Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Crochet Mesh Detail Halter Top


Hey everyone! Welcome once again to my little part of the world wide web! I'm so excited to share with you this centre mesh detail halter top pattern. It's super easy to follow and would even suit a beginner crochet lover.
When I made this top I used a very lightweight yarn (weight 2 or fingering) but if I were to go back in time I would definitely choose a weight 3 or dk yarn. I just found the lighter weight yarn to not have as much support. For reference I used Anna and Clara's fingering weight cotton.

You can find the youtube tutorial here

Materials needed:
Any weight 3 cotton yarn.
3mm crochet hook.

Notes:

The crochet terms used in this pattern and all my other patterns are in American crochet terms.

This pattern will fit a size small/medium. If you want to make the halter top bigger/smaller just make a chain long enough to reach from one side of torso to the other side. Make sure that number is divisible by 2 and then add an extra 2 chains.

Crochet mesh crop top pattern

The Pattern:

Chain 78. Double crochet into the 3rd chain from the hook. Double crochet to end of row. Turn. Place marker in the 39th stitch. This is your centre stitch so whatever length of chain you made as your foundation divide that number by 2 and add an extra stitch for the centre.

Chain 2 (counts as 1st double crochet), then double crochet into the next 32 stitches. If you have a different number to begin with just make sure there are 5 unworked stitches between the stitch marker and the last double crochet worked. Refer to the photo below



Next you (ch1, skip 1, dc into the next) 6 times. You will now have 6 boxes.


Continue with regular double crochets to the end of the row. Turn.

Chain 2, double crochet until you reach the double crochet before the 1st box. (Chain 1, then double crochet on top of the double crochet from previous row) 6 times. Double crochet to the end of the row. Turn. Repeat this row until you have a total of 10 rows.



Chain 2, the dc2tog, then double crochet until you reach the double crochet before the box. (ch1, then double crochet on top the double crochet from the previous row) 6 times. Then continue with your regular double crochets until 3 stitches remain. Dc2tog, and double crochet into the last stitch (on top of the ch 2). Repeat this row 22 more times.

Now you are going to single crochet all the way around the top to clean up the edges.

For the straps, just attach yarn to one of the corners and chain 100-150. Repeat for the other three corners. 

Weave in any loose ends and you are now ready to go!

Crochet mesh halter top pattern

If you prefer to make this top I now have a video on Youtube showing you a step by step tutorial.

Crochet mesh halter top pattern

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Crochet High Waist Bikini Set

Yes, I know you’re asking yourself, “Carrie why on earth are you posting bikini patterns when the snow on the ground has barely thawed?”. Well my little internet family, I’ve has it up to my eyebrows with chunky sweaters, Pom Pom hats and fair isle this and that. I want to bring back the light cottons, the cheeky Brazilian and the oh so revealing bikini tops. Who’s with me? As you guys know by now I simply love creating summer fashions. Not that I have the body to fit into said fashions ( I can just about fit into a stocking these days!) but I do love them...and can only dream of one day fitting into a cheeky bikini. Hey I can just live my fantasies through all you lovely people! Anyhoo lets get into my newest project. A high waist bikini bottom and bikini top. Both of these are very easy to make and I would even recommend making these to any beginner crochet addict. I decided to design the bottoms with the sides open with just a lace weaved through each side. It gives the bottom a nice touch I think.
Crochet bikini pattern


So what did I use? Any dk weight yarn ( weight 3 ). I recently discovered King Cole Bamboo Cotton Dk. I absolutely love this yarn. Would recommend 100%. I also used a 3 mm crochet hook.

All of my patterns are written in American crochet terms.

This bikini was made to fit a size small. Recommendations will be given throughout the pattern to make bigger sizes.

Bottoms:
 Chain 11. Single crochet into the 2nd chain from hook. Single crochet to end of row. Turn

Next row: Chain 1 ( counts as first single crochet ) and single crochet to end of row. Repeat this row until you have a total of 20 rows.

 Next row: Chain 1. Single crochet into same space as your chain 1 (increase made). single crochet across the row until you reach the last stitch. Here you will make 2 single crochets into that stitch (increase made). From now on this will be known as the increase row.

Next row: Chain 1 and single crochet across row for a total of 3 rows.

Next row: Increase row

Next row: Chain 1 and single crochet across row for a total of 3 rows.

Next row: Increase row.

Next row: Chain 1 and single crochet across row for a total of 2 rows.

Next row: Increase row

Next row: Chain 1 and single crochet across row for a total of 2 rows.

Next row: Increase row

Next row: Chain 1 and single crochet across row.

Next row: Increase row

Next row: Chain 1 and single crochet across row.

Next row: Increase row

Next row: Chain 1 and single crochet across row.

Increase on every row until you have a total of 32 stitches.

When you have made your last single crochet continue with the same yarn and chain 14. Add more chains here if you want a bigger size (maybe an extra 3-4 chains. Now cut yarn and fasten off.

Attach yarn to the other side and chain 14. Single crochet into 2nd chain from hook and single crochet all the way across the top to the end of the other chain 14. turn
Chain 1 and single crochet across the row to the end. Repeat until you have a total of 22 rows . Add more/less rows here if you want more/less tummy coverage. Cut yarn and fasten off.


Next we are going to attach yarn where we started off with, the crotch area. Make 10 single crochets.
Next row: Increase row
Next row: No increase (ch 1 and single crochet across the row)
Next row: Increase
Next: 2 rows of no increases
Next row: Increase row
Next row: No increase
Next row: Increase row
Next row: No increase
Next row: Increase
Next row: No increase
Next row: Increase
Next row: No increase
Next row: Increase
Next row: No increase
Next row: Increase

Every row from now on will be increase rows until you have 30 stitches. Then with the same yarn make a chain of 14. Cut yarn and fasten off.
Attach yarn to the other side and make a chain of 14. Single crochet into the 2nd chain from hook and single crochet all the way across the row to the other end. Do a total of 22 rows (or whatever amount you like for your preferred coverage.
Continuing on with your yarn still attached, single crochet all the way around the outer edge of the bottoms. Slip stitch to the first single crochet to close the round.

Now you will be making the little holes on the side so you can weave a lace through the sides to close.
Chain 3, skip next stitch, single crochet into the following stitch. (Chain 2, skip next stitch, single crochet into the following stitch) repeat to the end of the waist portion of the bottoms. Repeat this on 3 other sides

For the straps I just made a chain of 200-300 and weaved it through one of the sides. Repeat for the other side.


Bikini top: make two cups!
Chain 16. Double crochet into the 4th chain from the hook. Double crochet across the chain until you reach the last chain. Here you will make (2 DC, chain 1, 2 DC) into that last stitch. Now you will continue working up the opposite side of the chain with double crochets.

Next row: Chain 3, double crochet into every stitch until you reach the chain 1 space from previous round. make (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) into this chain 1 space. Continue down the row with double crochets to the end of row. Repeat this row until the cup is big enough to cover your breast.  

Now you will be working on the bottom edge of the cup. Here you will make double crochets across the entire edge. Fasten off.

For the shoulder straps make a chain of 200 - 300  and loop a strap in through the ch 1 space on the top of the cup. Repeat for the other cup.

For the underneath strap make a chain of 400 and weave through the double crochets on the on the bottom edge of the cup.

That's it. I hope you guys enjoy making this bikini set. Keep your eyes peeled for more summer pieces.