Here are the 3 patterns that I am offering for the Swimsuit KAL (click on the image to get the pdf). I tried to find ones that had a slightly larger bust (for vintage swimwear) but there are loads more out in the wilds of the internet or you are more than welcome to use a pattern from your collection.
The first is a "Regulation Swim Suit" from Good Housekeeping's Family Knitting Book from 1947. It looks like a good solid suit that might actually be able to be used for swimming. I think this one might be able to be sized up another few inches if you were to get a slightly larger gauge (maybe 8 stitches to the inch. The pattern is a twisted slip stitch producing a firm fabric.
The measurements are 35 to 37" bust and 38 to 40" hips
The materials are 3-ply or light fingering; 2.75mm US 2 needles as well as a set of dpns of the same size and a medium crochet hook
The original used 6ozs of Patons Beehive Fingering 3-ply
Tension/gauge: 9 stitches to 1 inch
There is also a bikini for those who like a fun bit of colourwork in the panties and I think the bra is wonderful. This beauty comes from Knitting Illustrated (1948) by marvellous Margaret Murray and Jane Koster. The slipped stitches in the shorts gives it a nice, firm fabric but the brassiere is only stocking stitch so if your a bit worried about heft, a simple twisted knit would firm it up a tad.
The measurements are for the shorts 12" length at side edge and round the widest part (unstretched) 32". The Brassiere is to fit a 34 to 36" bust
The materials are 3-ply or light fingering wool, 2.75mm US 2 and 2mm US 0 needles; elastic for the waist; braid for the shoulder straps; and 2 buttons
The original used 3 ozs of 3-ply in light blue and 4 ozs in dark (no brand given)
Tension/gauge: 10 stitches to 1 inch
So there we go. I think that I'll give people a few days to look through the patterns and decide what they fancy doing before posting next. I am drawn to the 1930s schematic as I'll get something that might actually be able to fit me but I also want to do something I might actually finish. I'm really excited about this and hope that we will all be bathing beauties soon.
Hopefully we can get a bit of chat together over on my Facebook page