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Yak fibre is nice material but needs a framework for structure.

Yak Underwear

I know that sounds funny, but here it is. This is crocheted with lace weight yak yarn.

Yak fibre is nice material but needs a framework for structure.

Yak fibre is nice material but needs a framework for structure.

The result is a really soft and light fabric. So the next challenge is to find some way to put in a framework or structure to the garment. I have been looking at several existing underwear to figure out the best design structure.

The underwear started with a strip of lace as shown in this photograph.

I start with a strip of lace like this.

I start with a strip of lace like this.

The first problem is keeping the narrow bits of the lace from twisting. This twisting problem is true for most underwear that use elastics particularly those of the thong and tanga styles. I think that there is a way to prevent this.

I am getting more fond of using elastics as these make for a better fit than ties. Also, it is necessary to use other stronger material such as cotton in places where rigidity is needed. Although I am making these things more for recreation rather than practical use, I may get around to using a lining in the near future.

Motif Lace Tanga in Silk Camel yarn.

Motif Lace Tanga

Inspired by the lovely colour flower embroidery of the Valery Aria tanga by Journelle, I decided to crochet my own using lace weight Silk Camel yarn in natural colour and 1mm steel hook. I used two strands held together of this fine yarn.

Valery Aria brazilian style tanga.

Valery Aria brazilian style tanga.

The tanga consists of octagon shape motifs joined together to make a strip. I made two strips – one for the front and one for the back.

I started with two strips of motifs joined together like this - to make the front and the back of the tanga.

I started with two strips of motifs joined together like this - to make the front and the back of the tanga.

The crotch is made by joining the yarn to one of the picots of the motifs, and working in double crochet stitches. The crotch decreases to the bottom then increases to make the rear. Then I made simple scallops (ch 3, sc in same st, 2 dc in same st, sk 2 sts, sc in next st) along the edges of the crotch.

Motif Lace Tanga in Silk Camel yarn.

Motif Lace Tanga in Silk Camel yarn.

The next step was to fill in the gaps along the upper half of the motifs (where the motif are joined). I used simple long chain stitches to fill in these holes. This makes the top edge of the tanga even while the lower part remains lacy and uneven. Over the top even edge I made a heading of dc and chains and then a final row of small scallops. The heading is where the ties are woven through at the back.

Back view of Motif Lace Tanga in Silk Camel yarn.

Back view of Motif Lace Tanga in Silk Camel yarn.

The two sections of the tanga are seamed together using the same chains technique for filling in the gaps between the motifs.
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The ties are simple chain stitches joined to the side seams of the tanga. Ties are then woven through the heading at the back. Pearl beads are threaded to the ends of the ties and knotted.

Closer look at the back showing drawstrings.

Closer look at the back showing drawstrings.

Note that the ties don’t go all around the hips. They are only from the side seams to the back.

Detail of small scallop edging and heading for drawstring.

Detail of small scallop edging and heading for drawstring.

The flowers are made of pink and blue fingering weight Silk-Cashmere yarn and 1mm steel hook. The flowers are simple chain loops as such: ch 6, sl st in first chain, *ch 5, sl st in same ch, rep from * until you have 5 petals.

Detail of butterfly with flowers.

Detail of butterfly with flowers.

Each flower set consists of two flowers, pink and blue, with a green butterfly bead sewn on. Then I sewed these flower- butterfly decorations to the front and sides of the tanga as shown in the photographs. I used fine cotton thread to sew the decorations.

Sizes

Take your own measurements for best fit, especially if you are not using stretchy yarn or elastics. My measurement around the hips is slightly bigger because I use drawstrings. For guide, below are suggested standard measurements for a tanga.

 

Suggested measurements for the tanga.

Suggested measurements for the tanga.

Below is the pattern for the Octagon Motif. You can use other motif of your choice.

Octagon Motif

First Motif

Ch 8, sl st in first ch to make a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 3, 2-dc cluster in ring, *ch 5, 3-dc cluster in ring; rep fr * 6 times, ch 2, dc in top of first cluster (8 clusters made).

Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in space under ch-3, ch 3, 2-dc cluster in same sp, *ch 5, in next sp make (2-dc cluster, ch 3, 2-dc cluster), rep fr * 6 times, ch 2, dc in top of first dc.

Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in dc, *ch 5, in next 3-ch sp make (2-dc cluster, ch 3, 2-dc cluster), ch 5, sc in next 5-ch sp, rep fr * 6 times, ch 5, in last 3-ch sp make (2-dc cluster, ch 3, 2-dc cluster), ch 2, dc in sc.

Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in dc, *ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 2, in next 3-ch sp make (2-dc cluster, ch 2, picot, ch 2, 2-dc cluster), ch 2, sc in next ch-5 sp, rep fr * 7 times ending with sl st in first sc to join. Finish off.

Succeeding Motifs:

Motifs are joined at the last round as follows:

Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in dc, ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 2, in next 3-ch sp make (2-dc cluster, ch 2, sc in picot of previous motif, ch 2, 2-dc cluster in 3-ch sp of current motif), ch 2, sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 2, sc in ch-5 sp of previous motif, ch 2, sc in next ch-5 sp of current motif, ch 2, in next 3-ch sp make (2-dc cluster, ch 2, sc in picot of previous motif, ch 2, 2-dc cluster in same 3-ch sp of current motif), ch 2, sc in next ch-5 sp; then complete the fourth row of the current motif in the usual way. Finish off.


