Hey awesome knitter! Today I am super excited to share with you a brand new Girly Knits design, which is a free pattern (woohoo!) that comes with a step-by-step video tutorial (double woohoo!). In the video that you’ll find below I walk you through each step in the pattern, so even if you are a beginner knitter, you will be able to make this bra top!
The pattern uses worsted weight yarn and is knit in the round as one piece, so it will knit up quickly with minimal finishing. This design is quite simple and straight forward as well, so if you want to add a stitch pattern, do a different type of ribbing, do something fun with the straps, etc., I encourage you to do so and make this bra top uniquely your own! And in case you are wondering what a bra top is, it could be a bralette (if you don’t require a lot of support!) or it could be a cropped tank top – either way you wear it, it’s super cute and comfy!
I like wearing my knitted bra tops with a bra underneath, and think it’s perfect for lounging around in (shown below with my “Cables and Curves” skirt pattern), as a crop top with a skater skirt for going out in (how I’m wearing it in teal below and in the video paired with a cardigan), or as PJs! (shown below paired with my “Gorgeous Shorties” pattern).
The bottom ribbing portion of the bra top is totally customizable to suite your desired length of the top, and your choice of worsted weight yarn is up to you. To give you an idea of some options, the 1st top has 3″ of 1×1 ribbing and is made with Knit Picks Chroma Worsted in Avalon, the 2nd top has 5″ of 2×2 ribbing and is made with Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Marine Heather, and the 3rd top (which I make in the video) has 7″ of 1×1 ribbing and is made with Naturally Caron Country in Deep Purple (stash yarn, unfortunately this yarn has been discontinued!) I have a 35″ bust and made the size Small for all of the tops pictured above.
I hope you enjoy this pattern, and when you finish it, please be sure to post pictures of your bra top on Ravelry! You can find the pattern page here. I’m also hosting a knit-a-long for this bra top where you can share your progress, connect with other knitters, and ask questions in the Girly Knits Fan Club forum page here.
Alright, here we go! You will find the video, materials needed, and pattern below
200-300 yards of worsted weight yarn
My favorite yarn for this project was Knit Picks Swish Worsted (shown in Teal). I used 2 balls (approx 220 yards) for the Small Size with 5″ of ribbing.
US 5 (3.75 mm) 24” circular needle
US 7 (4.5 mm) 24” circular needle and set of 2 double pointed needles
Gauge: 19 sts and 27 rows = 4″ in Stockinette Stitch using larger needle
Make sure to check your gauge!The size 5 needle is only used for the ribbing. If you need to change needle sizes from the size 7 to get the Stockinette Stitch gauge, use a needle 2 sizes down for the ribbing.
Notions: Stitch markers, tapestry needle
Sizes: Women’s XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL) to fit a 32 (34, 36, 38, 40, 42)” bust. If you are between sizes I would recommend going a size down.
M1L: make 1 by picking up bar between sts through front and knit through back loop
M1R: make 1 by picking up bar between sts through back and knit
ssk: (slip 1 knitwise) twice, insert LH needle into slipped sts and k2tog through back loop
ssp: (slip 1 knitwise) twice, slip sts back onto LH needle and p2tog through back loop
k2tog: knit 2 sts together
p2tog: purl 2 sts together
RH: right hand
LH: left hand
RS: right side
WS: wrong side
With smaller needle [CO 58 (62, 68, 72, 76, 82) sts, place marker] twice – 116 (124, 136, 144, 152, 164) sts. Join, taking care not to twist sts. (video: 1:48)
Work in 1×1 (k1, p1) or 2×2 (k2, p2) rib for desired length. See info below picture showing all 3 tops for how long I made the ribbing for each top. (video: 3:37)
Change to larger needle and knit 5 rnds, working to last st before start marker on the 5th rnd: (video: 5:59)
Inc Rnd: M1R, k1, slip marker, k1, M1L, k to 1 st before side marker, M1R, k1, slip marker, k1, M1L, k to end – 120 (128, 140, 148, 156, 168) sts. (video: 8:02)
Rep Inc Rnd every 6th rnd 2 more times, starting Inc Rnd 1 st before the start marker as before – 128 (136, 148, 156, 164, 176) sts after all inc rnds.
