Crochet swimwear?!? Yes, it's a thing
Make a splash with handcrafted swimsuits from these global fashion labels.
Whether you're ready to enjoy some much-needed end-of-summer beach time or you’re already planning a warm-weather winter escape, some handmade crochet swimwear needs to work its way into your sun basking attire. A classic crocheted swimsuit – whether it be knitted to perfection in the form of a one-piece or bikini – has throwback appeal that’s fresh and modern and exudes a relaxed boho feel without looking like the wearer is trying too hard. But leave the knitting to the experts. This variation of swimwear needs to be handmade with love by a pro designer to ensure it’s as functional as it is retro cute.
We’ve rounded up four of our favorite crochet swimwear designs from around the world to plunge right into.
Yuval Miara founded Salty Minds, a swimwear company based in central Israel that specializes in handmade crocheted swimsuits, to combine her love of knitting, fashion and the water. “Our crochet swimwear has to be perfect by my standards, special and different,” Miara told From The Grapevine. “I start with the best materials I can get and do everything for the swimsuit to not only be beautiful and perfectly cut, but most importantly useable. I want my clients to enjoy our crocheted creations over and over again as if it was a lycra bikini.” Miara says she puts her crocheted creations to the test by making sure that the color and shape of the suit don’t change when it goes into the water like so many of the other crocheted bikinis she was seeing. “I tried over and over again and did a whole lot of tests, in differing sea water and pools until I arrived at the point where I was happy with my product."
Beauty and the Beach
This Maui-based label was launched in 2008 by Katie Wilson, and its retro crochet designs, color-pop bikinis and flirty cover-ups have a way of transforming its wearer into a modern bathing beauty. Beauty and the Beach’s designs have appeared on the pages of Vogue and Shape, as well as multiple spreads in Sports Illustrated, which is pretty much the No. 1 place to be if you’re a swimwear designer.
Turkish-born, New York-based designer Ipek Irgit conceived Kiini during travels to beautiful beaches around the globe. Irgit says Kiini swimwear was designed with the need for the perfect shape and material, and that the brand embodies the bohemian vibe while remaining modern and chic. She creates each piece her Manhattan studio with great attention paid to craftsmanship and color, as you can clearly see. Irgit now counts Australian actress Margot Robbie, Israeli model Bar Refaeli and British model Cara Delevingne as fans.
Andi Bagus is handmade in Bali by talented local artisans. The company doesn’t just create gorgeously knitted swimwear; it also offers up other fun crocheted beachwear, like dresses, skirts, shorts and cardigans. We’ll be shocked if their Instagram doesn’t make you want to quit your day job and move to this Indonesian isle to wear knitted swimwear all day.
Lindsay E. Brown is the managing editor of Eco-Chick, the web’s first ethical fashion, beauty and travel site for women. She has written for Whole Living Magazine, Edible, and Cottages & Gardens. Lindsay has been featured as a fashion and beauty expert on the Veria Living Network. Lindsay holds a BS in Global Business Studies and Marketing from Manhattan College, and received the 2012 Honors Award at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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