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« on: April 04, 2005 08:18:15 AM »

Where can I find a crochet pattern for a tankini or something similar?  More importantly, what happens when a crocheted swimsuit gets WET?  Is it really heavy?
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« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2005 03:55:13 AM »

bad things happen when crochet cotton bikinis get wet!  depends on the stitch somewhat, but they are mostly for looks and not swimming.  if you want to make a real swimming one i would use a thin, but not cotton yarn.  i have a beautiful blue size 5 yarn in rayon that was given to me and i'm thinking of making a bikini...  if you go with something silky and acrylic, you should be fine.  Also, line it with a regular swimsuit fabric and elastic, that will help too.
tankini sounds fun!

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=29895.0 (swimsuit posting)

   this yarn at http://www.marymaxim.com/Default.asp  looks like what i have, but thicker. maybe good for a swimsuit if it isn't too thick... decent color choices too.
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« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2005 10:03:42 PM »

If you are looking for a kinda retro suit, these could work:

http://web.archive.org/web/20011004151047/http://www.cei.net/~vchisam/groovy/bathing.html

http://web.archive.org/web/20011030175418/www.cei.net/~vchisam/groovy/B-772.html

http://web.archive.org/web/20010831112348/www.cei.net/~vchisam/groovy/48-bikinis.html
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« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2005 05:29:36 AM »

There is a pattern for a crochet tankini on the Lionbrand site.  It is a free pattern.  Not sure of the URL at right now though. 
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« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2005 11:01:59 AM »

an old roommate of mine started her own crochet bikini company which provides great inspiration! (www.ambikabikini.com)  she says, however, that she goes diving and fishing and swimming in her suits, which meants whatever yarn she uses stretches quite nicely and should stay on.

like mikan said, though, cotton might not be the best choice because it isn't very elastic. maybe a cotton/synthetic blend would be stretchier.

good luck!
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« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2005 03:49:07 PM »

There's a cotton/elastic blend sock yarn available at Elann.com right now in an array of colors that I think would make beautiful crocheted swimwear.

http://secure.elann.com/productdisp.asp?NAME=Sock+It+to+Me+Collection+Esprit&Season=&Company=Elann&Cat=&ProductType=5&OrderBy=&Count=5

http://secure.elann.com/productdisp.asp?NAME=Sock+It+to+Me+Collection+Esprit+Print&Season=&Company=Elann&Cat=&ProductType=5&OrderBy=&Count=6

Cotton makes an excellent water-wear item, but the elastic really helps.
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« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2005 07:16:06 PM »

OOO my. This swimsuit is my next project. it's made from berroco suede yarn. I hope it isn't going to stretch. Has anyone else made this. http://berroco.com/231/231_bo_D_m.html . I would hate to think something wierd is going to happen if it gets wet.  Shocked
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« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2005 05:03:15 AM »

I actually have that yarn in my possession and I was planning on making a suit, not the Berocco one.  I'm wondering the same thing: will it be good for the water.  It seems like a sturdy yarn, but I'm not sure about it going in the water.

What about lining a suit?  What is a good material for that?
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« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2005 05:29:12 AM »

Well, as long as you're going to line a suit, why not use suit material?  I've never made a suit before, but my mother has, and I think that's how she did it.
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« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2005 05:33:33 AM »

what kind of material is suit material?  I'm clueless when it comes to fabric.  IOW: what would I ask for at the store?

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