The Shell Bra - English
The Shell Bra - English
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:
nakedknit cashmere 112, 50g (50g) 75g
Lang Yarns Cashmere Premium, 50g (50g) 75g
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do you have video tutorials for your patterns?
We share tutorials in our Instagram highlights and we have started a YouTube channel, where going forward will share a lot more tutorials and tips to your patterns. If you have any suggestions or wishes for methods or specific patterns we should do a tutorial for, please let us now firstname.lastname@example.org