Why not crochet a bikini to celebrate?

Crochet is often associated with household items such as baby blankets, dishcloths, and doilies.  Periodically, though, people return to wearing crocheted clothing as a fashion statement.  Crochet is a versatile craft that can be used for sweaters, hats, skirts, dresses—and even swimwear!

While it is possible to knit a bikini, crochet creates a firmer fabric with less effort.  Crocheted lace done at a firm gauge will make a fabric that looks delicate, yet does not stretch out of shape. On the beach, on a cruise, or at the local pool, a crochet bikini stands out from the crowd of typical spandex swimwear.

How to crochet a bikini

There are plenty of Free Crocheted Swimwear Patterns on the internet.  Choose a pattern you like and follow it carefully for best results.  For the seasoned crochet crafter with all the basic skills, become a member of Ravelry (a free social network for knitters and crocheters) and access their massive database of patterns—many created by Ravelry members.

For any crochet bikini, be sure to use quality yarn or thread that is firmly spun.  Mercerized cotton such as Coats and Clark’s Knit-Cro-Sheen or Aunt Lydia’s crochet cotton (in a variety of weights) are good choices.  If you have access to a specialty yarn shop, ask them for suggestions.  Hemp yarn (often used for macramé) is another good choice, as is bamboo.  Avoid fuzzy acrylic yarns. What if you find thread you love, but it is too thin? Simply crochet with two strands of crochet cotton held together and worked as one.  You could even combine two different colors for a special effect.

Decorate your crocheted bikini with beads.  Small beads can be worked into the crocheted fabric, while large wooden beads look good at the ends of string ties.  Beaded trim can also be purchased by the yard to be used as a decorative edging.

Finally, crochet at a tight gauge can be hard work for your hands.  Consider using a crochet hook with an ergonomic grip or use foam cushioning over your regular crochet hooks.

Would you rather buy a crochet bikini?

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In conclusion

March is a perfect month to share the gift of crochet.  Gifting crochet to another could mean teaching them to crochet.  It could also mean creating a beautiful crocheted gift for them, such as a custom crocheted bikini.  Who wouldn’t love a fashion creation made to fit them perfectly?  Be sure to gift yourself one as well!

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