Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Free Retro Crochet Bikini and Cover-Up Pattern

A Blast from the past! Crochet this retro swimsuit from a Old Pattern that is no longer available in print.
Since these are vintage pattern the sizes and yarn will have to be updated from the original pattern so try and crochet the pattern as best as you can to recreate it.  
Sizes are for Small (6-8), Medium (10-12) and Large (14
-16)

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Bikini Pattern

Directions are given for Small Size. Changes for Medium and Large Sizes are in parentheses.

COATS & CLARK'S RED HEART WINTUK  SPORT YARN, 2 Ply (2 oz. "Tangle-Proof" Pull-Out Skeins): 3 (4, 4) ounces of No. 510 Baby Aqua.

Crochet Hook, Size G.

2 yards of round elastic.

GAUGE: 5 sts = 1 inch; 3 rows = 1 inch. 
Be sure to check your gauge before starting garment. Use any size hook which will obtain the stitch gauge above. 

PANTIES
FRONT Starting at side edge, ch 17 (20, 23) to measure 3.75 (4, 4.5) inches.
 1st row:  Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across - 16 (19, 22) hdc, counting ch-2 as 1 hdc. Ch 2, turn.Hereafter, work through back loop only of each hdc throughout  and always count the turning chain as 1 hdc. 
2nd row: Skip first hdc, hdc in each hdc across, hdc in top of ch-2. Ch 2, turn. Repeat 2nd row for pattern. Work in pattern for - (2, 4) more rows.
Left Leg Shaping: 1st row:  Work across to within turning chain, 2 hdc in top of turning chain-1 hdc increased. Ch 2, turn.  
2nd row:  Work even. Ch 2, turn. 
Next  8 rows: Repeat first and 2nd rows alternately 4 times-21 (24, 27) hdc. Ch 2, turn. 
11th row:  Work across to within turning chain, 3 hdc in top of turning chain. Ch 3, turn. 
12th row:  2 hdc in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in each hdc across, hdc in top of turning chain-26 (29, 32) hdc. Ch 2, turn. 
Crotch: 1st row: Work across to within turning chain, 2 hdc in top of turning chain.  Ch 9 (10, 11), turn. 2nd row: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in next 6 (7, 8) ch, work in pattern over remaining sts-35 (39, 43) hdc.  Ch 2, turn. 
Next 6 rows: Work even in pattern. Ch 2, turn.
Right Leg Shaping: 1st row: Skip first hdc, hdc in next 23 (26, 29) hdc, yarn over, draw up a loop in each of next 2 hdc, yarn over and draw through all loops on hook-1 hdc decreased. Do not work over remaining sts.  Ch 2, turn. 2nd row: Skip first hdc, dec 1 hdc over next 2 hdc, complete row. Ch 2,  turn. 
3rd row: Skip first hdc, hdc in next 19 (22, 25) hdc, dec 1 hdc over next 2 hdc-21 (24, 27) hdc. Ch 2, turn. 
4th row: Work  even. Ch 2, turn. 
5th row: Work across, decreasing 1 hdc at end of row. Ch 2, turn.  
Next 8 rows: Repeat 4th and 5th rows alternately 4 times. Work even over the 16 (19, 22) sts for 2 (4, 6) rows. At the end of last  row, break off and fasten.BACK Work as for Front until the 2nd row  of Left Leg Shaping has been completed.  
3rd row: Work across, increasing 2 hdc at end of row. Ch 2, turn. 
4th row: Work even.  Ch 2, turn. 
Next 6 rows: Repeat first through 4th rows once, then repeat first and 2nd rows once. 
11th and 12th rows: Repeat 11th and 12th rows of Front Left Leg Shaping-28 (31, 34) hdc. Ch 2, turn.  
Crotch: 1st row:  
Work in pattern to within turning chain, 2 hdc in top of turning chain.  Ch 12 (13, 14), turn. 

2nd row: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in next 9 (10, 11) ch, complete row-40 (44, 48) hdc. Ch 2, turn.  
3rd through 8th row: Work even. Ch 2, turn.  
Right Leg Shaping: 1st row: 
Skip first hdc, hdc in next 27 (30, 33) hdc, dec 1 hdc over next 2 hdc. Ch 2, turn.2nd row: Repeat 2nd row of Front Right Leg Shaping. Ch 2, turn.  

3rd row: Skip first hdc, hdc in next 21 (24, 27) hdc, dec 2 hdc over next 3 hdc.  Ch 2, turn. 
4th row: Work even. Ch 2, turn.  
5th row: Work across, decreasing 1 hdc at end of row. Ch 2, turn.
6th row: Work even. Ch 2, turn. 
7th row: Work across, decreasing 2 hdc at end of row. Ch 2, turn. 
Next  6 rows: Repeat 4th through 7th rows once, then repeat 4th and 5th rows once. Work even over the 16 (19, 22) sts for 2 (4, 6) rows. Ch 2, turn.  Break off and fasten.    Sew side and crotch seams.
Edging: 1st rnd: With right side facing, sc evenly around top edge. Join with sl st to first sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1, working in back loop only of each sc, sc in each sc around. join.  Break off and fasten.  