For the 38”, 40”, and 42” bust, or if you have a D+ bust (or if you want more coverage!), work 3 more rnds, or desired length of back. (video: 11:21)
K4, BO with a firm tension until there are 3 sts left before the side marker – 72 (76, 82, 86, 90, 96) sts left on needle. Cont the row as follows (you will already have 1 st on your RH needle): (video: 11:52)
Ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 70 (74, 80, 84, 88, 94) sts. (video: 13:11)
Next Row: Purl.
Dec Row: K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 68 (72, 78, 82, 86, 92) sts.
Repeat last 2 rows two more times, removing markers as needed – 64, (68, 74, 78, 82, 88) sts.
Next row: P32 (34, 37, 39, 41, 44) sts, place marker to mark center, p to end. (video: 14:57)
Wearer’s Left Cup:
The Wearer’s Left Cup and strap will be worked first, then you will work the Wearer’s Right Cup and strap. If you want to work the cups simultaneously, you can join a 2nd ball of yarn at the center to work the other cup at the same time, referring to the instructions for Wearer’s Right Cup. The basic formula for the decreases is that you will decrease at the underarm every RS row, and at the neckline every row.
Row 1: K1, ssk, k to 3 sts before center marker, k2tog, k1 – 30 (32, 35, 37, 39, 42) sts. (video: 15:42)
Row 2: Turn work and P1, p2tog, p to end – 29 (31, 34, 36, 38, 41) sts. (video: 17:10)
Repeat last 2 rows until 6 sts remain. If you end after working a WS row, k across. If you end after working a RS row don’t do anything. If you end with 7 sts after a working a WS row, k4, k2tog, k1.
Work in i-cord for desired strap length. (video: 18:13) I made my straps about 11” long – I would recommend checking the strap length of a tank top that is adjusted to fit you, then do a little extra. It’s easier to take out length if they are too long then to add it after cutting your yarn! BO and leave a 5″ tail for sewing straps to top. (video: 21:27)
Wearer’s Right Cup:
Join yarn at center of Bra Top (the first row will be on the RS of your knitting) and work as follows: (video: 22:10)
Row 1: K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 30 (32, 35, 37, 39, 42) sts.
Row 2: P to last 3 sts, ssp, p1 – 29 (31, 34, 36, 38, 41) sts.
Repeat last 2 rows until 6 sts remain. If you end after working a WS row, k across. If you end after working a RS row don’t do anything. If you end with 7 sts after a WS row, k1, ssk, k to end.
Work strap same as other strap.
Pin straps to back edge of bra top. Try on and adjust strap placement and length as needed. Using a tapestry needle, sew straps to back edge of bra top. (video: 24:27)
Weave in ends and enjoy! If you liked this pattern, make sure to check out more of my patterns at girlyknits.com/patterns!
So a couple months ago, I posted this picture on my Facebook Fan Page and Instagram, and I couldn’t believe how many of you loved the idea of knitted wall decor!
I got really excited about this concept, and in flooded a million ideas of cute knitted things you could frame and put on your wall. Whether you want a little wooly decor in your home, or you need a quick knitted present to gift to a loved one, Knitted Wall Art is guaranteed to please
I ended up creating more than 20 Knitted Wall Art designs, including colorwork, cables, textures, and more. Some designs even have added knitted elements to give them a 3-dimensional look!
I made a video for you explaining how Knitted Wall Art works, including what to look for in a frame.
Here are 5 reasons that Knitted Wall Art is super awesome and why I’m so obsessed!:
1) Knitted Wall Art is an inexpensive project! The frames used are from IKEA (the Virserum frame) and only $1.99 – $2.99 each. The wool used is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport which is only $2.69/ball. You won’t need more than 1 ball of each color used for any set, so you can definitely make a set of 3 knitted wall art designs for under $20 (and have some yarn left over)!
