Crochet Rosette Thong Bikini Set | Part 1: Crochet Rosette Microkini Bottom
This was such a fun crochet bikini bottom to create. I really wanted to crochet a thong that was very delicate and feminine but also had some flair and element of surprise! Although I crocheted this in the late summer / early fall, this thong would be cute for Valentine’s Day. Maybe it is because I made it in red and rosy pink that it certainly reminded me of February 14th! I guess the color choice kind of makes that piece look different.
I used Yarn Bee Secret Soft Yarn to crochet these bikini bottoms. It is a medium weight 4 yarn and 100% acrylic yarn. This specific yarn is somewhat on the thinner side of the worsted weight yarns. Although I do like crocheting swimwear with cotton, I really love this yarn because it has a nice sheen to it. This yarn does split a lot so you do have to focus a little bit more when crocheting with it, but I think it is worth it because it has such a magnificent and luxurious texture. It kind of adds a luxury look to every project I’ve crocheted with it because of the sheen.
The hook that I used was an F-Hook, a 3.75 mm hook. Sometimes I really like the tighter and smaller stitches for swimwear. It kind of gives swimwear a nice a neat look when you use an F-Hook, E-Hook or a D-Hook for swimwear, even if the yarn is a little bit thicker like a worsted weight. It might be better to use a thinner worsted weight yarn when you use the D-Hook for crochet swimwear. The E-Hook and F-Hook should be fine for any worsted weight yarn for swimwear. Sometimes I use a G-Hook or even an H-Hook for swimwear, but I wouldn’t go any larger than that so that you can avoid it being see through (unless you want it to be see through). And I usually only use those two larger hooks if the yarn is a thicker worsted weight.
The stitches in this project are chain stitches, slip stitches, single crochets, half double crochets and double treble crochets. I would say that this crochet project is great for an intermediate beginner and above. It might be difficult for a brand new crocheter, but as long as you know the stitches listed, you should be fine in crocheting this thong. The design is very simple so it’s not a very difficult pattern.
This rosette flower was inspired by another YouTuber, Hooked by Robin. Once I saw her video tutorial I completely fell in love with her flower, but what I admired the most were petals themselves! You can find her original flower here. Her flower is more like a crochet poinsettia and let me tell you, it is extremely beautiful so check her channel out! I did change her flower to make it more like a rose because that was the look I was going for, but I kept that same petal pattern that she taught. I do want to use her flower for something in the future, but just not sure what. There is a bit of Tunisian crochet needed to make this flower but, it’s actually very easy so beginners do not need to be intimidated to crochet this flower.
What makes this crochet bikini bottom fun is that this design can work with just about any crochet flower, so feel free to use another crochet pattern for the flower. If you do use another flower pattern just be aware of the size of it so it doesn’t hang or flop around too much. To give you an idea, this flower is about 3 inches in diameter and it does raise away from the body about 1.5 inches. You could crochet a flat flower as well. I think maybe even crocheting a bow for the back would be cute as well!
Once your flower is crocheted, you simply begin by crocheting the back side of the thong and stitch it to the flower as you go, as shown in the video.
We start with a foundation chain for only the length of the skinny part of the thong according to your desired size. After the foundation chain is crocheted, we immediately stitch the foundation chain to the flower. Then we slip stitch back down the foundation chain to the end of the chain. From there, the increasing center part of the bikini bottom begins with half double crochets into the first chain space. Once that the first set of half double crochets are in that first chain space, we begin increasing according to your desired size. The increases continue until you reach the length and width for your size.
From there, we crochet the straps / ties. These ties are just chain stitches which are very simple. They are just long chains. The two chains in the front are attached to the sides of the front. One tie is crocheted from the continuous working yarn and the other is reattached yarn on the other side. Of course, the chain in the back has to be longer than the two chains in the front because the front of the bikini is wider than the back . The back chain is one long chain that is crocheted to the center of the back of the flower so that the back doesn’t slide around and stays secure in the back.
I created a very simply designed crochet triangle bikini top to match. The bikini bottom is already very racy. So I decided that the bikini top didn’t need to be over designed. You can check out that tutorial as well to crochet the complete set here.
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