Free Crochet Pattern: Sand Dollar Bikini Top

I’ve been teasing you guys with this pattern for months! It’s about time I finally post it, right?! :) I made several of these while I experimented and tried to make them fit well and I’m so happy with the result and so happy to finally be sharing this pattern with you! I really hope you have fun with it and I look forward to seeing what everyone does with it!

This pattern includes sizes extra small through extra large and is intended for DK weight yarn. Choose from a fringe bottom option or a ruffle bottom option. The top will need to be lined so some basic hand sewing skills are necessary.

You can easily modify the pattern to use any weight of yarn if you don’t want to use DK. See the help section at the end of the pattern for advice on using other yarns.

 

Finished Sizes
*Measurements below do not include fringe or ruffle bottom. Straps can be made any length.
Extra Small: Each cup is 5 inches wide & tall.
Small: Each cup is 6 inches wide & tall.
Medium: Each cup is 7 inches wide & tall.
Large: Each cup is 8 inches wide & tall.
Extra Large: Each cup is 9 inches wide & tall.

 

Difficulty Level: Advanced Beginner

 

You are welcome and encouraged to sell any items you make using this pattern! All I ask in return is that when selling online, please credit Julie King / Gleeful Things & provide a link to www.gleefulthings.com.

You may NOT sell the pattern, distribute it in any form, repost it online, or alter it to claim it as your own (this includes charts & translations to other languages). Copyright © 2014 Julie King / Gleeful Things. All Rights Reserved.

 

● Size D (3mm) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge.
● Yarn needle for finishing
● DK weight yarn. Yardage depends on size.
● Small amount of fabric for lining. Spandex swim fabric recommended. Anything stretchy will work though.
● Basic sewing supplies

Suggested Yarns:  Bernat Vickie Howell Cotton-ish, Premier Afternoon Cotton Colors, Patons Grace, Premier Cotton Fair, Cascade Ultra Pima

Yarn used in examples: Bernat Vickie Howell Cotton-ish in Cotton Ball, Gun Powder, Royal Denim and Cotton Candy

 

Invisible Join – Here is a video tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsHggQGFq3A

 

sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
trc – triple/treble crochet
ch – chain
sl st – slip stitch
rep – repeat
rnd – round
ea – each
sp – space
FO – finish off

 

This pattern is worked in joined rounds. Join at the end of each round as the pattern says.

Gauge is important so be sure to check it! If your gauge is off, your top will come out larger or smaller than intended.

Gauge: 6 dc = 1 inch

* * * This pattern uses DK weight yarn. If you want to use worsted or something else, be sure to read the help section at the bottom of this post.

 

 (make 2)

rnd 1: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc). 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook. [ch 3. 3 dc in original ch.] rep once. ch 3. sl st to join. (9 dc)

rnd 2: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc). 1 dc in ea of the next 2 sts. 3 dc in ch sp. ch 3. 3 dc in ch sp. [1 dc in ea of the next 3 sts. 3 dc in ch sp. ch 3. 3 dc in ch sp.] rep once. sl st to join. (27 dc)

rnd 3: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc). 1 dc in ea of the next 5 sts. 3 dc in ch sp. ch 3. 3 dc in ch sp. [1 dc in ea of the next 9 sts. 3 dc in ch sp. ch 3. 3 dc in ch sp.] rep once. 1 dc in ea of the next 3 sts. sl st to join. (45 dc)

rnd 4: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc). 1 dc in ea of the next 8 sts. 3 dc in ch sp. ch 3. 3 dc in ch sp. [1 dc in ea of the next 15 sts. 3 dc in ch sp. ch 3. 3 dc in ch sp.] rep once. 1 dc in ea of the next 6 sts. sl st to join. (63 dc)

rnd 5: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc). 1 dc in ea of the next 11 sts. 3 dc in ch sp. ch 3. 3 dc in ch sp. [1 dc in ea of the next 21 sts. 3 dc in ch sp. ch 3. 3 dc in ch sp.] rep once. 1 dc in ea of the next 9 sts. sl st to join. (81 dc)

* Size extra small – invisible join instead of sl st to join, FO and proceed to edging pattern *

rnd 6: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc). 1 dc in ea of the next 14 sts. 3 dc in ch sp. ch 3. 3 dc in ch sp. [1 dc in ea of the next 27 sts. 3 dc in ch sp. ch 3. 3 dc in ch sp.] rep once. 1 dc in ea of the next 12 sts. sl st to join. (99 dc)

