With its flowing lines and sweet empire waist shaping, Inamorata
invokes romance and feminine appeal.
Custom-fit strap shaping provides modesty and comfort in this
classic knit that fits and flatters.
This project is worked with two strands of yarn held together
throughout, and the soft handpainted linen/silk blend adds lovely
drape and subtle color. The bodice is knit back and forth in
rows from the upper edge to the under-bust, then the lower body
is worked in the round to the lower edge. The bind off is worked
in a simple lace garter stitch sawtooth pattern. Stitches for
the straps are then picked up along the upper edge, and the straps
are worked to fit. A row of single crochet trims the bodice edges,
and the button loops for dainty shell buttons are worked with
a simple crochet loop.
Sink Dyeworks Silk Linen Lace [65%
silk, 35% linen; 725yd/659m per 4oz skein]; color: Irene; 2[2,
2, 3, 3, 3, 4] skeins Note: If substituting yarn, you will need approx. 930[1060, 1280,
1510, 1770, 1930, 2190]yd/850[970, 1170, 1380, 1620, 1770, 2000]m
fingering or lace weight yarn using two strands held together,
or 465[530, 640, 755, 885, 965, 1095]yd/425[485, 585, 690, 810,
885, 1000]m double-knitting weight yarn using only one strand.
Recommended needle size [always use a needle
size that gives you the gauge
listed below -- every knitter's
gauge is unique]
US #5/3.75mm circular needle (larger
sizes may prefer a longer needle)
24-inch US #6/4mm circular needle
(larger sizes may prefer a longer
1 set US#5/3.75mm double pointed
needles (only two needles are used)
1 US #G/6 / 4mm crochet hook
to 12 buttons, approx. 0.5 inch diameter
sts/24 rows = 4" in stockinette st using larger needles
22.5 sts /30 rows = 4” in reverse stockinette st using
smaller needles Note: Gauge measurements taken after blocking.
PATTERN NOTES [Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]
C2B: On RS Rows: Sl 1 st to cable needle and
hold to back of work; k1 from left needle, k1 from cable
On WS Rows: Sl 1 st to cable needle and
hold to back of work; p1 from left needle, p1 from cable
C2F: On RS Rows: Sl 1 st to cable needle and
hold to front of work; k1 from left needle, k1 from cable
On WS Rows: Sl 1 st to cable needle and
hold to front of work; p1 from left needle, p1 from cable
C2BP: On RS and WS Rows: Sl 1 st to cable needle
and hold to back of work; k1 from left needle, p1 from
C2FP: On RS and WS Rows: Sl 1 st to cable needle
and hold to front of work; p1 from left needle, k1 from
yo2: Yarn over twice (wrap yarn twice around right needle,
from front to back).
Crochet Stitches: The bodice and
straps are edged with a very simple crocheted
edging. Here are the abbreviations used and directions
for the stitches used:
Using smaller circular needle and two strands
of yarn held together, CO 167[186, 209, 230,
256, 277, 298] sts. Do not join; bodice is worked back and forth
K 4 rows.
Work 2[2, 2, 2, 6, 6, 8] rows in reverse
stockinette st, ending with a WS row.
Cable Pattern: Setup Row [RS]: P3[2, 3, 3, 2, 2, 2],
place marker, work Row 1 of Cable Chart, working outlined
pattern repeat 22[25, 28, 31, 35, 38, 41] times; place
marker, p3[2, 3, 3, 2, 2, 2]. Note that in Row 1 of chart,
every 7-st repeat is increased to 8 sts; when row is
complete, there will be 190[212, 238, 262, 292, 316,
Work Rows 2-36 of chart, maintaining first and last 3[2,
3, 3, 2, 2, 2] sts in reverse stockinette st as set. Note
that in Row 36 of chart, every 8-st repeat is decreased
to 7 sts; when row is complete, there will be 167[186,
209, 230, 256, 277, 298] sts.
Work 1[1, 1, 1, 5, 5, 7] row(s) in reverse
stockinette st, ending with a RS row. Place marker and
join to begin working in the round.
P 1 round.
