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 Padscopyright 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
Crochet hook size 4mm or 4.5mm (I used Tulip aluminum hook 4mm)
Finished size: sample is best fit for a size B cup, but can be sized up or down by adding/subtracting an increase round
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)
Fasten off and weave in ends.
I made a video briefly demonstrating how I attached the bra pads to the bikini top.