It's the must-have swimwear fabric of the season; crochet has been making a resurgence in a big way lately, spotted on everyone from Kylie Jenner to Bar Rafaeli, and all over Instagram of course. Vogue listed crochet first in their rundown of the top swimwear trends for 2017, and Bella Hadid even loves this fabric so much that she hasn't just been seen in a crochet bikini - she wore head-to-toe white crochet to the Cannes film festival last month too!
If your idea of a good day out at the pool involves swimming lengths then this probably isn't the trend for you. Crochet's fine for splashing about in and getting it wet won't damage the fabric in any way, but it will make it feel heavier. Over time the natural cotton fabric will also expand a little and become looser - you'll notice that all of our crochet bikinis come with self-tying straps to adjust the fit, and that's why!
Crochet is really for those of you who prefer to laze about on a lounger, soaking up the sun and looking good whilst you're doing it. That doesn't mean that crochet bikinis aren't multi-functional though - they also double up as stylish festival wear. Simply throw some denim shorts and a fringed jacket on top, and you're good to go.
From tropical brights to chic monochrome, we've rounded up the hottest crochet bikinis to pack in your beach bag this summer. Here are our 7 favourites...
For the Bohemian babe
This hand-crocheted cotton bikini top looks wonderfully artisanal and down to Earth in its neutral, stone grey colour. It's paired with bottoms that have a colourful print of palm leaves and beaded tasselled side ties - a stylishly mis-matched combination that's every bit as eclectic as you are!
For the girly girl
This sweet and girly bikini includes a handmade top in white, with scalloped edging, a gorgeous crocheted trim that resembles lace, and a plaited band and straps. This plus the paisley print bottoms in candy pink with tie-sides and a ruffled trim are the perfect, oh-so-pretty pairing.
For the perfectionist
Mis-matched bikinis not your thing? When you want to look perfectly put-together, this vibrant bikini is a great choice. The triangle top is hand-crocheted from yarn that's a perfect colour match for the saturated, royal blue tassels on the side-tie bottoms.
For the luxury lounger
If you don't want to go all-out crochet, you can still get the look with this elegant black bikini, that's made from a normal swimwear fabric topped with crocheted lace. With its decadent pattern of scalloped leaves, it's a glamorous bikini that wouldn't look out of place on the deck of a luxury yacht.
For the fashionista
Torn between wanting to get in on the trend, and not wanting to look like everyone else? This fun and stylish bikini may contain crochet, but with the bold pop of colour and the stark, contrasting stripes, it looks fresh and modern and definitely eye-catching. This style is one to wear when you want to make a (fashion) statement!
For the sun-seeker
Do you live for trips to the tropics? Never feel better than when you're on a white sandy beach somewhere in the Caribbean, sipping piña colada out of a coconut? Be your own ray of sunshine in this vibrant, carnation-yellow bikini with a handmade crochet top and sunflower-print bottoms.
For the party-goer
Are you always the life and soul of social situations, and looking for a bikini that will show off your fun-loving and wild side at the next pool party? Then you can't go wrong with these patterned bottoms in an electric array of colours, paired with a simple white crocheted top to enhance and show off your tan.
So, are you convinced yet that this is the swimwear trend of the season? Check out our full range of crochet swimwear here and pick one that's totally you!