Vega Crochet Bikini Top

June 26, 2018


 Hello fellow unraveler, sorry to keep you guys waiting but as promised the video tutorial for this top is now up on my YouTube channel. 

Have you tried to make the bikini bottom?
 If yes then you won't have much problem making this top because the pattern is pretty much the same you only need to know how to do the increase and decrease.

 This pattern actually is quite similar to the Quick & Easy Crochet Top, but instead of making the strap without breaking off the yarn, I made the strap separately after I've finished making the body.

 I wanted to make this pattern as simple and easy as possible especially for beginners, but if you want to make the strap continuously without having to rejoin the yarn after you've finished the body, just follow the strap pattern from Quick & Easy Crochet Top.

 Are you bored with this side to side method? Honestly I'm obsessed, most of the designs I created nowadays works from side to side and it got me walking side to side hahaha!



If you don’t understand any part of this pattern, please refer to the video tutorial.

Level: 
Advanced Beginner

Size: Bust (inch) 
XS = 31"-32"
S = 33"-34"
M = 35"-36"
L = 37"-38"
XL = 39"-40"
XXL = 41"-42"

Yarn: 
Cotton acrylic/ blended yarn, (light worsted/DK weight). 
Approximately (70, 80, 90, 100, 110, 120) grams.

Hook: 
4.0 mm or any size needed to obtain gauge.



Gauge:
4 rows of 10 sc = 2.0” x 1.0” inches.

Stitches used: 
Chain stitch (ch), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc).

Abbreviation: 
Stitches (sts), stitch (st), space (sp), next (nxt), last (lst), wrong side (WS), right side (RS).

Instructions:
Direction in parentheses are for (XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL).

Foundation chain:
Make a slip knot and ch (26, 26, 28, 28, 30, 30).

Row 1(RS): 
Hdc in 3rd chain and in the nxt (11, 11, 13, 13, 15, 15) sts, sc in the nxt 12 sts, ch 1, turn.

Row 2: 
Sc in the nxt 12 sts, hdc in the nxt (12, 12, 14, 14, 16, 16) sts, ch 2, turn.

Row 3: 
Hdc in the nxt (12, 12, 14, 14, 16, 16) sts, sc in the nxt 12 sts, ch 1, turn.

Row 4-(48, 50, 50, 52, 52, 54): 
Repeat row 2-3 alternately.

Now you’re going to increase the number of stitches.

Row (49, 51, 51, 53, 53, 55): 
2 hdc in the first st, hdc in the nxt (11, 11, 13, 13, 15, 15) sts, sc in the nxt 12 sts, ch 1, turn.

Row (50, 52, 52, 54, 54, 56): 
Sc in nxt 12 sts, hdc in nxt (12, 12, 14, 14, 15, 15) sts, 2 hdc in lst st, ch 2, turn.

Row (51, 53, 53, 55, 55, 57)-(58, 60, 62, 64, 66, 68): 
Repeat the pattern on previous 2 rows alternately, increasing 1 stitch on each row.

Total (10, 10, 12, 12, 14, 14) rows of increase, 12 sc, (22, 22, 26, 26, 30, 30) hdc on lst row.

Now continue the nxt (28, 30, 30, 32, 32, 34) rows without increasing.

Row (59, 61, 63, 65, 67, 69): 
Hdc in the nxt (22, 22, 26, 26, 30, 30) sts, sc in nxt 12 sts, ch 1, turn.

Row (60, 62, 64, 66, 68, 70): 
Sc in nxt 12 sts, hdc in nxt (22, 22, 26, 26, 30, 30) sts, ch 2, turn.

Row (61, 63, 65, 67, 69, 71)-(86, 90, 92, 96, 98, 102): 
Repeat the pattern on previous 2 rows alternately.

Total (28, 30, 30, 32, 32, 34) rows, 12 sc, (22, 22, 26, 26, 30, 30) hdc.

Now you’re going to decrease the number of stitches.

Row (87, 91, 93, 97, 99, 103): 
Skip the first st, hdc in the nxt (21, 21, 25, 25, 29, 29) sts, sc in the nxt 12 sts, ch 1, turn.

Row (88, 92, 94, 98, 100, 104): 
Sc in the nxt 12 sts, hdc in the nxt (19, 19, 23, 23, 27, 27) sts, skip the nxt st, hdc in the last st, ch 2, turn.

Row (89, 93, 95, 99, 101, 105)-(96, 100, 104, 108, 112, 116): 
Repeat the pattern on previous 2 rows alternately, decreasing 1 stitch on each row.

Total (10, 10, 12, 12, 14, 14) rows of decrease, 12 sc, (12, 12, 14, 14, 16, 16) hdc on lst row. Ch 1, leave a long tail for sewing.

Facing WS, sew side seam. Fasten off, weave in ends.

Now let’s continue to make the straps.

Right strap:
Facing WS, join yarn with a knot in the front right side of the row before the first row of decrease, ch 2, sc in the nxt 3 hdc-sp, ch 1, turn.

Row 1-(46, 46, 48, 48, 50, 50): 
Sc in nxt 3 sts, ch 1, turn.

Attach strap at the back, join in 13th row after the lst row of decrease,
ch 1, *insert hook in same row and in first st of strap, sl st to join*.

Repeat * to * in the nxt 2 rows and 2 sts of strap, ch 2. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Left strap:
Facing WS, join yarn with a knot in the front left side on the 3rd row after the last row of increase, ch 2, sc in the nxt 3 hdc-sp, ch 1, turn.

Row 1-(46, 46, 48, 48, 50, 50): 
Sc in nxt 3 sts, ch 1, turn.

Attach strap at the back, join in the 11th row before the first row of increase, ch 1, *insert hook in same row and in first st of strap, sl st to join*.

Repeat * to * in the nxt 2 rows and 2 sts of strap, ch 2. Fasten off, weave in ends.

Simply make more rows for longer strap or eliminate a few rows to make it shorter. For wider straps, make more than 3 sc.

Flip right side out and you’re done!





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