Crochet Beachwear – Woman’s Summer Playsuit – free pattern

Summer playsuit (top left) worked in lacy shells is beautifully shaped with crocheted-in darts. Sizes 8 – 16.

 SIZES: Directions for. small size (8-10). Changes for medium size (12-14) and large size (16) are in parentheses.
Body Bust Size: 311/2″-321/2″ (34″-36″; 38″).
Blocked Bust Size (closed): 34″ (36″-38″).
Body Hip Size: 331/2″-34’/2″ (36″-38″; 40″).
Blocked Hip Size: 37″ (39″-41″).

MATERIALS: 12 (12-14) 250-yard balls mercerized knitting and crochet cotton. Steel crochet hook size 0. 11 ball buttons, beads or button molds.

GAUGE: 3 shells = 2 3/4 “; 5 rows = 2 1/4”.

Note: Playsuit is worked with double strand of thread throughout.

BODICE: BACK: Beg at waistline, with 2 strands of yarn, ch 77 (81-85) loosely.
Row 1: DC in 5th ch from hook, * sk next 3 ch, work 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in next ch (shell made), repeat from * across, end sk next 3 ch, 2 dc in last ch (1/2 shell) – 17 (18-19) shells, plus l/2 shell each side. Turn each row.
Row 2: Ch 3, dc in first dc (1/2 shell), * shell of 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in next ch-1 sp, repeat from * across, end 1/2 shell of 2 dc in top of turning ch.
Row 3: Repeat row 2.
Shape Darts: Row 4: Work 1/2 shell, 4 shells, dc between 4th and 5th shells, put a marker in this inc dc, work 9 (10-11) shells, dc between shells, put a marker in this inc dc, work 4 shells, 1/2 shell.
Row 5: Working in pat, work dc in each marked dc.
Row 6: Working in pat, work 2 dc in each marked dc.
Row 7: Working in pat, work 2 dc in sp between 2 dc over markers.
Row 8: Working in pat, work 3 dc in sp between 2 dc over markers.
Row 9: Working in pat, work 3 dc in center dc over markers.
Row 10: Working in pat, work shell of 2 dc, ch 1,2 dc in center dc over markers – 2 shells inc; 19 (20-21) shells, plus 1/2 shell each side. Remove dart markers. Work in pat until piece measures 9″ from start or desired length to underarm.





Shape Armholes: Sl st loosely to center ch-1 sp of 2nd (2nd-3rd) shell; ch 3, dc in same ch-1 sp (1/2 shell), work in pat across next 15 (16-15) shells, l/2 shell in next ch-1 sp. Turn. Work even until armholes measure about 6 1/2″ (7″-7 1/2″) above first row of armhole shaping.

Shape Shoulders and Neck: Next Row: Work  1/2 shell, 4 shells, 1/2 shell. Ch 2, turn.
Next Row: Sk  1/2 shell, work shell in next shell and in each of next 3 shells, 1/2 shell in top of ch-3. Turn.
Next Row: Sl st to center of 2nd shell, work (sc, hdc, dc) in same ch-1 sp, shell in next ch-1 sp, 1/2 shell in next ch-1 sp. End off, leaving 12″ length for sewing shoulder. Join double strand of yarn in center of 5th shell from end on last long row. Ch 3, dc in same ch-1 sp (1/2 shell), work 4 shells, 1/2 shell. Complete same as for first shoulder, reversing shaping.

RIGHT FRONT: Beg at lower edge, with double strand of yarn, ch 37 (41-45) loosely. Work in pat as for back for 3 rows – 7 (8-9) shells, plus 1/2 shell each side. Mark end of last row for side edge.
Shape Dart: Row 4: Work 1/2 shell, 4 (4-5) shells, dc between shells, put a marker in this inc dc, work 3 (4-4) shells, 1/2 shell.
Rows 5-9: Work inc over marker same as for back — 3 dc in center dc over marker.
Row 10: Working in pat, work 4 dc in center dc over marker.
Row 11: Working in pat, work 4 dc in center sp between dc over marker.
Row 12: Working in pat, work 5 dc in center sp between dc over marker.
Row 13: Working in pat, work 6 dc in center dc over marker.
Row 14: Working in pat, work 4 dc in 2nd and in 5th dc of inc group over marker.
Row 15: Working in pat, work a shell in center of each 4-dc group over marker – 9 (10-11) shells, plus 1/2 shell each side. Work 1 row even, end center edge.

Shape Side Bust Dart: Row 17: Work  1/2 shell, 6 (7-7) shells, (2 hdc, 2 sc) in next ch-1 sp, sl st in each of next 2 dc, turn.

Row 18: Sl st loosely to center ch-1 sp of 4th (4th-5th) shell from side edge, (2 sc, hdc, dc) in ch-1 sp, work in pat across. Turn.
Row 19: Work in pat across to side edge, being careful to work shells over bust dart in line with previous shells. Work even until piece measures same as back to underarm, end side edge.

Shape Armhole and Neck: Sl st loosely to center ch-1 sp of 2nd (2nd-3rd) shell; ch 3, dc in same ch-1 sp ( 1/2 shell), work 7 (8-8) shells, dc in top of ch-3 — 1 dc dec. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 3, work dc, ch 1, 2 dc in ch-1 sp, work in pat across — 1 dc dec.
Row 3: Work in pat across, end 2 dc, ch 1, dc in ch-1 sp.
Row 4: Ch 3, dc in first ch-1 sp ( 1/2 shell), work in pat across — 6 (7-7) shells, plus 1/2 shell each side. Continue to dec 1 dc at neck edge until 4 shells plus 1/2 shell each side remain. Work even, if necessary, until armhole measures same as back, end center edge.

