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.
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!
Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of her modeling this one – it just came 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. 😀
This 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!