Ripple Bralette DK by Jessie Maed Designs

Ripple Bralette DK

April 2020
DK (11 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in 3x3 ribbing in the round
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
96 - 500 yards (88 - 457 m)
19.5 (22.5, 25.5, 28.5, 31.5){34.5, 37.5, 40.5, 43.5}[46.5, 49.5]" 49.5 (57, 65, 72.5, 80){87.5, 95.5, 103, 110.5}[118, 125.5]cm
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This DK version will knit up twice as quickly as the original! Worked in cozy ribbing throughout, this bralette is great for summer as a top or winter as an adorable under layer. DK yarn provides lots of squish, stretch, and support for a fun basic you’ll never want to take off.

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19.5 (22.5, 25.5, 28.5, 31.5){34.5, 37.5, 40.5, 43.5}46.5, 49.5
49.5 (57, 65, 72.5, 80){87.5, 95.5, 103, 110.5}118, 125.5cm

I recommend 9-15”/23-38cm of negative ease for the bralette. Detailed guidelines for choosing a size are included in the pattern.

Suggested Yarn:

Modus Operandi Fibers Silky DK, Single Ply DK, 252yd/100g 40% Baby Alpaca, 40% Merino, 20% Silk

Modus Operandi Fibers Worsted, 4 Ply Worsted Weight, 218yd/100g, 100% SW Merino

Some testers had trouble achieving gauge with DK weight yarn, even after sizing up with needles. If you are a tight knitter or want a denser fabric, I suggested using a heavier worsted weight than DK.

Budget Yarn Alternatives: In an effort to increase financial accessibility, Rin of Modus Operandi fibers compiled a list of suitable alternative yarns with similar fiber content to that used for the sample. Thanks so much, Rin!

Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK (75/20/5 Extra Fine Merino/Silk/Cashmere, $11.95/127yds)

Sugar Bush Yarns Shiver Worsted (65/25/10 Superwash Merino/Kid Mohair/Silk, single ply, $10.95/120yds)

Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK (66/34 Merino Superwash Wool/Tussah Silk, $12.95/147yds)

Valley Yarns Northfield DK (70/20/10 Merino Wool/Baby Alpaca/Silk, $6.99/124yds)

Suggested Needles: US 3 – 3.25 mm circular needles (band)
US 6 – 4.0 mm circular needles (body)
If you’re not using magic loop, choose a circumference that is several inches shorter than the final circumference of the garment.

17 sts per 4” in 1x1 twisted rib (hem, row gauge not relevant)
16 sts & 26 rows per 4x4” square in 3x3 ribbing (main body)

(Note: Gauge measured blocked and unstretched. Measuring gauge in ribbing isn’t an exact science, as it is very stretchy. If you can get close to gauge while stretching it a tiny bit, that’s fine. However, if you’re nervous and just can’t decide if your swatch is 4”, size up in needles and try to swatch again.)

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

96-150 (108-204, 127-231, 160-257, 182-289){231-356, 261-381, 290-395, 330-436}400-450, 425-500yds
88-136 (99-187, 116-211, 146-235, 166-264){211-326, 239-348, 265-361, 302-399}366-411, 389-457m

old Norwegian cast on, knitting in the round, bottom up, decreasing, holding stitches, i-cord, 3-needle bind off

The piece is worked from the bottom up until the underarm. Stitches are bound off for the underarms and back, and then the front is worked flat. Each side of the front is worked separately, including a strap for each side which upon completion is connected to the back with a 3-needle bind off.

Helpful Links
To assist you in choosing a size and yardage, I have compiled a spreadsheet summarizing tester feedback. It can be viewed here: Ripple Bralette DK Sizing and Yardage Information
Double Knit i-Cord
Centered Single Decrease
Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off