Another way of crocheting a bra begins with a motif and a rectangle that are sewn together to form the cup. This is similar in construction to the L-shaped pattern as shown in Lessons from the Bra Crochet Design Along.
This crochet motif bra is inspired by Natalia’s suggestion of using a motif for a bra. It uses the L-shape pattern constructed as such:
This sample uses a 3.5mm hook and worsted weight acrylic yarn. Each motif measures approximately 3 inches which makes for a bra suitable for bust width of 6 inches.
I start with my size paper pattern as usual (refer to Lessons from the Bra Crochet Design Along for instructions on measuring and making your own paper pattern). I use that to make the motif and the rectangle to be seamed together.
The motif I used is 3 inches wide (in worsted weight yarn and 3.5mm hook). The motif you use will have to be half the size of the bust width. If you are using a pattern that comes up small, you may be able to enlarge it by adding rounds, the simplest being chain loops all around the motif.
Here’s the pattern for the motif:
Motif for Bra
Motif measures 3 inches in width
6/0 Hook – 3.5mm
Ch 4, sl st in 4th ch fr hook to make ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, 8 sc in ring, sl st in first sc to join.
Rnd 2: Ch 3 (count as dc), dc in next sc, (ch 4, dc in each of next 2 sc) 3 times; ch 4, sl st in top of first dc to join.
Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in same dc, sc in next dc, ch 2, (3 dc in ch-4 sp, ch 5, sl st in 4th ch fr hook, ch 1, 3 dc in same ch-4 sp, ch 2, sc in each of next 2 dc, ch 2) 4 times; sl st in first sc to join. Fasten off.
Here (below) the seams have been sewn together to form the cups.
But instead of a midriff, I simply sewed the two cups together in the middle and then made a single row of sc’s along the base. I made a sc2tog (decrease) in the middle (where the darts are on the cups).
Here (below) is the finished bra. Instead of a band, I decided on using a strap that goes from the top of the cups, over the shoulder, curve over the back and under the armpits and latch onto the bottom corner of the cups (this is where the straps are tightened. The straps curve over the back and into another square motif (or other decorative motif would be nicer!) to hold the straps together in place.
The straps here are crocheted by ch 2, sc in 2nd ch fr hook, ch 1, turn, sc in sc, ch 1, turn … I think this is also called a single crochet foundation chain.
To get the size of the straps, use any yarn or string as straps first, and try the bra on.
But because I really wanted to make a bra with the band, I started a new one, using the motif for the cups. Here is what I did.
I start with my size paper pattern as usual and the motif and the rectangle to be seamed together. The motif is 3 inches wide. The motif you use will have to be half the size of the bust width. If you are using a pattern that comes up small, you may be able to enlarge it by adding rounds, the simplest being chain loops all around the motif.
Here (below) are the two finished cups.
I sewed the cups together in the middle and made a row of sc’s along the base of the two joined cups. I added a picot row to strengthen the base.
Without cutting the yarn, I proceeded to making the band as shown below. The band is in back loop sc’s so it can stretch a bit. But the first 2 rows are in normal sc’s so this seam is stronger.
You can take your own measurements or you can also use a good bra to determine the length of the band and straps.
Then at the end of the back band I sewed a button. The other end of the band has a gap as buttonhole. This is a pretty flat wooden button painted with flowers.
And here’s the finished bra, front and back views:
I will stop making bras now before I become a bra factory!