I've put off making these because I always get so intimidated by them and also, I don't particular like working with things that require me to make tight stitches. It's hard on my hands and especially since I use smaller hooks. This Bikini is for a size small. Adjust your chain stitches for larger cups (11, 13, 15).
Yarn: Sugar & Cream or Peaches & Creme Cotton Yarn
ch - chain
st - stitch
sl st - slip stitch
sc - single crochet
hdc - half double crochet
dc - double crochet
sk - skip
Bikini (make 2):
1: ch 11, sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and every st until you have 1 st left, 3sc into the last st. (Now working on the other side) 1 sc into each st along the other side.
2: ch1 & turn. 1 hdc in the same st, 1 hdc in each st until you reach the 3 sc increase. 1hdc in the next, 3 hdc into the middle of the sc (from previous row) & 1sc into the 3rd st. Continue with 1 hdc in each st on other side.
Repeat 2 until you get the size you want. I stopped when I had 18 stitches on one side from bottom to the top middle of the 3 stitches. I divided that by 6 and got 3 so I crocheted a dc every 3 stitches (dc, sk 2, dc in 3rd st)
1: ch 5 (the first dc and 2 ch), sk 2 st and dc into the 3rd st, *ch2, sk 2 sts, 1dc into the next st. Repeat from * until you get to the 3 st increases, 3 dc into the middle of the 3 increases and go back down the other side the same way, sk 2 st, dc in 3rd, sk 2 st, dc in 3rd st....
2: ch 1 and turn your work, *sl into the ch 2 space, ch 1, 1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 hdc, sl st all in the same ch 2 space, Repeat from * until top of the 3 increase stitches. Once you get to the 3 stitches, you sc into the first st, 2 dc into the middle st, and sc into the 3 st (these are the 3 increases on top). Repeat from * again down the other side.
3: ch 2, work on the bottom of the cup now, dc across to the other end, ch 1 turn and sc back to other end. fasten off and weave in ends.
Attach yarn to between the top 2 increase stitches and ch as long as you need to go up the neck and tie in a bow. sl st back to the beginning. Fasten off and weave in ends. Do for both cups.
for the strap that goes across your body: ch as long as you need to go around your torso and tie in bow, sl st back to beginning and fasten off and using a yarn needle, thread ends and weave through both cups where the double crochet stitches are. Weave in all ends ends if you haven't yet.
Now I just have to learn how to make the bottom LOL!