Author:
Deanna Shockney

De is a senior in college who is combining her love of art and design with her love of crochet. As an artist she is always pushing her boundaries and seeing where she can go with crochet and other media. She loves to hula hoop and this hobby has pushed her into designing tops as there was a need in the community for comfortable, natural fibre clothing for other artists to flow in.

Calypso Bralette Crochet Pattern

Maker
5/2/2018

Hi guys! My name is De, I’m a crochet wear designer in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I’m the maker behind Knotty Bliss Boutique and I started this journey of making things when I was a child, but started designing last year. I try to tie in my art and my crochet work because it makes for a fun mixed media project, but I love being able to wear the things I make too and that got me into designing really because I struggled to find patterns I actually wanted to wear.

This is the Calypso Bralette, a fun top with a corset style back. The idea came to me one night and I stayed up to make it because I didn’t want to lose the idea if I went to bed. A couple hours later and I had a finished top and a written pattern, but it was so worth it for the finished product. I hope you enjoy this pattern and make lots in various colors!

Supplies you’ll need:

-1-2 skeins of I love this cotton in a color of your choice (1 for small and medium, 2 for large)

-5 mm hook (or the hook to get the gauge)

-A yarn needle

-Measuring Tape

-Scissors

-Stitch Markers

Stitches and Abbreviations

CH- Chain

ST- Stitch

SK- Skip

SP- Space

SC- Single Crochet

DC- Double Crochet

TR-Triple Crochet

DTR- Double Triple Crochet

SC3TOG- Single Crochet 3 Together

Gauge

Cups:

Small- 5-5.5 inches wide after 8 rows, Medium- 6-6.5 inches wide after 10 rows, Large- 7-7.5 inches wide after 13 rows.

DC areas:

2 rows DC should be 1 inch tall.

Corset sides:

11 DC x 7 rows = 3 x 3 inch square

Pattern Time! I’m making this top with the color Rosey II, a pretty dusty rose color.

To start off you’re going to make 2 cups from the following. Don’t worry, your cups are supposed to round, not stay flat.

Row 1: CH 11, HDC in 2nd CH from hook, HDC in next 8 ST, 2 HDC in last stitch, working down the other side do 2 HDC in next ST, HDC in next 9 ST. (22)

Row 2: CH 1, turn, HDC in next 10 ST, 3 HDC in next ST, HDC in next 10 ST, Turn. (23)

Row 3: CH 1, turn, HDC in next 11 ST, 3 HDC in next ST, HDC in next 11 ST, Turn. (25)

Row 4: CH 1, turn, HDC in next 12 ST, 3 HDC in next ST, HDC in next 12 ST, Turn. (27)

Row 5: CH 1, turn, HDC in next 13 ST, 3 HDC in next ST, HDC in next 13 ST, Turn. (29)

Row 6: CH 1, turn, HDC in next 14 ST, 3 HDC in next ST, HDC in next 14 ST, Turn. (31)

Row 7: CH 1, turn, HDC in next 15 ST, 3 HDC in next ST, HDC in next 15 ST, Turn. (33)

Size Small continue to row 8.

Size Medium:

Rows 8 (35) & 9 (37): Repeat row 7.

Size Large:

Rows 8-12: Repeat row 7. Stitch count at the end of each row (35, 37, 39, 41, 43)

Row 8 (10, 13): CH 1, turn, * HDC, CH 1 & SK a ST* 7 (8, 9) times, HDC in next ST, 3 HDC in next ST, HDC to the end, Turn. Mark the middle stitch of the 3 HDC at the top. (35, 39, 45)

Row 9 (11, 14): CH 1, SC across bottom of cup evenly. Small should be about 15 SC, Medium should be about 20 SC, Large should be about 25 SC. Fasten off. Make 2nd cup. But do not fasten off at the end.          

*Each Cup should measure about 5-5.5 inches wide for a small, about 6-6.5 inches wide for a medium, and about 7-7.5 inches wide for a large.

Next we’re going to connect the cups. They will be connected by some DC’s that go from one to the other.

