Framework Bralette by Jessie Maed Designs

Framework Bralette

September 2019
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch with larger needles
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
115 - 660 yards (105 - 604 m)
20,23(28,31,36,39(44,47,52,55)” [50.8,58.4(71.1,78.7,91.4,99.1)(111.8,119.4,132.1,139.7)cm] to accommodate sizes 24-68" [60.9-172.7cm]
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I wanted to emulate the seaming and structure of a more traditional bra for a bralette with a modern, architectural feel. False seams create a soft symmetry, and some basic purl stitches framed by a stockinette border provide shape and support for a bralette that’s as sexy as it is comfortable.

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

Finished Garment Measurements are as follows:

Negative ease varies from 5” 12.7cm - 13” 33cm.

This range of finished garment measurements will accommodate bust sizes from 24” (61cm)-68”(172.7cm).

A detailed description of how to choose a size is included in the pattern.

115-184, 145-225 (164-309, 193-350, 242-390, 275-438)(350-540, 396-577, 440-598, 500-660)yds
105-168, 133-206 (150-282, 176-320, 221-356, 251-400)(320-494, 362-527, 402-547, 457-603)m

Suggested Yarn
For this design, I suggest a DK weight merino yarn. When choosing yarn, keep in mind that this will be worn against bare skin. If you have sensitive skin, you will want to make sure you choose a fiber that won’t feel itchy or scratchy.

I used a 100% SW Merino. You could use one that has some nylon in it for durability and spring if you’d like. You could also hold two strands of sock yarn together, or use a worsted weight.

If you would like to use a natural fiber such as cotton, you may want to size down to accommodate the lack of memory and elasticity in these fibers.

Sweet Sparrow Yarns Goldfinch (100% Superwash Merino, 4-ply, $27.00/250yd)

Knit Picks Capra DK (85/15 Merino/Cashmere, $9.99/123yds)

Knit Picks Gloss DK (70/30 Merino/Silk, $6.99/123yds)
HiKoo Sueno (80/20 Wool/Viscose, $16.00/255yds)

Knit Picks Swish DK (SW Merino, $4.49/123yds)

I am also keeping a spreadsheet of budget yarn options by weight. Feel free to use any DK or Worsted weight yarn you get gauge with.*

Gauge: 20 sts & 30 rows in 4”x 4” square of stockinette knit flat and blocked (main body)
28 sts & 32 rows in 4” x 4” square of 1x1 ribbing knit in the round (band)

Suggested Needles:
Ribbing: US 3 – 3.25mm 16-32” circular needles. This needle should be one size smaller than your main body needle.
Main Body: US 4 – 3.5 mm 16-32” circular needles.
Choose a circular needle circumference that is at least several inches shorter than the garment measurement. For more information on choosing a circular needle size, see my IG TV channel.

Materials: DK or worsted weight yarn, circular needles, sewing tape measure, stitch markers (one unique marker for BOR, three to mark the front, side, and back, and four of a unique color to mark the false bust seams,) scrap yarn or stitch holders, extra needle for 3-needle bind off, darning needle

Techniques: knitting in the round, decreasing, holding stitches, wet blocking, kitchener stitch or three needle bind off

Video Tutorials and Other Helpful Links
Choosing a Circular Needle Length
Joining in the Round without a Gap
Double Knit i-Cord
Centered Single Decrease
Kitchener Stitch
Three-Needle Bind Off
Sewing an Elastic Band into your Knitting

Sizing Information Spreadsheet
This spreadsheet includes a sampling of information from testers that will help you decide what size to make based on your measurements.

The spreadsheet includes bra size, underbust and full bust measurements, and the lengths testers knit the body and straps for their bralettes. It also includes feedback from testers regarding whether they were happy with the size they knit.

I encourage you to compare your measurements to those of my testers to help decide what size might work best for you.