DROPS / 136 / 18

Tripoli by DROPS Design

Crochet DROPS bikini in Muskat Soft or Muskat. Size XS - XXL/XXXL.

DROPS design: Pattern no R-610
Yarn group B
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BIKINI TROUSERS:
Size: XS - S - M - L - XL - XXL/XXXL
Materials: DROPS MUSKAT SOFT from Garnstudio
150-150-150-150-200-200 g colour no 16, denim blue/white

Solid bikini trousers use:
DROPS MUSKAT from Garnstudio
150-150-150-150-200-200 g colour no 08, off white
Or use:
DROPS MUSKAT from Garnstudio
150-150-150-150-200-200 g colour no 15, blue

BIKINI TOP:
Size: XS - S - M - L - XL - XXL/XXXL
Materials: DROPS MUSKAT SOFT from Garnstudio
100-100-100-100-100-150 g colour no 16, denim blue/white

Solid bikini top use:
DROPS MUSKAT from Garnstudio
100-100-100-100-100-150 g colour no 08, off white
Or use:
DROPS MUSKAT from Garnstudio
100-100-100-100-100-150 g colour no 15, blue

DROPS CROCHET HOOK SIZE 4 mm – or size needed to get 18 dc x 20 rows vertically = 10 x 10 cm.

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Not sure which size you should choose? Then it might help you to know that the model in the picture is approx. 170 cm and uses size S or M. If you are making a jumper, cardigan, dress or similar garment, you will find a graphic with the measurements of the finished garment (in cm) at the bottom of the pattern.

Pattern instructions

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 TIP DC-ROW:
Start every row with 1 ch before continuing with dc in every st.

DECREASE TIP:
Dec 1 dc in each side on a row as follows: Work 1 dc, * insert hook in next st, get thread *, repeat from *-*, make a YO and pull thread through all 3 sts on hook. Then work 1 dc in every st until 3 sts remain on row, repeat dec in the next 2 sts, work 1 dc in last st.

INCREASE TIP:
Inc 1 st in each side on a row by working 2 sts in first and last st on row (work 1 dc in each of the other dc).

FAN PATTERN:
ROW 1: Work 1 ch, 1 dc in first st on row, * skip 2 sts, 5 tr in next st, skip 2 sts, 1 dc in next st *, repeat from *-* the entire row. Finish with 1 dc in last st, turn piece.
ROW 2: Work 3 ch, 2 tr in first dc on row, * 1 dc in the middle tr of the 5 tr from previous row, 5 tr in next dc *, repeat from *-* the entire row. Finish with 1 dc in the middle tr of the 5 tr from previous row, 3 tr in last dc on row, turn piece.
ROW 3: Work 1 ch, 1 dc in first tr on row, * 5 tr in next dc, 1 dc in the middle tr of the 5 tr from previous row *, repeat from *-* the entire row. Finish with 1 dc in 3rd ch from beg of previous row.
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BIKINI TROUSERS:
Start at top of front piece and work in one until top of back piece.
Work 45-45-51-51-51-57 ch on hook size 4 mm with Muskat Soft/Muskat. Work first row as follows: 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 dc in every ch on row = 43-43-49-49-49-55 dc (no of sts can be divided by 6 + 1), turn piece - READ CROCHET TIP DC-ROW. Work dc-rows back and forth with 1 dc in every dc. AT THE SAME TIME dec 1 dc 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 dc in all sizes (piece measures approx. 15 cm). REMEMBER THE CROCHET TENSION! Continue to work dc-rows with 1 dc in every dc. When piece measures 19-20-21-22-23-24 cm, beg back piece and now measure piece from here. Now inc 1 dc 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 dc (no of sts can be divided by 6 + 1). Continue dc-row over all dc until back piece measures 23-24-25-26-27-28 cm, do not cut the thread.

