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The Basic Bra - English

The Basic Bra - English

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The Basic Bra is a knit bra with a simple look and a comfortable fit. 

The bra is knitted in cashmere wool which ensures that it will not scratch against your naked skin, as well as it is breathable, directs moist away from your body and is soft to wear.

The knit bra is knitted from the bottom up. The band under the breast is knitted in the round in ribbing, and based on your individual measurements. When the cleavage has been knitted the work is split in two parts and the cups are knitted individually. The only mounting in the entire bra, is the mounting of the straps. 

The knitting tension on needle size 2,5 is: 10 x 10 cm = 27 sts / 44 rows.

Needles and accessories

  • 1 circular needle size 2, 40 cm.
  • 1 circular needle or two ordinary needles size 2,5 (length is unimportant)
  • 2 double-pointed needles size 2,5
  • 1 big stitch holder
  • 1 tape measure
  • 4 stitch markers or safety pins
  • 1 scissor
  • A wide elastic band, min. 5 cm. 
  • A safety pin 
  • 1 tapestry needle to mount yarn ends
  • You may need a stitch wire, else you can use a string of thicker yarn in a different colour.
  • You can use the app Knitting Helper for calculation for increase/decreases.

 

About the sizes:

The rib band sitting under the breast, is knitted after your measurements. The sizes are therefore only for the size of your breasts and thereby the cups to knit. 

Help to determine the cup sizes
A good way to determine which cup size is suitable for you, is to measure from the middle under one of your breasts and up to where you wish for your strap to begin. Compare this measure with the height of the cup given below. We have calculated the strap to start a few centimetres under the height of the armpit. Another indicator can be the height of the pleat. This should be measured from the band and up to the widest point around your chest.

Size S:

Height of the pleat = 4,5 cm

Vertical height of the cup (from band to strap) =  13cm

Size M:

Height of the pleat = 5,5 cm

Vertical height of the cup (from band to strap) =  16cm

Size L:

Height of the pleat = 6,5-7 cm

Vertical height of the cup (from band to strap) =  19cm

Size XL:

Height of the pleat = 7,5 cm

Vertical height of the cup (from band to strap) =  21cm

 

Yarn suggestion
We suggest the following yarn:

nakedknit Cashmere 170: 50g (50g) 75g (75g)
Yardage: 170m/25g

or

Lang Yarns Cashmere Lace: 50g (50g) 75g (75g)
Yardage: 165m/25g

Please note: Cashmere is nice and soft to wear against the skin. Therefore it is our clear recommendation to follow this yarn suggestion. It cannot be guaranteed that the bra will not scratch against your skin if knitted in other qualities than 100% cahsmere.

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Frequently asked questions

How does the individual sizing work?

This differs from pattern to pattern, but oftentimes we ask you to measure underneath your bust and across your bust. Then we offer a calculation based on the knitting tension and this in turn tells you e.g. how many stitches you should cast on for your band. 

Other times, it’s measuring the cups to your body and stopping when you feel they give the coverage you prefer. For some of our patterns we have created an Excel sheet where you simply type in your measurements and it provides you with the amount of stitches, cast-ons ect. Going forward we will optimise this and add it to more patterns. 

Can I knit in other types of yarn than cashmere?

Of course you can! 

We recommend cashmere because while researching many different yarn types, cashmere was the yarn that was the softest against the skin for the longest duration of time. Also cashmere on small needles tends to give a more tight knitted, elegant look, that we feel are perfect for our designs.But as long as you match the knitting tension to whatever yarn you are using, you can use whatever yarn you want. 

How much support do your bras give?

The bras give the same support as a soft, wireless bra. However there are no strap adjustments in the patterns yet, so we generally recommend you knit the straps 5-10 cm shorter than you normally would, so they can ease.

I have a bigger bust, will your bras work for me?

Our bras are meant as a soft, wireless alternative to regular bras.  If you need more support for your bust than a soft bra can give you, we suggest you wear a regular bra underneath your nakedknit bra.