I admit, this is not something that is going to come up for most people, but perhaps it is useful for some who may want to hide something while wearing a bikini.
This shirt is crocheted to hide the 6 inch scar from open-heart surgery. It can be worn over a bikini top, and you can just get in the water and swim in it, you don’t ever have to remove it. Chlorine is a noxious substance, so you may only be able to expect this to hold up for a limited time, depending on how much you use it. That is also why I made mine white, so it won’t get bleached in the pool.) It is made with Peaches and Cream white cotton for two reasons – cotton is cooler in the summer, and it also doesn’t pill (make the little pulls and balls on it) like acrylic does. This is done using Arch stitch and staggered shells (see refs. below). I didn’t follow a chart for the staggered shells, I just made them where one side was straight up (which happens if you chain a few, then double crochet a fan, and connect the other side of it to the base chain with a slip stitch). I tried to do the same thing on each row to make it look like a pattern. This did not come out perfect, but if you follow a chart, or are more careful about doing one thing on top of a matching thing, you will get something more perfect.
This top was started at the bottom, you chain and wrap it around yourself until it fits. You want to leave a little room so its not tight, but you also don’t want it loose because you want it to stay in place over your bikini top. It was worked upward in the round until the place for the arm holes was reached, then the front and back were worked upward from there separately in back and forth rows, which leaves you the arm holes. Stop when its high enough in the front and back and leave a hole for the neck and go back and forth over the 4 shoulder pieces, the width you want them to be, until they are long enough to fit you when seamed together. Then you just seam over the shoulders and you’re done.
Chart for Arch mesh: The Crochet Stitch Bible. Betty Barnden. Krause Publications, Quarto Inc. 2004. This chart was “Arch Mesh” pg. 87.
Even though I did not use a chart for my random staggered shells, I got the idea from the many charts I have seen in my books. You can find charts for staggered shells in The Crochet Stitch Bible, on pages 75 (The Tulip Stitch), and 78 (Paris Stitch), and also in:
The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs. Linda P. Schapper. Lark Books, Sterling Publishing Co. New York. 2007. This book has a whole chapter on staggered shells, starting pg. 140.