Anchor Up Bikini Top- Guest post by Taylor Lynn Crochet

Hey guys! I am the Taylor behind Taylor Lynn Crochet and I am pumped about this blog takeover today! I met Ashley on Instagram months back. We continued talking day after day, and she has turned into my number one gal for bouncing new ideas off of for my blog and Etsy shop, but also one of my first friends I share irl news with! I never knew I’d make such an amazing close friend from Instagram but man am I glad I have. She’s awesome and always there with good POSITIVE honest advice and we all need an Ashley in our life!

Not only did we decide to take over each other’s blogs, but we also decided to do a little something for you guys too! Check out the end of the post for details on a super special GIVEAWAY!

Also be sure to check out Ashley’s post over on my blog today! It’s another summery FREE CROCHET PATTERN and it uses the same I love this cotton yarn! 

I had my first craft show and while prepping I wanted to make some more bikini tops that worked up quickly that I could make in tons of colors. I designed this one on the fly, and thought I’d share this cute top with you all and maybe you could sell them in your own summer markets as well! I cannot wait to see all the cute tops you guys make! XO.

I would love to see how your finished projects turn out! Tag me in your finished projects or even if it’s still a work in progress and I may feature your project on my social media accounts! If anyone has a suggestion for any new patterns feel free to tag me or DM  on my Instagram at any time. Also if you get stuck on a pattern at any time, just message me on Instagram or write me an email. I will respond as quickly as I can. Thanks loves!

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Materials You Will Need

Yarn: Worsted Weight (4) 100% cotton. I used I Love This Cotton from Hobby Lobby (the softest cotton I have ever used!), but one full ball/skein of the brands below will suffice as well.

Lily Sugar ‘N Cream Cotton Yarn

Peaches & Cream Cotton Yarn

Crochet Hook: I used a 4.5mm crochet hook. If you use a lighter weighted yarn you’ll want to use the hook size suggested for that yarn. I also use an 8mm hook for the straps (optional)
Tapestry Needle: This is a yarn needle to weave in your ends.
Scissors: to cut your yarn.

Buying Crochet Supplies Pro Tip: If you purchase any of your craft supplies at Joann Fabrics like I do sometimes, then you should really consider getting the Ibotta App on your phone. They have 10% cashback coupons for Joann’s as well as other cashback opportunities on certain yarn brands like Big Twist. They also have lots of other retailers on there but I pretty much only use the Joann rebates. I have gotten almost $106 back from just buying things I would have bought anyways by scanning my receipt in the Ibotta App. You can have the money sent to your PayPal or use it to get gift cards (Joanns, Applebees, etc).

Stitches Used in This Pattern

I will be using abbreviations (beginners check out my printable abbreviation cheat sheet) in this written pattern so here is a list of the names/abbreviations and brief directions for each:

Stitch (ST) – Next chain or stitch you are going to work into
Yarn Over (YO) – wrapping yarn around hook
Chain (CH) – After having a slip knot on your hook, YO and pull through your slip knot. That is a chain 1. YO again and pull through loop on hook. That is your chain 2, and so forth.
Slip Stitch (SS) – Insert hook into next chain/stitch and yarn over. Pull through chain/stitch and continue to pull through the loop on your hook.
Single Crochet (SC) – Insert hook into next chain/stitch and YO then pull through the chain/stitch. YO and pull through both loops on hook.
Half Double Crochet (HDC) – YO and insert hook into next chain/stitch and pull up a loop. YO and pull through all loops on hook.

If you love this crochet top you also may be interested in checking out my Peek-a-boo halter Top Pattern pictured below.

Crochet Top Pattern

This crochet top is made in a size medium. the other sizes will be written as follow M (S,L) for example Ch 4 (2,6). For a medium, it would be ch4, ch2 for a small, and ch6 for a large.