2) Knitted Wall Art is a quick knit! Each framed knitted piece will only take a few hours to make – the 4×6″ size will take about 2-3 hours, while the 5×7″ size will take about 3-4 hours. You can definitely make a whole set in a weekend!
3) Knitted Wall Art is interchangeable! Each design is actually a frame cozy that wraps around the back piece of your frame. This makes it super easy to get on and off your frame and have the ability to switch it out with other designs in a jiffy. It looks nice and neat in the back too!
4) Knitted Wall Art can be made seamless! In each pattern there is a full page photo tutorial on how to seam your cozy as you so, so you won’t have to do any seaming at the end. Woohoo!
5) You can design your own Knitted Wall Art! In each and every pattern, there is a blank template at the end where you can design your own colorwork chart, cable chart, or knit purl pattern. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!
All of the Knitted Wall Art patterns can be found in my Ravelry shop for $5 each, or you can get the full collection of all 7 sets which has more than 20 Knitted Wall Art designs for only $15 here!
Hope you enjoy making knitted wall art, I can’t wait to see what you make!
I am super excited and honored to have been chosen as a featured guest on the awesome, inspiring, educational knitting television series, Knitting Daily TV! I was part of series 1300, which is currently airing on PBS this Summer. To check out the schedule for Knitting Daily TV in your city, click here.
That is me below with host Vickie Howell after we filmed our segment! You may recognize my cowl neck dress from my final collection for “The Fiber Factor”, I was so happy I got to borrow it back to wear for the show
I was featured in episode #1307 “Boy Meets Girl”, which also features Josh Bennett, our mentor from The Fiber Factor! He shared how to add masculine touches to your knitting, while I discussed how to add feminine touches. I also did a demonstration on how to knit my signature bow. Here is a preview of the episode below!
We did the filming back in February at a special set in Ohio. It was my first time doing anything like this and was such a cool experience! I got to get my makeup done, and see the inner workings of a TV studio. While waiting for my turn to go on set, I got to hang out in the “green room” with the other guests and got a preview of the other episodes in the series. Here is Vickie below doing the intro for episode #1301 “Nature Knits”!
Tanis and I found out that we were on the same flight home so we got to hang out and get to know each other better! She’s a super cool gal! There we are below rocking our knitted hats at the airport She has a really cool segment at the end of each Knitting Daily TV episode where she shares her favorite knitting tools.
My episode “Boy Meets Girl” #1307 should be airing this week or next week in most parts of the US! To check out when it’s airing in your city, you can go to this site and enter your zip code to get your local listings:
I am so super excited to share with you my brand new collection of knitting patterns “Boardwalk Beauties”! It is a collection of 5 sunshine loving designs that you will not only love knitting, but will love wearing when you’re out having fun in the sun! Inspired by everything lovely about Summer and my favorite new fashion trends, you will love these fashionable tank top, t-shirt, and skirt designs. They are all knitted with lightweight summery fibers like cotton and bamboo to keep you cool in the warm weather. I hope you love these patterns as much as I loved designing them!
Below you will find a video of me doing a show and tell of the collection, going into more detail about the inspiration behind the collection, and the different ways you can customize each design!
These patterns can be purchased through my Girly Knits pattern stores on Ravelry, Craftsy, and Etsy, as well as through my website, girlyknits.com! They range from $5-$6 each, or can be purchased as a full collection for only $16 here. Here are all of the patterns in the collection and their descriptions below:
“She’s Electric” Aztec Pattern Bodycon Skirt
Be the belle of the boardwalk this Summer is this electrifyingly cool skirt! The unique Aztec inspired texture of this skirt will not only turn heads, it is a blast to knit too! The skirt is deceptively simple, composed of simple knit and purl patterns that create a beautiful knit fabric that will fit and flatter your curves. The skirt is finished off with a fold-over waistband to enclose an elastic that will make this skirt fit you like a glove. Made with Knit Picks Shine Sport, you are sure to emit extra super shiny electric waves! In the words of Oasis “She is electric, can I be electric too?” the answer is YES! Just knit this skirt 😉 For more details and to instantly download this pattern, check it out on Ravelry.
