I've been watching and waiting for someone to answer Martin's call to create and model swimwear. Well, I needed a new bathing suit and so I decided it was time for me to venture into knitting apparel. I have to say that the results are positive.
First, I present the thong:
This is not the same thong pattern that Martin linked to, rather it is my own design. I started with a 4-stitch ribbon for the ass-floss and gradually increased at both edges, as well as on either side of the center line (right-side rows only) to create the pouch. At the top, I switched to circular needles to create the waistband and cast on additional stitches. One row includes a K2tog/YO row to allow for the drawstring. Finally, I stitched the ass-floss to the waistband and VOILA! The Thong is knitted in stockinette stitch using Lily Sugar 'n Cream on #7 straight needles and #5 circulars.
Next, the G-String Bikini:
The G-string is knitted entirely on #7 straight needles in garter stitch and, like the thong, uses Lily Sugar 'n Cream. I cast on the appropriate number of stitches for the waistband, minus the number of stitches I wanted the front to be and knit for 5 rows. I then bound off an equal number of stitches on either end and decreased 2 stitches each row (both wrong and right sides at first, then only the right side when it was down to my desired width). The crotch is 10 stitches wide and when it was time to knit the front, I increased on either side of the center line but not at the edges as I did with the thong. Once I increased to the number of stitches I knew I needed to complete the waistband, I just knit straight up until I found the proper legnth and bound off. I finished by stitching the ends of the G-string to the the sides of the front flap.
I can neither confirm nor deny that I am modeling my own wares (wears? b'dum cha) in the attached photos, but I can tell you that I'm looking forward to my next trip to the beach or campground to show off my schmancy new duds!