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Thursday, January 8, 2015

How to Crochet a simple bralette / crop top pattern

What you will need:

- 4.00 mm Crochet hook
- Yarn compatible for use with a 4mm crochet hook 
- Stitch marker
- Scissors 

Notes about pattern: 

-This pattern is written for a size small.
-It can be easily adjusted depending on the amount of chain stitches you make 
-For size small chain 11
-Medium size chain 15
-Large size chain 20


Start by making the cups (make 2) :
Make a slip knot. Chain 11. 
Single crochet in the 3rd chain from the hook. (two single crochet stitches made)


Work 1 single crochet in the remaining 8 chains. (you should have a total of 10 single crochet stitches)

Chain 1. Turn work. 
Single crochet into the 2nd single crochet from the hook. 

Work 1 single crochet into each of the next 7 single crochet stitches. In the next single crochet stitch (the last stitch of the row) work 2 single crochet stitches and place your stitch marker in the 2nd single crochet just made. Work one more single crochet in that same stitch you just worked the 2 single crochets in.  (so you should have 3 single crochet stitches in that last stitch of the row)

Instead of chaining 1 and turning your work, you are just going to continue on crocheting the opposite side of the piece. Work 1 single crochet in the next 10 stitches. (all together you should have 22 single crochet stitches)

Continue working in this way until you reach the cup size you want:
Chain 1 and turn. 
Work 1 single crochet in each single crochet until you reach your stitch marker. 
Once you reach your stitch marker work your 3 single crochet increase all in that one stitch. 
(place your stitch marker in the 2nd single crochet stitch made, so you remember where to increase in the next row
Then work 1 single crochet in the remaining single crochet stitches on the opposite side.

Do not blind off after making cup # 2

With yarn still attached, work one single crochet in each "stitch" along the bottom edge of cup # 2 

With the yarn still attached to cup # 2, insert hook into the corner of cup #1(as shown above) and work 1 single crochet. (cup #1 and #2 will now be joined) Continue working 1 single crochet into every stitch along the bottom edge of cup # 1.

Chain 2 and turn.
Work 1 double crochet into each single crochet of the previous row.
Keep working double crochet rows until your bralette is the length you want. 
Bind off.

Attach yarn to the right edge right before the double crochet stitches
 (as show above) and chain 150. Bind off.

Repeat for the other side and bind off. (show above)

Attach yarn to the top of the bralette cup and chain 70. Bind off and repeat for other cup.
Sew and cut any tails.
And that's it! Hopefully that wasn't too hard to follow. This is my first tutorial and I plan on making many more. Leave me a comment if anything was confusing and I will try my best to help. 

Above is another one I made using a cute fishnet edging. 

61 comments:

  1. Super cute! This is my first attempt at anything other than a simple square. How did you do the bottom of the green one???

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  2. Thanks:) Sorry it took me a while to respond I just saw your comment. Follow the link for a good step by step on how I created the fishnet edge:) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tLuWAZJseE

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  3. This is a fab idea. Would it give enough support to use as a regular bra if crocheted in cotton.

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    1. I have not tried the cotton but if you do let me know how it goes :)

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    2. I did not like the cotton thread (peaches n cream). It was to heavy and thick. I had to make extra large cups and with the cotton thread it looked like the old rug my Grandma had under her table. I ended up using a finger weight yarn and the bralette turned out very pretty.

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    3. I like to use cotton thread. It seems to be flexible and works up really nice.

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  4. I've been trying so hard to make a bra cup and never knew where to put the 3 stitches until I read here you used a stitch marker and it helped me soo much!

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    1. Awesome, I'm glad it helped you:) I'll be making more top tutorials soon so keep your eye out for those!

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    1. Yes, I made this pattern to be made for any size. All you have to do is repeat this row:
      Continue working in this way until you reach the cup size you want:
      Chain 1 and turn.
      Work 1 single crochet in each single crochet until you reach your stitch marker.
      Once you reach your stitch marker work your 3 single crochet increase all in that one stitch.
      (place your stitch marker in the 2nd single crochet stitch made, so you remember where to increase in the next row)
      Then work 1 single crochet in the remaining single crochet stitches on the opposite side.

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  6. What size does it fit with the directions as they're written?

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  7. Congrats, it is incredible that this is your first tutorial, it was so easy to follow

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    1. Thanks! I'll be posting more tutorials soon:)

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  8. This is an incredibly detailed and easy to follow pattern. Thank you so much for posting it! It's definitely one of the best pattern tutorials I've ever seen - the top I made looks fantastic, thank you again~

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    1. I always get so happy when people find my patterns easy and clear to understand. Thanks for making my day :)

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  9. What brand/weight of yarn did you use in the pattern?

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    1. I'm not sure sorry! Got this yarn for free at the thrift store.

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  10. when making the bra cup it looked very over curved. Do you know anything that could help me fix or possibly prevent this ????

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    1. Hi! The cup is suppose to curve in to resemble an actual bra cup. Do you mind sending me a picture to better understand the problem you are having?

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  11. After you finish the first cup, do you cut the string to make the second? This is a lovely tutorial, im just a bit lost on what to do next after the first cup - Thank you so much!

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    1. Yes, you would. A little late, sorry.

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  12. Thank you so much for this tutorial! It's so simple and easy to understand. Plus the pictures are perfect. Well done!

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  13. My cups are quite a bit bigger than the ones you made, but the bottom isn't straight. Do you have an idea as to why that is? I'm very new to the crochet world...