FAN EDGE AND TIES:
Work row 1-3 in FAN PATTERN – see explanation above, do not cut the thread. Then crochet ties as follows: Work 2 ch, work 1 dc in first ch worked, * work 1 ch, work 1 dc in previous dc *, repeat from *-* until tie measures approx. 30-40 cm, cut and fasten the thread. 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.

BIKINI TOP:
Worked in 2 parts.
Work 3 ch on hook size 4 mm with Muskat Soft and form a ring with 1 sl st in first ch.
ROUND 1: Work 1 ch, 1 dc in first ch in ch-ring, 2 dc in each of the next 2 ch in ch-ring (= 6 dc), insert a marker and move it upwards. Then work in the round to avoid making the beg of round visible.
ROUND 2: * 2 dc in each of the first 2 dc, 1 ch *, repeat from *-* a total of 3 times (= 4 dc with 1 ch between).
ROUND 3: * 1 dc in each of the first 4 dc, in next ch work 1 dc + 1 ch (= 1 corner) + 1 dc *, repeat from *-* a total of 3 times (there are now 3 corners with 6 dc between each corner).
ROUND 4: 1 dc in every dc, in ch in every corner work 1 dc + 1 ch + 1 dc (there are now 8 dc between each corner).
ROUND 5: 1 dc in every dc, in ch in every corner work 1 dc + 1 ch + 1 dc (there are now 10 dc between each corner).
Continue inc like this until piece measures approx. 8-8½-9-9½-10-10½ cm from centre and outwards (or to desired size).
Work last round as follows: Work as before with dc and inc along 2 of the sides (incl all 3 corners), then work as follows along the last side: 1 htr in first st, * 1 ch, skip 1 dc, 1 htr in next st *, repeat from *-* until corner and finish with 1 sl st in 1st ch from beg of round (= eyelet holes). Cut and fasten the threads.
Work another part the same way.

TIES:
Work 2 ch, work 1 dc in first ch worked, * work 1 ch, work 1 dc in previous dc *, repeat from *-* until tie measures approx. 110-120-140-150-160-180 cm, cut and fasten the thread. 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. 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 is worn). Tie the ends mid back of neck.

Do you need help with this pattern?

Thank you for choosing a DROPS Design pattern. We take pride in providing patterns that are correct and easy to understand. All patterns are translated from Norwegian and you can always check the original pattern (DROPS 136-18) for measurements and calculations.

Are you having trouble following the pattern? See below for a list of resources to help you finish your project in no time - or why not, learn something new.

We have also step-by-step guides for different techniques which you'll find here.

1) Why is the knitting/crochet tension so important?

Knitting tension is what determines the final measurements of your work, and is usually measured per 10 x 10 cm. It is provided like so: number of stitches in width x number of rows in height - eg: 19 stitches x 26 rows = 10 x 10 cm.

The knitting tension is very individual; some people knit/crochet loosely while others work tightly. You adjust the knitting tension with the needle size, which is why the suggested needle size only serve as a guide! You need to adjust this (up or down) to ensure that YOUR knitting tension matches the knitting tension provided in the pattern. If you work with a different knitting tension than provided you will have a different yarn consumption, and your work will have different measurements than what the pattern suggests.

The knitting tension also determines which yarns can replace each other. As long as you achieve the same knitting tension you can replace one yarn with another.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

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2) What are the yarn groups?

All our yarns are categorised into yarn groups (from A to F) according to thickness and knitting tension – group A contains the thinnest yarns and group F the thickest. This makes it easier for you to find alternative yarns to our patterns, should you wish to switch yarn. All yarns within the same group have a similar knitting tension and can easily replace each other. However, different yarn qualities have different structures and properties which will give the finished work a unique look and feel.

Click here for an overview of the yarns in each yarn group

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3) Can I use a different yarn than what the pattern suggests?

