Gwyneth Paltrow sells first crocheted bikini

Gwyneth Paltrow sells first crocheted bikini

She might be a well-known actress, but Gwyneth Paltrow is also keen to show off skills in the home.

The Oscar-winner has already released her own cook book and now she's selling a hand-knitted bikini online, showing she's a dab hand with both food and yarn.

Gwynnie, along with Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz, is one of Hollywood's biggest knitting fans and is frequently spotted out and about with her needles and a project in tow.

But while she's famous for knitting and purling, she's also not too shabby with a crochet hook.

Gwyneth has recently designed a black crochet bikini for summer with the help of Melissa Odabash and is selling it online for fashion-conscious ladies looking for a breathable and non-traditional type of swimwear.

On her Goop website ad she wrote: "Just like every wardrobe has the perfect little black dress, we worked with designer Melissa Odabash to bring you the perfect little black bikini."

"Crochet detail complements the sexy triangle top (with removable pads) and classic adjustable tie-string bottom," it went on to describe.

Gwyneth's design is certainly very attractive, however, at almost £120 it seems a little steep, especially considering how affordable homemade options could be.

Creating your own crocheted bikini shouldn't be too difficult, if you've got a pattern to follow, and can be relatively quick - perhaps even before your online order would arrive!

Using a size-6 (5mm) crochet hook, yarn needle, scissors and a 4-ply cotton you'll be well equipped to get started on making the two triangles you'll need for the main part of the bikini.

Making sure you have a well-worsted yarn which won't stretch when wet is essential, although for extra support it's often best to sew a lining to help the bikini keep its shape.

It's up to you whether or not to also crochet the ties, however, with a halter-neck and simple bow-tie around the back, the construction is rather simple.

Like Gwynnie, you could try making a classic black or maybe be more adventurous with a floral pattern?

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