Row 1: CH 2, DC in same ST, *CH 1 & SK next ST, DC in next ST* 7 (9, 10) times (you should end in the 2nd ST from the center ST), CH 2, DC in 2nd ST for Sm/Lg (3rd ST for Med) from the center of the other cup *CH 1 & SK next ST, DC in next ST* to the end. Turn. (32, 36, 44)

Row 2: CH 1, SC in same stitch, SC across until you get to the last DC, CH 2, SC in next DC, SC across. Turn. (32, 36, 44)

Row 3: CH 2, DC in same ST, *CH 1 & SK next ST, DC in next ST* 7 (9, 10) times, SK CH 2, DC in next SC, *CH 1 & SK next ST, DC in next ST* across to end. Turn (30, 34, 42)

Row 4: CH 1, SC in same stitch, SC across until you get to the 2nd to last DC, SC3TOG twice, SC across to the end. Turn. (26, 30, 38)

Row 5: CH 2, DC in same ST *CH 1 & SK next ST, DC in next ST* 5 (6, 8) times, DC in next ST, CH 2, SK 2 ST, DC in next two ST *CH 1 & SK next ST, DC in next ST* across to the end. Turn. (26, 30, 38)

Row 6: CH 1, SC in same ST, SC across, putting 2 SC where the CH 2 is. Turn. (26, 30, 38)

Row 7: CH 2, DC in same St, *CH 1 & SK next ST, DC in next ST* 5 (6, 8) times, SK 4 ST, DC in next ST *CH 1 & SK next ST, DC in next ST* to the end. Fasten off. (22, 26, 34)

Now for the bottom half of the top. This is the part of this top I love the most because it is a little longer than most crop tops of this style and it gives a little flair.

Attach your yarn to a corner on one of the cups.

Row 1: SC along the bottom of the first cup to the 3rd ST from the center, CH 2, SC in the 3rd ST from the middle of the other cup, SC across. Turn. (34, 36, 44)

Row 2: CH 2, DC in same ST, DC across skipping CH 2 in the process. Turn. (32, 34, 42)

Row 3: CH 2, DC in same ST, *CH 1 & SK next ST, DC in next ST* 6 (7, 9) times. CH 1 & SK next ST, TR in next ST, CH 1, TR in next ST, *CH 1 & SK next ST, DC in next ST* to the end. Turn. (31, 35, 43)

Row 4: CH 2, DC in same ST, DC to 2 ST before TR of previous row, TR in next 6 SP, DC to the end. Turn. (31, 35, 43)

Row 5: CH 2, DC in same ST, *CH 1 & SK next ST, DC in next ST* 6 (7, 8) times, CH 1 & SK next ST, TR in next ST, CH 4 & SK next ST, TR in next ST, *CH 1 & SK next ST, DC in next ST* to the end. Turn. (34, 38, 46)

Row 6: CH 2, DC in same ST, DC to 4 ST before CH 4 SP, TR in next 4 SP, Work 2 TR, 1 DTR, 2 TR into CH 4 SP, TR in next 4, DC to the end. Turn. (35, 39, 47)

Row 7: CH 2, DC in same ST, DC to last TR before the CH 4 SP of last row, TR in next 3 ST, DTR in next ST, TR in next 3 ST, DC to the end. Turn.  (35, 39, 47)

Row 8: CH 2, DC in same ST, *CH 1 & SK next ST, DC in next ST* 6 (7, 8) times, *CH 1 & SK next ST, TR in next ST* 2 times, CH 1, DTR in next ST, CH 3, DTR in same ST, CH 1, TR in next ST, CH 1 & SK next ST, TR in next ST, *CH 1 & SK next ST, DC in next ST* to the end. (41, 45, 53)

Do not fasten off after you finish row 8. You’ll continue onto the outside border.

CH 1, SC evenly around, going up the side, across the top, and down the other side. A small size should have 40 SC on each side. Medium should have about 47 SC on each side. Large should have about 53 SC on each side. Fasten off.

Now that you have the front of the top done, you just need to do the ties and back and you’re all done! For this top I decided on a corset style back because I thought it would bring the entire top together instead of the normal ties that you see on crochet crop tops. It’ll let you add a little flair as you can use ribbon, yarn, whatever material you want really to tie the back when you wear it!

So for the sides attach yarn to the first corner and do the following:

Row 1:  CH 2, DC in same ST, DC in the next 23 ST. Turn. (23)

Row 2-6(8, 10): CH 2, DC in same ST, DC in the next 20 ST. Size medium and large do number of rows in parentheses. Turn. (23)

Row 7(9,11): CH 2, DC in same ST, DC in next 2 ST, CH 1 & SK next ST, *DC in next 3 ST, CH 1 & SK next ST* until the last 3 ST. CH 1, SK next ST, DC in last 2 ST. Fasten off. (23) You can add more rows if you wish so that the ties are closer together. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Now repeat on the other side!

For the neck ties You’ll want to attach yarn to last side stitch from the border. CH 2, DC in next ST, CH 50, Fasten off. Repeat on other side.

Weave in your ends and you’re all done! I hope you love this top as much as I do. It is one I will wear a good portion of the summer if I’m not working. I would love to see your creations on Instagram! Feel free to hashtag your progress photos or finished items with #knottyblissboutique, #calypsobralette or tag me @knottyblissboutique. Be sure to also check out my Etsy shop for my other patterns!

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