The important thing when changing from one yarn to another is that the knitting/crochet tension remains the same. This is so that the measurements of the finished piece will be the same as on the sketch provided. It is easier to achieve the same knitting tension using yarns from the same yarn group. It is also possible to work with multiple strands of a thinner yarn to achieve the knitting tension of a thicker one. Please try our yarn converter. We recommend you to always work a test swatch.

Please NOTE: when changing yarn the garment might have a different look and feel to the garment in the photo, due to individual properties and qualities of each yarn.

See DROPS lesson: Can I use a different yarn than the one mentioned in the pattern?

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4) How do I use the yarn converter?

At the top of all our patterns you’ll find a link to our yarn converter, which is a helpful tool should you wish to use a different yarn than suggested. By filling in the yarn quality you wish to replace, the amount (in your size) and number of strands, the converter will present good alternative yarns with the same knitting tension. Additionally it will tell you how much you’ll require in the new qualities and whether you’ll need to work with multiple strands. Most skeins are 50g (some are 25g or 100g).

If the pattern is worked with multiple colours, every colour will have to be converted separately. Similarly, if the pattern is worked with several strands of different yarns (for example 1 strand Alpaca and 1 strand Kid-Silk) you will have to find alternatives for each, individually.

Click here to see our yarn converter

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5) Why do I get the wrong knitting tension with the suggested needle size?

The needle size provided in the pattern serves only as a guide, the important thing is to follow the knitting tension. And since knitting tension is very individual, you will have to adjust the needle size to ensure that YOUR tension is the same as in the pattern – maybe you’ll have to adjust 1, or even 2 needle sizes, up or down to achieve the correct tension. For this, we recommend that you work test swatches.

Should you work with a different knitting tension than the one provided, the measurements of the finished garment might deviate from the measurement sketch.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

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6) Why is the pattern worked top-down?

Working a garment top-down provides more flexibility and room for personal adjustment. For example it is easier to try the garment on while working, as well as making adjustments to length of yoke and shoulder caps.

The instructions are carefully explaining every step, in the correct order. Diagrams are adjusted to the knitting direction and are worked as usual.

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7) Why are the sleeves shorter in larger sizes?

The total width of the garment (from wrist-to-wrist) will be larger in the larger sizes, despite the actual sleeves being shorter. The larger sizes have longer sleeve caps and wider shoulders, so there will be a good fit in all sizes.

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8) What is a repeat?

Diagrams are often repeated on the round or in height. 1 repeat is the diagram the way it appears in the pattern. If it says to work 5 repeats of A.1 in the round, then you work A.1 a total of 5 times after/next to each other in the round. If it says to work 2 repeats of A.1 vertically/in height you work the entire diagram once, then begin again at the start and work the entire diagram one more time.

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9) How do I work according to a knitting diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is read from bottom to top, from right to left. 1 square = 1 stitch.

When working back and forth, every other row is worked from the right side and every other row is worked from the wrong side. When working from the wrong side, the diagram will have to be worked reversed: from left to right, knit stitches are purled, purl stitches are knit etc.

When working in the round every round is worked from the right side and the diagram are worked from right to left on all rounds.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

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10) How do I work according to a crochet diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is worked from bottom to top, from right to left.

When working back and forth every other row is worked from the right side: from right to left and every other row is worked from the wrong side: from left to right.

When working in the round, every row in the diagram are worked from the right side, from right to left.

When working a circular diagram you start in the middle and work your way outwards, counter clockwise, row by row.

The rows usually start with a given number of chain stitches (equivalent to the height of the following stitch), this will either be depicted in the diagram or explained in the pattern.

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

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11) How do I work several diagrams simultaneously on the same row/round?

Instructions for working several diagrams after each other on the same row/round, will often be written like so: “work A.1, A.2, A.3 a total of 0-0-2-3-4 times". This means you work A.1 once, then A.2 is worked once, and A.3 is repeated (in width) the number of times provided for your size – in this case like so: S = 0 times, M = 0 times, L=2 times, XL= 3 times and XXL = 4 times.

