Hi everyone, I’m Somer! I am the in-house sales manager at Kelbourne. I also love to crochet, and am having a blast playing around with all the new yarns since starting this past summer.
This crochet swimsuit top pattern is one of my original designs. I was tired of doing the same stitches, so I YouTubed cute and easy stitches that I could use for my crochet projects. The bathing suit top features Kelbourne Woolens Germantown, a yarn that happens to be named for the historic neighborhood in Philadelphia where I grew up. Historic Germantown is known for its cobblestone, and the popcorn stitch embodies the spirit of Historic Germantown’s cobblestone charm, so the yarn and pattern are a perfect match!
This top sports alternating rows of neutrals with pops of color. When I first brought the top in to work, I showed Kate and explained to her that the order of the colors were different on each side because I was running out of yarn. The first thing she said was “They look like fraternal twins!” I have two sets of fraternal twins in my family, and know lots of associates and friends who are twins, so I have always been fascinated by twins. Unlike the fraternal twins on my suit, if I ever have a set, though, I’m praying for them to be identical like Tia and Tamera from the 90s sitcom Sister, Sister!
A matching pair of crocheted shorts have been adapted from an online pattern to compliment my original top.
I chose Natural 105 because it meshes well with the accents of color. I am really into color therapy and looking at the neutral tone relaxes me. The other pops of color make it feel fun and lighthearted. I enjoyed making this set because it gave me the freedom to make something free of the pressures to be so serious - I can be pretty intense! The bright accents melt into the base color so well, allowing me to be playful and take it easy.
Currently, the pattern for my top is unavailable to the public, but you can visit my Instagram page couturecrochet94 or on Facebook couture0407crochet to inquire about orders and see what’s new with my work!
Fun Fact: I wore a similar crochet top during the swimwear segment when I competed in the 49th annual Miss Black America Pageant in 2017!
Teaching our intern Gabby how to crochet on our lunch break.