Shape Shoulder: Ch 3, work 1/2 shell in next ch-1 sp, work 1 shell, (dc, hdc, sc) in next ch-1 sp, sl st in each of next 2 dc. End off.

LEFT FRONT: Work same as for right front; pat is reversible.
Sew shoulder and side seams.

Pants: From right side, join double strand of yarn in lower edge of left front edge (Left-handed crocheters: right front edge).
Row 1: Ch 1, * 2 sc in ch-3 sp, sc in center of base of next shell, repeat from * 2 (3-3) times, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 8, sc in same ch-3 sp (belt loop made); continue to work 2 sc in each ch-3 sp, sc in base of each shell across, working a belt loop at side seam, each back dart, center back, side seam, front dart and at right center front -8 belt Ips. Turn.

Pattern: Row 1: Ch 3, dc in first sc ( 1/2 shell), shell of 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in sc at center base of first 3 (4-4) shells, dc in sp between shells (mark for front dart), work shell in base of next 5 (5-6) shells, dc in next sc (mark for side dart), work shell in base of next 4 shells, dc between shells (mark for back dart), work shell in base of next 9 (10-11) shells, dc in sp between shells (mark for back dart), work shell in base of next 4 shells, dc in sp between shells (mark for side dart), work shell in sc at center base of next 5 (5-6) shells, dc in sp between shells (mark for front dart), work shell in sc at center base of next 3 (4-4) shells, 1/2  shell in last sc – 33 (36-39) shells, plus 1/2 shell each side — 6 markers. Keeping to pat, work dart inc as follows:
Rows 2 and 3: Work dc over each marked dc.
Row 4: Work 2 dc in each marked dc.
Row 5: Work dc in each of 2 dc over marked dc.
Row 6: Work 3 dc between 2 dc over marker.
Row 7: Work 3 dc in center dc over marker.
Row 8: Work 4 dc in center dc over marker.
Row 9: Work shell of 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in center sp between dc over markers – 6 shells inc — 39 (42-45) shells, plus 1/2 shell each side. Remove front and side markers — 2 markers remain (back darts).
Row 10: Working in pat, work 5 dc in ch-1 sp on back dart shells.
Row 11: Work 6 dc in center dc over markers.
Row 12: Work 4 dc in 2nd and 5th dc of each back dart.
Joining Row: Row 13:Work shell in center sp of each back dart 4-dc group – 2 shells inc – 41 (44-47) shells, plus 1/2 shell each side. Ch 1, join with a sl st in top of ch 3 at beg of row (1/2 shells now form 1 shell). Turn. Workaround as follows:





Rnd 14: Ch 3, dc in ch-1 sp be-tween  1/2 shells, work in shell pat around, end 1/2 shell of 2 dc in ch-1 sp between 1/2 shells, ch 1, join with a sl st in top of ch 3. Turn. Repeat last row until piece measures desired length to crotch — 9″ for 5 ‘2″ height; 9 1/2″ for 5’4″ height; 11″ for 5’8″ height. Do not turn at end of last row.

Crotch: Sl st to ch-1 sp of next shell. Turn.
Row 1: Ch 3, sk first st, dc in each of next 9 sts (center of 3rd shell). Turn each row.
Rows 2-11: Ch 3, dc in each dc across — 10 dc, counting ch 3 as 1 dc. Drop yarn at end of last row. Weave crotch piece to 9 (10-9) sts on center back (1 shell, plus 1/2 shell each side for small and large sizes, 2 shells for medium size).

First Leg: Pick up yarn at end of crotch; working around leg, ch 3, dc in first st ( 1/2 shell), shell in each ch-1 sp around leg; work 5 shells evenly spaced across side of crotch piece; work  1/2 shell in first st, ch 1, join with a sl st in top of ch-3 – 25 (27-28) shells. Work around in shell pat, joining each rnd with a sl st until 6 rows from start of leg.

Shell Edging: From right side, * sl st between shells, 5 dc in ch-1 sp, repeat from * around, end sl st in first sl st. End off.

Second Leg: From wrong side, join double strand of yarn in back corner of crotch piece; ch 3, dc in same st, work 5 shells across side of crotch piece, work shells in each ch-1 sp around leg, end 1/2 shell in same st as joining. Turn. Complete same as for first leg.

Front Opening Edging: From right side (Left-handed crocheters: from wrong side), join double strand of yarn in lower right front edge of opening. Work 1 rnd sc evenly spaced up right front edge, around neck, down left front edge, having same number of sts in each front edge. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Sc in each sc up left front, around neck, end at start of right ; neck shaping, * ch 3, sk next 5 sc, sc in each of next 3 sc (button-hole made), repeat from * 10 times, sc in each sc to lower edge. Ch 1, turn.
Left-handed crocheters: End off. Join yarn on left front.)
Next Row: Work shells of 6 dc around, working shell in center ch of ch-3 sp and sc in center sc of 3 sc between buttonholes, remaining shells evenly spaced around. End off. Sew lower edge of edging to opening.





Armhole Edging: Work 1 row sc tightly around armhole. Work shells of 6 dc, sc evenly spaced around. End off.

TIE:Ch 3, sl st in first ch, forming ring. Dc in each ch around; do not  join. Continue to dc in each dc, forming a spiral cord, until tie measures 60″. End off.

BUTTONS (make 11): Ch 3, sl st in first ch, forming ring.
Rnd 1: 2 sc in each ch around — 6 sc.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in back lp of each sc around— 12sc.
Rnd 3: * Sc in back lp of next sc, 2 sc in back Ip of next sc, repeat from * around until piece covers button. Cut yarn, leaving 12″ end. Thread needle with long end; draw sts tog tightly. Sew to left front edge.
Steam-press lightly.
Thread tie through belt loops.

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