Sunkissed Crochet Bikini Top

This crochet bikini top is the perfect crop top for beating the summer heat. Wear this to any music festivals or to beachy picnics.
Designed by Kristin Omdahl.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: One size, to fit size 34 C

Gauge: 1 motif = 2″ x 2″

Materials

Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton DeLux (100% cotton; 236 yards [215 meters]/142 grams): #78042 Rustic Grey (1 ball)
Hook: US size H/8 (5.0 mm) hook or size needed to obtain gauge
Notions: Yarn needle

Pattern

Bottom Band – Motif #1

Rnd 1: Ch 5, sl st in 5th ch from hook to form ring, (ch 3, dc in ring, ch 3, sl st in ring) 3 times, ch 3, 2 dc in ring; do not turn.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in sp between last 2 dc on last rnd, *ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 5, sc in next ch-3 sp; rep from * around. Fasten off.

Referring to schematic/assembly diagram for placement of motifs, continue to join additional motifs as follows:
Motifs #2 – #16 (joining one side)
Rnd 1: Rep Rd 1 of first motif.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in sp between last 2 dc on last rnd, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 2, sc in 3rd of ch-5 sp on adjacent motif, ch 2, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 1, sl st in ch-3 sp on adjacent motif, ch 1, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 2, sc in 3rd of ch-5 sp on adjacent motif, ch 2, sc in next ch-3 sp, *ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 5**, sc in next ch-3 sp; rep from * to ** once more, join with slip st to first sc. Fasten off.

Motifs #17-30 (joining two sides)
Rnd 1: Rep Rd 1 of first motif.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in sp between last 2 dc on last rnd, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 2, sc in 3rd of ch-5 sp on adjacent motif, ch 2, sc in next ch-3 sp, (ch 1, sl st in ch-3 sp on adjacent motif, ch 1, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 2, sc in 3rd of ch-5 sp on adjacent motif, ch 2, sc in next ch-3 sp) 2 times, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 5, join with slip st to first sc. Fasten off.

Top

Row 1: With RS facing, skip first 4 motifs, join with sl st to joining st between 4th and 5th motifs, ch 1, sc in same sp, *2 sc in next ch-2 sp, sc in next st, 3 sc in next ch-3 sp, sc in next st, 2 sc in next ch-2 sp, sc in next corner joining st**; rep from * to ** over next 2 motifs, ch 8, skip next motif, sc in next joining st between 8th and 9th motifs, rep from * to ** over next 3 motifs.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each of next 31 sts, ch 8, sc in each of next 31 sts, turn.
Rows 3-6: Rep Row 2. Separate sides for remainder of work.
Row 7: Ch 1, sc2tog, 1 sc in each of next 27 sts, sc2tog, turn leaving remaining sts unworked. (29 sts)
Row 8: Ch 1, sc2tog, 1 sc in each of next 25 sts, sc2tog, turn. (27 sts)
Row 9: Ch 1, sc2tog, 1 sc in each of next 23 sts, sc2tog, turn. (25 sts)
Row 10: Ch 1, sc2tog, 1 sc in each of next 21 sts, sc2tog, turn. (23 sts)
Row 11: Ch 1, sc2tog, 1 sc in each of next 19 sts, sc2tog, turn. (21 sts)
Row 12: Ch 1, sc2tog, 1 sc in each of next 17 sts, sc2tog, turn. (19 sts)
Row 13: Ch 1, sc2tog, 1 sc in each of next 15 sts, sc2tog, turn. (17 sts)
Row 14: Ch 1, sc2tog, 1 sc in each of next 13 sts, sc2tog, turn. (15 sts)
Row 15: Ch 1, sc2tog, 1 sc in each of next 11 sts, sc2tog, turn. (13 sts)
Row 16: Ch 1, sc2tog, 1 sc in each of next 9 sts, sc2tog, turn. (11 sts)
Row 17: Ch 1, sc2tog, 1 sc in each of next 7 sts, sc2tog, turn. (9 sts)
Row 18: Ch 1, sc2tog, 1 sc in each of next 5 sts, sc2tog, turn. (7 sts)
Row 19: Ch 1, sc2tog, 1 sc in each of next 3 sts, sc2tog, turn. (5 sts)
Row 20: Ch 1, sc2tog, 1 sc in next st, sc2tog, turn. (3 sts)
Row 21: Ch 1, sc3tog, ch 80. Fasten off.
With RS facing, skip ch-8, join yarn with slip st in next st, ch 1, sc2tog, 1 sc in each of next 27 sts, sc2tog, turn. (29 sts)
Work Rows 8-21 as for first side.

Back Ties

With RS facing, join yarn with sl st in Row 4 of either side of bikini top, ch 90. Fasten off.
Rep for opposite side of bikini top. Fasten off.
Weave in ends.
Weave ties through the top of the back 4 motifs on each side.
Wash, block to finished measurements and let dry. yarn ball

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