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Thought I’d share some snaps of my latest summer project before posting a full holiday roundup later.  Bit of a gamble making myself a swimsuit for a Scottish holiday, but we were lucky enough to have boiling hot sunshine for a few days so the risk paid off!  In true Lily style I started crocheting two triangles with no idea what the rest would look like – adding edgings and panels and mesh and ties as I went along seemed to work for me.  Little details like the single row of mesh around the edge of the ‘cups’ and the double ties at the sides are my favourite parts, and they were very much unplanned.  The ‘trying on’ process of a half-completed monokini looked like a toddler putting on underwear for the first time, so pretty funny to say the least!


My prom dress (over a month ago whatttt???) was a high neck style and I think the style suits me, so I thought I’d give the high-neck swimwear look a try too.  Super itty bitty skimpy bikinis don’t seem to work great on me anyway so I’m all for something a bit different!  I *might* write up a pattern for this one if anybody’s interested, so let me know!  It was a pretty quick project overall and uses only the most basic of crochet stitches.  Nothing too complicated.  And about that title – no idea what to name this design so give me your suggestions!


Excuse the shorts tanlines please!  I was absolutely determined to make the most of every last ray (factor 30’d from head to toe of course) and don’t think I did too badly with not leaving British soil.  I’ll share more pictures of my week soon, but the beach and the water were amazing and felt like somewhere far more exotic!


Hopefully the boiling sunshine will return and I’ll be able to bring this one out again this year, even if only to give myself wacky tanlines sunbathing in the garden.  With my summer break starting earlier this year I keep having to remind myself that it’s not even August and I still have weeks off yet, so it might still happen!  In the meantime maybe it’s time to crack out the sewing machine again and make something a little more versatile.  Or maybe I’ll carry on making impractical things just because I can.  Probably more likely.

lily kate x
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    31st July 2014 at 5:44 pm

    You should name this BABE IN A WHITE SWIMSUIT
    You look amazing! Have you ever done any modelling?


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      31st July 2014 at 5:53 pm

      Thank you so much Hayley! I’ve just done a few bits and pieces!

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    31st July 2014 at 7:15 pm

    You, my dear, are very talented!
    This looks incredible on you – I love everything about it!
    And excellent work catching Scotland in the sun – it’s a rarity!

    N xo

    Giveaway on my blog at the mo if you fancy entering 🙂

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      9th August 2014 at 12:21 pm

      Thank you so much Naomi! We only caught a few days but I guess we were lucky even with that!

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    Alice Evans
    31st July 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Such a stunner!! So excited for next Friday! X


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    31st July 2014 at 10:37 pm

    I could never even dream of coming up with something as cool as this, let alone actually make it. Well done for being a clever thing and I hope you know you look radiant! xxx

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      9th August 2014 at 12:20 pm

      This one was far more simple than it looks I promise! And thank you very much!

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    1st August 2014 at 6:00 am

    What about Barbarella? It has that 70s, retro-chic vibe about it. 🙂 Very unique!

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      9th August 2014 at 12:20 pm

      I’m all about the 70s style at the minute! Thank you!

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    1st August 2014 at 3:10 pm

    The first thing I thought of when I saw this was “Impanema” 🙂

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    Roxyrana on Ravelry
    2nd August 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Hi Lily,

    you look great in this little number ! …a bit tongue in cheek but as you made this for your Scottish holiday I reckon it should be called the Mackini 😉 ( Mac+ bikini ?) xx.

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      9th August 2014 at 12:19 pm

      Hi Linda! Lovely to hear from you! I shall keep the name in mind!

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    2nd August 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Wow! You are really taking up crochet in a big way!

    It is stunning, both for how you look in it, but also because it screams crochet!

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      9th August 2014 at 12:19 pm

      I’m definitely going for it! Thank you! I wanted to make something unique, if I was going to go through the process of making it myself!

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    Laura Atkins
    10th August 2014 at 10:52 pm

    This is gorgeous!!! Where is it from? I love mesh clothing at the moment!!!



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      13th August 2014 at 6:19 pm

      Thank you! I made it myself 🙂

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    strappy back - Joli House
    26th August 2014 at 4:37 pm

    […] learn to crochet better, and made myself two – undeniably useless – summery pieces.  (here and here).  Sadly Paris and a blogger meet didn’t happen and neither did any work […]

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    27th October 2014 at 1:21 am

    hi, your swimsuit is so lovely, and you look amazing in it. Are you going to write a free pattern for it?

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      lily kate
      27th October 2014 at 2:20 pm

      Thanks Katrina! Unfortunately I don’t think I’ll be writing up a pattern, sorry. Glad you liked it though!

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    baby sandy
    26th May 2015 at 1:08 am

    So beautiful ! “POP BEACH KINI ” ….♥

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    the fergus | majorca - Joli House
    9th June 2016 at 8:17 pm

    […] Any excuse to crack out the handmade pieces – even The Most Useless Swimsuit Known To Man. […]

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    Karen Page
    7th June 2017 at 4:23 am

    Looks like a tankini to me.

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