Bombshell Halter

Copyright Marnie MacLean 2004


I've never had any success working two colors of yarn at once. My fabric ended up both puckered and filled with holes. Because of this, I've been entirely reluctant to even try. Then one day I was reading through some posts on KNITLIST and heard about Twining*. (Please see footnote for resources.). After a quick bout of swatching, I was inspired. That night, while thinking myself to sleep (it's hard work, you know) I came up with the idea of a halter top with a bomb on one side, it's fuse acting as a strap and ending on the other side in a classic cartoon style spark. The Bombshell Halter was born. I went scrambling through my yarn closet to find something to use and found an old stash of Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton. I wasn't sure it would work for a halter top but the end result is surprisingly nice and very low maintenance. Of course, any worsted weight cotton yarn will do.


5.5 stitches x 7rows = 1"


  • #7 & #8 Knitting Needles (straight or circular)
  • 1 skein each of Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton in Main (GREEN) and Complimentary (WHITE) color.
  • D Crochet hook
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Tapestry Needle

Stitches used:


  • Knit
  • Purl


  • Chain (CH)
  • Single Crochet (SC)
  • Double Crochet (DC)
  • Slip Stitch (SLP ST)

Front Panels

Using the chart provided (click on thumbnail for larger view or click here for printable PDF) Work each side of the halter using Twining or stranding technique of choice. I worked from the top down but you should work in the manner that makes you happy. BO when finished

Picot Border

Around each triangle work:

45 SC along inside edge, 3 SC in top corner, then 37 SC along outside edge.

CH1 turn.

*SC in next 2 SC, CH3, SLP ST in first CH ST.* repeat around.

Bomb Fuse / Neck Strap

Cut 4 lengths of Green yarn to about 5 feet long.

Cut 2 lengths of White yarn to about 5 feet long

Where you'd like fuse to start, using a tapestry needle, weave one green, then one white then one green length of yarn. (See image to left). Braid the yarn and tie with a knot or sew with thread. Using a crochet hook, pull braid through the 3SC at top of triangle.

Do the same on the other triangle




Securing Neck Strap

Refer to images at right and use thread and needle to secure bomb fuse. You may opt to allow the fuse to curve a little. You can click on thumbnails for a closer look.


With green yarn and crochet hook, CH 80, SC in each stitch at base of one of triangles, starting from the inside edge. CH 50, SC in each stitch at base of other triangle starting at outside edge, CH 84.

DC in 4th CH from hook. Work DC in each stitch across.

Cut yarn and tie off end.

The top is worn by overlapping the long tails in front then tying them in back. You may want to put a couple of loops on either side of the piece, right under your arms, to thread the ties through so they don't slip down.


*Dr. Laura Andersson, posted a comment about "Twining" to KNITLIST. She directed me to her tutorial, available for a small fee from Stranded. As you can see, in the image to the left, the back of Twined work is very neat. The yarn is carried even along areas of solid color. The result is a flexable fabric with no holes and no puckers. Hoorah!

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