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.
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.
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.
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.
The two sections of the tanga are seamed together using the same chains technique for filling in the gaps between the motifs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Below is the pattern for the Octagon Motif. You can use other motif of your choice.
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.
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!