Author:
Shannon Eckler

Shannon Eckler is a crochet designer and fiber artist in Syracuse, NY. Crochet started as a hobby for Shannon, but has now become a passion. Shannon’s inspiration comes from texture, beautiful fiber, and earth toned colors. Shannon loves to design cool crochet garments that are simple to make, inspired by her own personal style, and are oh so cozy & cute! Shannon has found an artist outlet in crochet, creating Yarn Bombs in her city that express her imagination and spirit, and continues to pursue her artistic talents.

Airyn Bodysuit Crochet Pattern by Shannon Eckler 

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10/30/2020


Hi everyone! It’s me, Shannon, also known as @shannoncreates_ ! I am so excited to be back and to be sharing another pattern with you on The Hook Nook! Meet Airyn! Airyn is my latest crochet pattern; she’s a bit more alternative and I am so excited to be “branching” out of my cozy side of crochet, and into my more confident and sexy side. Airyn is like a traditional bodysuit with a thong-like bottom, however I really wanted to show off her texture by creating that traditional fishnet-like texture that many crochet stitches create. This allows her to be perfect for festival or lingerie wear, but also daily styling as well. See how I style mine here and hope you enjoy the pattern! 

Materials:

G/4.25mm Crochet Hook

Approximately 540-1000 yards in “Small Stuff” Yarn by The Hook Nook (DK weight/light (3) yarn). 

Notions Kit with Scissors, Measuring Tape, Stitch Markers, and Needle. 

[Optional: 2 Bra Pads in Cup size]


Key:

Ch: Chain

HDC: Half Double Crochet

HDC2Tog: Half Double Crochet 2 Together Decrease

SC: Single Crochet

SS: Slip Stitch


Sizing:

*Note: This pattern is written for a tight fit, similar to a bathing suit, therefore there is negative ease (-2-3”) when it comes to the standard sizes. (Small size photographed.)

Special Stitch Instructions:

Although this pattern doesn’t necessarily have a “special stitch”, it is important to know that the placement of the HDC throughout the ENTIRETY of this pattern will be placed directly in between the two HDC in the previous row. See Image Below! (White is special stitch, black is a normal HDC) 


Gauge:

Before starting your bodysuit please check gauge, many crocheters have different tensions so it is important to check! Please create a 4x4” square swatch using the special stitch (it should be 11 stitches by 11 rows) with your 4.25mm hook, and adjust accordingly if needed.


Note:

Please follow instructions according to your size. There will be spots in the pattern as indicated [FOR “SIZE”]. Therefore, skip to sections that are according to your size. 

All increases/decreases may not come out perfectly even (and that’s okay!)

Bodysuit XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL:

Ch 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, HDC in second loop from hook and  across (remember using the special stitch!) 

 2-16   Ch 1. Turn. HDC across and repeat for a total of 15 rows. 

*Note:

You should start your row by HDC in the first ch on the hook, and keep that consistent so that the seam goes the same direction. Do not HDC in the SS when getting to rows with no turns. 

Ch 1. Turn. 2 HDC in first stitch. HDC across. 2 HDC in the last stitch.

Ch 1. Turn. HDC across.

Repeat step #17

Repeat step #18

Repeat step #17

Repeat step #18

Ch 1.  Turn. 2 HDC in first stitch. HDC across. 2 HDC in the last stitch. 

24.-30.  Repeat step #23 for seven rows

Ch 1.  Turn. HDC across. Once at the end of the row Ch 64, 69, 77, 88, 98, 114, 119 and attach to the beginning of your row to create a loop that will start the bodice. 

Ch 1. [Do not Turn] HDC across and around. 

*Note:

You will SS to end rows moving forward

Ch 1. HDC around. 

34.-36.  [FOR XS/Small] Repeat step #33 for three rows.

34.-38.  [FOR Medium/Large] Repeat step #33 for five rows.

34.-40.  [FOR XL/2XL/3XL] Repeat step #33 for seven rows.


(Lower Bodice Continued for All Sizes)

Ch 1. HDC in 10 stitches, HDC2Tog. Repeat until end of row. 

*Note:

Increases and decreases from here may not always come out even. 

