I love summer. The sunshine and all the outdoor activities. Although to be quite honest I live in San Diego, California. There is a reason why it’s called “America’s Finest City”. We have sunshine most of the year with temperatures that average around 72 degrees. Outdoor living is a big draw to living here. Unfortunately, the high housing prices are a down side of all this beautiful weather.
I have had many requests to make a bikini top for the Mermaid tail photo prop that I made a while back. Here it is… finally! Yup, life got in the way but with summer around the corner now was the time to get this little bikini top made. I used acrylic since it will be used for a photo prop (with the mermaid tail). If your baby will be getting wet in this than I recommend a cotton yarn.
Hook Size F (3.75mm)
Medium weight cotton yarn
To begin: chain 6 (first 3 chains count as 1st dc)
Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook, dc again into same ch, 3dc in next ch, 2dc in last ch
Row 2: ch 2, fpdc into each st across row, last st dc into 3rd ch of previous row
Row 3: ch 2, *fpdc into next st, dc in next space between posts,* rep from * to * 3 more times, fpdc, dc in to 2nd ch
Row 4: ch 2, *bpdc into next st, dc in next space between posts,* rep from * to * 3 more times, bpdc, dc into 2nd ch
Row 4: ch 1, *hdc into next st, sl st into next st*, rep from * to * thru out row, fasten off.. sew in tail
Working on bottom half of first 3 chains attach yarn to first st and chain 2
Row 1: 3dc into same st as joining st, 2dc into next ch, [3 dc into last ch, ch 2, sl st ] all in same st (last ch).. fasten off and sew in tails.
Make 3 strings: Measure around child’s chest. Now make a chain long enough to go around chest and to tie into a bow. I chained 120 chains for my chest string. Now measure from the top of the shell around back (or around neck) to make sure you can tie into a bow behind neck of back. I made 2 strings of 60 chains each.
Weave the long chest string thru row 1 of the shells. Weave each of short strings thru 4th row of shell of each shell (See photo below)
Weave one 60″ string around row 4 (center) of each shell and tie in back. (You can tie it 2 ways)
Now you’re ready to wear. Do you prefer a video tutorial? Click on the video below. Enjoy!