I don't know why, but I never really crochet in the summer. Maybe it's because I associate crochet with cold weather, hot chocolate, and cuddling up in bed with a good TV show. Or maybe it was the one time I made a blanket for my dad on Father's day: the larger the blanket got, the heavier it got in my lap, and the hotter it got. The worst! Most of my crochet projects are cold weather accessories, so I got to thinking, maybe I should branch out and get more creative with it.
Crochet clothing is so in right now. Every time I'm in a store and I see something crochet, I think, "Hey, I can make that!", but never really get around to it. I still have WIPs from last year in my blog queue that I still haven't finished yet. Oops. Anyone else guilty of starting multiple projects before finishing the last one?
My friend's suggestion to make a bralette was the final push I needed to start channeling my inspirations to a project. This was a lot easier than I thought it would be, and you can do so many variations with it. Future bralette ideas: tassels on the bottom, small grannies, lacy bottom, multiple colors. Ready for next summer's music festivals!
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Materials:Size F crochet hook (3.75 mm)
1 skein of worsted weight yarn (I used Craft Smart)
Abbreviations:ch = chain
dc = double crochet
fsc = foundation single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
sl st = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
Notes:I will refer to 3 sc in 1 stitch as an increase.
Cup (make 2):Make 10 fsc. Or ch 11 and sc in second ch from hook and across.
Row 1:Make 3 sc in first st. Place st marker in the 2nd sc of the increase. Do not turn. Sc along the 9 sts on the opposite side of the piece.
Row 2:Ch 1 and turn. Sc across until you reach the st marker. Remove st marker and make 3 sc in that st. Move st marker to the 2nd sc of the increase. Do not turn. Continue sc across sts on the opposite side.
Repeat Row 2 until the cup is the desired size. I made mine until I had 10 rows.
Row 11:Ch 1 and turn. Sc in first st. 3 dc in next st. *Ch 1. Skip 2 st. 3 dc in next st.* Repeat from * to * until you get to the bottom edge. End on a sc in the last st. It's okay if you don't have an even amount of sts to skip at the end.
Fasten off. Make a second cup, but do not fasten off.
Joining Cups:With yarn still attached to cup (referred to as Cup 1 now), turn and sc evenly along the bottom of the cup.
Ch 1 and insert hook into the corner of the other cup (Cup 2) and join with a sl st. Sc same amount along the bottom of the cup.
Round 1:Working along the side of the cup, sc in each dc and ch 1 space until you get to the middle of both cups.
Ch 3. Skip 2 st on Cup 1 and sl st in the next st on Cup 1. Ch 3. Skip 2 st on Cup 2 and sl st in the next st on Cup 2 (count the ch 1 space as a st). The idea is to create a zig-zag effect. Repeat 2 more times. On Cup 2, complete sc in each dc and ch 1 space until you get to the bottom edge.
Bottom Edge:The bottom edge will now be worked in rows. Turn at the end of each row.
Row 1:Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1) Skip 3 sts. [Dc, ch 3, dc] all in next st. *Ch 1. Skip 3 sts. [Dc, ch 3 dc] all in next st.* Repeat from * to * until you get to the other side of the cup.
Row 2:Ch 3 (counts as dc). 2 dc in ch 3 space of previous row. Sc in ch 1 space. *3 dc in ch 3 space of previous row. Sc in ch 1 space.* Repeat from * to * across, ending in sc in last ch space.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until it is the desired length, ending on Row 2. Do not fasten off.
Turn piece on its side. We will now be working the back band in rows.
Row 1:Ch 1 and hdc evenly along edge. Make 3 hdc in the ch 3 spaces. Stop when you get to the bottom edge of the cup. Ch 2 and turn.
Row 2:Hdc in each single loop below the hdc for a knit ribbing effect (see tutorial for this in the Boot Cuffs pattern). Ch 1 and turn.
Repeat Row 2 until the band is the desired circumference.
When complete, join to the other end of piece with sl st across. Make 3 sl sts in the ch 3 space. Fasten off.
Straps:Attach yarn to the top of one cup with a sl st. Ch 80. Turn.
Row 1:Sc in second st from hook. *Ch 3. Skip 2 st. Sc in next st.* Repeat from * to * across. End with a sl st in the same join sl st.
Fasten off. Repeat on the other cup to complete the halter straps. Weave in all ends with tapestry needle.
It looks cute with a cardigan over it too!