Sirens of Atlantis Bra & Hip Hugger

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This costume set was inspired by a taqsim song called Sirens of Atlantis. The choreography invokes the slow underwater movements of a mermaid. While the design was inspired by sea creatures, it is crocheted in the popular Crocodile Stitch, which gives the pattern a lovely scale-y texture that is also suggestive of dragons. I used a custom blend of wool, cotton, and metallic with genuine gold or silver-plated bead embellishments for the perfect regal finishing touch.

Finished Size: XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)

Materials:

  • Cascade 220: 2 (3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6) hanks
  • Aunt Lydia’s Metallic Crochet Thread, Size 10: 5 (6, 6, 8, 9, 11, 11, 11, 13) balls
  • 6mm beads: 206 (253, 283, 366, 427, 511, 532, 544, 605)
  • Size J-10 (6.0mm) crochet hook
  • Thin yarn needle

Gauge Square: With Cascade 220 and Aunt Lydia’s held together, ch 21. Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook, *ch 1, skip 2 ch, dc in next ch, ch 1, skip 2 ch, 2 dc in next ch; rep from * across. Row 2: Ch 3; turn. 5 dc down first dc, ch 1, 6 dc up next dc, *sl st in next dc, 6 dc down next dc, ch 1 6 dc up next dc; rep from * across. Row 3: Ch 3; turn. Dc in right corner, *ch 1, dc in middle of scale, ch 1, 2 dc between scales; rep from * across, ending with 2 dc in left corner. Row 4: Rep row 2. Row 5: Ch 1; turn. Dc in middle of first scale, *ch 1, 2 dc between scales, ch 1, dc in middle of scale; rep from * across. Row 6: Ch 1; turn. Sl st in first dc, *6 dc down next dc, 6 dc up next dc, sl st in next dc; rep from * across. Rep rows 3-6 once, then rep rows 3 & 4 once. Finish off.

Gauge: 2 scales = 3 inches wide; 6 scales = 4 inches long

Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses.  To avoid confusion, it may be helpful to circle the numbers corresponding to your size before beginning this project.  When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes.

Bra

Worked from bottom to top.

String  66 (91, 103, 141, 163, 193, 202, 202, 202) beads onto Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Cotton.  With Aunt Lydia’s and Cascade 220 held together, ch 45 (57, 57, 69, 69, 81, 81, 81, 81).

Row 1. Foundation row. Dc in 3rd ch from hook, *ch 1, skip 2 ch, dc in next ch, ch 1, skip 2 ch, 2 dc in next ch; rep from * across.

Row 2. Scale row. Ch 3; turn. 5 dc down first dc, slide bead up to hook, ch 1, 6 dc up next dc, *sl st in next dc, 6 dc down next dc, slide bead up to hook, ch 1, 6 dc up next dc; rep from * across. 7 (9, 9, 11, 11, 13, 13, 13, 13) scales.

Row 3. Foundation row. Ch 3; turn. Dc in right corner, *ch 1, dc in middle of scale, ch 1, 2 dc between scales; rep from * across, ending with 2 dc in left corner.

Row 4. Scale row. Rep row 2. 8 (10, 10, 12, 12, 14, 14, 14, 14) scales.

Row 5. Foundation row. Ch 1; turn. Dc in middle of first scale, *ch 1, 2 dc between scales, ch 1, dc in middle of scale; rep from * across.

Row 6. Scale row. Ch 1; turn. Sl st in first dc, *6 dc down next dc, slide bead up to hook, ch 1, 6 dc up next dc, sl st in next dc; rep from * across. 7 (9, 9, 11, 11, 13, 13, 13, 13) scales.

Rows 7-14 (7-14, 7-18, 7-18, 7-18, 7-22, 7-22, 7-22, 7-22). Rep rows 3-6.

Rows 15-18 (15-20, 19-22, 19-26, 19-28, 23-30, 23-32, 23-32, 23-32). Rep rows 5 & 6. 5 (6, 7, 7, 6, 9, 8, 8, 8) scales.

Finish off.

Top and Bottom Edges. With Aunt Lydia’s and Cascade 220 held together, ch 53 (55, 61, 64, 64, 66, 66, 68, 68). Sc in 2nd ch from hook and ea ch across, then sc evenly across bottom of Bra, ch 53 (55, 61, 64, 64, 66, 66, 68, 68), sc in 2nd ch from hook and ea ch across; sl st in side of Bra. Finish off.  Rep for top edge of bra.

Additional Top Ties (Optional). This bra fits best with two sets of ties in the top corners: one set ties around the back under the arms, and the second set ties around the neck like a halter. If the second set of top ties is desired, they may be added as follows: With Aunt Lydia’s and Cascade 220 held together, join with sl st in top corner. Ch 53 (55, 61, 64, 64, 66, 66, 68, 68), sc in 2nd ch from hook and ea ch across; join with sl st in corner of bra. Finish off. Repeat for other top corner.

Hip Hugger

Worked from bottom to top.

String  140 (162, 180, 225, 264, 318, 330, 342, 403) beads onto Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Cotton. With Aunt Lydia’s and Cascade 220 held together, ch 87 (87, 99, 111, 117, 129, 135, 141, 153).

Row 1. Foundation row. Dc in 3rd ch from hook, *ch 1, skip 2 ch, dc in next ch, ch 1, skip 2 ch, 2 dc in next ch; rep from * across.

Row 2. Scale row. Ch 3; turn. 5 dc down first dc, slide bead up to hook, ch 1, 6 dc up next dc, *sl st in next dc, 6 dc down next dc, slide bead up to hook, ch 1, 6 dc up next dc; rep from * across. 14 (14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 25) scales.

Row 3. Foundation row. Ch 3; turn. Dc in right corner, *ch 1, dc in middle of scale, ch 1, 2 dc between scales; rep from * across, ending with 2 dc in left corner.

Row 4. Scale row. Rep row 2. 15 (15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 26) scales.

Rows 5-16 (5-18, 5-18, 5-20, 5-22, 5-24, 5-24, 5-24, 5-26). Rep rows 3 & 4. 21 (22, 24, 27, 29, 32, 33, 34, 37) scales.

Finish off.

Hip Ties. With Aunt Lydia’s and Cascade 220 held together, join with sl st in top corner. Ch 31, sc in 2nd ch from hook and ea ch across; join with sl st in corner of Hip Hugger. Finish off. Repeat for other top corner.

Size Chart

DimensionXSSML1X2X3X4X5X
Bra cup sizeAAABCDDDDDDDDDDDD
Back width14.5″15″16.5″17.5″17.5″17.5″18″18.5″18.5″
Hips34″36″40″44″48″53″55″57″62″

Abbreviations

  • ch (chain)
  • dc (double crochet)
  • ea (each)
  • rep (repeat)
  • sl st (slip stitch)
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