Does anyone know where I can find patterns for knitting sports bras? Most of the knitted bras I see contain hooks or underwire...and I'm looking for a knitted bra without underwire or elastic. I found a couple on Knitty that come close, and one in a book called Urban Knitter, but all of them appear to use elastic or hooks. Can't I just use ribbing to make it snug around the bottom?
When I was younger, I couldn't wait to wear the satiny, lacy bras in Victoria's Secret or department stores. Now that I'm a (tad bit!) older, however, I simply will not wear underwire - I find it horribly uncomfortable. But my problem lately has been that anything even remotely close to elastic also causes me pain. Yup, you got it - straight out pain. It's like a headache around my mid-back and armpits. (I should mention that I'm probably a 32-A or B...) I just can't handle the elastic around my torso or over my shoulders for very long...I end up getting back and/or shoulder cramps.
You're probably wondering what I do about it....right? Well, when I'm working out I wear sports bras with very light/stretchy fabric and elastic, and then I take them off as soon as humanly possible. Stretchy camis can also work, but they sometimes still cut into my armpits. It's tougher when I dress up, though. If I'm wearing a sweater or something baggier, I'll often leave on my bra but unhook it when I start to get the pain. And Victoria's Secret carries these little bandaid/pasties to cover up "party hats"...I've found that they work great not only for times when I can't wear a bra (backless tops) but also when I'm just not in the mood to put myself through the pain that bras make me suffer.
So lately I've been getting pretty creative about how to go bra-less without being inappropriate. The pasties and layering light-weight tees under outer tops or sweaters so far works the best for me. But when I'm working out, I absolutely must have some support, so I thought knitting a bra would work.
I'd create my own pattern except that I've not yet figured out how to do that. I'm really intimidated by all the number calculations that go into it, and I'm not sure how to create shaping or other advanced techniques without a pattern. I've altered other patterns for length or size or whatnot, but even my first attempt at resizing a sweater (my first sweater) went haywire.