Bombshell Halter by Marnie MacLean
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Bombshell Halter

January 2004
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
5.5 stitches and 7 rows = 1 inch
in stranded stockinette
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
3.25 mm (D)
472 yards (432 m)
This pattern is available for free.

Pattern Description from “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.“

Gauge: 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:



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

Footnote 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!