Ultimate Festival Crochet Bra-let Tutorial
When I think festivals, I think bra-lets. You can go to stores like forever21 or H&M and find a cute bra-let (or 10) for a relatively cheap price. Let’s be honest though, 50 other girls at the festival you’re going to are going to have had the same thought, and all bought the same cute bra-let that you did. So how do we avoid the tragedy of wearing the same top as everyone else WITHOUT breaking the bank? We make it ourselves. For a couple dollars worth of yarn and an hour or so of your time (depending on how quickly you work and/or how distracted you get if you’re like me), you’ll have a gorgeous one of a kind bra-let. Now when you’re swaying to the music at your summer festival, rocking the hell out your new bra-let, you can be at ease knowing its one of a kind, just like you. <3
Want something with a little more patriotic, or just something with a halter top cut? Check out my American Flag Halter Top which would be perfect for day two of any summer festival 😉
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Materials You Will Need
Yarn: I used two different colors of 100% cotton, DK weighted yarn for this top. The Ice Brand cotton yarn as well as Cascade brand are two different yarns that I use often for tops like this. If you plan on wearing this top in water, as a swim top for example, you will want to use 100% cotton yarn (or something that is a minimum 90% cotton blend). Acrylic yarn does not dry as nicely or as easily as the cotton yarn would. However if you don’t plan on wearing it in the water, I would use Caron Simply Soft acrylic yarn because of how amazingly soft it is (and inexpensive)! How much yarn you will use will depends on how long you make the straps, and the size of the cups. One Skein should be more than enough for any size top in my opinion.
Crochet Hook: I used a 4.5mm Hook (also referred to as size G or 7). You could use a 5mm hook for a looser stitch, or a 3.75mm for a tighter stitch as well.
Tapestry Needle: This is a yarn needle to weave in your ends.
Scissors: to cut your yarn.
Stitches Used in This Pattern
I will be using abbreviations in this written pattern so here is a list of the names/abbreviations and brief directions for each:
Stitch (ST) – Next chain or stitch you are going to work into
Yarn Over (YO) – wrapping yarn around hook
Chain (CH) – After having an slip knot on your hook, YO and pull through your slip knot. That is a chain 1. YO again and pull through loop on hook. That is your chain 2, and so forth.
Slip Stitch (SS) – Insert hook into next chain/stitch and yarn over. Pull through chain/stitch and continue to pull through the loop on your hook.
Single Crochet (SC) – Insert hook into next chain/stitch and YO then pull through the chain/stitch. YO and pull through both loops on hook.
Double Crochet (DC) – YO and insert hook into next chain/stitch and YO and pull back through the Chain/Stitch. YO and pull through 2 loops, YO and pull through last two loops on hook.
Double Crochet 2 Together (DC2Tog) – Yarn over hook, insert hook in stitch, pull up a loop, making 3 loops on the hook. Yarn over hook, pull through 2 loops. YO hook insert in next st, pull up a loop, now leaving 4 loops on hook. YO, pull through 2 loops, YO pull through last 3 loops.
That’s it! With those five simple stitches you can make your own festival bra-let to rock at any summer festival or concert!
Festival Bra-let Pattern!
**You can make the chain row any length you want that fits the width of your front, just under your bra, from one side to the other. I will give you the exact number of stitches I used for mine. I am about a 36B/34C for reference and usually a M/L top. If you want to size down chain 5-10 less, and increase the chain 5-10 to size up.
Chain Row: CH 60
Row 1: In the 4th chain from the hook DC. DC in every chain across. You should have 57 DC’s when you include the first Chain 3 as a DC.
Row 2: CH 3 and turn (this counts as first DC). Again DC in each stitch across the row.
Row 3 (beginning of first cup): CH 2 this time and turn (this CH2 does NOT count as the first DC). DC in the next 26 ST(s). Now you will double crochet the next two stitches together (DC2tog).
**If you used a different number of chains, just divide your number of DC’s in row 1 in half, and do that many DC’s across making sure to DC the last two together.
Row 4: CH 2 and turn (again this CH2 does NOT count as the first DC). DC in each ST across the row until you reach the last two DC stitches (remember not including the CH2 where you turned your work) from the previous row. Now DC2tog in the last two stitches.
Row 5 – ?: CH 2 and turn (again this CH2 does NOT count as the first DC). DC in each ST across the row until you reach the last two DC stitches from the previous row. Now DC2tog in the last two stitches.
Repeat Row 5 until you have decreased until there are only 3DC left. CH 2 and turn. Do one DC in the 3rd ST. Now SS, cut yarn, pull through and tie off. The picture below shows what your top should look like at this point.
Second Cup: Tie on to out edge of last DC row on the other side of the top. Now repeat exactly what you did with the first cup starting at the directions for Row 3 and finishing with the SS at the top of the cup and tying off.
Trim and Straps
If you are using two colors like I did, now you will switch to your second color.
**Feel free to adjust the length of the straps as you see fit! I like to just lightly tie it around myself to see if the I like the length or not. Remember that when doing the slip stitches back down the chain that it will shorten the original length of your straps a few inches.
Trim: Tie on at the bottom right corner of your top. SC as evenly as possible around the edge of the entire top (Single crocheting the ends from where you tied off earlier in the project in against the top as you go) until you meet back to where you tied on. SS to the first SC.
Side Straps: Still at the corner where you previously SS into the last SC, CH 75. SS in each CH and finish with a SS back to the corner of the top. Cut yarn and tie off. Now Tie onto the other bottom corner of the top and repeat the CH 75 and SS back to the corner. SS to edge of top and tie off.
Top Straps: Tie on Yarn at the top SC of bra cup. CH 80 and then SS all the way down and tie off just as you did the side straps. Repeat the process on the other side of the top.
Weave in ends and you are done!
Optional Strap Tassels: I added tassels at the end of my straps but they look great with or without them! I cut five 5″ strands of yarn and pulled them halfway through the end of a strap. Next I took a longer piece of yarn and wrapped it around a few times at the top where the yarn is folded in half. I then secured it with a double knot. I pulled my strands apart to give it a more full frayed look.
Festival Bra-let? Check!
Now you are ready to rock out in your newly finished, one of a kind, bra-let! You could make one for just yourself, make a few for friends, or you could make a ton and sell them to other girls at the festival! The possibilities are endless! If any portion of the pattern needs clarification please leave a comment and I will respond asap! Also please let me know how your tops turned out! I’d love to see the pictures of end products as well!
XOXO Taylor Lynn