Work Edging around each leg opening, same as for previous Edging. 

Draw elastic through sts of last rnd of each  Edging, adjust to fit and sew ends together.
BRA
Work through BACK loop only of each hdc  throughout.

Cup (Make 2): 
Starting at center, ch 16  (18, 20) having 5 ch sts to 1 inch. 

1st row:  Hdc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch  across to within last ch, 3 hdc in last ch for rounded end; working along opposite side of starting chain, hdc in next 13 (15, 17) ch-29 (33, 37) hdc, counting ch-2 as 1 hdc.  Both ends of rows form base of cup. Ch 2,  turn. 
2nd row: Skip first hdc, hdc in each h  dc around, ending with hdc in top of ch-2.  Ch 2, turn. 
3rd row: Skip first hdc, hdc in each hdc to within the 3 hdc at rounded end; (2 hdc in next hdc-1 hdc increased)  3 times; hdc in each hdc across, hdc in top of turning chain. Ch 2, turn. 
4th row:  Repeat 2nd row. Ch 2, turn. Repeat 3rd and  4th rows alternately 3 (4, 5) times. Break off and fasten. 
Tie String and Edging:  With right side facing, overlap cups at base, tack in place adjusting to fit. 
1st row: Make a chain 20 inches long, sc evenly across base of cups, make another chain 20 inches long. 
2nd row: Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in each st across. Break off and fasten.
Shoulder Strap (Make 2): Make a chain 20 inches long, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Sew a strap to center of each cup at upper edge. 

Bikini Cover-Up (Beach Cover)
Directions are given for Small Size. Changes for Medium and Large Sizes are in parentheses. 
COATS & CLARK'S RED HEART "WINTUK" SPORT YARN, 2 Ply (2 oz. "Tangle-Proof" Pull-Out Skeins): 8 (9, 10) ounces of No. 510 Baby Aqua.

Crochet Hook, Size G.

7 buttons.GAUGE: 5 shells = 4 inches; 2 rows = 1 inch.Be sure to check your gauge before starting garment. Use any size hook which will obtain the stitch gauge above. 

BACK Starting at lower edge, ch 81, (84, 87) to measure 21 (22, 23) inches. 
Foundation row: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across - 80 (83, 86) sc. Ch 3, turn. Now work in pattern as  follows: 
1st row-right side: Skip first 2 sc, 3 dc in next sc shell   made; * skip next 2 sc, shell in next sc. Repeat from * across to within last 2 sc, skip next sc, dc in last sc- 26 (27, 28) shells plus 2 dc, counting ch-3 as 1 dc. Ch 3, turn.
2nd row: DC between dc and first shell - half shell made at beg of row; * shell between next 2 shells. Repeat from * across, ending with dc between last shell and turning chain, dc in top of turning chain - half shell made at end of row - 25 (26, 27) shells plus 2 half shells. Ch 3, turn.
3rd row: Shell between half shell and first shell, * shell between next 2 shells. Repeat from * across, making last shell between shell and half shell, dc in top of turning chain-26 (27, 28) shells plus 2 dc. Ch 3, turn. 2nd and 3rd rows form the pattern.
4th and 5th rows: Work in pattern. Now work decreases as follows:
6th row: Shell between first and second shell, * shell between next 2 shells. Repeat from * across to within last shell, dc in top of turning chain. Ch 3, turn.
7th row: Repeat 2nd row.
8th row: Repeat 3rd row.
9th row: Repeat 6th row.
Next 8 rows: Repeat last 4 rows (6th through 9th row) twice-20, (21, 22) shells plus 2 dc remain. Work even in pattern until total length is about 15.5 (15.5, 16.5) inches, ending with 3rd row and omitting turning chain at end of last row.
Armhole Shaping: 1st row: Sl st in first 4 dc, sl st between shells, ch 3, shell between next 2 shells, work in pattern across to within last 2 shells, dc between last 2 shells-17 (18, 19) shells plus 2 dc. Ch 3, turn.
Next 3 rows: Repeat 6th row, thus decreasing at each end of each row-14 (15, 16) shells plus 2 dc remain. Ch 3, turn.
Following row: DC between dc and first shell, complete row in pattern. Work even in pattern until length from first row of armhole shaping is 8 (8.5, 9) inches. Break off and fasten.
LEFT FRONT   Starting at lower edge, ch 42 (45, 48) to measure 10.5 (11, 11.5) inches. Work as for Back until the 5th row has been completed, ending at front edge. There are 13 (14, 15) shells plus 2 dc on last row. Ch 3, turn. Now make decreases at side edge as follows:
6th row: Work in pattern to within last shell, dc in top of turning chain-side edge. Ch 3, turn.
7th row: DC between dc and first shell, work in pattern across, ending with shell between last shell and half shell, dc in top of turning chain. Ch 3, turn.
8th row: Repeat 7th row.
9th row: Shell between first 2 shells, work in pattern across, ending with shell between last shell and half shell, dc in top of turning chain. Ch 3, turn.
Next 8 rows: Repeat 6th through 9th rows twice-10 (11, 12) shells plus 2 dc remain. work even in pattern until there are 6 rows less than on Back before armhole shaping, ending at front edge; omit turning chain.
Neck Shaping: 1st row: Sl st in first 4 dc, sl st between shells, ch 3, shell between next 2 shells, work in pattern across. Ch 3, turn.
2nd row: Work in pattern to last shell, dc in top of ch-3. Ch 3, turn.
3rd and 4th rows: Work in pattern across.
5th row: Shell between first 2 shells, work in pattern across. Ch 3 turn.
6th row: Repeat 2nd row. Ch 3, turn.
Armhole and Neck Shapings: 1st row: Work in pattern to within last 2 shells, dc between last 2 shells. Ch 3, turn.
2nd row: Shell between first 2 shells, work in pattern across. Ch 3, turn.
3rd row: Shell between first 2 shells, work in pattern across to within last shell, dc in top of turning chain. Ch 3, turn.
4th row: Repeat 3rd row.
For Medium and Large Sizes Only: Next 4 rows: Repeat 3rd through 6th rows of Neck Shaping.
For All Sizes: Work even until length is same as Back. Break off and fasten.
RIGHT FRONT   Work as for Left Front, reversing shapings.

