Everyday Crochet Bra
This pattern is made in 3 different sizes to fit up to a size DD chest. This is meant to be fully supportive, and can be worn in place of your normal every day bra. I have lumps in my armpits that become very painful when I have the pressure from a typical bra pushing on them so I had to make my own. This bra is worked so that most of the support is held in the straps so there isn't a lot of pressure around the armpits, and it doesn't compress the breast. There is a tight row of stitches worked underneath each of the cups to work as an underwire, so you never have to worry about it popping out and stabbing you in the armpit. You also no longer need to worry about throwing out your bras from a missing wire!
The best part between me and you, when I make these bras with Red Heart Super Saver yarn even with the largest size I can make at least 5 bras a skein. With Red Heart Super Saver being about $2.50 a skein in my area that means each bra costs around 50 cents, 20 cents if I get the skeins on sale for $1. Since most bras will run you at least $20 on the low side that's a huge upside for me in making these! Why spend $20 on a bra when I can spend $20 on yarn and make like 7 different colors!
Abbreviations and Supplies
For the bra in the picture I used Red Heart Super Saver in the color minty. This pattern works fantastic a lot of different yarns though so far I've used Red heart with love the glittery ones, and some Caron Simply Soft.
- 5mm/H hook, 4.55mm (optional, this can be used for creating the tight row of stitches under the breast.)
- Darning needle- For weaving in ends and attaching your straps.
- Button- this goes in the back so you can clasp your bra.
HDC- Half double crochet
DC- Double crochet
SC- Single crochet
Slst- Slip stitch
This pattern can be worked in 3 sizes, the first size is meant to fit A-B cup, the second size is meant to fit a C cup, and the last size is meant to fit D-DD cup.
Make 2 of these.
Ch 15 (18) (20)
Row 1- Hdc in second ch from hook, then in each ch across, turn
Row 2-9- Ch 1, 1 hdc in each stitch across, turn
Row 10-Ch 1, 1 hdc in stitch across until you reach the last stitch.
- 3 hdc in last stitch.
- Place a stitch marker in the second hdc of the three you just placed.
- Turn your work so its now facing down the side of your work. Work 1 hdc into the side of each row. Turn. (25) (28) (30)
Row 11- Ch 1, work 1 hdc into each stitch until you reach your stitch marker.
- Remove your stitch marker and work 3 hdc into the stitch you removed your stitch marker from.
- Continue working 1 hdc in each remaining stitch. Turn
Rows 12-14- Ch 1, 1 hdc in each stitch across, turn.
Rows 15-17- Ch 2, DC in each stitch across, turn
- After row 17 instead of turning your work you should now be in the top corner of your cup. Begin going down the side placing 2 sc per DC row, and 1 sc per hdc row down the entire side.
- Once you reach the bottom turn and sc in only the bottom loop of your foundation chains. You will not be adding another row on top so aim to make these stitches tight enough that you don't think you will be able to fit your hook in the stitches. This will act as your underwire.
- Once you work into all of the foundation chains continue working onto where the sides of your rows are again working 2 sc per DC row and 1 sc per hdc row. Keep these stitches tight as well as they are still along the bottom.
- Once you finish along the bottom turn back up onto the side and work 1 sc in the first 4 stitches around the side.
- Tie off leaving an extra long tail.
- Using the 4 stitches you added on at the very end and the long tail you left behind stitch the 2 cups together using only those 4 stitches, then weave in all of your ends.
You can work these by either attaching it into the lower corner of the cup and working it directly onto the cup or working them off of the cups and sewing them on later. Either way it looks great it just depends on personal preference.
Either tie on and work 1 hdc into the same stitch you tied on and into the next 3 stitches, so you have 4 hdc in total. Or ch 5.
Row 1- Work 1 hdc into each stitch making it 4 stitched.
Row 2-26- Ch 1, work 1 hdc in each stitch across, turn.
Tie off. Add a button onto the end of your band that goes with the color of yarn you chose.
Either tie off on row 26, or work until it fits snugly but comfortably around your ribs.
For the second rib band you will need to add button holes. Start this side the same way as you started the last rib band though.
Row 1- Hdc in each stitch across so it equals 4 stitches
Rows 2-20- Ch 1, hdc in each stitch across, turn
Row 21- Ch 1, Hdc in first stitch, ch 2, work 1 hdc in the last stitch, turn
Row 22- Ch 1, 1 hdc in each stitch across, including the chain stitches so it equals 4 hdc again. turn
Row 23- Ch 1, hdc in first stitch, ch 2, work 1 hdc in the last stitch, turn
Row 24- Ch 1, 1 hdc in each stitch across, including the chain stitches so it equals 4 hdc again. turn
Row 25- Ch 1, 1 hdc in each stitch across, including the chain stitches so it equals 4 hdc again. turn
Row 26- Ch 1, 1 hdc in each stitch across, including the chain stitches so it equals 4 hdc again.
On this side if you worked a different amount of stitches to reach around your ribs then begin working your button holes 6 rows before the end keeping it with 3 sizes.
These can be worked the same as the rib band either directly connected to the cups, or worked separately and sewed on after.
Row 1- Hdc in second ch from hook and in the next ch, turn
Rows 2-54- Ch 1, hdc in each stitch across turn
Again if 54 rows does not fit you then work it until it does comfortably fit. The straps should be a little tight in the beginning however because they provide the majority of the support for your breasts and they will most likely stretch. Also since they do most of the supporting you want them tight to help hold your girls where they should be.
Once you have all of your bands made if you didn't crochet them directly onto your cups then now you need to stitch them on. for the rib band begin stitching it on down in the corner of the cup, making sure to attach to the corner stitch of the bra. Not just the side stitches. Attaching to the corner stitches make it look more seamless and cleanly added. Do the same with the straps making sure to also connect it in the corner stitches.
Now you can put it on and wear it everyday! You can also go ahead and start on your next one now too since the one you just finished will have to be washed at sometime!
Have a great day everyone and as always happy hooking.