* Size small – invisible join instead of sl st to join, FO and proceed to edging pattern *

rnd 7: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc). 1 dc in ea of the next 17 sts. 3 dc in ch sp. ch 3. 3 dc in ch sp. [1 dc in ea of the next 33 sts. 3 dc in ch sp. ch 3. 3 dc in ch sp.] rep once. 1 dc in ea of the next 15 sts. sl st to join. (117 dc)

* Size medium – invisible join instead of sl st to join, FO and proceed to edging pattern *

rnd 8: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc). 1 dc in ea of the next 20 sts. 3 dc in ch sp. ch 3. 3 dc in ch sp. [1 dc in ea of the next 39 sts. 3 dc in ch sp. ch 3. 3 dc in ch sp.] rep once. 1 dc in ea of the next 18 sts. invisible join, FO and proceed to edging pattern. (135 dc)

* Size large - invisible join instead of sl st to join, FO and proceed to edging pattern *

rnd 9: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc). 1 dc in ea of the next 23 sts. 3 dc in ch sp. ch 3. 3 dc in ch sp. [1 dc in ea of the next 45 sts. 3 dc in ch sp. ch 3. 3 dc in ch sp.] rep once. 1 dc in ea of the next 21 sts. invisible join, FO and proceed to edging pattern. (153 dc)

 

Starting in the bottom left ch sp (arrow in the photo below)

rnd 1: 3 sc in ch sp. 1 sc in ea st. 3 sc in ch sp.

ch to desired length for neck strap. 1 sc in second ch from hook. 1 sc in ea ch.

3 sc in ch sp (arrow in the photo above). 1 sc in ea st. 3 sc in ch sp.

ch 4. 2 trc in ch sp. 1 trc in ea st. 2 trc in ch sp. 1 trc in first sc of this rnd (arrow in the photo below).

row 2: ch 3 & turn. skip 1 st, 1 sc in ea of the next 3 sts. [ch 2. skip 1 st, 1 sc in ea of the next 3 sts.] rep across until you get to the last 2 sts. ch 2. 1 sc in last st.

* if you will be doing fringe, you can invisible join to the last st rather than 1 sc, then FO. *

 

row 3: ch 1 & turn. 4 dc in ch sp. [skip 1 st. 1 sc in next st. 4 dc in next ch sp.] rep across. invisible join to top of last trc & FO.

 

ch to desired length. 1 sc in second ch from hook. 1 sc in ea ch. FO.

weave strap through the trc row by going over one trc and under the next all the way across on both cups.

 

I’ve been attaching 6 pieces of fringe to each of the ch spaces from row 2.

Here is a tutorial on how to cut a lot of fringe at once: http://www.gleefulthings.com/blog/?p=6878

And here’s a tutorial on how I attach fringe: http://www.gleefulthings.com/blog/?p=6892

 

Lay your finished triangles on top of your lining fabric and cut out 2 triangles that are just slightly larger. I like leaving about a 1/4″ to turn under.

Pin the fabric in place with the extra turned under. Use a needle and thread to hand stitch around the edge. I just used a simple whipstitch because it allows it to still have some stretch.

 

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Using other weights of yarn

It’s easy to use any yarn with this pattern.  Use whatever size hook is appropriate for your yarn. You want your stitches to be somewhat tight so there aren’t big gaps between your stitches when stretched.

I suggest following the pattern just as it’s written. Refer to the finished sizes above for an idea of what size each cup should be and stop at which ever round you’re on when it reaches your desired size. So for example, if you want to make a size small, you would work as many rounds as necessary until your triangle measures 6 inches across.

Have fun experimenting with ways to embellish your bikinis! I sewed some cowry shells on (you can find these really cheap on ebay & most craft stores sell them too) and any beads with big enough holes will look good on the straps!

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Crochet Pattern Of The Week: Slide Tank Top

This week’s pattern of the week is the Slide Tank Top by Linda Skuja! I was looking for crochet tanks and this pattern really stood out as being unique! It looks a little challenging but I’ve tried one of her other patterns and it was very clear and had photos to explain certain parts as needed.

You can find the pattern on Ravelry or on Etsy. And be sure to check out her other patterns! I want to buy them all! :)

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Crochet Essentials: My Favorite Tools & Supplies

Last week I shared my favorite yarns list so I also wanted to share some of my favorite tools & supplies. These are all essential things that I use (and love!) constantly while crocheting!