Block measurements. Sew side and shoulder seams.

Lace Edging:  With wrong side facing and working along opposite side of starting chains, make 161 (177, 185) sc evenly spaced along entire lower edge. Ch 3, turn. Now work lace pattern as follows:
1st row: 2 dc in first sc, * ch 1, skip next 3 sc, (yarn over, draw up a loop in next sc to height of work) twice; yarn over and draw through all loops on hook - cluster made; ch 3, make another cluster in same sc, ch 1, skip next 2 sc, 6 dc in next sc. Repeat from * across, ending with 3 dc in last sc instead of 6 dc. Ch 3, turn.
2nd row: Skip first dc, dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 1, in next ch-3 sp make cluster, ch 3 and cluster; * ch 1, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next 4 dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 1, in next ch-3 sp make cluster, ch 3 and cluster. Repeat from * across to within last 3 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc, dc in top of turning chain. Ch 3, turn.
3rd row: Skip first 2 dc, dc in next dc, skip next dc, ch 1, in next ch-3 sp make cluster, ch 3 and cluster; * ch 1, dc  in next dc, skip next dc, dc in next 4 dc, skip next dc, dc in next dc, ch 1, in next ch-3 sp make cluster, ch 3 and cluster. Repeat from * across to within last 4 dc, ch 1, skip next dc, dc in next dc, skip next dc, dc in top of turning chain. Ch 3, turn.
4th row: Skip first dc, dc in next dc, ch 1, in next ch-3 sp make cluster and (ch 3, cluster) 3 times; * ch 1, dc in next dc, skip next dc, dc in next 2 dc, skip next dc, dc in next dc, ch 1, in next ch-3 sp make cluster and (ch 3, cluster) 3 times. Repeat from * across, ending with ch 1, dc in next dc, dc in top of turning chain. Ch 5, turn.
5th row: * (In next ch-3 sp make cluster, ch 3 and cluster, ch 2) 3 times; dc in next dc, skip next dc, dc in next 2 dc, ch 2. Repeat from * across, ending with dc in top of turning chain. Ch 4, turn.
6th row: Cluster in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook - picot made; in each of next 3 sps make (cluster, picot) twice; cluster in next ch-3 sp, picot; skip next dc, dc in next dc, picot, skip next dc and following sp. Repeat from * across, ending with dc in 3rd ch of turning chain. Break off and fasten.
Edging: 1st row: With right side facing and being careful to keep work flat, sc evenly along right front, neck and left front edges, make 3 sc in same place at each corner of neck edge. Ch 1, turn. With pins, mark the position of 7 buttonholes evenly spaced on Right Front edge, having the first pin in line with first row of shells at lower edge and the last pin in line with last row before neck shaping.
2nd row: Making 3 sc in center sc of each 3-sc group, * sc in each sc to next pin, ch 2, skip next 2 sc, sc in next sc. Repeat from * across, sc in each remaining sc. Ch 1, turn.
3rd row: Making 2 sc in center sc of each 3-sc group, sc in each sc and in each ch across. Break off and fasten.
Armhole Edging: 1st and 2nd rnds: With right side facing, sc evenly around entire armhole edge. Join with sl st to first sc. Break off and fasten. Sew on buttons.


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