Handmade crocheted swimsuits add a classy and homemade flair to what might otherwise be an ordinary bathing suit. Some yarn materials work better in water than others. Wool, for example, is warm and does not react well to water. Cotton is better suited for swimwear. Elastic helps to keep the garment in place. Water-resistant materials, such as acrylic, are also appropriate, although some crocheters find the texture undesirable.
Cotton yarn uses natural plant fibers that retain their shape while absorbing water. Cotton dries quickly and is easy to care for. It also breathes well, keeping a wearer cool while out in the sunshine at the pool or the beach. Sometimes cotton wears out as it ages, so be sure to handle it gently and follow the care instructions on the yarn's label.
Acrylic yarn is typically waterproof and maintains its shape well. Some brands of acrylic yarn are undesirable to crocheters because they are rough, scratchy or feel too unnatural. You may wish to sew a lining to the interior of your crocheted swimsuit if you use acrylic yarn. This will keep the garment in place while protecting your most sensitive parts from scratchy material.
Sew elastic around the openings to keep a crocheted swimsuit in place. You can also use a yarn blend that has cotton and elastic fibers. The elastic in a blended cotton yarn helps a crocheted swimwear piece more snugly fit the body. As with any manufactured swimwear piece, the elastic keeps the material from slipping and accidentally revealing the wearer's body underneath. Cotton-elastic blends usually feature more than 90 percent cotton and less than 10 percent elastic.
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