i've tried time and time again, year after year, to come up with a bikini top design that i really like - it's almost a springtime ritual. in 2009 i made this design, but found the yarn too stiff to be happy with. last year i tried a 100% cotton yarn, but i still wasn't pleased with how it felt when worn. this year, since cinched bandeaus or halters are really the only bikini tops i really find myself wearing, i decided to try a cotton/wool/elastic blend in a design that combines the two. finally it seemed to work out into something i'm pleased with. right now i only have the plum multi available but am working on a deep woodsy green and a few neutrals, too.