To see the various basic styles of panties (from the classic briefs to the g-string), refer to “Theory – Adopting Crochet Design to Tiny Bottoms.

This is my second experiment at re-constructing one of the lingerie items in the Journelle collection into crochet. It’s a fun way of learning more about crochet and lingerie design. The items are also quite small so they don’t take very long to finish, a rather important factor for someone as impatient as I am! :)

I hope this helps you get started into crocheting your own luxury lingerie!

Have fun!

Crochet Thong inspired by Myla Gail Brazilian.

Antique Lace Thong in Silk-Cashmere

Crochet Thong inspired by Myla Gail Brazilian.

Crochet Thong inspired by Myla Gail Brazilian.

I finally finished the thong from  on “Theory – Adopting Crochet Design to Tiny Bottoms“!

This thong is inspired by the Myla Gail Brazilian thong. It is made up of 2 parts: (1) the basic crocheted thong with small scallop edgings, and (2) the wide antique lace that goes around the thong. The lace is sewn over the basic thong. Then the thong is decorated with sheer organdy ribbons and pearl beads in the front and back.

The back of the thong showing the keyhole design.

The back of the thong showing the "keyhole" design.

The Myla Gail thong has large ribbons at the back and loops of pearls at the side but I decided to forego these for the sake of simplicity. This thong also has a “keyhole” feature at the back and you can easily make this if you wish. You will just need to modify a basic crochet thong pattern.

Using half double crochet stitches, I made the basic thong in one piece starting at the front and decreasing into a triangle shape. Then I continue to the crotch and the narrow back which is about 5 stitches wide. Then about 2 inches before reaching the last row at the back, I split to make the “keyhole” feature.

Front and Back the thong is decorated with sheer organdy ribbons and beads.

Front and Back the thong is decorated with sheer organdy ribbons and beads.

When I find a good quality white, cream or pink elastic then I will use it for this thong. For the moment, the thong fits around my hips fine.

The Basic Crochet Thong

There are plenty of free crochet thong / bikini bottom / g-string patterns on the Internet. Almost all of them are constructed the same way – in one piece, from back to front (or from front to back), and then ties at the sides.

Here are some patterns that I found. You can use these as guide for making the basic crochet thong.

A closer view of the Klickmann lace as sewn on top of the basic thong.

A closer view of the Klickmann lace as sewn on top of the basic thong.

Hook: Steel crochet hook 1mm
Yarn: Silk Cashmere Fingering Weight yarn

Klickmann’s Underwear Lace
(You can find the original pattern at on “Theory – Adopting Crochet Design to Tiny Bottoms“)

Make this of suitable length to go around your hips. If you are making a thong that ties at the sides, then you must make two of these lace strips that is each half the size of your hips.

Row 1: Chain 8, in first chain make (double crochet, chain 3, double crochet), chain 7, turn,

Row 2: 4 single crochet in first space, chain 3, 4 single crochet in second space. Chain 6, turn.

Row 3: 4 single crochet in in first space, chain 3, in next space make (double crochet, chain 3, double crochet), chain 7, turn.

Succeeding rows: Repeat rows 2-3 until the lace is of desired length. End with row 2 and with multiples of 2+1 number of 6-chain loops. End with chain 4 instead of chain 7. Turn.

Now continue making the scallop edge:

Double crochet in 3-chain loop, chain 1, single crochet in top of double crochet, *chain 14, turn, slip stitch in single crochet, chain 6, remove hook from loop, insert hook in third chain, catch loop and draw through the chain (picot made), chain 3, single crochet in next 6-chain loop, repeat from * to the last 6-chain loop. Fasten off.

With right side facing, join thread with single crochet to second 14-chain loop, *(chain 10, single crochet in same 14-chain loop) 5 times, chain 4, pass 4-chain behind the five 10-chain loops and join with slip stitch to the base of the first 10-chain loop; chain 5, 5 double crochet in each of the five 10-chain loops, chain 1, turn, single crochet in first double crochet, (chain 5, single crochet in space between 10-chain loop) 4 times, chain 5, single crochet in top of 5-chain, slip stitch in previous 14-chain loop to join, turn. In each 5-chain loop make (3 single crochet, chain 5, 3 single crochet, chain 5, 3 single crochet). Slip stitch in next 14-chain loop to join. Chain 5, single crochet in next 14-chain loop. Repeat from * to the last 14-chain loop.

Fasten off.

A closer view of the Klickmann lace and the small scallop edging.

A closer view of the Klickmann lace and the small scallop edging.

Small Scallop Edging

This scallop edging is done around the waist and around the openings for the legs.

Join with single crochet to edge of thong. *Chain 3, 2 double crochet in single crochet, skip 2 stitches, single crochet in next stitch. Repeat from * for the scallop edge pattern.

The back of the thong.

The back of the thong.