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CROCHET TIP SC-ROW:
Start every row with 1 ch before continuing with sc in every st.
Dec 1 sc in each side on a row as follows: Work 1 sc, * insert hook in next st, get yarn *, repeat from *-*, make a YO and pull yarn through all 3 sts on hook. Then work 1 sc in every st until 3 sts remain on row, repeat dec in the next 2 sts, work 1 sc in last st.
Inc 1 st in each side on a row by working 2 sts in first and last st on row (work 1 sc in each of the other sc).
ROW 1: ch 1, 1 sc in first st on row, * skip 2 sts, 5 dc in next st, skip 2 sts, 1 sc in next st *, repeat from *-* the entire row. Finish with 1 sc in last st, turn piece.
ROW 2: ch 3, 2 dc in first sc on row, * 1 sc in the middle dc of the 5 dc from previous row, 5 dc in next sc *, repeat from *-* the entire row. Finish with 1 sc in the middle dc of the 5 dc from previous row, 3 dc in last sc on row, turn piece.
ROW 3: ch 1, 1 sc in first dc on row, * 5 dc in next sc, 1 sc in the middle dc of the 5 dc from previous row *, repeat from *-* the entire row. Finish with 1 sc in 3rd ch from beg of previous row.
Start at top of front piece and work in one until top of back piece.
Ch 45-45-51-51-51-57 on hook size 4 mm / G/6 with Muskat Soft. Work first row as follows: 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 sc in every ch on row = 43-43-49-49-49-55 sc (no of sts can be divided by 6 + 1), turn piece - READ CROCHET TIP SC-ROW. Work sc-rows back and forth with 1 sc in every sc. AT THE SAME TIME dec 1 sc in each side on every row a total of 0-0-6-6-6-12 times and then on every other row a total of 15-15-12-12-12-9 times - READ DECREASE TIP = 13 sc in all sizes (piece measures approx. 15 cm / 6''). REMEMBER THE CROCHET GAUGE! Continue to work sc-rows with 1 sc in every sc. When piece measures 19-20-21-22-23-24 cm / 7½''-8''-8¼''-8¾''-9''-9½'', beg back piece and now measure piece from here. Now inc 1 sc in each side - READ INCREASE TIP. Repeat inc in each side on every other row a total of 3 times in all sizes, on every row a total of 8-8-10-10-10-10 times and finally on every other row again a total of 13-13-14-14-14-17 times = 61-61-67-67-67-73 sc (no of sts can be divided by 6 + 1). Continue sc-row over all sc until back piece measures 23-24-25-26-27-28 cm / 9''-9½''-9¾''-10¼''-10 5/8''-11'', do not cut the yarn.
FAN EDGE AND TIES:
Work row 1-3 in FAN PATTERN – see explanation above, do not cut the yarn. Then crochet ties as follows: ch 2, work 1 sc in first ch worked, * ch 1, work 1 sc in previous sc *, repeat from *-* until tie measures approx. 30-40 cm / 11 3/4"-15 3/4", fasten off. Work another tie the same way and fasten it on the other side of fan edge.
Work the fan edge and two ties the same way on front piece.
Worked in 2 parts.
Ch 3 on hook size 4 mm / G/6 with Muskat Soft and form a ring with 1 sl st in first ch.
ROUND 1: ch 1, 1 sc in first ch in ch-ring, 2 sc in each of the next 2 ch in ch-ring (= 6 sc), insert a marker and move it upwards. Then work in the round to avoid making the beg of round visible.
ROUND 2: * 2 sc in each of the first 2 sc, 1 ch *, repeat from *-* a total of 3 times (= 4 sc with 1 ch between).
ROUND 3: * 1 sc in each of the first 4 sc, in next ch work 1 sc + 1 ch (= 1 corner) + 1 sc *, repeat from *-* a total of 3 times (there are now 3 corners with 6 sc between each corner).
ROUND 4: 1 sc in every sc, in ch in every corner work 1 sc + 1 ch + 1 sc (there are now 8 sc between each corner).
ROUND 5: 1 sc in every sc, in ch in every corner work 1 sc + 1 ch + 1 sc (there are now 10 sc between each corner).
Continue inc like this until piece measures approx. 8-8½-9-9½-10-10½ cm / 3 1/8"-3 1/4"-3½"-3 3/4"-4"-4 1/4" from the middle and outwards (or to desired size).
Work last round as follows: Work as before with sc and inc along 2 of the sides (incl all 3 corners), then work as follows along the last side: 1 hdc in first st, * ch 1, skip 1 sc, 1 hdc in next st *, repeat from *-* until corner and finish with 1 sl st in 1st ch from beg of round (= eyelet holes). Fasten off.
Work another part the same way.
Ch 2, work 1 sc in first ch worked, * ch 1, work 1 sc in previous sc *, repeat from *-* until tie measures approx. 110-120-140-150-160-180 cm / 43½"-47"-55"-59"-63"-71", fasten off. Thread the tie up and down through the eyelet holes on the two bikini parts.
Work another tie the same way of approx. 180-185-190-195-200-210 cm / 71"-73"-75"-77"-80"-83". Thread the end in from WS, through corner at the top of one bikini part and then in from RS through the corner at the top of the other bikini part (this "loop" should be in the back of neck when the bikini top is worn). Tie the ends mid back of neck.
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