“Sunshine and Lollipops” Braided Strappy Back Tank Top with Geo Lace Edge
Sunshine, lollipops and rainbows everything that’s wonderful is what I feel a-when I’m wearing this tank top…hehe well that is how I feel when I wear this tank top, and I hope you feel wonderful and bust out into song when you wear it too! There is lots to love with this sunshine seeking tank top with it’s super chic chunky geo lace edge and unique braided straps that show off your beautiful back! Braiding these straps will bring back memories of Summer Camp and friendship bracelets and all that is wonderful about Summer. An option is also included for a trendy t-strap back, as well as a cropped or regular length fitted tank to give you lots of options to suite your unique preferences. For more details and to instantly download this pattern, check it out on Ravelry.
“Bow Crazy” Chevron Lace Open Back Tank Top with Bow
Go crazy with your love for bows and everything girly with this pretty little lacy flirty oh-so-cute tank top! With sweet and feminine details like a lace ruffled waist, a picot neckline, and cable braided straps, this tank top is sure to make you feel pretty. With the option of making a festival ready solid tank top, or a retro-inspired beach ready striped tank top, you can let your imagination run wild with the adventures you will have when you rock it! Knit with a lustrous mercerized cotton, this tank not only keeps you cool in it’s sassy open-back design, but keeps you looking cool in it’s fashionable chevron lace pattern. The bow on the back is a super sweet touch that will make you go bow crazy! For more details and to instantly download this pattern, check it out on Ravelry.
“With Sprinkles on Top” Ice Cream Bow Back T-Shirt
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream during the Summer? Vanilla with multicolor sprinkles? Mint with chocolate sprinkles? Plain chocolate? Show it off in this super fun perfect for Summer t-shirt! Made with Knit Picks Comfy Sport, it is not only knit with a lightweight cotton yarn, it is soft, comfy, and machine washable too! The ice cream intarsia chart is a blast to knit and wear, and the bows on the back offer some flirtiness and flair. Adorn the bows with your favorite buttons and your back will be the talk of the town. The bow on the back is a super sweet touch that will make you go bow crazy! For more details and to instantly download this pattern, check it out on Ravelry.
“Heart to Heart” Embellished Tank Top with Heart Cut Out Back
If you want to sparkle this Summer and show off the amazing knitting superstar you are, “Heart to Heart” is your one stop tank top! Featuring two of fashions hottest trends, jewel embellished necklines and heart cut out backs, you will have everyone saying “Who is that girl? I want to know her!” Knit with your choice of sugar cane or cotton yarn, you will be keeping cool and looking fabulous. Warning: I would recommend making 2 of these beauties, because you just know your BFF is going to want one too! For more details and to instantly download this pattern, check it out on Ravelry.
If you have already purchased “Heart to Heart” on Ravelry, you will automatically get $5 off the collection! If this doesn’t work for you or you purchased “Heart to Heart” somewhere else, just let me know and I will hook you up with a $5 off coupon code
Thanks so much for checking out the “Boardwalk Beauties” collection! These patterns can be purchased through my Girly Knits pattern stores on Ravelry, Craftsy, and Etsy, as well as through my website, girlyknits.com! They range from $5-$6 each, or can be purchased as a full collection for only $16 here. I hope you enjoy!
The Spring Knit Along has commenced and it was so much fun! All of the girls who participated were so awesome and supportive of one another, and came out with some super cute tank tops and dresses! If you would like to check out the forum thread we used for the knit along and the fun progress pics posted along the way, you can check it out on Ravelry here! The pattern we used can be found here Can’t wait to do another one, if you have any requests, please do let me know!