 

♥ Clover Soft Touch Crochet Hooks – I’ve tried a lot of different hooks and I really just love these so much! I got a whole set of them and really the only other types of hooks that I ever use anymore are the few sizes that are way larger than these come in.

Rubber Pencil Grips – I put these on my hooks and they make me like them even more! They’re for comfort and looks. I made a whole post about them here.

Project Bag – I made my own project bag and I’m constantly using it to hold most of the things in this post + a project. If you can’t sew, I know there are tons of cute ones on Etsy! :)

♥ Crochet Hook Case - This case came with my hooks and it’s so handy! I plan on sewing my own soon though because I want one that matches my project bag.

♥ Stitch Markers - I use these soft stitch markers which are actually for knitting. To make them work for crochet, I just cut them. I started using these when I was really into amigurumi because I wanted something really small and flexible. I thought most of the locking crochet stitch markers were bigger and got in the way when working on really small pieces.

Pom Pom Makers - These Clover pom pom makers are the best that I’ve found so far. I also made a post on how I made my own using cardboard which is handy if you want sizes larger than they sell or if you just wanna save money!

Fringe Maker – So my fringe maker is actually just a square of cardboard that I cut! But I use it a ton so I figured I’d mention it here too! :P

Measuring Tape – Pretty self explanatory but I use this often while designing patterns.

Scissors – I always keep this little pair of Fiskars scissors in my project bag!

♥ Yarn Needles – Totally necessary for finishing off projects!

Elastic Thread – I like to use this in my leg warmers to help them stay up. It’s also helpful if you have a slouchy hat that likes to fall off. I made a whole post about adding elastic to crochet projects here.

♥ Stuffing & Pellets – These are two things that I use while making amigurumi. Pellets are good if you want something to be weighted at the bottom or be beany and squishy.

Safety Eyes – Also great for amigurumi! 9mm is what I use most frequently.

 

What are your favorite tools? Did I forget anything?

 

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Some Things I’m Working On + New (to me) Yarn!

I’ve seen people wear my barefoot sandals on their hands so I thought it would be cool to design a tiny one that is actually meant to be worn on your hands. These are only about 2 inches wide/tall!

Can you see the sun design in the middle? I need to buy some more colors that show it better, this is just what I had in my stash. I want to buy some charms and beads to decorate them with too!

I’ve been playing with ways to decorate the bikinis I’ve been making. I’ve noticed cowry shells being used on clothing and accessories a lot lately so I bought a giant bag of them and now want to sew them onto everything! I think it works out perfectly for bikinis!

Cascade Ultra Pima has been on my wishlist for quite a while now! Back in the beginning of the year I made a resolution to buy more yarn online (to try ones I can’t get in local stores to hopefully find ones I really love) and I’m finally getting around to doing that! I plan on making a kimono with this. I’m really excited and can’t wait to get started!

I have a feeling I’m gonna be wanting to use this yarn for a lot of things in the future because of all the amazing colors it comes in! I like the weight of it too (DK). It’s a little too pricey ($9.50) for me to be buying all the time though, unfortunately. :(

Speaking of yarns that I’ve been wanting to try forever!!! Yarn Bee Diva Sequin! The nearest Hobby Lobby is like 30 miles from me (and I actually had no clue that we even had them in California until recently) so I’d never tried any of their yarns before. This weekend I made the drive and picked up a ball of the Kathmandu color and made a Sugar Cone Skully with it that same day! And I’m SO excited about how it turned out!

Now I can’t wait to go to Hobby Lobby again! I would love to use this yarn again and I really want to pick up some of their I Love This Cotton!

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Favorite Finds

I’m in love with these ankle cuffs! I was thinking they’d also be cool sewn onto the top of a pair of short boots.

I have a tie dye kit and a big bag of cowry shells! I’d love to do something like this!

This DIY box shelf is so cute and would be super easy to make! I’d like to have a few of them on one wall!

How pretty is this rock garden?! Does anyone know what those pink rocks are? I would love to have a little area like this in my yard with all of my succulents!

I’m loving these skirts and want them both!

I’m thinking I’m gonna have to try this with shells!

This palette desk is on my to-make list for sure! I’m so impressed! It uses exactly one palette!

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