Contrast Racerbra by Jessie Maed Designs

Contrast Racerbra

Knitting
May 2020
DK (11 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in 1x1 Ribbing
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
140 - 750 yards (128 - 686 m)
XS (S, M, L, 1X){2X, 3X, 4X, 5X} to fit full bust measurement of: 24-26 (28-34, 36-38, 40-42, 44-46)(48-50, 52-54, 56-58, 60-62)” 61-66 (71-86, 91.5-96.5, 101.5-106.5, 111.5-117)(122-127, 132-137, 142-147, 152-158)cm Actual measurement of finished garme
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A sporty retro racerback bralette that can be worn as a fun underlayer, a sweet summer crop, or even a full length tank!

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SIZES:
All of my garments are #sizeinclusive through a bust size of 62” including the intended ease in the design.

XS (S, M, L, 1X){2X, 3X, 4X, 5X} to fit full bust measurement of:
24-26 (28-34, 36-38, 40-42, 44-46)(48-50, 52-54, 56-58, 60-62)”
61-66 (71-86, 91.5-96.5, 101.5-106.5, 111.5-117)(122-127, 132-137, 142-147, 152-158)cm

Actual measurement of finished garment at bust:
15 (19, 23, 27, 31){35, 39, 43, 47}“
38 (48.5, 58.5, 68.5, 78.5){89, 99, 109, 119.5}cm

Sizing Notes:
To choose a size, take your full bust measurement and subtract 13-15”/33-38cm, unless your full bust is 28-31”/71-79cm, in which case I recommend knitting the size 19”/48.5cm.

Generally, if you are between sizes, size down. If you have a full cup size in relation to your underbust, you may want to size down as well, and compensate by knitting the body longer.

Some 3X-5X testers noted that they would size down for additional negative ease if they were to knit this again.

To assist in determining sizing and yardage for the project, I have compiled tester feedback including exact yardage used in a Sizing and Yardage Reference Spreadsheet for your convenience.

Materials:
DK weight yarn, circular needles, stitch markers, scrap yarn or stitch holders, removable stitch markers, extra needle for 3-needle bind off or Kitchener stitch, darning needle

Suggested Yarn:
Sweet Sparrow Knits Goldfinch DK - 100% SW Merino, 231yd/100g, MC: Cinnamon, CC: Peach Fizz

Please use any DK yarn that is financially accessible to you. You can also use fingering held double, or any yarn that you can get gauge with.

For yarn alternatives, I have compiled a budget yarn spreadsheet organized by price per yard that you can view here.

Yardage:
MC:
140-230 (150-270, 200-290, 230-353, 340-454){370-561, 400-676, 600-732, 650-750}yds
128-210 (137-247, 183-265, 210-323, 311-415){338-513, 366-618, 548-669, 594-686}m

CC:
6-12 (10-17, 16-29, 21-31, 23-35){25-39, 27-43, 35-46, 45-50}yds
5-11 (9-16, 15-27, 19-28, 21-32){23-36, 25-39, 32-42, 41-46}m

Allow additional yardage if you have a full bust or plan on elongating the top.

Suggested Needles:
US 2 – 2.75mm 16-32” circular needles for band
US 4 – 3.5mm 16-32” circular needles for main body

If you’re not using magic loop, choose a circumference that is several inches shorter than the final circumference of the garment.

Gauge:
28 sts & 28 rows per 4x4” square in 1X1 ribbing, blocked and unstretched on larger needles. If you need to stretch a tiny bit for the swatch to measure correctly, that’s fine.

Techniques:
knitting in the round, decreasing, holding stitches, reading knit and purl stitches

Construction:
Garment is worked from the bottom up, front sts are held and underarms bound off, back is shaped and stitches held, front cups are worked individually and straps worked and attached to back held sts using Kitchener stitch or a three-needle bind off. Duplicate stitch is added after blocking.

Tutorials
Double Knit I-Cord
Centered Single Decrease
Centered Double Decrease
Duplicate Stitch