LOWER BODY Next Round [RS]: K2tog, k to last 2 sts,
P 1 round.
Repeat these 2 rounds 2[1, 2, 2, 1, 1,
1] time(s) more. 161[182, 203, 224, 252, 273, 294] sts.
Sizes S, 1X, 2X, 3X Only:
K 1 round.
P 1 round.
Switching to larger circular needle,
k 1 round. Next Round: K3, [yo, k7] to last 4 sts,
yo, k4. 184[208, 232, 256, 288, 312, 336] sts.
K 3 rounds. Eyelet Round: K2, [k2tog, yo, k6] to
last 6 sts, k2tog, yo, k4.
Repeat these 4 rounds until work measures
12.5[12.5, 13.5, 14.5, 15.5, 15.5, 16.5] inches or approx.
1.5 inches less than desired length, ending with Eyelet
K 2 rounds. Switch to smaller circular needle and k 1
K first 46[52, 58, 64, 72, 78, 84] sts
of next round, then break yarn. Lace Edging will begin
at this point.
CO 5 sts onto tip of left needle.
Set-up Row [RS]: Using double-point needle,
k4, k last st of edging together with 1 st of lower body.
Turn work. 5 edging sts.
K 1 WS row over 5 sts of edging.
Row 1 [RS]: K2, yo, k2, k last st of edging together with
next st of lower body. 6 edging sts.
Rows 2, 6, 8 [WS]: K all sts of edging.
Row 3 [RS]: K2, yo2, k3, k last st of
edging together with next st of lower body. 8 edging sts.
Row 4 [WS]: K4, [k1, p1] in yo2, k2.
Row 5 [RS]: K3, yo, k4, k last st of
edging together with next st of lower body. 9 edging sts.
Row 7 [RS]: BO 4 sts (1 st remains on
right needle), k3, k last st of edging together with next
st of lower body. 5 edging sts.
Repeat Rows 1-8 until all sts of lower
body have been worked. Last st of lower body will be worked
on Row 5 of edging pattern.
K 1 row, then BO all sts of
Sew together CO end and BO end
Weave in ends. Steam block to measurements shown, gently pressing
Pin front opening shut. Slip garment body on over
the undergarment you will be wearing beneath it. Using
safety pins, mark strap placement to cover undergarment
straps along front and back upper edge of bodice (you
will probably need assistance for this part).
tape measure, measure from upper front edge, over your
shoulder, to upper back edge. This measurement is your
total strap length.
Using double-point needle and two strands
of yarn held together, with RS facing, pick up and k
8 sts along upper front edge of bodice, centered over
one safety pin.
Work in reverse stockinette st until
strap measures 1 inch less than half of total
strap length. (For example, if total strap length is
16 inches, front strap should be 7 inches long.)
Work other front strap in the same way.
Centering picked-up sts over safety pin
on back of bodice, work as for front strap until strap
measures 1 inch longer than half of total strap length.
(For example, if total strap length is 16 inches, back
strap should be 9 inches long.)
BO all sts.
Work other back strap in the same way.
CROCHET EDGING AND BUTTONHOLES
Pin front and back straps together at BO
edges. Try on garment and mark desired
locations of buttonholes along right front
edge of bodice. 6-8 buttons are recommended;
place top button just below upper corner
of right front bodice edge.
With two strands of yarn held together and with RS
facing, join yarn with sl st at bottom
of right front edge of bodice. Ch 1,
[sc along right front bodice edge to
location of buttonhole, (sc, ch 2, sc)
in next row edge st] until all buttonholes
have been worked, sc to upper corner
of right front edge; continue working
sc along edges of bodice and straps,
working two buttonholes at upper end
of each back strap [see
above], and ending
at bottom of left front bodice edge.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Steam block edging. Sew buttons to left
front bodice edge and upper ends of front straps, opposite
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark spends her days dyeing a spectrum of
yarns for her indie dye company, Kitchen
Sink Dyeworks, and her evenings thinking up new projects to
play with all of those colors.
She lives in the land of kudzu with her husband, Chris, three dogs, two
cats and a herd of wooly dust buffalo.