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Knitted Plastic Swimwear

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Izzy Mitchell
Knitted Plastic Swimwear

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Make-it-Yourself

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Bags & Clothing

Waste Materials

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This tutorial is to create a fashionable ladies swimming costume with knitted plastic bikini cups. The plastic used includes rubber and latex gloves, bin bags and carrier bags, as these are often disposed of absent mindedly. This item is a reminder of all the waste plastic that ends up in our oceans, effecting our ecosystems.

Materials & Equipment List

Plastic bags or similar flexible plastic wasteKnitting needles (I recommend size 6) A crochet hooksA sewing pattern or swimwear pattern blocksLycra or another two way stretch fabricElasticA bikini clipBasic sewing equipment e.g. tailors chalk, pins, thread, scissorsAn ironMonofilament wire or invisible thread

Making Instructions (Login to see the full instructions)

Making the cups - Create a colour chart, as you can create your own custom design depending on the coloured plastic you choose to use
Here is the knitting pattern I used, feel free to change the colours but keep the stitches the sameCast on 20 Stitches (Black and Clear)Row 1: Knit (Black)Row 2: Pearl (Black)Row 3: K (Black)Row 4: P (Blue)Row 5: K (yellow)Row 6: P (yellow)Row 7: K (yellow)Row 8: P3, Make 1, *P4, M1* to last two sts, P2 (Black and Clear)Row 9: K (black and clear)Row 10: P3, Make 1, *P4, M1* to last two sts, P2 (Black and Clear)Row 11: *K4, Knit 2 together* to last 3 sts, K3 (yellow)Row 12: P (yellow)Row 13: *K4, K2tog* to last 3 sts, K3 (blue)Row 14: P (blue)Row 15: *K4, K2tog* to last 4 sts, K4 (black and clear)Row 16: *P2tog, P3* to last 3 sts, P2tog, P1 (Black and Clear)Row 17: K (black and clear)Row 18: *P2tog, P2* to last 2 sts, P2tog (black)Row 19: K (black)Row 20: *P2tog, P2* to last 4 sts, P4 (black)Row 21: P (yellow)Cast Off (clear)
- Firstly you need to make your yarn. Cut your plastic into long strips and tie these together  - Here I have used yellow rubber gloves, blue latex gloves, clear Tesco bags and black bin bags- Start to knit, following the pattern carefully
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Crocheting the straps - You will need to crochet a braid to use for the straps, I have used three types of plastic here.- Estimate the length you require by holding it up to your body. You can always cut it shorter later.- I used a small hook to make the neck strap and a large hook to make the back strap in my design, for aesthetic reasons.
Making the swimsuit- Cut pattern pieces required for your chosen pattern and follow the instructions given, though you will need to tailor them appropriately so that you can attach the plastic. For the McCall's pattern I used, I just needed to miss out the final few steps. - If you are using pattern blocks
1. - Attach the side panels2. - Over lock and press the seams 3. - Insert the Chest elastic4. - Insert the Back elastic.
5. - Attach Back to Front and lining (by the gusset) 6. - Sew up side hems7. - Insert the leg elastic.Note; Ensure you over lock and press all hems as you work. I did not need to attach a back or neck strap as I have crocheted these and will hand sew them on
Attaching the plastic to the swimsuit- Once you've prepared all your components, you can construct the swimsuit. This is best done to fit (on the model). - Use a measuring tape to find the centre front of your swimsuit to position the cups correctly- Tack (using easily visible thread) the plastic onto the swimsuit - placing the cups with the right side facing out.
- This is a guide to wear the straps should be placed. Note that the back straps will be connected with a clip. Note; The front image shows the clip open and the back shows the clip closed
-Once you're happy with the positioning of the plastic (by tacking it in place), use mono filament wire to secure together.1. - sew the cups on2. - sew the neck strap on3. - Sew the back straps on4. - Tuck in over locking of sides and sew (the bit between
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And you are finished! Front and back views of knitted swimming costume
Here is the finished design. There are three main steps to this MIY tutorial. First you knit and crochet the plastic, then make the swimsuit, then attach the two together. Let's get started!
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Izzy Mitchell

Enfield

United Kingdom

Design Student with interests in food, travel and all things creative...

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