With A, ch 41.
Row 1 Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across; turn – 40 sts.
Rows 2-6 With A, ch 1, sc in each sc across; turn.
Rows 7-12 With B, ch 1, sc in each sc across; turn.
Rows 13-48 Work even in sc, working 6 more 6-row stripes of A and B
Rows 49-52 With A, work 4 rows even in sc.
BACKWork as for Front.
TAB, GUSSET, AND STRAPWith A, ch 7.
Row 1 Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across; turn – 6 sc.
Rows 2-12 Ch 1, sc in each sc across; turn. Do not fasten off.
Gusset Ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 3 ch, sc across 6 Tab sc;
turn – 10 sc.
Row 14 Ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 3 ch, sc in 10 sc; turn
– 14 sc.
Work even in sc until Gusset measures about 46" [117 cm] or until wider
portion of piece fits around 2 sides and bottom of Front. Do not fasten off.
StrapSl st in 4 sc, ch 1, sc in 6 sc, sk last 4 sc; turn – 6 sts. Work even in
sc until Strap measures about 40" [101.5 cm] or desired length. Fasten off.
MESH PANELWith RS facing, join B at bottom edge of Front.
Row 1 Working along foundation ch of Front, ch 1, sc in each ch of
foundation ch to last ch, 2 sc in last ch; turn – 41 sc.
Row 2 Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1), sk 1 sc, dc in next sc, *ch 1, sk
1 sc, dc in next sc; rep from * across; turn.
Rows 3-14 Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1), *dc in next dc, ch 1; rep
from * across; end dc in 3rd ch of turning ch; turn.
Row 15 Ch 1, sc in each dc and each ch-1 space across. Fasten off.
Sew Mesh Panel sides to corresponding sides of Front. Sew along centerline
of Mesh Panel to Front in a vertical seam to create 2 pockets. Sew Gusset to
Front and Back. Insert Tab through plastic rings; fold over and sew Tab down.
FELTINGWash by machine on a hot wash/cold rinse cycle with detergent and
several pieces of clothing to agitate. To felt additionally, dry by machine on a
regular setting until almost dry. Remove from dryer and pull into shape. For more about felting, click here.
If necessary, separate Mesh Panel from Front. Stuff with paper to dry. Thread
free end of Strap through plastic rings.