A crochet bralette is a wireless, fancy mix of a top with a bra that you don’t necessarily need to hide. What this means is you can either wear them on their own or as a crop top under a blazer.
Would you like to crochet your own bralette? I’ve curated a list of super cute patterns that I’m sure you will love.
They are versatile small garment that can be worn in a few different ways. Whether you are looking for a pattern to make a bikini top or a fancy layering piece to wear under a sheer top, then this list is for you.
The construction for most bralette patterns is similar and very simple. Since these are small garments, you don’t need to know a lot of fancy stitches.
Generally, these are the steps to crochet a bralette:
Firstly, you crochet the two cups. For better coverage, most patterns will call for closed stitches, such as single crochet, half double crochet and double crochet stitches.
Secondly, you will make the bodice portion of your bralette. Here, it can be a simple strap to tie on the back or rows to join the bodice. Or a combination of both.
Next, you will add the shoulder straps. Again, this can be a simple halter style strap to tie at the back of your neck or to tie at the back portion of the bodice.
Lastly, you can add pads (bra cups), but this one is optional.
Another thing to keep in mind when choosing a pattern is that they are usually customizable. Most bralette patterns are simple and easy to adapt to your style.
How to determine your bralette size?
Figuring out what size your crochet bralette or bikini top needs to be may be tricky. Many times you need a smaller cup, but a larger under chest band (or vice-versa). Here is the recommended way to do it accurately:
First, you will need a measuring tape. The fabric measuring tape is the best kind for body measurements.
Secondly, find someone to help you, it’s the best way to do it accurately. But if that’s not possible, you can still do it yourself.
Thirdly, stand straight and relaxed, preferably in front or a mirror. And it’s okay if you keep a bra on, that way you will have a more accurate measurement for the bralette size you need.
Next, wrap the tape around the fullest part of your chest, but not too tight.
Lastly, measure your under chest for the band size. You may have to tweak the pattern yourself by adding stitches here and there to adjust it to your size.
Remember, it’s always best to have someone else to measure it for you, but if you don’t you can still do it yourself. If you need a guide on how to take body measurements, the Craft Yarn Council has very good information with illustrations on how to measure for garment making.
Materials needed to crochet a bralette
Most crochet bralette patterns will call for a small list of supplies. And they are very affordable to make. Usually, you will need to purchase yarn only. Since other materials, such as scissors and tapestry needles, are one-time purchases.
Buy if you need to invest in other materials and tools, here is what you will need in most cases:
Yarns for Crochet Bralettes
The best yarn types for crochet bralette are the lighter weight made of natural fibers. Here is a list of my favorite yarns for crochet bralettes:
The Alluring Bralette by Be A Crafter is versatile top that will look cute with high-waist jeans or shorts. And it’s easy to customize as well, you can make the cups larger or smaller and add more rows to make it longer.
Recommended yarn: Fine / Sport Weight (#2) Hook size: 3.5 mm (U.S. E)
This one is a crochet halter top style and has the same cup shape as the previous one in the list, but with less rows in length. It’s also a design by Be A Crafter and it’s for intermediate crocheters.
Recommended yarn: Fine / Sport Weight (#2) Hook size: 3.00 mm
What I love the most bout this crochet bralette pattern by Magic Crochet Patterns is the front closure. Also, the lace edging around the cup gives it such an elegant look. This cute crochet top can be worn as a bikini top as well.
Recommended yarn: Fine / Sport Weight Yarn Weight (#2) Hook size: 2.00 mm and 2.75 mm (U.S. C)
The granny square design for the body in this crochet bralette looks like a snowflake, which makes it so unique. This gorgeous design is a free download on Ravelry and offers a link for a video tutorial as well.
Recommended yarn: Fine / Sport Weight (#2) or DK / Light worsted (#3) Hook size: 3.5 mm (US E)
Yet another cute rainbow bralette with a simple construction that will be super quick to crochet. The pattern is available on Etsy and has instructions for sizes XL-L with a sizing chart that offers instructions for customization.
Here is a perfect first crochet bralette pattern for beginners. The construction of the top consists of basic triangle shapes for the cups and simple stiches for the body. And it’s a cute garment to rock your summer tan.
Recommended yarn: Cotton yarn but no information on weight. Hook size: According to chosen yarn.
Next up in the list, we have another pattern with granny squares. And what doesn’t go great with granny squares, right? This fabulous pattern by Tania Skalozub at TSCrochetDesign is available as a paid PDF download on Etsy.
Recommended yarn and hook size not informed in the listing, but lighter weight cotton yarn will work great for this pattern
The bright and fun blue shades in the Seaview Crochet Bralette by Ruby Gy screams “summertime”. The pattern is available as a paid downloadable PDF on Ravelry and it is easily adaptable to different sizes.
Recommended yarn: Worsted / Aran (#4) Hook size: 3.00 mm
Sophistication and elegance were the two words that came to my mind when I first saw this pattern. What I love the most about it is the built-in bra pad that you can attach with the crochet hook, which makes a nicely shaped cup.
What a beautiful top this one is! I love the shell stitch details and fun colors she used. The Forget Me Not crochet bralette pattern was designed and is for sale on Etsy by Julie Likley owner of HandsofZeal.
Recommended yarn: Worsted / Aran (#4) Hook size: not informed in the listing, but probaby a 4.00 to 4.5 mm will work.
Next in the list, is a pattern for those looking for a modest coverage top. I love the textures that make it look fancy, but it’s suitable for advanced beginner crocheters. So, it’s simple and easy to make.
And there you have the list of crochet bralette patterns. I hope you have come across one (or more) that you love. Whether you’re making it now or later, I recommend you pin it to your Pinterest Boards, that way you will have a great list or bralettes to always refer to.
Bralettes are great makes for yourself, but also amazing gifts for the girls in your family and friends. Not to mention, they great for craft markets, since they are quick to crochet, you can make great profit selling them.
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