Ch 1. HDC around. 

Repeat step #2

Repeat step #1

Ch 1. HDC around. 

Ch 1. HDC around.

Ch 1. HDC in 10 stitches, HDC2Tog. Repeat until end of row. 

Ch 1. HDC around. 

Ch 1. HDC around. 

Ch 1. HDC in 10 stitches, HDC2Tog. Repeat until end of row. 

Ch 1. HDC around. 

Ch 1. HDC around. 

Ch 1. HDC in 10 stitches, HDC2Tog. Repeat until end of row. 

Ch 1. HDC around. 

Ch 1. HDC around. 

Ch 1. HDC in 10 stitches, HDC2Tog. Repeat until end of row. 

Ch 1. HDC around. 

18.-27.  Ch 1. HDC around for a total of 10 rows. 



Beginning Top of Bodice

You will now need to begin the top of your bodice. Fold piece in half down the center of the crotch portion of the piece (as seen below). Your seam may not line up perfectly so end row 27 in the center as seen below. Line up where the beginning of the row is to the other side of the bodice, placing a stitch marker on the opposite side(as seen below). This will indicate the end of your row for the front of your top. 


Ch 1. HDC across until at marker. 

Ch 1. HDC until at end of row. 

31.-38. Repeat step #30 for eight rows. 


Beginning Chest

Find center stitch of row and mark it with stitch marker (if two mark both). Ch 1. HDC until marked stitch. 

Ch 1. HDC2Tog. HDC acoss. 

Ch 1. HDC across. HDC2Tog in last two stitches. 

Ch 1. HDC2Tog. HDC acoss. 

Ch 1. HDC across. HDC2Tog in last two stitches. 

Ch 1. HDC across. 

Ch 1. HDC2Tog, HDC across, HDC2Tog in last two stitches. 

Ch 1. HDC across.

Ch 1. HDC2Tog, HDC across, HDC2Tog in last two stitches. 

Ch 1. HDC across. 

49.-50.  Repeat step #47 for two rows. 

Ch 1. HDC2Tog until end of row and repeat until you have one stitch remaining.

Ch 85, 90, 95, 100, 105, 110, 115, SC in second loop from the hook and SS to the top to create strap. 


Return to end of row at top to create second breast, attach and Ch 1. HDC across until marked stitch. 

Repeat rows #40-52 


Return to the crotch portion to your piece, attach yarn and HDC 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9 across.

Ch 1. HDC across until strap is desired length to attach to back. Do not attach to back before reading attaching instructions below.

*Some may desire this tighter or looser depending on preference. I added about 2”

*If unsure, try on garment and measure how long you want it; going from center crotch to mid back.


Finishing Touches/Attaching Crotch:

Strap Placement:

Criss-cross straps placing them in between stitches a few inches above the waist. Strap can be altered, however criss cross is recommended as seen in images. 

Details:

To create “X” accent in the front of chest you will want to attach yarn and Ch across, SS to attach (I did 10 after measuring length of where I wanted it to go). Repeat for second chain. 

[Optional] Padding:

This pattern can be a bit see through so you may want to sew bra pads into your garment. You can buy these or recycled ones (old bras or sports bras you took padding out of). Take your two bra pads and sew them into your top. Note: I suggest trying your top on and marking where your pads should go!


Attaching the Crotch:

*There are two methods for attaching the crotch, because this is a tight fitting pattern method one is recommended.*

Method #1: Using Bra hook and eye enclosures to have a secure, but easily removable strap. 

This can make it easier for you to put on your garment, and take off the bottom half when needed (ex: using the bathroom!)  See Photo Below! 

Method #2: Sew your strap to the back.

It is important to remember with this method there is no option to put the garment on over the head, therefore it may be difficult to put on with sizes that have wider hip measurements.

Thank you so much and I hope you love your new Airyn Bodysuit! Airyn has been a unique piece that I am very happy to add to my rack; she's a bit more alt and can be styled in so many ways! I cannot wait to see how you style her throughout the year and seasons, and be sure to share your pictures with me on IG @shannoncreates_ so I can see your finished piece! Stay up to date with me there and see what project I am working on next!

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