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    1. it could be the hook you're using is bigger than the one recommended? If you're using the correct hook maybe it's the yarn you are using? I used a sport weight / light worsted. Kendra Hill recently left a awesome comment on why the bottom may not be straight : If anyone is having the "concave issue" here is the problem:You only want to add the three stitches on ONE end of the work. Don't make a continuous circle. Once you get to the end of the ten original stitches, flip it and work towards your stitch counter. You'll end up with one completely flat end and one curved end. I hope this comment helps! I've been crocheting here and there for a while & this frustrated me and I was quite confused at first but I kept going lol I'm glad this tutorial was comprehensive

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  14. First, size will be determined by yarn & hook size plus the tension you crochet with. Your tension will be something that just comes naturally for you. As you are new to crochet you will find as you progress your stitches will probably get smaller and you will develop a natural rhythm and your stitches will become uniform. If you item is bigger than the pattern calls for, try a smaller hook and/or yarn size. If the bottom isn't straight, count your stitches to make sure you have the same number of stitches on each row. I hope this helps & I hope no body minds that I added my suggestions.

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  15. hey,
    i've been trying to make this and it's going pretty well other than, the cups are curved at the bottom, like a concave shape, i saw that yours is a little curved but mine is much more curved thanthat, i wonder if im doing something wrong?
    let me know,
    thanks :)

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    1. mine were like that too! once i started making the band underneath though, it didn't matter so much~

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    2. I've got this problem too, please advise!

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  16. I'm having the same problem with curving at the bottom. Whenever you do each row after the first one ...at the beginning of each row are you supposed to chain 1, and then single crochet into second stictch? Or is that only for the first row ...

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  17. Do you have any tips for making the straps wider? I have D cups and I don't think a chain is going to hold them up...

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    1. Hi! Try working a couple of rows of single crochet

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    2. If you're worried that even a single crochet might not work, look up how to do a half-double crochet (HDC). It's the same number of wraps as a DC, but the height of a single crochet.

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  18. How much rows should you do to make a size 34c

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  19. For some reason, every time I start a new cup I don't end up with 22 stitches. This time I have 20, before I've had as low as 18 or so. Any idea where I might be going wrong?

    It's resulted in my finished cup being too short - is it possible to increase the length after it's finished?

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    1. Hi! You are probably not working into all of your stitches. Sometimes it's hard to know where the last stitch is at the end of every row. Try placing a stitch marker into the chain one (remember the chain 1 counts as a stitch) that way when you come back to it you'll know exactly where your last stitch is. Hope that helps!

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  20. If anyone is having the "concave issue" here is the problem:You only want to add the three stitches on ONE end of the work. Don't make a continuous circle. Once you get to the end of the ten original stitches, flip it and work towards your stitch counter. You'll end up with one completely flat end and one curved end. I hope this comment helps! I've been crocheting here and there for a while & this frustrated me and I was quite confused at first but I kept going lol I'm glad this tutorial was comprehensive

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  21. Thank you for this tutorial. So wonderful. I am making this bra, adding a lace edge and then I am going to add material to it to make it into a maxi dress! Long, soft and flowing. cannot wait.

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  22. Thank you so much for the pattern. I have never made clothes before and this turned out so pretty.

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    1. The chain 11 should work fine for a extra small. If you find it's still too big try experimenting with less chains. Start with 8 and work down if you need to! Hope that helps :)

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  24. This fits me great! I made the 'large" and went around 11 times. Thanks so much for the easy to follow tutorial.

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    1. No problem Melinda! So happy you like it :)

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  25. Superb tutorial ever. Easy and clear to follow. It looks very neat. Can I sell my product online

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  26. Can this pattern be used as a bikini top?

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  27. I just finished my bralette, and I love it. The cups are my favorite part, the curve fits my breasts perfectly. I made triangle cups in the past, and they didn't turn out this well because there was no curve or contour to them. I was worried while working the cups that the curve was too much and I'd have empty space between my breasts and the cups, but once I tried it on I was pleasantly surprised. These cups are amazing.
    I plan to use this pattern to make a full length halter top that covers my back as well so I can wear my gorgeous creation in public too.
    My only problem was that I found this pattern a little difficult to read and work, as it is not in the typical format of listing the stitches by row (or round). I noticed that a single row was broken up into two sections, and that made it a bit difficult to figure out where it began and ended. The pictures helped some, but maybe list all the directions for a row together rather than breaking them up, and number them as best you can. I know that things like cup size and length will vary the number of rows or rounds, but perhaps you could estimate or provide the number of rows you used in the example pictures.
    Thanks for the pattern and guide though. It really does give beautiful results. =)

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  28. It might feel intimidating, but branching out into sewing your own lingerie can be much easier than one might think. It's really satisfying to have the secret of a cute handmade bra under your dress. And because it takes such little fabric, it's a wonderful way to use up some favourite scraps or to splurge on something pricy, since the projects require so little fabric.

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  29. Can you wear this all day and does it have the same support as a normal bra?

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  30. Thank you for the easy and simple tutorial. 💗

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  31. Nicole, thank you so much for sharing this wonderful, easy pattern! I searched and searched for one, then I found yours! It's so easy to follow. You have done a wonderful job of writing this out and the pics helped so much! Yours is the BEST pattern out there! Thank you, thank you!
    I will share a pic of the halter I am making for my granddaughter once I finish, as you made it really easy and possible for me!

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  32. Thanks for the idiot-proof method. I have linked it in my article here: https://lakshmicrochet.wordpress.com/2017/06/22/the-picot-fan-stitch-blouse-and-bikini

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  33. Thanks for sharing this easy pattern. I'm going to make it for my granddaughter. 👌

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  35. This is so helpful! I Do have a question though. I have made so many bralettes and cant seem to get them to fit properly. My boobs basically just fall out at any movement. I don't know if im doing these patterns wrong, theres too much space in-between the cups or if the cups arent big enough. Any idea?

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