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It has put me in the mood for a holiday bikini blog to show off some crochet lovelies. So many all so different… but… there are only so many ways you can get a hemisphere covered with a piece of fabric…
…and crochet is one of the best ways around that problem (and also knitting I will concede)! As far as I can see bikini top patterns tend to fall into one of 2 construction categories (well, 3 if you include those that cheat and just cover with a flat bit – the bandeaux). At the most basic there are the “round and around” – or “put a dart in it” methods.
So you can see the above lovely WZ077 belongs in the “R&R” category.
As do these starting with a little French Mon Tricot number..
It includes a matching cover-up dress – (I am amazed that this dress still somehow conveys the 80s power dressing big shoulder, look even in limp crochet mesh!)
WZ168 is actually the precursor for WZ081-
It has proper panties unlike the WZ81 skimpy high cut ones – and it is a shame there is no back view as they have fab curvy shaping great for real bottoms! It would be possible to get the best of both worlds by making them slightly less deep on the hip…
Here are 2 rather more modest incarnationsWZ322 and WZ315 –
Then of course there are the really retro “pointy” versions
and downright mad versions –
WZ402 is so full of fun and comes with almost literally a cherry on top!
I think you could leave off the “nipple flower”… or maybe not – the whole point of it is it is just mad (sorry another unintended double entendre there).
So rounding up these (sorry just realised the pun honest! Must be my brain today) plus leading nicely into the other type , is fab pattern WZ137
I still love this multi pattern – even though annoyed my version was ripped off to be sold (for more!) on ebay – and etsy. grr. I have never seen another copy of this until that happened – although I know there must be hundreds. So that was an unpleasant experience to have my nice version pinched – in such a nasty way – but I suppose at least it will get enjoyed by more people – hopefully! It really is a great pattern.
It has both styles of bikini top, plus 2 different bottoms, 2 cover-ups AND 2 dinky little beach bags! It really is 2 full patterns in one. The “dart in it” top is also a halter neck –which seem to be less common than ones with straps.
Just a quick halter neck detour here to show these two pretty blue bikinis
both very seventie. They’re from two different publications by Woolworth – but clearly linked. Maybe there was a lot of demand for one to make in the other skill?
So back to “put a dart in it” with a vengeance. WZ006 is crocheted flat and then literally folded into a dart just like fabric! A little redundant on technique but actually not a bad solution for fitting a fuller bust properly. If you make one you could easily make a 3d shape to match on your second one by just omitting the dart stitches 🙂
Here are some more – all shaped with decreases or increases to follow the fullness of the bust. I prefer this done under the bust – although it can be done on the upper part of the cup. I didn’t buy any like that ‘though. I think it can look a bit “hammock like”. Just my opinion. Although – contradicting myself –I just remembered this top WZ278 which is part of a shorts set (more on shorts later). It has both under and over bust point shaping – another variation good for a full bust.
As is this, WZ136 is a beautiful bikini – not helped by the naff photo and naffer “jacket”.
WZ352 also has a forgettable jacket but great shaping
The next few are really nice, especially for smaller sizes, all from Mon Tricot magazines.
The last 2 have interesting stitch variations which make a change from plain stitches.
They include this teeny weeny knit one WZ317 (with an unfortunate leopard on the panties rather spoiling the minimal effect)!
Some also do the equivalent of 2 darts – almost a side panel – with an under bust shaping curving around to one side. WZ089 is like this
The next two give more cup coverage WZ043 is knitted – very sixties, giving an interesting “suspended breast” effect. This has been quite popular and actually would be great for adapting as a burlesque top or, the other extreme, depending on your mo0d, a sleep bra!
WZ221 has an unusual cup construction; it is a plunge shape, but gives an almost bandeau effect because of the stitch patterning. Great if you want support and cover but a light look.
This last one leads me neatly on to “bandeau style tops”. The first two from Twilleys, Barbara Warner Collection, both have shapely bandeaux along side classic sixties v/plunge tops; so good patterns if you are undecided or like both styles
The next four are just bandeau, but apart from the sporty ribbed knitted one they also have additions such as jackets / coverups and in one case (WZ220) a fabulous trouser and skirt combo which would be great for dance wear
The next few are kind of “split bandeau” in style; with 2 separate cups of a squarish piece of textile; one in knitting – two in crochet.
The red crochet one WZ334 has, a filet crochet lace pattern, some shaping and gathers under the cup onto a cord “tres minimal”.
For those of you who prefer a tad more coverage, I will end with some swimsuits ( I have a few more to do soon).
Iconic bond girl WZ003 –just love that styling-so sixties-and it has cute “no shoe” sandals too.
( Another Etesian makes this – contact me for her shop info if you want any of these made)
Versatile swimsuit WZ375 – there is great scope for customizing both of these.
Finally I could not leave out the also versatile WZ016, another Barbara Warner pattern – maybe not technically a bikini a as such but so iconic and modelled beautifully by Shakira – actor Sir Michael Caine’s wife.
Oh! and lets have a tricolore to really end on as we are all feeling patriotic while the Olympic games are on! Come to think of it, this little halter is quite sporty 🙂