Monday, September 05, 2022

Crocheted Bra Pads - free pattern

I've recently made a bikini top based on a free pattern I found on Garnstudio Designs. I couldn't wear it as is -  even though its not see-thru, its just not the right form. I tried to use commercial bra pads from an old swimsuit, it didn't feel comfy since its not made of natural material. So I decided to crochet my own bra pads using worsted-weight cotton. It somewhat lifts up and adds some volume, just a slight improvement for me. And it also makes me feel safer and not worry about wardrobe malfunction.

Crocheted Bra Pads

copyright Mimi Alelis, 2022
This pattern can only be found on this link:

Premier Home Cotton, worsted-weight (85% cotton, 15% polyester), 80gm, 140 yds, one skein
(you will need about 35 gms/50 meters or 55 yds of worsted weight yarn, for a pair of bra pads)
Crochet hook size 4mm or 4.5mm (I used Tulip aluminum hook 4mm)
Yarn needle to weave in ends
Gauge: 2 inches = 10 sts
Finished size: sample is best fit for a size B cup, but can be sized up or down by adding/subtracting an increase round

Bra Pad
Note: Ch 2 at the beginning of rnds does not count as a stitch.
Start with magic ring,
Rnd 1: Ch 2, 8 dc in ring, join with sl st on first dc. (8 dc)
Rnd 2: Ch 2, (2 dc in one dc, 3 dc in next dc) repeat around, join. (20 dc)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, (dc in one dc, 2 dc in next dc) repeat around, join. (30 dc)
Rnd 4: Ch 2, (dc in two dc, 2 dc in next dc) repeat around, join. (40 dc)
Rnd 5: Ch 2, (dc in 3 dc, 2 dc in next dc) repeat around, join. (50 dc)
Rnd 6: Ch 2, (dc in 4 dc, 2 dc in next dc) repeat around, join. (60 dc)
Rnd 7: Ch 2, (dc in 5 dc, 2 dc in next dc) repeat around, join. (70 dc)
Rnd 8: Ch 1,  sc in each dc around, join (70 sc)
Fasten off and weave in ends.

I made a video briefly demonstrating how I attached the bra pads to the bikini top.

Friday, July 15, 2022

Shell Halter Top crochet pattern for sale

Since I didn't go on any beach trip, I just tried on my Shell Halter Top at home. I made this 15 yrs ago and it still fits! This summer top is a classic and never goes out of style.

I used our local Cannon size 8 cotton threads, and it may be substituted with size 10 cotton threads, since the hook size is 2mm.

Pattern and details available on Ravelry, and on Etsy.

Thursday, December 02, 2021

Puff Stitch seatcover

The crochet projects I made during this pandemic are mostly for the home. Not that I've been crocheting much, even though there seems to be so much time to craft. There just seem to be a lot more options available now to pass the time (without feeling guilty), one of them is doing nothing but enjoying the company of our family, and catching up with friends online. 
I just thought I'd share here what I made, maybe it will inspire more projects from us crocheters.


Friday, June 25, 2021

My Crochet Design on WeCrochet Magazine issue 7, Summer 2021

Yes, its finally out!...hope you get a copy of WeCrochet Magazine issue 7. maybe a printed copy, or you can purchase a digital version instead. Head on over to wecrochet.

Or, search for new patterns, Sea Star Cardi.

photo from

I sent in my proposal last September, and when it got accepted I worked on completing the pattern and making my own sample from the curio #10 thread they sent me. If you're interested in purchasing yarns, go look at their Summer Yarn Sale, ongoing till supplies last.

I would like to share too, what the prototype of my design looked like. A loose-fitting beach coverup, or a coverup skirt, or a shawl/cape as options in this same design.

                                           copyright Mimi Alelis, 2021 

You may want to purchase Curio thread and other yarns, now on sale (click the image below to take you there)

Monday, June 14, 2021

Crochet and Knitted wearables from online shopping

I've been Shopeeing a lot these days, since late last year when I got the hang of online shopping (at Its quite addictive! Discounts, freebies, promos...and I end up spending more than I planned.

I have a weakness for items that are crocheted and knitted...even if I can crochet one for myself...they come branded, at very low price, and still in good condition at thrift shops. Though some pretty items got grabbed by other buyers quickly, I still got some nice ones.

Here are my favorites:

I'll share in my next post how I would wear some of these pieces. 

I happened to have two basic tank dresses that I found worked well to be able to wear the crochet and knit tops.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

My Crochet Stuff in 2020

Hello, just a few things to share about my crafting in it is for your interest :)

Crochet Projects

I've posted just a few projects for the year on my Ravelry - colorful bag, my tote, makeover slippers, amigurumi details, beach coverup, and a couple more cotton thread projects. I can't show the beach coverup yet, since it is a submitted design...coming soon this summer!

And this one I started in October last year, will hopefully be finished early this year. This group of four amigurumi dolls is a request by my son for my granddaughter, since they both watch the series, Avatar. My son bought the pattern, and I tweaked it a bit, and added the crocheted eyes too...

Aang and Katara crochet

Can't wait to see my granddaughter's reaction when she sees the dolls!

Another project, a simple one yet quite useful - this crocheted belt that I finished with recycled leather attachments. The yarn was bought from the U.S., Berroco Suede yarn, made in Italy. I used size 5.5mm hook and worked it in SC stitches. With this kind of project some sewing skill is required. 


2020 wasn't so bad for crocheting...must have been good for some crafters who had more time for their projects while forced to stay at home...and for those like me who have blogs like this and patterns for free or for sale, there has been an increased demand. The past year my blog views went up and as a result I got some income from my blog, from my for sale patterns on Ravelry, and from royalties on my patterns on the Interweave website... But honestly, such income is just peanuts...only worth mentioning because it was unexpected, considering that I practically didn't have new content. 

I only had one published pattern last year, which is available free on This is quite a unique style for a crocheted bag, its practical too. But not all yarns will work for this design, the best yarn is the one used in the pattern, or a similar one. 

Also in 2020, I submitted a beach coverup pattern for the WeCrochet Magazine Summer 2021 issue.

 Ready to crochet with Curio #10? Its 100% cotton, very easy to work with, and the resulting garment is light yet the design is defined and has no big holes. 

Other Stuff

A throwback pic from 2 years granddaughter showing the crochet purse I made, which she used as a toy dog carrier.

And another look at my yarn inventory from 3 years ago, to remind myself that these needed to be made into projects! 

The plan this year is to continue to use up yarns and other materials and to keep on organizing them...its as important to find what you need, when you need it.

Thanks for looking! By the way, I celebrated a milestone birthday last year. 😎

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