The diagrams are worked as usual: begin with the first row in A.1, then work the first row in A.2 etc.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

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12) Why does the piece start with more chain stitches than it’s worked with?

Chain stitches are slightly narrower than other stitches and to avoid working the cast-on edge too tight, we simply chain more stitches to begin with. The stitch count will be adjusted on the following row to fit the pattern and measurement sketch.

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13) Why increase before the rib edge when the piece is worked top-down?

The rib edge is more elastic and will contract slightly compared to, for example, stocking stitch. By increasing before the rib edge, you avoid a visible difference in width between the rib edge and the rest of the body.

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14) Why increase in the cast-off edge?

It’s very easy to cast off too tightly, and by making yarn overs while casting off (and simultaneously casting these off) you avoid a too tight cast off edge.

See DROPS video: How to bind off with yarn overs (yo)

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15) How do I increase/decrease on every 3rd and 4th row/round alternately?

To achieve an even increase (or decrease) you can increase on, for example: every 3rd and 4th row alternately, like so: work 2 rows and increase on the 3rd row, work 3 rows and increase on the 4th. Repeat this until the increase is complete.

See DROPS lesson: Increase or decrease 1 st on every 3rd and 4th row alternately

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16) Why is the pattern slightly different than what I see in the photo?

Pattern repeats can vary slightly in the different sizes, in order to get the correct proportions. If you’re not working the exact same size as the garment in the photo, yours might deviate slightly. This has been carefully developed and adjusted so that the complete impression of the garment is the same in all sizes.

Make sure to follow instructions and diagrams for your size!

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17) How can I work a jacket in the round instead of back and forth?

Should you prefer to work in the round instead of back and forth, you may of course adjust the pattern. You’ll need to add steeks mid-front (usually 5 stitches), and follow the instructions. When you would normally turn and work from the wrong side, simply work across the steek and continue in the round. At the end you’ll cut the piece open, pick up stitches to work bands, and cover the cut edges.

See DROPS video: How to knit steeks and cut open

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18) Can I work a jumper back and forth instead of in the round?

Should you prefer to work back and forth instead of in the round, you may of course adjust the pattern so you work the pieces separately and then assemble them at the end. Divide the stitches for the body in 2, add 1 edge stitch in each side (for sewing) and work the front and back pieces separately.

See DROPS lesson: Can I adapt a pattern for circular needles into straight needles?

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19) Why do you show discontinued yarns in the patterns?

Since different yarns have different qualities and textures we have chosen to keep the original yarn in our patterns. However, you can easily find options among our available qualities by using our yarn converter, or simply pick a yarn from the same yarn group.

It is possible that some retailers still have discontinued yarns in stock, or that someone has a few skeins at home that they would like to find patterns for.

The yarn converter will provide both alternative yarn as well as required amount in the new quality.

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20) How do I make a women’s size garment into a men’s size one?

If you have found a pattern you like which is available in women’s size it’s not very difficult to convert it to men’s size. The biggest difference will be the length of sleeves and body. Start working on the women size that you think would fit across the chest. The additional length will be worked right before you cast off for the armhole/sleeve cap. If the pattern is worked top-down you can add the length right after the armhole or before the first decrease on sleeve.

Regarding additional yarn amount, this will depend on how much length you add, but it is better with a skein too many than too few.

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21) How do I prevent a hairy garment from shedding?

All yarns will have excess fibres (from production) that might come off as lint or shedding. Brushed yarns (ie hairier yarns) have more of these loose, excess fibres, causing more shedding.

Shedding also depends on what is worn under or over the garment, and whether this pulls at the yarn fibres. It’s therefore not possible to guarantee that there will be no shedding

Below are some tips on how to get the best result when working with hairier yarns:

1. When the garment is finished (before you wash it) shake it vigorously so the looser hairs come off. NOTE: do NOT use a lint roller, brush or any method that pulls at the yarn.

