This past week has been a bit of a blur, with high points that were amazing, but also with low points that left me crying, multiple times. I think that through it all, I have learned that God is good, and that He is in control. It’s a bit of a cliché, but it’s true.

At any rate, I could definitely use a beach day (or two) after everything that’s happened, and I figured that this bikini top could certainly help me get in the mood.

Until next time, happy crafting!

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