CH 14 (12,14)

Round 1: HDC in the third CH from hook. HDC 1 in each Ch. In the last chain, you will want to do two HDC in the same stitch. Ch1 and again do 2 more HDC’s in the same ST. Now on the back side of the CH, you will do 1 HDC in each ST down the row.  Refer to chart below for further clarity.

(this is just an example. # of chains will differ from your starting ch count.)Start at the red dot labeled #1. Chain 12 and turn. HDC in 3rd CH from hook. HDC in every CH and HDC 2 in the 12th CH. CH 1, HDC 2 more in that same CH. Continue to HDC down the back side of the CH.

Round 2: CH 2 (does not count as first HDC) and turn. HDC in each HDC from the previous round until you get to the CH1 space in previous round. In that CH1 space, HDC, CH1, HDC and then do 1 HDC in each of the next HDC from previous row.

Round 3-9 (8,11): Continue round 2 until you reach your desired width and height for your cup keeping in mind that we will be adding a slight border around the edges. For this step just hold the cup against yourself and stop adding rows when you feel there is sufficient coverage. The number of rounds listed are just a rough suggestion for sizing.

Bottom of cup: CH1 at the end of your last round and turn so you are working across the bottom of the cup. SC as evenly as possible along the bottom of the cup. *HINT: SC one for each row of HDC’s*


Repeat: Tie off and repeat exactly for the second cup making sure that you end up with the same number of SC along the bottom of both cups (I ended up with 36 SC on each cup), but do not tie off after the second cup for your crochet top.

Back Straps and Trim.

Starting at the corner of your second cup where you didn’t tie off,

CH 1 and turn.  SC in each st along the bottom of the cup. Once you reach the end of the cup, CH 1. The SS into the second cup and SC across.

 

 

With 8mm hook CH 55. SS in each ch back down to the corner of the top.

***********If you want to continue with your 4.5mm hook do this: CH 75 and SC in the 2nd CH from hook. *CH 4, SK 2 STs and SS in the 3rd ST.* Repeat between *’s until you reach the beginning of your CH. That was your first back strap.***************

Now you will *CH 4, SK 2 STs and SS in the 3rd ST.* Repeat between *’s along the side of the cup until you reach the top point of the cup.

SS into the top CH1SP. CH 3. SS back into the same top CH1SP, then repeat the *CH 4, SK 2 STs and SS in the 3rd ST.* along the inner edge of the cup until you reach the bottom corner.

Now CH 4 and continue to work up the inner edge of the second cup with the *CH 4, SK 2 STs and SS in the 3rd ST.* Repeat ending  with a SS in the top of the cups CH1SP and repeating directions above (the ss, CH 4 and ss back into the same CH1sp at the point of the cup).

 

 

Continue as we have been until you reach the bottom corner of the second cup and repeat the same directions to make the second back strap as we did for the first. (using 8mm hook, ch 55, and ss back down.)

Repeat the same *CH 4, SK 2 STs and SS in the 3rd ST.* along the bottom of the crochet top until you reach the first back strap you originally started on. SS and Tie off.

 

 

Neck Straps

With your 8mm hook, CH 55. SS into top CH3SP at the point of the cup. Then SS back up the CH and tie off once you reach the last CH

Repeat for second cup.

 

*****If still using 4.5mm hook you will want to ch 75, SS to the CH3SP at the point of the cup and repeat the same pattern back up the chain as we did for the back straps. ********

Tie off and weave in all ends!

Red White & Bikinis

Thank you, Ashley, for letting me take over your blog for a day! So excited for all of you to make this pattern!  If you have ANY QUESTIONS about this crochet top pattern, or about anything at all honestly, please please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you ASAP! 

GIVEAWAY TIME! Ashley and I decided we would give two winners (one on her blog and one on mine!) a free pattern from each of us! So how do you enter to win the patterns from our Etsy Shops?

