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Splash 'n' Fun Swimsuit & Cover-Up

Click here for larger image.Whether you went on vacation this winter or not, it is time to think ahead to those days when you will go to the beach or pool. It's not too soon to crochet high-fashion swimwear for that special little girl in your life. So your little one doesn't get sunburned, how about making this darling cover-up too?

Here again, I am able to provide patterns for your enjoyment that are designed by friends who I've met through the Crochet Guild of America. Attending the annual CGOA conference affords crocheters the opportunity to rub elbows with wonderful designers like Jenny King from Australia, who attends and even teaches. Do your plans include the CGOA's summer and fall Chain Link conferences in 2011 in Minneapolis, Minn., July 27-31, or Greensboro, N.C., Sept. 23-25?

Click here for larger image.Designs by Jenny King

Skill Level

Intermediate

Finished Sizes

Instructions given fit girl's size 2-3; changes for size 4-5 are in [ ].

Finished Garment Measurements

Cover-Up: 25 [28] inches around chest
Swimsuit: 16 [18] inches long

Materials

  • Size 3 crochet cotton:
    150 yds each white and red
  • Size D/3/3.25mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Tapestry needle
  • 2 yds 1/8-inch elastic
  • 2 plastic 1-inch rings
  • Sewing needle and matching thread

Gauge

7 ch-5 sps and 7 sc = 4 inches
5 shells and 5 sc = 4 inches

Special Stitches

Beginning shell (beg shell): Ch 3, 2 dc in st indicated.
Shell (shell): 3 dc in st indicated.

Instructions

Cover-Up

Click here for larger image.Rnd 1: With white, ch 5; dc in 5th ch from hook, [ch 5, dc in last dc made] 4 times; ch 5, sc in last dc made -- corner made; ch 5, dc in last sc made -- sleeve made; [ch 5, dc in last dc made] 6 times; ch 5 -- corner sp made; sc in last dc, ch 5, dc in last sc made -- front made; [ch 5, dc in last dc made] 9 times; ch 5, sc in last dc made -- corner made; ch 5, dc in last sc made -- sleeve made; [ch 5, dc in last dc made] 6 times; ch 5, sc in last dc made -- corner made; [ch 5, dc in last dc made] 5 times; join with sl st in unused lp of same ch as first dc worked. (38 ch sps)

Rnd 2: Sl st in next 2 chs of beg 4 sk chs on rnd 1, ch 1, sc in sp formed by same beg chs; *ch 5, in each ch-5 sp to next corner ch-2 sp work (sc, ch 5); in corner ch-2 sp work (sc, ch 5, sc) -- corner made; rep from * 3 times; ch 5, in each ch-5 sp to last ch-5 sp work (sc, ch 5); sc in last ch-5 sp, ch 2; join with a dc in first sc. (42 sc)

Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in sp formed by joining dc; *ch 5, in each ch-5 sp to next corner ch-5 sp work (sc, ch 5); in corner ch-5 sp work corner; rep from * 3 times; ch 5, in each ch-5 sp to last ch-5 sp work (sc, ch 5); sc in last ch-5 sp; join with a dc in first sc.

Rnds 4-11 [4-13]: Rep rnd 3. (78 [86] ch-5 sps at end of last row)

Rnd 12 [14]: Ch 1, sc in sp formed by joining dc, ch 5, [sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 5] 15 [17] times; sk next 17 [19] ch-5 sps -- armhole made; [sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 5] 22 [24] times; sk next 17 [19] ch-5 sps -- armhole made; sc in next ch-5 sp, [ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp] 5 times; join with a dc in first sc.

Rnds 13-49 [15-55]: Ch 1, sc in sp formed by joining dc; *ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp; rep from * around; join with a dc in first sc.

Rnds 14-49 [14-55]: Rep rnd 13.

Rnd 50 [56]: Ch 1, sc in sp formed by joining dc, ch 5; *sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 5; rep from * around; join with sl st in first sc.

Rnd 51 [57]: Ch 1, 3 sc in each ch-5 sp; join with sl st in first sc.

Rnd 52 [58]: Ch 1, working in back lps (see Stitch Guide) only, sc in same sc and in each rem sc; join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

Armhole Edging

Rnd 1: Working in unworked ch-5 sps of 1 armhole, with white, make slip knot on hook and join with sc in first ch-5 sp; 2 sc in same sp; 3 sc in each rem ch-5 sp; join with sl st in first sc.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, working in back lps only, sc in same sc and in each rem sc; join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

Rep on other armhole.

