FREE BONUS PATTERN: Bottoms Up! Hootchie Kootchie Tassled G-String

(More pictures & schematic coming when my pre-meltdown data’s in better order!)

The Bottoms Up! G-string (modeled by the ladies on the ends) is the glittery companion to the quick-knitting pasties in Naughty Needles. It ties in the back with cords festooned with sassy tassels or pompoms, and the front panel has a modest cut (well, as modest as you can be in a g-string) that won’t require specialty waxing. The plain pattern begs for imaginative decoration—try contrast single crochet edging, a Fair Isle message like “Come and Get it!” or a glittery intarsia skull and crossbones. And as with the pasties, this pattern’s light yarn requirements mean you can substitute something glitzy from your stash.
Sizing
Women’s S (M, L, XL)
Where no parentheses are used, instructions/quantities apply to all sizes.

Yarn
Will cover both Hootchie Kootchie patterns (Bottoms shown here + pasties from book).
[A] 1 ball Lion Brand Glitterspun (50g; 115yd/105m; 60% acrylic, 27% Cupro, 13% Polyester), color of your choice
Optional:
[B] 1 ball Berroco Laser FX (10g; 70yd/64m; 100% polyester with sequins), color of your choice

Needles & Notions
US 7 (4.5mm) needles, or size necessary to achieve gauge
US 4 (3.5mm) double pointed needles, or close size (gauge not critical)

Gauge
To avoid heartache, ALWAYS CHECK YOUR GAUGE! Measure swatch unwashed and unblocked, just relaxed and patted flat (NOT smoothed out).
STOCKINETTE stitch on larger needles: 4″ =20 st
Notes

• Moss Stitch is sort of like doubled seed stitch—K1P1 rib that repeats for 2 rows, then shifts one stitch for two rows. It trims the top and sides of your G-string, keeping the fabric from curling. Because you’ll be slipping the first stitch of every row and knitting the last, it will really be more of a modified moss stitch along the sides. Just make sure you have alternating knits and purls that repeat in little 2-row stacks, for the 3 stitches just inside that slipped/knitted edge.
• Your can substitute any small reversible stitch pattern of your choice (seed, ribbing, etc.)
• If you’re using the optional Yarn B, leave it off the back strap for comfort.
Instructions
CO 25 (31, 35, 41) st.
Moss Border for Front Panel

Work moss stitch border over 4 rows:
Row 1 (RS): K1 *P1 K1 repeat from * to end
Row 2 (WS): P1 *K1 P1 repeat from * to end
Row 3: Row 2
Row 4: Row 1

After these rows, the first stitch will always be slipped and the last stitch will always be knit. You’ll repeat a 4 row pattern: stockinette trimmed with moss and a slipped/knit edge, decreasing either side once every four rows. On this very first set, use the different Row 1 to place your markers, and the usual rows 2-4. In subsequent rows, use the Row 1 included with the rest of the set.

First set Row 1: Sl 1, P1, K1, P1, PM, K2tog, K 13 (19, 23, 29), ssk, PM, P1, K1, P1, K1 (then proceed to Row 2).

Row 1: Sl 1, P1, K1, P1, SM, K2tog, K to 2 st from marker, ssk, SM, P1, K1, P1, K1.
Row 2: Sl 1, K1, P1, K1, SM, P to marker, SM, K1, P1, K2.
Row 3: Sl 1, K1, P1, K1, SM, K to marker, SM, K1, P1, K2.
Row 4: Sl 1, P1, K1, P1, SM, P to marker, SM, P1, K1, P1, K1.
Continue until you’ve decreased out the stockinette center panel, then continue to decrease twice every 4 rows until you have 5 live st.
Thong

Switch to dpns and knit 3 (3.5, 4, 4.5)” I-cord.
Next row: Sl 1, K1, P1, K2.
Repeat row.
Sl 1, K 3 into front and back loops, K1—8 st
Row 1: *K1, P1, repeat from * to end
Row 2: *P1, K1, repeat from * to end
Row 3: Row 2
Row 4: Row 1
Form eyelets for cord

K2tog, YO, *K1, P1, repeat from * to 2 st from end, YO, K2tog.
Purl next row, then BO.

Side straps

With RS facing, PU 4 st along top right corner.
Knit 2″ I-cord.
K2tog, K2—3 st
Knit 2″ more I-cord
K2tog, K1—2 st
Knit 15″ more I-cord, for a total of 18″
Feed end through same-side eyelet on back tab. Make and attach tassel or pompom to end of cord.
Repeat other side.
Alternately, you make one cord 24″ long, lace it through both eyelets, make other cord 12″ long, and tie at side.
To wear, tie cords in bow at back or side.

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