Donated by Marion - She thinks it is from a Family Circle book from the 70's - unsure as the bottom of the pages doesn't have a date.

A real WOW of a bikini - racy and sleek and wonderfully textured in crunchy yarn. Do it in deep tones like black and purple mixed with white and you'll turn heads on the beach for sure.

5/8/00

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Directions are given for size Petite (4-6). Changes for sizes Small (8-10), Medium (12-14) are in parentheses.

MATERIALS:

  • Phentex: 1 skein each Navy (A), White (B) and Purple ©;
  • Plastic crochet hook, size I, OR ANY SIZE HOOK WHICH WILL OBTIAN THE STITCH GAUGE BELOW.

GAUGE: 9 sc = 2-1/2"; 5 rows = 1".

___BOTTOM-Back: Work in back lps only throughout. With A, ch 69(77,85).

___Row 1 (right side): Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across-68(76,84) sc. Ch 1, turn.

___Row 2: Sc in each sc across, working in back lps only. Ch 1, turn. Rpt row 2 for pat until 7 rows from beg.

___Next Row: Pull up a lp in next 2 sc, yo and thru 3 lps on hook-dec made; sc in each sc to within last 2 sc, dec 1 sc. Ch 1, turn. Rpt last row 4 times-58(66,74) sc. Drop A. Join B. Dec 1 sc at each edge of next 2 rows-54(62,70) sc. Drop B, join C. Continue to dec 1 sc at each edge of next 23(27,31) rows-8 sts rem. Work even for 8 rows.

___Front: Next Row: Ch 1 loosely, 2 sc in first st-inc made; sc in each sc to within last sc, inc 1 sc-10 sc. Ch 1, turn. Continue to inc 1 sc at each edge of next 11(15,19) rows. Drop C. Join B. Inc 1 sc each edge of next 2 rows-36(44,52) sc. Drop B. Join A. Inc 1 sc each edge of next 5 rows-46(54,62) sc. Work even for 6 rows. Fasten off.

___Finishing: Edging: With A, work 2 rows sc around each leg. Run in ends on wrong side.

___Side Ties (Make 2): With A, make a ch 23" long. Lace side ties thru 1 hole between sts on side on front of bikini and corresponding hole on side on back of bikini on every other row (starting at top of bikini and ending at beg of dec rows). Tie into bow thereby fastening back and front of bikini together. Make a knot at each end of tie.

___BRA-Cup: (Make 2): Work in back lps only throughout. With A, ch 38(42,46).

___Row 1 (right side): Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across-37(41,45) sc. Ch 1, turn.

___Row 2: Sc in each sc across, working in back lps only, dec 1 sc each edge of row-35(39,43) sc. Rpt row 2, three times-29(33,37) sc. Drop A. Join B. Dec 1 sc each edge of next 2 rows- 25(29,33) sc. Drop B. Join C. Continue to dec 1 sc at each edge of next 12(14,16) rows-1 sc rem. Fasten off.

___Edging for Right Cup: Rnd 1: With A, starting at top point of bra, work 1 rnd sc around entire triangle, working 2 sc in each lower edge corner, ending at starting point. join with sl st.

___Rnd 2: With A, 1 sc in each sc down side of triangle, make a 15(15-1/2,16)" ch for back tie, sc in 2nd ch from hook and sc back in each ch for back tie to bra. Sc in each sc across bottom of bra skipping every other sc working 3 sc in last sc on bottom of bra (this is bra center). Work 1 sc in each sc to top of bra point. Keeping yarn attached make a ch 12(12-1/2,13)" long for neck tie. Fasten off. Make a knot at end of each tie.

___Edging for Left Cup: Rnd 1: With A, starting at top point of bra work 1 row sc around entire triangle working 3 sc in each lower edge corner, ending at starting point. Join with sl st.

___Rnd 2: With A, sc in each sc down side of triangle to bra center, working 3 sc in first sc on bottom of bra, sc in each sc across bottom of bra skipping every other sc. Make a ch 15(15-1/2,16)" long for back tie, sc in 2nd ch from hook and sc back in each ch for back tie to bra. Sc in each sc up side of triangle to top point of bra. Keeping yarn attached, make a ch 12(12-1/2,13)" long for neck tie. Fasten off. Make a knot at end of each tie.

___Front Tie: With A, make a 12" long ch. Fasten off. Lace front tie thru 1 hole on each cup at bra center. Tie into bow thereby fastening two cups together at bra center. Make a knot at each end of tie.

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