Touché Temptair

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“Touché Temptair” is a pair of crocheted underwear that sits at the hips and ties with a string. It starts at the waist, in the round, then continues at the center-front for the crotch, decreasing to make the crotch panel, and then increasing towards the back. A lace is then crocheted all around the last round of the underwear before the crotch begins. A waistband is then crocheted with a heading through which ties are woven.

A matching mini camisole is crocheted beginning with the cups, separately, with the ties. Then the lower section of the camisole is worked in the round, joining the cups.

The basic openwork pattern for “Touché Temptair” is based on a pattern found in Duplet Issue No. 112. Duplet is a crochet fashion magazine published in the Ukraine. It is an amazing source of inspiration for crocheters.

The challenge here is to modify the openwork pattern, which is worked in rows, so that it can be worked in the round, for the underwear. The next challenge is to modify the openwork pattern to make increases, for the matching mini camisole.

I used 4-ply cotton yarn and 2.25mm hook.


Using openwork pattern below, make a bralette and underwear set.

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MAKING THE MINI CAMISOLE

To make the mini camisole, I started with the cups. Each cup is exactly the same, started at the base. Measure the base at about 16cm, then make several rows of dc to measure at least 7cm. From there, the openwork pattern is begun. The openwork pattern here is worked in rows and must decrease to shape the cup, a triangular shape. Do the decrease at the 5-ch loop rows. When you have 3-ch loops left, you can make a few more rows of solid dc, decreasing, and there the straps are sewn on.

The bra trim is very simple – an even row of 3-ch loops followed by a row of 5-ch loops.

The cups are then joined at the base when you work the band. A couple rounds of sc, and a mesh of 2-dc, ch 1, sc, is made and from there, the openwork pattern is used again – this time worked in rounds. The same 5-ch loop/3-ch loop trim of the bra cups is made at the hem of the mini camisole.

 

MAKING THE UNDERWEAR

Begin at the waist with a chain that goes around with hips with an allowance of an inch or two. Work the openwork pattern in the round a couple of rounds, then make the front and back in solid dc stitches. More info about crocheting underwear may be found at Walkednights.

Make a strong waistband of rounds of sc, 2dc-ch1 mesh, sc, through which the ties are woven, then work all around the leg openings a round of trim used for the bra – ch 3 loops and ch 5 loops.

Lapixelat!

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Lapixelat is a crocheted necklace made up of crocheted flowers joined at the last round. The flowers are joined at the tips of petal with 2 single crochet stitches. Multicolour yarns of complimentary colours (such as violet and yellow) are used. Be sure to starch your crocheted necklace to keep the flowers from folding over and to protect the necklace from dust and dirt.

The crocheted flowers in this necklace are based on the motifs found in the Swimsuit issue of the crochet fashion magazine from the Ukraine, Duplet. If you can make the motifs and join them, then you should be able to make more motifs of different types and join them to make a larger piece of fabric and make small garment (like a bikini) or a larger one (like a blouse, skirt of dress).

You will need:

Yarn:
Multicolour crochet cotton thread of size 8 or 10 colours violet
Crochet cotton thread size 8 or 10 colour green
Crochet cotton thread size 8 or 10 colour yellow-orange

Hook:
Steel crochet hook size 1.2mm or 1mm

SPECIAL STITCHES

Double Treble (dtr): Yarn over the hook (yo) 3 times and insert the hook in stitch, yo and pull loop through, yo and pull through two loops on hook, repeat until you have only one loop on hook. Dtr completed.

Two Double Treble Together (2 dtr-tog): Keeping last loop of each sc on hook, make a dtr in stitch indicated. Yo and draw through all loops on hook.

Two Double Crochet Together (2 dc-tog): Keeping last loop of each sc on hook, make a dc in stitch indicated. Yo and draw through all loops on hook.

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INSTRUCTIONS

LARGE FLOWERS (Make 5):

With violet multicolour thread ch 8, sl st in first ch to make a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in ring, *ch 5, 2 dtr-tog in ring, ch 5, sc in ring, rep fr * to make 5 petals; end with sl st in first sc to join.

Rnd 2: *Ch 5, sc in 5-ch sp, ch 3, sc in top of 2-dtr-tog, sc in next 5-ch sp, ch 5, sl st in next sc; rep fr * on all petals, ending with sl st in first st to join. Fasten off.

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SMALL FLOWERS (These join to the Large Flowers, make 4)

With yellow thread ch 6, sl st in first ch to make ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in ring, *ch 3, 2 dc-tog in ring, ch 3, sc in ring, rep fr * to make 4 petals; end with sl st in first sc to join. Fasten off.

Rnd 2 (This rnd joins the large flowers): Join green thread to sc at base of petal; *ch 3, sc in 3-ch sp, ch 1, 2 sc in 3-ch loop at tip of petal of large flower), ch 1, sc in top of 2-dc-tog, sc in next 3-ch sp, ch 3, sl st in next sc; ch 3, sc in next 3-ch sp, ch 3, sc in top of 2-dc-tog, sc in next 3-ch sp, ch 3, sl st in next sc; rep fr * to join to next large flower; end with sl st in first st to join. Fasten off.

Join Small Flowers alternating with Large Flowers. Refer to photo for guide (below) as to which petals to join.

Ties:

Join green thread to tip of petal with 2 sc, make 70 ch, fasten off. Repeat for other end of necklace. Knot ends of ties.

Weave in all ends and block.

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Starching your Crocheted Jewellery

Lay crocheted lace flat on a few layers of clean cloth. Spray or dab with commercial fabric stiffener. You can also prepare your own fabric stiffener as follows: dissolve 1 tsp cornstarch in one cup of water in a saucepan. Add a tsp of vinegar or salt as preservative. Bring to a gentle boil stirring constantly. Let cool and pour into a spray bottle. You can also use a brush to apply the starch solution instead of spraying.

While wet, use your fingers to shape the crocheted lace, flatten tips and corners that stick up. When done, let the piece dry completely for at least two to three days.

Images below are from the Special DUPLET Magazine – Swimsuits 3