Cropped bra top and vest, with cross-over back straps
“A quick summer knit, work as a bra- lette or for more coverage as a vest.”
- Jo Storie
Skills Required: You will need to be able to knit a basic rib, be able to increase and decrease and to pick up stitches.
Yarn: 70g:90g:120g (175m:225m:300m) for the bra-lette and 140g:180g: 240g (350:450:600m ) for the vest
A note on yarn selection: Choose your fibre carefully, a cotton based yarn will feel cooler next to the skin but will not stretch as well as a wool based fibre.
I’ve worked up Craster in both fibres, favouring my Barefaced Wool Alpaca in DK for the longer vest version (available here)
We used: Love Knitting ‘Paintbox’ DK Cotton 2:2:2 x 50g balls for the Bra-lette and 3:4:5 x 50g balls for the vest.
BareFaced DK Wool/Alpaca 1:1:2 x 100g Skein/s for Bra-lette and 2:2:3 x 100g Skeins for the Vest (available here)
Sizes to Fit:
Size to fit: Designed to stretch to fit across back and bust however for larger cup sizes it’s very easy to adapt, see * in pattern
Size 1: to fit chest 81-92cm (32-36 in)
Size 2: to fit chest 96-06cm (38-42 in)
Size 3: to fit chest 111-122cm (44-48 in)
Chest Width (under bust – not stretched): 80:86:94cm (32:34:37 in)
Cup Width: 13cm (5”) Height: 9cm / 3.5 in
Strap Length (From shoulder): 18cm / 7 in
Body Length Bra-lette 36:37:40 cm (14:14 ½:15 ¾ in)
Body Length Vest: 53:59: 64 cm (21:23:25 in)
One pair 3.25mm (U.S 3) straight needles, a tapestry needle for sewing up, spare needles, stitch holders or safety pins, stitch markers.
In stocking stitch using 3.25mm (U.S) needles approx: 22sts x33rows over 10 x 10cm (4”x 4”) . Adjust your needle size to match this tension.
Note when working the rib, you’ll get a much tighter tension.