Bikini Beach Bag
(c)Pattern designed and written by Beansieleigh (TS) July 6, 2007
Pattern posted on June 2, 2009 @ http://beansiebabbles.blogspot.com/
Worsted Weight acrylic yarns in your choice of colors
Size G Hook (or size needed to obtain preferred size of bag)
Button, for belly ring (optional)
Yarn needle for weaving ends and sewing sides together
Note: I did not choose to line this bag. After 2 years so far, this has held up very well! However, this IS an old pattern of mine, so if there are errors, please do not hesitate to let me know, and I will make the necessary corrections.
Finished Size: Approximately 16" wide x 18" high (not including straps)
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
sc dec = single crochet decrease
sc inc = single crochet increase
st = stitch
BLO = Back Loops Only
First Side of Beach Bag:
First Side of Bikini Top:
Row 1: With color chosen for bikini, ch 9, sc in second chain from hook, and in each stitch across.
(8 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: 2 sc in the first st, sc across, then 2 sc in the last st. Ch 1, turn.
Continue this pattern of increases, until you have reached 34 st, at Row 24. Fasten off.
Attach two triangles together by stitching from two bottom corners, up 6 rows only, then pull yarn slightly to gather, for a little bit of a puckered look. Fasten off, weave in end. You are now prepared to crochet a complete row (midriff section) across the bottom of the two triangle/cups of your bikini top.
Midriff Section of First Side:
Row 25: Starting at first st, at bottom of one of the triangles, now choosing a right side, and REMEMBERING, attach skin toned colored yarn. Ch 1, sc in same st, and in each st across, up to the last few stitches, just before the middle puckered area made. Because of this gathered pucker, you must as best you can, crochet into stitches most visible and reachable; but while doing this, what you want in this center area is a set of stitches that will even out/straighten out your following rows.. So, as you approach this center of the bikini top, you have to determine the center/middle stitch. This is how MY row worked out: Sc in 32 st, hdc in 2 st, dc in the most center stitch of this row, hdc in the next 2 st, then sc in the remaining 32 st. (total of 69 st).
Row 26: Sc dec in first 2 st, sc in each st across, sc dec over last 2 st.
Row 27: Sc across (67 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Rows 28-29: Repeat Rows 26-27. (65 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Rows 30-32: Sc across. (65 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Rows 33-39: Repeat Rows 26-32. (61 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Rows 40-46: Repeat Rows 26-32 again. (57 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Rows 47-48: Sc across, fasten off, and weave in end. Attach color of bikini top to begin bikini bottom of this side of bag. Ch 1.
Bikini Bottom of First Side:
Rows 49-54: Sc inc in first st, sc in each st across, sc inc in last st. (69 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 55: In BLO, so as to add fancy edging or beaded embellishment later, sc in each st across. (69 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Rows 56-79: (working in both loops again) Sc in each st across. (69 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 80: Sc dec over first two st, sc in each st across, sc dec over last 2 st. (67 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 81: Sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn.
Rows 82-85: Repeat Rows 80-81 twice. (63 sc) Fasten off, weave in end.
Second Side of Beach Bag:
Repeat all of Side One. Sew two sides together with yarns, changing color when necessary, at the sides and bottom.
Bikini Top/Beach Bag Straps:
Attach yarn to top first st of one triangle, ch 1, sc in each st across. (8 sc). Proceed to crochet 35 rows of sc on this side of bikini top, then the other triangle of this side of the bag.. THEN, do the same for the other side of beach bag, so that you will have 4 straps made of 35 rows of sc. Stitch together the 2 straps from one side of beach bag to form middle of one completed strap handle of one side of your bag. (See photo) Do the same for handle on second side of bag to finish.
Embellish bag to your own preference, with beads, trim, buttons, sequins, etc.
Have fun on the beach!