Click here for larger image.Hood

Row 1: Hold piece with neck opening at top; working in sps formed by dc on rnd 1, with white, make slip knot on hook and join with sc in sp formed by 6th dc of front; *ch 5, sc in sp formed by next dc; rep from * to last dc; ch 2, dc in last dc, turn. (33 ch sps)

Row 2: Ch 5, sk next ch-2 sp, [sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 5] 15 times; in next ch-5 sp work (sc, ch 5, sc); [ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp] 15 times; ch 2, dc in last ch-5 sp, turn.

Rows 3-5: Rep row 2.

Row 6: Ch 5, sk next ch-2 sp, sc in next ch-5 sp; *ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp; rep from * to last ch-5 sp; ch 2, dc in last ch-5 sp, turn. (32 ch sps)

Rows 7 & 8: Rep row 6. (30 sps at end of row 8)

Row 9: Ch 5, sk next ch-2 sp, sc in next ch-5 sp; *ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp; rep from * across, turn. (29 ch sps)

Row 10: Ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp, *ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp; rep from * to last ch sp; ch 5, in last ch sp work (sc, ch 2, dc), turn. (30 ch sps)

Rows 11-24: [Work rows 9 and 10] 7 times.

Row 25: Ch 5, sk next ch-2 sp, sc in next ch-5 sp, [ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp] 13 times; sc in next ch-5 sp, [ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp] 13 times; ch 2, dc in last ch-5 sp, turn. (28 ch sps)

Row 26: Ch 5, sk next ch-2 sp, sc in next ch-5 sp, [ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp] 12 times; sc in next ch-5 sp, [ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp] 12 times; ch 5, in last ch-5 sp work (sc, ch 2, dc), turn. (27 ch sps)

Row 27: Ch 5, sk next ch-2 sp, sc in next ch-5 sp, [ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp] 12 times; sc in next ch-5 sp, [ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp] 11 times; ch 5, in last ch-5 sp work (sc, ch 2, dc), turn. (26 ch sps)

Row 28: Ch 5, sc in next ch-2 sp, [ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp] 12 times; sc in next ch-5 sp, [ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp] 11 times; ch 5, in last ch sp work (sc, ch 2, dc), turn.

Row 29: Ch 5, sk next ch-2 sp, sc in next ch-5 sp; *ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp; rep from * across, turn.

Row 30: Ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp; *ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp; rep from * to last ch sp; ch 5, in last ch sp work (sc, ch 2, dc), turn. (26 ch sps)

Row 31: Rep row 29.

Joining row: Fold last row in half; ch 5, sc in first ch sp on other side, ch 5, sc in first ch sp on this side; *ch 5, sc in next ch sp on other side, ch 5, sc in next ch sp on this side; rep from * across.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Hood Edging

Rnd 1: Hold Hood with RS facing you; working in ends of rows around Hood, with white make slip knot on hook and join with sc in end of first row; sc evenly around, keeping edge flat; join with sl st in back lp of first sc.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, working in back lps only, sc in same sc and in each rem sc; join with sl st in first sc.

Click here for larger image.Fasten off and weave in ends.

Bathing Suit

Row 1: Starting at crotch and with red, ch 10; sc in 2nd ch from hook; *sk next ch, shell (see Special Stitches) in next ch; sk next ch, sc in next ch; rep from * across, turn. (3 sc, 2 shells)

Row 2: Beg shell (see Special Stitches) in first sc; *sc in center dc of next shell, shell in next sc; rep from * across, turn. (3 shells, 2 sc)

Row 3: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in next st; *shell in next scClick here for larger image., sc in center dc of next shell; rep from * across, turn.

Rows 4-9: [Work rows 2 and 3] 3 times.

Row 10: Rep row 2.

Row 11: For front, beg shell, sc in next st; *shell in next sc, sc in center dc of next shell; rep from * to last st; shell in last st, turn. (4 shells, 3 sc)

Row 12: Rep row 3.

Row 13: Rep row 2.

Row 14: Beg shell, sc in next st; *shell in next sc, sc in center dc of next shell; rep from * to last st; shell in last st, turn.

Rows 15-19 [15-21]: Rep row 14. (10 shells and 9 sc [12 shells and 11 sc] at end of last row)

Click here for larger image.Row 20 [22]: Beg shell, sc in next st, [shell in next sc, sc in center dc of next shell] 4 [5] times; sc in next sc, sc in center dc of next shell, [shell in next sc, sc in center dc of next shell] 4 [5] times; shell in last st, turn. (11 sc, 10 shells [13 sc, 12 shells])

Row 21 [23]: Beg shell, sc in next st, [shell in next sc, sc in center dc of next shell] 4 [5] times; sk next st, shell in next st; sk next st, sc in center dc of next shell, [shell in next sc, sc in center dc of next shell] 4 [5] times; shell in last st, turn. (11 shells, 10 sc [13 shells, 12 sc])

For Size 2-3 Only

Row 22: Beg shell, sc in next st, *shell in next sc, sc in center dc of next shell; rep from * to last st; shell in last st, turn.