Hey there! Today I am very happy to be sharing a video tutorial with you on how to knit daisy lace! Even if you are new to knitting lace, you will be able to watch the video and follow along with the lace pattern written out below. Hopefully you will find that knitting lace is quite fun!
Once you learn the basics of lace though knitting this lace pattern, you will find that other lace patterns use similar techniques to create a variety of designs.
This daisy lace pattern is used in my original design “Blossoming Beauty“, so if you like it, you can incorporate it into a tank top or dress using my pattern! I am also hosting a Spring Knit-Along from April 5th – May 5th, so if you decide to knit this pattern, please join in on the knit-along forum on Ravelry here!
Here is the stitch pattern that I use in the video tutorial (which you will find at the bottom of the page) so you can follow along:
k2tog: knit 2 stitches together
psso: pass slipped stitch over
tbl: through back loop
yo: yarn over
Note: This will make a square swatch of 2 repeats of the daisy lace stripe pattern. In the video I used US Size 5 needles and a worsted weight yarn so that you would be able to see my work more clearly, though the “Blossoming Beauty” tank top and dress design uses a US Size 4 needles a sport weight cotton yarn, Paton’s Grace.
CO 33 sts.
Knit 4 rows.
Work center 25 sts in St st for 12 rows, keeping first and last 4 sts in Garter St.
Work Daisy Lace Pattern below over center 25 sts for next 12 rows, keeping first and last 4 sts in Garter St.
Thanks so much to everyone who entered and voted in the “Follow Your Heart” Valentine’s Day project contest! It was so much fun to see everyone’s projects, they were all so awesome! A total of 23 fabulous projects were entered, which you can check out on my facebook fan page photo album here.
Even though I said there would only be 2 winners (one winner by votes, and one at random), I wanted to award the 2nd and 3rd place winners as well and spread the love some more ;). All 4 will be getting a fun little Vday package from me, as well as a Girly Knits pattern of their choice, yay!
Here are the winners:
“Heart Me Forever” by Celeste! Celeste did a beautiful job photographing her knitting in progress, her finished work, and modeling her skirt! Celeste actually entered a total of 5 awesome projects into the contest, but this one was the clear fan favorite. Congratulations Celeste! You can find her project details for this skirt on Ravelry here, and see more of her knitted creations for her and her two adorable daughters here.
“Be My Valentine” by Denyse! Denyse made fingerless mittens for all 3 of her daughters, making each pair unique by using different color combos and interchanging the word charts. The photo of all of their hands together is so super sweet! These were a Valentine’s Day gift for her daughters, and the photos really do give a fun representation of the Holiday ♥ Congratulations Denyse! You can find details on these fun fingerless mittens on her project page here, and see more of her beautiful creations here!
There was actually a tie for 3rd place, and the projects were by the same knitter! Congrats to Grisleda for her “Your Time to Shine” and “Eye Candy” projects! Griselda did a wonderful job photographing her projects using fun colorful backgrounds, and flashing us with her beautiful smile 😉 I also love how she made each project her own. You can check out all of her wooly wonders on Ravelry here!
“Winner at Random”
For the “winner at random”, I used a random number generator to determine who it would be, and the winner is…drumroll please…Jen! Jen actually entered two projects, “Sweeter then a Cupcake” and “Your Time to Shine“. Jen took fun progress shots of her projects and made some pretty sweet hats 😉 Congrats Jen! Check out more of her projects (which include a ton of fun hats!) on Ravelry here.
Thanks again to all of the awesome knitters who entered the contest, and congratulations to the winners! You can find out more about the fun knitting patterns used for these projects here:
Have you knitted fingers on gloves before? If you have, then you know that they can be quite tricky and take some patience! If you haven’t but want to learn, I made a video tutorial below walking you through all of the steps and techniques! I use my “Be My Valentine” pattern as an example that you can follow along with, though the techniques I show you can be applied to other glove patterns.
My cat Ezzy also makes a guest appearance in my tutorial! (she just loves the camera 😉 ) I hope the video helps you with knitting fingers, and please let me know if you have any questions in the comments section!