Crochet Tankini Style Summer Top

Even though we just had a blizzard here two weeks ago and the snow hasn’t completely melted from my yard I’ve got summer on the brain.

A lot of the yarn that I bought in my Yarn Haul last week was chosen specifically for tankini and festival style summer tops that I’ve had a few designs kicking around in my head. Some are basic stitches but some are going to be a combination of Hairpin Lace and regular crochet.

Tankini Coral 3

This tankini style summer top is one that actually was not running around in my head. I just started a foundation chain and let my hook lead the way. It really was a simple pattern so I always feel silly saying its “my design”. It is an open back top that ties in the back with a chain string/strap or whatever you would like to call it.

I crocheted a mesh using treble stitch and used single stitch to create the ‘cups’. The straps are connected back to the bottom of the cups. The top is trimmed in two rows of double stitch mesh.

This top is going to be mailed to my dear friend Danielle who I am trying to enlist her help as design tester/model. I’m trying to bribe her with free crocheted summer tops in exchange for cute America’s Next Top Model type pictures!

Tankini Coral 2

Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of her modeling this one – it just came ย off my hook today. I will be mailing it this weekend and hopefully she will agree to be my test subject – err I mean model. ๐Ÿ˜€

Tankini Coral 4This top is extra small/small – I used about 1 skein of Red Heart Classic in color Sea Coral. I used hook size F/5 3.75mm so that the chest area around her girly bits would have a nice tight not see through stitch.

In other news – My Mindful Mandala has not been as much fun this session. The cards I chose were not very inspiring in color or meaning. But I am working through it – slowly – and should have a post about my progress and thoughts on it tomorrow or Tuesday.

Thanks for reading!

~ Tami

33 responses to “Crochet Tankini Style Summer Top

  1. That’s gorgeous, but definitely wouldn’t fit me either! I used to have a crochet top that I bought in a charity shop and I absolutely loved it, but I never thought of making one for myself. My to-make list just got a wee bit longer…

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    • I need to add more ‘modest’ designs to my list. I would have loved to wear this top 20 years ago, but now even if it was my size, nobody would want to see that! LOL ๐Ÿ˜€


  2. That’s cute! I did one last year ( or maybe it was the year before), and was so impressed by it when I was finished. I put it on and something didn’t look ‘quite right’ – one cup was bigger than the other! I don’t wear it, but would like to make another, next time with matching cups…lol.

    Designing tops is a lot of fun, especially for the summer months. Your friend will appreciate the warm weather attire I’m sure. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  3. OOOOOOOOOO this is so pretty – It makes me want to diet so i can wear these *Eays chocolate* but this would look so good on a teen as they know how to rock this kind of stuff with how cool kids are these days LOL so hopefully she will love it! Do more designing โค

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    • I’ve lost 25 pounds since January but I think I would need to lose 25 years before I could rock this! The friend I’m giving it too is young and thin so I know she will look fab in it! I’ve already started on a bandau style top! ๐Ÿ˜€

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      • WOW have you?! Whats the secret lol! Ah to be thin, *eats more chocolate* OMG I LOVE BANDAU TOPS. Can you design something for big boobs and big waists LOL I want to be fashionable!!! Looks like it’s black ponchos for me ha. Can’t wait to see the bandau โค

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      • I cut out the excess carbs and sugar, and ate more veggies and a lot of protein! I’m actually going to try to come up with something that will look nice on more “womanly” figures!! LOL

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  4. Tami, great shots of the top. I liked your comment about letting the hook lead you. How freeing! (and how like my own best writing) And, I’m really looking forward to reading about your Mindful Mendala tomorrow! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • LOL me too!! I may have worn it about 30 years ago! I’m hoping it’s not too small, I haven’t had to make anything in a small size (that wasn’t for a baby) in a very long time! ๐Ÿ˜€

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