Carnival Crochet Top

Bohemian crochet bikini top. Free crochet pattern. 

3.25 crochet hook- Aunt Lydia’s Fashion Crochet Thread. 2.5 or 3mm- DMC Petra Crochet Cotton. (Size 3 thread)
A small is usually 7 rounds, medium is 8-9 and a large is 10-11 This pattern is for a small so based on the pattern, you adjust the stitches to suit.
chain 19
R1: DC in 5th chain from hook, 3DC in last chain (18DC) chain 1 3DC in the 1st chain (other side) DC along. (18DC, chain 1, 18DC)
R2-7: chain 3, DC along, 2 DC in chain 1 space from previous round, chain 1, 2 DC in chain 1 space, DC along to end of row. (R2: 20DC, chain 1, 20 DC) (R6: 30DC, chain 1, 30DC) (Make 2 cups)

To attach the cups together, connect the threat at the centre of the top (the chain 1 space)
R1: SC into that chain 1 space and along the inner side of the cup (31SC) chain 3 (for a medium, chain 5, large, chain 7). SC along the inner side of the other cup (31SC).
R2: chain 4, skip 1 stitch, DC skip 1 stitch until the last SC, chain 1, DC into the SC on the other cup, skip 1 stitch DC, continue til the last SC. (16DC, chain 1, 16 DC)
R3: chain 3, DC into chain 1 space, Dc into next stitch, DC into chain1 space,DC in next stitch, continue until there is 1DC, 1 chain, 1 DC left. (28DC) chain 1, *skip 2 1 DC, chain 1, 1DC*, DC in chain1 space, DC in next stitch, DC in chain 1 space etc. (28DC, chain 1, 28 DC)
R4: Sc across (28) SC in chain 1 space, SC along (57SC)
R5-6: chain 4, skip 1 stitch, DC, chain 1,skip 1 stitch DC until the last 3SC from previous round (not including the SC made into the chain 1 space) Chain 1 skip 3SC (basically, you would not be crocheting into 7 stitches). DC, chain 1, skip stitch, DC. (R5- 13DC, chain 1, 13DC. R6- 11DC, chain1, 11DC)
R7: chain 3, DC into chain 1 space, Dc into next stitch, DC into chain1 space,DC in next stitch, continue until there is 1DC, 1 chain, 1 DC left. (18DC) chain 1, *skip 1 DC, chain 1, 1DC*, DC in chain1 space, DC in next stitch, DC in chain 1 space etc. (18DC, chain 1, 18 DC)
R8: Sc across (28) SC in chain 1 space, SC along (37SC)
R9-10: chain 4, skip 1 stitch, DC, chain 1,skip 1 stitch DC until the last 3SC from previous round (not including the SC made into the chain 1 space) Chain 1 skip 3SC (basically, you would not be crocheting into 7 stitches). DC, chain 1, skip stitch, DC. (R9- 8DC, chain 1, 8DC. R10- 6DC, chain1, 6DC).
For the bottom pattern, I used a chart I found on a search for crochet borders. Special stitch 3DC together- yarn over, insert hook into stitch, pull through, yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook, yarn over, insert hook into stitch, pull through, yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook, yarn over, insert hook into stitch, pull through, yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook, yarn over pulls through all 4 loops on hook. Chain 65 (+3 to act as 1stDC) or groups of 16 plus 1 (+3 to act as 1stDC)
R1: 65DC
R2: Chain4, 1 DC chain 1, skip stitch, 1DC, chain 1 til the end of the row. (33DC, 32 spaces)
R3: Chain 3, 64 DC (65DC)
R4: chain 5, skip 1 stitch, SC into the 3rd DC from previous round, chain 5, skip 3, SC into the 4th stitch, continue until there are 2 Stitches left, Chain 3, DC into last stitch.
R5: SC into DC, *chain 5, SC in chain 5 from previous row, 8DC in next chain 5, SC in next chain 5, chain 5, SC*. Repeat ** until end of the row.
R6: *chain 5, Sc into chain 5 space from previous row, DC chain 1, DC until you have 8Dc speparated by chain 1s, SC into chain 5 from previous row* Repeat til the end of the row, chain 2, Dc in SC from previous round.
R7: chain 1, 3DC together in chain 1 space. chain 4, slip stitch into 3DCtogether to form a picot, Chain 2. Repeat 6 times. Sc into Chain 5 space from previous round until the end of the row. SC in 3rd chain of the chain 5 from the previous row.
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Attach the 2 pieces together by SC up along the decal (10SC, 2 in everyDC) and SC together the cups and the border using SC. For each horizontal DC in the cup,
use 2SC. and 5 in the chain 3 space. Since that equals to 63 and there are 65 stitches, add an extra SC in one of the horizontal DC from the cup. (It doesn’t bulge) SC down along the decal (10SC, 2 in every DC)
(For a larger size, use 2 more than the chain in the centre of the cups eg the medium had chain 5 so use 7SC and distribute the remaining stitches even on both cups, placing 3 SC in the horizontal DC. Just find the middle stitch 1st.)
SC up to the chain 1space at the top of the cup, there i started using HDC until I got to the DC at the top of the top and returned to the SC. Use stitch markers for the straps (TIP: paper clips). Put the markers at the 11th SC at the bottom of the top, i.e where the borders and the cups meet and at the last HDC at the top. Slip stitch 11 times, chain the length for the straps, maybe, 92? HDC in the 4th chain from the hook and along the chain, slip stitch into the same stitch. Slip stitch 4 times, chain 4 slip stitch into same hook to form picot. Continue to the top of the top and repeat the strap, slip stitch across the top of the piece until you get to the 1HDC on the other side, make a strap mirror the other side.

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