The Shell Bra - English

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This pattern is in English.

The Shell Bra is a simple constructed unique, comfortable bra to use all year round.

The Shell Bra is knitted sideways in plain stockinette stitch; it starts under the right arm and moves across the right breast, the cleavage, then the left breast and the back piece. The bra itself is knitted in one piece.

The Shell Bra is tailored to your own breast measurements in size S (M) L.

Note: the sizes given in this pattern are the cup sizes and not equivalent to the size of your clothing. The sizes S/M/L are covering your breast size and not the circumference around your waist or the width of your shoulders. The sizes of your cups (here called S/M/L) should therefore be determined separately from the measurements of your upper body. The band under your breast and around your back as well as the straps are knitted after measurements in the making.

The knitted bra is softer and more adjustable than the bras bought in e.g. cotton or polyester. It is therefore our hope to be able to include many (different) breasts in the broader cup sizes that S/M/L cover. 

Before starting, try to determine which cup sizes are suitable for your breasts, using the measurements given below.

Size S: Vertical height of the cup = 8-12 cm 

Size M: Vertical height of the cup = 10-17 cm

Size L: Vertical height of the cup = 13-24 cm

We suggest the following yarn:

Englegarn Cashmere: 50g (50g) 75g
Yardage: 112m/25g


Laines du Nord, 100% Cashmere, Luxury Line  50g (50g) 75g
Yardage: 100m/25g 

Gauge: On needle size 3 mm is 29 sts = 10 cm

Needles and accessories:

  • Knitting needles size 3 mm or a short circular needle size 3 mm 
  • 2 double-pointed needles size 3 mm
  • 1 stitch marker
  • 1 small stitch holder
  • 1 tape measure
  • 1 scissor
  • 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.

NOTE! We only recommend that the bra is knitted in cashmere. It can not be guaranteed that the bra will not scratch the skin if you knit in other types of yarn than the recommended ones (or 100% cashmere yarn).

The pattern will be sent as a PDF file to your email.