Saturday, February 11, 2012

Crochet Bikini Swimsuit Pattern from 1970's


These retro crocheted bikini pattern(s) are one of a kind.  A groovy fashion from the Needleworks & Crafts magazine in 1970.  Note the sizes may be different than what we are today so modifications will have to be made and since this is an original pattern yarn will have to be substituted with what is available.
Directions are for size 8.  Changes for sizes 10 and 12 are in parentheses.
Body Bust Size:  31-1/2" (32-1/2" - 34").Finished Bust Size:  Bra (closed):  31-1/2" (32-1/2" - 34")MATERIALS:  Phentex (a "no-stretch" type yarn/thread):  For each bikini, (1) 4-oz skein main color (MC) and 1 skein contrasting color (CC).  Crochet hook size "I" or 8.


GAUGE:  7 sc = 2"; 3 rows = 1"Note:  Always work in back lp of each st.PANTIES:  GENERAL DIRECTIONS:  Beg at front waistline with MC, ch 35 (38-41).Row 1:  Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across--34 (37-40) sc.  Ch 1, turn each row.  Check gauge; row should measure 9-3/4" (10-3/4" - 11-1/2") wide.Row 2:  Working in back lp (see Note), sk first sc, sc in next sc and in each sc to within last 2 sc, sk next sc, sc in last sc--2 sc dec. Repeat row 2, 13 (14-15) times-6 (7-8) sc. Work even for 8 rows.   Next Row:  Work in sc, working 2 sc in first and last sc--2 sc inc. Repeat last row 23 (24-25) times-54 (57-60) sc. End off. 
TASSELED BIKINI: PANTIES:   Follow General Directions; do not end off.   Waistband:  Working in back lp, sc across last row and continue around starting ch at front waistline--88 (94-100) sc.   Do not join; working around, work 3 more rnds. Cut MC; join CC.  With CC, work 1 rnd. End off.   With MC, work 1 rnd sc around each leg, easing in to desired fit. Cut MC; join CC. Work 1 rnd sc. End off.   With CC, make four 4" tassels; attach   two to each side of panties. 
BRA: First Cup:  Beg at front edge with MC, ch 18 (20-22).   Row 1:  Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across--17 (19-21) sc. Ch 1, turn each row.  Row 2:  Working in back lp, sk first sc, sc in next sc and in each sc across--1 sc dec at side edge. Row 3:  Sc in each sc to within last 2 sc, sk next sc, sc in last sc--1 sc dec at side edge. Repeat last 2 rows until 1 st remains. End off. Make 2nd cup same as first cup.
FINISHING:  With MC, work 1 row sc around first cup, working 3 sc in each of 3 corners. With CC, work 1 row sc around. Turn 2nd piece to reverse side, finish as for first cup. With dec edge of cups at top and straight edge of cups at bottom, weave front edges tog for 3/4" at lower edge. Join CC to side point, make chain 15" long. Repeat on other side point. Repeat on top points, Tie 1" end of each top tie around corresponding side tie with a slip knot to make shoulder straps.

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TIED BIKINI: PANTIES:  Follow General Directions. With MC, work 2 rows sc around each leg. Waistband and Ties:  With MC, ch 20, sc in back lp of each st on last row on panties, ch 21. Turn. Next Row:  Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch and sc across. End off. Work in  same way across front starting ch. With  CC, work 1 row sc around entire outer edge of panties. End off.
BRA: First Cup:  Beg at lower edge, with MC, ch 21 (23-25). Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across--20 (22-24) sc.  Ch 1, turn each row.  Rows 2-6:  Sc in each sc across.  Row 7: Sk first sc, sc in next sc and in each sc to within last 2 sc, sk next sc, sc  in last sc-2 sc dec. Repeat last row 8 (9-10) times--2 sc remain. Do not turn; continue to work sc down one side of. cup  to lower edge. Ch 1, turn.  Next Row:  Sc in each sc to upper edge, make ch 12" long for strap. Turn.  Next Row:  Sc in 2nd ch from hook and  in each ch, sc down other side of cup to lower edge. End off.  
Make 2nd cup same as first cup, until 2 sc remain. Sl st in 2 sc and continue as for first cup.
Join Cups and Ties:  With MC, make 13" ch, sc along lower edge of first cup, pulling in slightly, ch 2, sc across 2nd cup,  pulling in slightly, make ch 13" long. Turn.  Next Row:  Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch and sc across. End off. With CC, work 1 row sc around outer edge. End off.  Sew shoulder straps to side straps. 

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