For Both Sizes

Rows 23 & 24 [24-26]: Rep row 22. (14 shells and 13 sc [16 shells and 15 sc] at end of last row)

Row 25 [27]: Beg shell, sc in next st, shell in next sc, sc in center dc of next shell, [ch 5, sc in center dc of next shell] twice; *shell in next sc, sc in center dc of next shell; rep from * to last st, turn. (14 sc, 13 shells, 2 ch-5 sps [16 sc, 15 shells, 2 ch-5 sps])

Row 26 [28]: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in next st, [shell in next sc, sc in center dc of next shell] 10 [12] times; ch 5, sc in next ch sp, shell in next sc; sc in next ch sp, ch 5, sc in center dc of next shell, shell in next sc; sc in center dc of last shell, turn. (15 sc, 12 shells, 2 ch-5 sps [17 sc, 14 shells, 2 ch-5 sps])

Row 27 [29]: Ch 1, sc in center dc of next shell, shell in next sc; sc in next ch sp, ch 5, sc in center dc of next shell, ch 5, sc in next ch sp, [shell in next sc, sc in center dc of next shell] 10 [12] times, turn, leaving rem sts unworked. (14 sc, 11 shells, 2 ch-5 sps [16 sc, 13 shells, 2 ch-5 sps])

Row 28 [30]: Ch 1; *sc in center dc of next shell, shell in next sc; rep from * to next ch sp; [sc in next ch sp, shell in next sc] twice; sc in center dc of next shell, turn, leaving rem sts unworked. (13 sc, 12 shells [15 sc, 14 shells])

Row 29 [31]: Ch 1, sc in center dc of next shell; *shell in next sc, sc in center dc of next shell; rep from * to last sc, turn, leaving last sc unworked.

Row 30 [32]: Rep row 29 [31]. (11 sc, 10 shells [13 sc, 12 shells])

Row 31 [33]: Beg shell, sc in center dc of next shell, shell in next sc, sc in center dc of next shell, [ch 5, sc in center dc of next shell] twice; shell in next sc; *sc in center dc of next shell, shell in next sc; rep from * across, turn. (10 sc, 9 shells, 2 ch-5 sps [12 sc, 11 shells, 2 ch-5 sps])

Row 32 [34]: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in next st, [shell in next sc, sc in center dc of next shell] 6 [8] times; ch 5, sc in next ch sp, shell in next sc; sc in next ch sp, ch 5, sc in center dc of next shell, shell in next sc, sc in center dc of last shell, turn. (11 sc, 8 shells, 2 ch-5 sps [13 sc, 10 shells, 2 ch-5 sps])

Row 33 [35]: Ch 1, sc in center dc of next shell, shell in next sc; sc in next ch sp, ch 5, sc in center dc of next shell, ch 5, sc in next ch sp; *shell in next sc; sc in center dc of next shell; rep from * to last sc, turn, leaving last sc unworked. (10 sc, 7 shells, 2 ch-5 sps [12 sc, 9 shells, 2 ch-5 sps])

Row 34 [36]: Ch 1; *sc in center dc of next shell, shell in next sc; rep from * to next ch sp; [sc in next ch sp, shell in next sc] twice; sc in center dc of last shell, turn, leaving rem sts unworked. (9 sc, 8 shells [11 sc, 10 shells])

For Size 2-3 Only

Continue with For All Sizes.

For Size 4-5 Only

Row 37: Ch 1, sc in center dc of next shell; *shell in next sc, sc in center dc of next shell; rep from * to last sc, turn, leaving last sc unworked, turn.

Row 38: Rep row 37. (9 sc and 8 shells)

For All Sizes

Row 35 [39]: Beg shell; *sc in center dc of next shell, shell in next sc; rep from * across, turn. (9 shells, 8 sc)

Row 36 [40]: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in next st; *shell in next sc, sc in center dc of next shell; rep from * across, turn.(9 sc, 8 shells)

Rows 37-42 [41-48]: Rep rows 35 and 36 [39 and 40] 3 [4] times.

Row 43 [49]: Rep row 35 [39].

Row 44 [50]: Beg shell; sc in next st; *shell in next sc; sc in center dc of next shell; rep from * to last st; shell in last st, turn.

