The Crochet Exposure
The crochet bikini, like its cousin, the fishnet, allows a wearer to explore the limits of exposure. Virtually any bikini or maillot species can be crocheted, as can garments like the minidress (RS7105) and the coverup (RS7106). Richness exists in all soutien-gorge forms, including the croptop, bra, halter (JD89I0), bandeau, and others. And all culotte too, including and nombril (RS7102, RS7103), v-kini (LO8913), strings (KP88F8), especially sidetie strings (KP88F7), and reducing to g-strings (KP88F6, KP88F9), JD89LA, JD89LD,).
Crochet bikinis tops in Bikini Science range from sizes DD through AAAA (JD89I0), spider bras, closed and open mesh briefs and g-strings that hide little. Many are made by Annie l'String, the famed bikinière in Ft. Lauderdale (FL87TE).
But some, like the string and the g-string are naturals for the crochet idiom. The string bikini contributes to the spontaneous morphogenesis of the crochet because the crochet bikini is particularly responsive to the squeezing reduction forces at play. A crochet string can be "smaller" than a string because the crochet triangle halter top and brief may have a more open stitch and thus expose more skin. Often the open stitch is near the edge of the garment, but it still works to make a small bikini even smaller (e.g., PB87SE). In other words, the openness or tightness of the stitch introduces a variable of see-through that is independent of the overall coverage of the garment, such as this open-mesh croptop (PB87CA).
Like the semi-transparent, the crochet can be worn by a bikiniite who wants to push the limits, or with the attitude of plausible denyability ("I wonder if she knows...").
Like crochet in general, an infinite variety of designs and patterns may be created using crochet thread and two needles. There is little evidence to document the accounts that a world record exists for crocheting a bikini with the shortest length of thread. But fokelore sometimes becomes reality and this would certainly qualify as a bikini contest.
Many crochet bikinis, like crochet in general, build upon a circular motif, and this is found both soutien-gorge and culotte designs, with triangles being another obvious favorite. One of the most favorite designs is the spider, in which three or six strings support a central covering over the areola. These designs, including the notorious Annie l'String sized spider collection, are discussed in detail at that location, and not here. Needless to say, the spiderweb is an inspiration for many crochet patterns and the tightness of the crochet is a critical erotic variable (fig. 23-4). Some, like the Rosebra collection detailed below, provide varying degrees of density in the outer bra cup, in the region covering the areola, and at the very center of the cup. In general, a combination of modestly tight crochet combined with area of a more open crochet is a natural instinct of all crochet swimwear, bikini and maillot (RS7104, FI8307).
The circular and triangular motifs of crochet coupled with open web area play a role in culotte also. These design variations include variation in density of crochet--compare these solid strings (LO8913), and g-strings (LO8912, JD89LA, RD89G3) with more open-mesh strings (JD89LB, JE8910A) and g-strings (PB87SE, JD89LD, JD89M0, AB9359BS).
Another Annie l'String collection is the Sized Crochet Pasties Set (detailed at pasties), in which a rainbow of colored and increasingly smaller circles play havoc with areolage.
This is also a theme in the Rosebra Collection, which is detailed herein and next.
The Rosebra Collection
The Annie l'String Rosebra collection is a suite of crochet soutien-gorge with varying degrees of exposure in the regions of the bra cup, the areola and the nipple. The collection is designed so that the bikiniite can choose that each of these three regions can be covered with either a solid knit or an open mesh. Thus the bikiniite is able to choose the right amount of exposure for the right situation. Everything might be covered, or the nipple might be the only thing out. In a scientific vein, the Rosebras comprise a three by three matrix of possibilities:
Yellow [1;1] solid outer, mesh inner, solid center (JE9024B).
Red [1;2] mesh outer, solid inner, solid center.
Lavender [1;3] mesh outer, mesh inner, solid center (SH9352).
Pink [2;1] solid outer, mesh inner, mesh center (JD89LA).
Green [2;2] mesh outer, solid inner, mesh center (JD89LC).
Turquoise [2;3] mesh outer, mesh inner, mesh center (JD89LB).
Light blue aqua [3;1] solid outer, solid inner, open center (JE9016B).
Orange [3;2] mesh outer, solid inner, open center (JD89LD, AB9359BS).
Brown [3;3] mesh outer, mesh inner, open center (JE8911).
The Annie l'String separates also enable the Rosebra motif to be echoed in briefs. Aside from the pedestrian choices of string vs g-string and solid vs mesh, Annie has also developed a see-through mesh string culotte that repeats the design motif of the green Rosebra (JD89LC, JE8912), and a white outfit that combines a white halter and g-string (JE9025).
Crochet adds an element of see-through to the bikini.