2. Place the garment in a plastic bag and put it in your freezer - the temperature will cause the fibres to become less attached to each other, and excess fibres will come off easier.

3. Leave in the freezer for a few hours before taking it out and shaking it again.

4. Wash the garment according to the instructions on the yarn label.

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22) Where on the garment is the length measured?

The measurement sketch/schematic drawing provides information regarding the full length of the garment. If it’s a jumper or a jacket the length is measured from the highest point on the shoulder closest to the neckline, and straight down to the bottom of the garment. It is NOT measured from the tip of shoulder. Similarly, the length of yoke is measured from the highest point on the shoulder and down to where yoke is split into body and sleeves.

On a jacket measures are never taken along bands, unless specifically stated. Always measure inside band stitches when measuring the length.

See DROPS lesson: How to read a schematic drawing

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23) How do I know how many balls of yarn I need?

The required amount of yarn is provided in grams, eg: 450 g. To calculate how many balls you’ll need you first need to know how many grams are in 1 ball (25g, 50g or 100g). This information is available if you click on the individual yarn quality on our pages. Divide the amount required with the amount of each ball. For example, if each ball is 50g (the most common amount), the calculation will be as follows: 450 / 50 = 9 balls.

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Comments / Questions (16)

Bettina 16.07.2019 - 19:01:

Buonasera, non capisco come infilare il cordoncino per la parte sopra dei bikini.:-(

DROPS Design 16.07.2019 kl. 21:17:

Buongiorno Bettina. Per il cordino intorno al collo, deve infilare un’estremità nell’angolo in alto di una delle coppe, tira il cordino, poi infila la stessa estremità nell’angolo in alto dell’altra coppa e tira ancora il cordino. Lega le due estremità del cordino tra loro. Mette il cordino (che risulta doppio), dietro il collo come mostrato in fotografia. Buon lavoro!

Christina 29.05.2019 - 20:05:

Are the ties going to look like they are little fans? If not I think I'm doing something wrong. Love the pattern so far.

DROPS Design 31.05.2019 kl. 08:54:

Dear Christina, you first work the rows 1 to 3 from fan pattern, then after last row do not cut the yarn, continue for the ties as described, ie ch 2, work 1 sc in first ch worked, * ch 1, work 1 sc in previous sc *, repeat from *-* until tie measures approx. 11 3/4"-15 3/4". Happy crocheting!

Christina Shepard 25.04.2019 - 14:59:

On the crochet bottom is it saying that in all sizes after the crochet tip there needs to have just 13 sc sts and that it should measure the correct gauge?

DROPS Design 25.04.2019 kl. 16:04:

Dear Mrs Shepard, depending on the size you will crochet a different number of rows, but when all decreases are done, piece will measures approx. 15 cm and there are 13 sc remaining in all size. Remember to keep same gauge as for your swatch to keep correct measurements. Happy crocheting!

Veronique Bodson 24.04.2018 - 21:22:

Bonjour ,je ne comprends pas le tour 1 . Si 1 ms + 2ms dans les 2 ms suivantes cela fait 5ms et pas 6 ?

DROPS Design 25.04.2018 kl. 09:08:

Bonjour Mme Bodson, la ml du début du tour compte pour la 1ère ms = on a ainsi 6 ms. Bon crochet!

Line Hansen 13.05.2013 - 10:16:

Nice! This I will try! :0) Thank u for all your nice patterns.

Karina 20.01.2012 - 13:08:

Denne likte jeg ikke!

Isabella 19.01.2012 - 12:51:

Bellissimo! Quando avevo 15 anni non c'era ragazza in comitiva che non avesse un bikini fatto all'uncinetto. Che bello avere dei modelli da realizzare di nuovo!

Debra Malik 09.01.2012 - 22:18:

This is a very lovely swimsuit!! I love your patterns.

Drops Design 09.01.2012 - 03:15:

All our patterns are made by our own Drops design team.

Tina 09.01.2012 - 02:58:

Who makes these patterns?

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