NOTE: This pattern is written in British English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from cm to inches - click here.
There are different terms for crocheting in British and American English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for "crochet terms" here.
For this pattern in American English, please click here.
Crochet Gauge: width of 12 dc/dtr and length of 4 rows of pattern (i.e. 1 row of dc + 1 row dtr x 4) using crochet hook size 5 = 10 x 10 cm.
Crochet info: At the beginning of each row of dc replace the 1st dc with ch 1, and at the beginning of each row of dtr replace the first dtr with ch 4. Finish each row of dc with 1 dc in 4th ch from beginning of previous row. Finish each row of dtr with 1 dtr in 1st ch from previous row.
Pattern: *1 row of dc, 1 row of dtr*, repeat from *-* until finished measurements. Note! Crochet in each st and not in between.
Decreasing tips: Only dec in rows of dtr. Decreasing several dtr:
Dec as follows at beginning of row: replace 1 dtr with a sl st.
Dec as follows at end of row: Turn the piece when number of dtr to be dec are left on row.
Decreasing 1 dtr:
Dec 1 dtr by crocheting 2 dtr together as follows: crochet 1 dtr but wait with last yo and pull through (= 2 st on hook), crochet 1 dtr and pull thread through all sts on hook.
Increasing tips: Increase 1 dc/dtr by crocheting 2 dc/dtr in last st from previous row. Increase several dc/dtr as follows: At the end of the row of dc before increases are to be made, crochet ch corresponding number of dtr to be increased + 4 ch to turn with – i.e. if you are to increase 4 dtr crochet 7 ch, turn the piece, crochet 1 dtr in 5th ch from the hook and then 1 dtr in each of the next 2 ch, continue on row.
Measuring tips: Because of the weight of the yarn, all measurements should be made while the garment is hanging.
Back piece: Crochet loosely 55-63-71-80-87-98 ch (inclusive of 4 ch to turn with) using hook size 5 and Paris.
Crochet the 1st row as follows: 1 dtr in the 5th. ch from the hook, 1dtr in the next ch *skip 1ch, 1 dtr in the next 3 ch* repeat from *-* and finish with 1 dtr in the last ch (for size L finish with 1 dtr in each of the last 2 ch)= 40-46-52-59-64-72 dtr, turn the piece. Continue in pattern – see explanation above. When the piece measures approx 12 cm inc a dtr each side on every 8-8-9-12-12-12 cm a total of 3-3-3-2-2-2 times – see Increasing tips above = 46-52-58-63-68-76 dc/dtr. When the piece measures approx 38-39-40-41-42-43 cm dec off for armhole each side on every dtr row –see Decreasing tips - as follows: 4 dtr 0-0-0-1-1-1 times, 3 dtr 0-1-1-0-0-1 times, 2 dtr 1-0-1-1-2-2 times and 1 dtr 0-1-1-2-2-2 times = 42-44-46-47-48-50 dtr left. Cut the thread when piece measures 56-58-60-62-64-66 cm. Insert a marking thread on each side of the middle 12-12-12-13-14-14 sts (= neck).
Right front: Crochet loosely 19-22-25-29-31-34 ch (inclusive of 4 ch to turn with) using hook size 5 and Paris.
Crochet 1st row as follows: 1 dtr in the 5th ch from the hook, *skip 1ch, 1 dtr in the next 3 ch* repeat from *-* but for size XS + XL finish with a dtr in the last 5 ch (instead of the last 3 ch) and for size S + XXL finish with a dtr in the last 4 ch = 13-15-17-20-22-24 dtr, turn the piece.
Read all of the following before continuing:
Front edges: Continue in pattern, at the same time inc towards mid front on every row of dtr – see Increasing tips above - as follows: 4 dtr 1 time, 3 dtr 1 time and 1 dtr 4-5-6-6-7-9 times. After the last inc insert a marking thread within the 4 outermost sts towards mid front – let the thread follow the piece as you progress.
Increases at side: At the same time, when piece measures 12 cm inc as described for back piece.
Collar: At the same time when piece measures approx 30-32-34-36-38-40 cm inc for collar mid front: 1 dtr on every row of dtr a total of 6 times.
Armhole: At the same time when piece measures approx 38-39-40-41-42-43 cm dec for armhole as described for back piece.
When the inc for collar are complete (piece measures approx 45-47-49-51-53-55 cm), dec 13-13-13-13-14-14 dtr towards mid front for neck and dec for neckline on every row of dtr as follows: 2 dtr 1 time and 1 dtr 1 time = 15-16-17-17-17-18 dc/dtr left on shoulder. Continue until piece measures approx 56-58-60-62-64-66 cm (make sure it’s the same as back piece) and cut the thread.
Left front piece, Crochet as right front piece, but mirrored.
Sleeve: Crochet 36-38-39-40-42-42 ch (incl 1 ch to turn with) using hook size 5 and Paris.
