How to crochet a thong bikini

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How to crochet a thong bikini
Using yarn and a crochet hook, you can create a beautiful and flirty bikini to be beach-ready in no time. (crochet project image by robert mobley from Fotolia.com)

Crocheting opens up a world of opportunities to create fun and interesting projects. Learning to crochet a thong bikini is a creative and quirky way to showcase your talents, and whether you use the bikini as a swimsuit, lingerie or a gift, you will have expanded your repertoire. Don't be afraid to add embellishments like beads, lace, buttons or charms to personalise it.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 1 113gr skein Phentex yarn (main colour)
  • 1 113gr skein Phentex yarn (contrast colour)
  • Crochet hook--size 8 or "I"
  • Tape measure
  • Embellishments
  • Needle
  • Thread

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Instructions

    Bikini Top

  1. 1

    Start by crocheting the bra portion of the bikini top. For the first cup, use the main colour of yarn and chain stitch 21 stitches. Single crochet in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across the remaining stitches. Chain one and then turn the row.

  2. 2

    Single crochet the next four rows, using single crochet stitches in and across. This should leave you six rows. For the seventh row, skip the first single crochet, to decrease the row by a stitch. Single crochet in next single crochet stitch and in each remaining stitch to within the last two single crochet stitches. Skip the next single crochet, then single crochet in the last single crochet--this will decrease the stitches by two. Repeat the last row eight times--two single crochet stitches remain. Do not turn the work. Continue to work single crochet stitches down one side of the cup to the lower edge. Chain stitch one stitch and turn.

  3. 3

    Single crochet in each single crochet stitch to the upper edge of the cup. Make a 12-inch-long chain stitch for the strap of the bikini top. Turn the material and single crochet in the second chain stitch from the hook and each remaining chain stitch. End off/finish the stitches.

  4. 4

    Repeat the first three steps to make the second cup of the bikini top. When two single crochet stitches remain, slip stitch in two single crochet stitches and continue repeating the steps from the first cup.

  5. 5

    Make a 13-inch chain stitch with your main colour yarn to join the bikini cups and their ties. Single crochet along the bottom edge of the first cup, pull in the yarn slightly, chain stitch two stitches, single crochet along the second cup, pull in slightly and make another 13-inch chain stitch. Turn the material and single crochet in the second chain stitch and in each chain and single crochet stitch across. End off. Using the contrasting colour yarn, work in a row of single crochet stitches around the outer edges and end off again. Sew the shoulder and side straps together.

    Bikini Bottom

  1. 1

    Chain 45 stitches in your main colour to begin the bikini bottom. For the first row, single crochet in the second chain stitch from the hook and single crochet in each remaining chain stitch. Chain one and then turn each row. Check your gauge at this point. The row should measure 9.75 inches wide.

  2. 2

    Working from the back of the yarn, "instead of inserting hook under both loops at the top of a stitch, insert hook only under the back loop of stitch," according to SuperNaturale.com, skip the first single crochet, then single crochet in next and each remaining single crochet stitch to within the last two single stitches. Repeat this pattern until six single stitches remain. Work even for 8 rows.

  3. 3

    Work in single crochet, working two single crochet stitches in first and last single stitch--increasing by two single stitches. Repeat this last row until the row contains 54 single stitches. End off.

  4. 4

    Work two rows of single crochet stitches around each leg with the main colour yarn. For the waistband and ties, using the main colour yarn chain stitch 20 stitches before single crocheting in back lp (see note in step 2 of bikini bottom) of each stitch on the last row of the back of the bottom while pulling in slightly. Chain stitch 21 stitches and turn the material.

  5. 5

    Single crochet in second chain from hook and in each chain, pulling in slightly. Single chain across. End off. Repeat across the front of the bottom by starting the chain stitch without pulling in. With your contrasting yarn, work one row of single crochet stitches around the entire outer edge of the bottom. End off.

Tips and warnings

  • Check your gauge frequently. This way you can ensure that finished product will come out the intended size. For this pattern, the directions are for a size 8 and the gauge is 7 sc = 2"; 3 rows = 1".

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