Crocheted bikini top

Beat the heat in style by crocheting this trendy bikini top.

By Patons Design (www.patonsyarns.com)

Instructions are written for bra-cup size A. Any changes for size B or size C are written in brackets. If there is only one set of figures, it applies to all sizes. Standard abbreviations are used.

You Need:
• Patons Grace (50 g) pure cotton yarn 1(1,2) ball(s)
• 2.25 mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain tension given
below TO SAVE TIME, TAKE TIME TO CHECK TENSION.
• Stitch marker

Tension
24 sc and 28 rows = 10 cm (4 ins).

To Make:
Cup (make 2)
Ch 15(16,20).
Row 1 (right side): 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in each ch to last ch, 3 sc in last ch (mark last sc made as centre sc), 2 sc in same ch. Do not turn. Working along other edge of ch, work 1 sc in each rem loop to end of ch. Turn. 31(33,41) sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, 1 sc in each sc to end of row. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, 1 sc in each sc to centre sc, 5(5,3) sc in centre sc, 1 sc in each sc to end of row. Turn.
Row 4: Ch 1, 1 sc in each sc to end of row. Turn.
Row 5: Ch 1, 1 sc in each sc to centre sc, 3 sc in centre sc, 1 sc in each sc to end of row. Turn.
Rep last 4 rows 4(5,6) times more, then rep Row 2 once. 61(69,69) sc.
Next row (wrong side): 1 sc in each of next 3(4,4) sc, [Ch 1, skip next sc, 1 sc in each of next 2 sc] to last 1(2,2) sc, 1 sc in each of last 1(2,2) sc. Turn.
Next row: Ch 1, 1 sc in each of first 1(2,2) sc, [5 dc in next ch 1 sp, 1 sc in next ch 1 sp] to last 3(4,4) sc, 1 sc in each of last 3(4,4) sc. Fasten off.

To join cups and make back ties:
Ch 95.
With wrong side of work facing, work 28(28,30) sc evenly across bottom of 1 cup, ch 4, work 28(28,30) sc evenly across bottom of rem cup, ch 96. Turn.

Next row (right side): 1 sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sl st in each of next 94 ch, 1 sc in each of next 28(28,30) sc, 1 sc in each of next 4 ch, 1 sc in each of next 28(28,30) sc, 1 sl st in each of next 95 ch. Fasten off.

To make neck ties:
With right side of work facing, join yarn with sl st to top of 1 cup at centre 5 dc group, ch 106. Turn. 1 sl st in second ch from hook,1 sl st in each ch to end of ch. Fasten off.
Rep for rem cup.

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