Rows 45-49 [51-57]: Rep row 44 [50]. (15 shells and 14 sc [17 shells and 16 sc] at end of last row)

Row 50 [58]: Beg shell; sc in next st, [shell in next sc, sc in center dc of next shell] 6 [7] times; [ch 5, sc in center dc of next shell] twice; [shell in next sc, sc in center dc of next shell] 6 [7] times; shell in last st, turn. (15 sc, 14 shells and 2 ch-5 sps [17 sc, 16 shells and 2 ch-5 sps])

Row 51 [59]: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in next st, [shell in next sc, sc in center dc of next shell] 6 [7] times; ch 5, sc in next ch sp, shell in next sc; sc in next ch sp, ch 5, sc in center dc of next shell, [shell in next sc, sc in center dc of next shell] 6 [7] times, turn. (16 sc, 13 shells and 2 ch-5 sps [18 sc, 15 shells and 2 ch-5 sps])

Row 52 [60]: Ch 1, [sc in center dc of next shell, shell in next sc] 6 [7] times; sc in next ch sp, ch 5, sc in center dc of next shell, ch 5, sc in next ch sp, [shell in next sc, sc in center dc of next shell] 6 [7] times, turn, leaving last sc unworked. (15 sc, 12 shells and 2 ch-5 sps [17 sc, 14 shells and 2 ch-5 sps])

Row 53 [61]: Ch 1, [sc in center dc of next shell, shell in next sc] 6 [7] times; sc in next ch sp, shell in next sc; sc in next ch sp, [shell in next sc, sc in center dc of next shell] 6 [7] times, turn, leaving last sc unworked. (14 sc and 13 shells [16 sc and 15 shells])

Row 54 [62]: Ch 1, sc in center dc of next shell; *shell in next sc; sc in center dc of next shell; rep from * to last sc, turn, leaving last sc unworked.

Rows 55-58 [63-66]: Rep row 54 [62]. (9 sc and 8 shells [11 sc and 10 shells] at end of last row)

Row 59 [67]: Ch 1, sc in center dc of next shell; *ch 5, sc in center dc of next shell; rep from * to last sc. Fasten off, leaving last sc unworked.

Pants Back

Row 1: Hold piece with beg ch at top; join red in unused lp of first ch; beg shell; working in rem unused lps of beg ch, *sk next lp, sc in next lp, sk next lp, shell in next lp; rep from * across, turn. (3 shells, 2 sc made)

Row 2: Beg shell; sc in next st; *shell in next sc; sc in center dc of next shell; rep from * to last st; shell in last st, turn.

Rows 3-9 [3-11]: Rep row 2. (11 shells and 10 sc [13 shells and 12 sc] at end of last row)

Row 10 [12]: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in next st; *shell in next sc; sc in center dc of next shell; rep from * across, turn. (11 sc and 10 shells [13 sc and 12 shells])

Row 11 [13]: Beg shell; *sc in center dc of next shell, shell in next sc; rep from * across, turn. (11 shells and 10 sc [13 shells and 12 sc])

Rows 12-14 [14-16]: Rep row 2. (14 shells and 13 sc [16 shells and 15 sc] at end of last row)

Row 15 [17]: Rep row 10 [12]. (14 sc and 13 shells [16 sc and 15 shells])

Row 16 [18]: Ch 1, sc in center dc of next shell; *shell in next sc; sc in center dc of next shell; rep from * to last sc, turn, leaving last sc unworked; for first leg opening, ch 5, sl st in end of row 25 [27] on same side edge of front. Fasten off.

For 2nd leg opening, join red with sl st in other end of this row; ch 5, sl st in end of row 25 [27] on opposite side edge of front.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Leg Opening Trim

Note: Cut 2 pieces of elastic, each 13 inches long. Overlap ends of 1 piece 1/2 inch; sew tog forming ring. Rep with other piece.

Click here for larger image.Working around 1 ring of elastic (see illustration) in sts and ends of rows around 1 leg opening, with red make slip knot on hook and join with sc in first row on crotch; work 99 [107] sc evenly spaced around opening; join with sl st in first sc.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Rep on other leg opening.

Back Opening Trim

Note: Cut 36-inch [44-inch] piece of elastic. Overlap ends 1/2 inch; sew tog forming ring.

Working around elastic in sts and in ends of rows around outer edge of back opening, with RS of work facing you, with red make slip knot on hook and join with sc in first ch on right leg opening; sc evenly spaced around, spacing sc so piece lays flat; join with sl st in first sc.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Tie

Make 2.

With red, ch 100 or to desired length. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Sew to center front edge of Swimsuit 3 inches apart (see photo).

For each plastic ring, with red make slip knot on hook and join with sc around 1 plastic ring; sc around ring until completely covered, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Sew 1 ring to top edge of Suit 2 1/2 inches from each tie.

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