All you have to do to enter is comment on this post and tell me what you liked best about the pattern. Also, include an email address or Instagram handle so we will know how to contact you if you are the winner! Your email addresses will not be used for any other purposes other than to contact you if you win the giveaway. We will pick a lucky winner from each of our blog post comments and they will get to choose any pattern out of our shops FOR FREE! So if you comment on this post and on Ashley’s post over on my blog, you will get two chances to win!

Also, if you would be willing, I would love for you to share your finished projects (and you wearing them out doing fun summer things!) on my blog’s Facebook Page! Or if you post on Instagram tag me (@TaylorLynnCrochet) so I can see how awesome they turned out! Thank you so much! If you have any suggestions for future projects or tutorials please shoot me an email!

XO Taylor

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21 thoughts on “Anchor Up Bikini Top- Guest post by Taylor Lynn Crochet

  1. Megan says:

    Ahhh!! Megan here from poppiejoeandco.co(on insta)!I have been dying to see what this collab would be!!! This top is so adorable, like everything you do, but I LOVE the chain spaces around the cups! They create the perfect little scallop, which is such a sweet and feminine detail

  2. Jena says:

    Hey love ???? this is Jena from @SmackThatCraft on Insta – this top is exactly what I have been looking for ! A simple but not plain and super cute top to whip up ???????? I am busting one out today for sure ???? thank you — & thanks for getting up so early for those morning lakeside pics – they turned out amazing.

  3. Katie says:

    I have been so excited to see this collab!! I cannot wait to make this top for when I lose the rest of my Grayson (baby) weight! I love how modern and quickly it will work up!!

  4. Barkley says:

    Barkley here from @baudidesigns For the bikini I love the simplicity and I am absolutely in love with the edging and all the helpful photos. Would be so hard to get lost when making it.

  5. Laurie Parazoo says:

    Lparazoo here! I love you both and the best part of this pattern is the scallops but I love that its simple! Such great work.

  6. Mechelle E says:

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOOOVE the way the straps are done by doing ch down, ss on the cup and sl st back up! I’ve not seen it done that way and I feel like it would be so secure and a cute way to add fringe to the end of the straps to avoid extra ends lol

  7. Eve says:

    I like the pattern for the bikini top, but are wondering what cup size they are? I am a D cup, will the large fit me?

    • Taylor Lynn Crochet says:

      Hey Eve! Taylor here. The cups will probably fit a Large C or a small D, but there is a super simple way to increase the size of the cups. You have two options. 1) Increase the number of rounds you do. for every additional round you make, it will make the cups a little bit taller and a little bit wider. Just stop making rounds once the coverage is sufficient. 2) increase the number of chains you start with on the very first step. This will just make your finished cup taller without making it wider. Then you just follow the pattern the same way from there! I hope that helps!

  8. Melissa says:

    Hey! Melissa here Umcreations on insta! I love love this pattern! What I loved best is that the large is actually big enough and if it hadn’t been it is so easy to make it a bit bigger. As a big busted girl it is so hard to find cute patterns that even go up to a good large!!

  9. Mary says:

    I love how you give specific directions for a small, medium, and large! I love patterns that do this – it makes it so easy if I need to make crochet wearables for someone else!!!! <3 -Mary (@femmecrochet on instagram)

  10. Sunny says:

    Oh my goodness!! Such a cute design!! My favorite part is the scalloped edges! 🙂 You and Ashley are so sweet to do this giveaway!! What a fun surprise! My IG is @keepyoucompanycrochet, but emailing me at my personal email ([email protected]) might be better since right now my phone is being repaired and I’m not checking my Instagram as often. 🙂

  11. Hillary Thompson says:

    What I love best about this pattern is the simplicity. Crochet clothing doesn’t have to be complicated. I’m always happy to see a simple yet elegant design.
    -Hillary Thompson
    (Hillarys_Hook)

  12. Claudia says:

    This is such a cute top! I love the clear instructions and that it seems so simple to make! Thanks for sharing!

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