Tutorial: how to make a crochet swimsuit

from Annalisa Chelli - 11 June 2018

Annalisa Chelli

Community Manager at DHGshop
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Annalisa Chelli

Summer is coming and here at DHG we’ve come up with an extra special piece to launch the cool and light Lincoln Yarn. In this tutorial we’re going to explain in detail, step by step how to make a crochet swimsuit. As a backdrop in the wonderful setting of Cinque Terre are the fantastic sandals by Lanapo.

Tutorial crochet swimsuit - Sandals by Lanapo

Materials
Lincoln yarn col. Antilles 200 gr.

Hooks
Hook no.2,5 – USA C/2

Stitches
Double crochet
Chain stitch
Single crochet

Crochet stitches
Shrimp stitch: double crochet from left to right
Crochet swimsuit - Lincoln Yarn

How to make a swimsuit, part 1: the briefs

Front
Cast on a chain of 13 stitches.
1st round: start from the 5th chain stitch from the starting end and double crochet 9 for a total of 10 stitches.
2nd round until the 8th round: double crochet
9th round: double crochet increasing 1 stitch at the beginning and at the end of the round to obtain 12 stitches
10th round: double crochet
11th round: repeat the 9th round to obtain 14 stitches
12th round: double crochet
13th round: repeat the 9th round to obtain 16 stitches
14th round until the 28th round: repeat as the 9th round until you have 46 stitches

Back

Work 2 rounds of double crochet at the start of the initial chain of the back of the briefs
3rd round: double crochet increasing 2 stitches at the beginning and the end of the round to obtain 14 stitches
4th round until the 12th round: repeat the 3rd round to obtain 50 stitches
13th round: double crochet increase 1stitch at the beginning and at the end of the round
14th round: repeat the 13th round until you have 76 stitches, place a stitch marker after 10 stitches from the start of the last round and at 10 stitches before the same round.
Join up the front and the back with a slip stitch.
Crochet swimsuit - Tutorial

How to make a swimsuit, part 2: the top

Front
Double crochet starting from the 1st stitch marker until you get to the 2nd one for a total of 66 stitches

Double crochet for 28 rounds.
29th round: 3 chain stitches, double crochet 2 together, double crochet 6 together, double crochet 60, 2 together, double crochet 1
30th round: repeat the 29th round, double crochet 2 together at the sides for a total of 58 stitches
31st round: continuing decreasing the sides until you have a total of 54 stitches
At this point work the parts separately as follows:
32nd round: chain stitch 3, double crochet 2 together, double crochet 12, double crochet 2 together, double crochet 1
33rd round: chain stitch 3, double crochet 2 together, double crochet 10, double crochet 2 together, double crochet 1
34th round: chain stitch 3, double crochet 2 together, double crochet 8, double crochet 2 together, double crochet 1
35th round: chain stitch 3, double crochet 2 together, double crochet 6, double crochet 2 together, double crochet 1
36th round: chain stitch 3, double crochet 2 together, double crochet 4, double crochet 2 together, double crochet 1
37th round: chain stitch 3, double crochet 2 together, double crochet 2, double crochet 2 together, double crochet 1
38th round: chain stitch 3, double crochet 2 together, double crochet 2 together, double crochet 1
39th round: chain stitch 3, double crochet 2 together, double crochet 1
40th round: chain stitch 3, skip 1 foundation stitch, double crochet 1
41st round: skip 18 central stitches for the neckline and work the second part as the first

Back
1st round: double crochet 19 starting from the hip
2nd round: chain stitch 3, double crochet 2 together, double crochet 16
3rd round: crochet as the stitches appear
4th round until the 22nd round: alternate the 2nd and 3rd round repetitively so you’re left with 7 stitches
24th round: chain stitch 3, double crochet 2 together, double crochet 4
25th round: chain stitch 3, double crochet 2, double crochet 2 together, double crochet 1
26th round: chain stitch 3, double crochet 2 together, double crochet 1
27th round: chain stitch 3, double crochet 2 together, double crochet 2
28th round: chain stitch 3, double crochet 2 together, double crochet 1
29th round: chain stitch 3, double crochet 1
Tutorial crochet swimsuit

Finishing
Neckline: Starting from the round, double crochet 1, chain stitch 1 in each arch; carry on working in this way for the back scoop too. In the stitches work a double crochet, a chain stitch, a double crochet, a chain stitch, a double crochet and a chain stitch.
Finish off with the shrimp stitch.

Shaping of the legs:
1st round: double crochet 1 in each arch alternating with 1 chain stitch.
2nd round: double crochet 2, chain stitch 2, double crochet 2 in the same arch, single crochet 1 in the following arch, repeat for the whole round.
Pattern: crochet swimsuit
Isn’t it gorgeous?
The tutorials just keep on coming. The next one is the sundress which you can find here.

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