I’ve been wanting to incorporate hairpin lace strips into more of my crochet projects. I came up with the design for this Corset Style Crochet Camisole after making a simple hairpin lace strip.
If you follow my blog you know that I’m probably going to say – this is a super easy project that anyone can make. Well this one was a little bit trickier because of the hairpin lace strip. Still not extremely difficult though because the hairpin lace that I used was a very basic single stitch strip. If you leave the hairpin lace strip out this is a super easy tank top that anyone can make. If you have ever used back loop and front loop single stitches you can make this top!
I would love to say that I made this corset style camisole for myself. I would love to be about 20 years younger so that I could model it in a fantastic photo shoot.
Trust me – nobody wants to see that! My only regret in a lifetime of crocheting is that I didn’t learn how to make tops like this 20 years ago. This is a bit risque for a mature woman like myself (please note that by mature I’m talking about my figure and not my personality). This camisole was designed for a much younger version of me who, back in the day, would have totally rocked this top!!
I designed this top for a gorgeous, fun loving friend of mine along with a few other tank tops. I will be doing a photo shoot post featuring all four tops that I made for her in a few weeks.
I was inspired by the hairpin lace in the front of the top to make this corset style. By having this camisole lace up in the back it mirrors that burlesque vibe going on with the hairpin lace, plus it is now completely adjustable for the perfect fit.
Just like my other original designs there is no written pattern that I followed, but I will tell you the methods and techniques that I used.
I started with a basic hairpin lace strip, joining the loops right on the loom. Very basic single stitch hairpin lace and single stitch joining.
I worked the top in vertical rows with the hairpin lace as the center focal piece of the design. I made the strip the length that I wanted the top to be, then starting on one side I began alternating single stitch rows using front loop only on one row then back loop only on the next. This created a very soft, subtle ribbed like texture, that also allows for a bit of stretch in the stitch pattern.
To help me with sizing and strap placement I bought a very cheap (less than $2) spaghetti strap tank top to use as a template. I did an increase of one stitch at the top of each row to build up to the strap. When I came to the row for the strap in the front I did a chain 4 to create a loop where the strap would be attached. I then continued with a decrease for each row until it was equal to the number of increase rows. Using the template again, I continued with the alternating front/back loop only rows until I reached where the strap would be in the back. At this point I chained the strap and connected it to the loop that I created in the front with a slip stitch then single stitched back up the chain to finish off the strap and then continued with the front/back loop pattern. I crocheted a few more rows and then created a scalloped border for the back lacing. I cut the yarn and tied off then repeated the same steps for the other half of the top. Be careful to start your alternating rows the same side as you did the first half so that the ribbed texture will be facing front.
I went over the top of the camisole with a row of regular single stitch to tidy up the rough edges of the rows and added the same scalloped edging on the bottom as I did for the sides that the lacing would go through.
I finished it off with a very, very long chain that I used to lace up the back. A few wooden beads for the final touch and then just wove in the ends!
There were a lot of steps for this top but it really looks more complicated than it actually was. If you leave the hairpin lace element out you could just start with a foundation chain in the middle as long as you want the top to be then work the alternating front/back loop rows for the entire top. To make it even easier you can leave out the lace up back and continue with the alternating rows (adding the increase/decrease for the straps) in one continuous pattern.
This is another top that even though I didn’t write up a pattern it is a very easy method to learn and use with stitches that you already know. If I can make this you can too!! 😀
Thanks for reading!!