Crochet the 1st row as follows: 1 dc in the 2nd ch from the hook, *skip 1ch, 1 dc in the next 3 ch* repeat from *-* but for size XS + L finish with 1 dc in the last 5 ch (instead of the last 3 ch), and size M finish with 1 dc in the last 4 ch = 28-29-30-31-32-32 dc, turn the piece. Crochet 1 dc in each dc from previous row. When piece measures 7 cm insert a marking thread in piece (marks folding edge) and measure piece from this point from now on. When piece measures 7 cm continue in pattern as on back and front pieces. When piece measures approx 14-16-16-17-17-19 cm inc 1 dc/dtr each side on every 7-6-5-4-3.5-2.5 cm a total of 6-6-7-8-9-10 times – see Increasing tips = 40-41-44-47-50-52 dc/dtr. When piece measures 51-49-49-47-48-45 cm dec for sleeve cap each side on every row of dtr as follows: 3 dtr 1 time, 2 dtr 1 time and 1 dtr each side until piece measures approx 56-57-57-57-58-58 cm. Cut the thread.
Assembly: Sew shoulder seams – the shoulder on back piece ends by the marking thread. Set in sleeves. Sew sleeve and side seams – leave approx 4 cm at sleeve edges for slit.
Collar: Crochet approx 28 to 36 dc round the neck using crochet hook size 5 and Paris – crochet from the right side and start by marking thread on right front piece, crochet round neck and finish by marking thread on left front piece. Crochet pattern. When collar measures 3 cm inc 5 dc/dtr evenly along neck edge on back piece (inc 1 dc/dtr by crocheting 2 dc/dtr in same st). Repeat the increase when collar measures 8 cm. When collar measures approx 9-10 cm cut the thread.
Crochet border: Crochet a border round all edges including the sleeve edges on crochet hook size 5 and Vienna as follows: 1dc in the first st, *1 ch, skip approx 1 cm (the edge should be nice and straight not wavy), 1 dc in the next st.* repeat from *-* and finish with 1 ch in first dc from beginning of round.
Crochet buttons: Crochet button covers using crochet hook size 3.5 and remnants of Safran (change colour for each round).
1 button: 2 ch, 8 dc in the first of the ch, 1 sl st in 1st dc (= 1st round)
2nd round: 2 dc in each dc and finish with 1 sl st in first dc from beginning of round (= 16 dc)
3rd + 4th round: 1 dc in each dc and finish with 1 sl st in first dc from beginning of round (= 16 dc)
5th round: 1 dc in every other dc and finish with 1 sl st in first dc from beginning of round (= 8 dc)
Put buttons in cover, sew round the opening and fasten thread. Place buttons on left front piece, the top one approx 1 cm under the collar and the lower one approx 20 to 26 cm from the bottom edge.
Size: S – M – L, equivalent to cup size A - B – C
50-50-50 g colour no. 14, olive
50-50-50 g colour no. 15, heather
50-50-50 g colour no. 02, rose
50-50-50 g colour no. 28, orange
50-50-50 g colour no. 31, pistachio
DROPS crochet hook size 3
Crochet gauge: 22 tr x 12 rows = 10 x 10 cm
Crochet info: Turn the piece with 3 ch.
Increasing tips: Inc 2 tr by crocheting 3 tr in tr by marking thread.
Stripes: Each stripe = 1 row of tr. Crochet stripes in the following order: pistachio, rose, heather, orange, olive.
Crochet each cup separately from bottom up.
Cup: Crochet 46-55-64 ch using hook size 3 and olive.
1st row: 1 dc in the 3rd ch from the hook, *skip 1 ch, 1 dc in each of the next 2 ch*, repeat from *-* and finish with 1 dc in the last ch = 31-37-43 dc (the first dc = 2 ch). Turn the piece.
2nd row: 5 ch, skip 1 dc, 1 tr in next st, *1 ch, skip 1 dc, 1 tr in next st*, repeat from *-* = 15-18-21 ch-loops. Turn the piece.
3rd row: Crochet 1 tr in each st from previous row – see Crochet info = 31-37-43 tr. Insert a marking thread in the middle tr and let the thread follow the piece as you progress.
Next rows: Change to pistachio and crochet stripes as described above. Crochet 1 tr in each tr, at the same time inc 2 tr in the middle of the piece – see Increasing tips above – on the next 4-4-5 rows = 39-45-53 tr.
Now start decreasing in the middle of the piece. On first row skip 1 tr by marking thread, on the following rows skip 2 tr and continue until there are 4 tr left - the piece now measures approx 20-23-27 cm. Change to olive and crochet tie-string over the top 4 tr, 1 tr in each tr until string measures approx 40 cm. Cut the thread.
Crochet one more cup.
Twisted string: Cut 5 strands of olive each measuring 3 meters. Twist them and fold them double, let the 2 ends twist together and tie a knot each end. Insert string through holes at lower bikini edge.