… to High Society Soirees

Hello again, my colleagues!  After the rousing success of last week’s post, I’m thrilled to bring you two more patterns from Needles And Artifice, the upcoming Ladies Of Mischief knitting and adventure book.  If you haven’t had a chance, be sure to check out the updated Ravelry links on the previous pattern reveals and tell us what you think!  We’ll be adding links to these too later this week, so you can continue to fave and queue to your heart’s content.  And we’ve been so overwhelmed by the outstanding enthusiasm you’ve shown, we’re going to continue with additional pattern reveals right up until publication!  Details will be coming soon, but for now, let’s hear from two more of our amazing designers…

Just the thing to dress up your favorite party hat

Gossip Stole

Designer: Amanda Williams

Yarn: The Painted Tiger

Three things are said about me. I’m a flirt, I like luxury and I like a challenge.

I don’t want just any flirtation. I want one with style and elegance. I like the old fashioned type with a glance under veil. Where you catch their eye and then look away. What better way to draw the eye than with the luxury of lace.  Lace is a luxury because it’s so unnecessary. Many design details support structure or have a role to play. Lace on the other hand is pure decoration. The work put into it is purely to catch the eye and draw it in. The end result is a testament to skill and patience.

This pattern is not a simple mindless thing.  It’s a piece to show off your skills and abilities. I hate finishing work, so this is designed to be knit without seams. The edging for the bottom is knit then the stiches are picked up to knit the body and finally the top edging is knit on. I created it to have mitered corners and for the repeats of the edging to match the repeats of the body so that you may adjust the size to your wishes. We show it here as a confection in laceweight yarn, but you can knit it with as many or few repeats as you wish and in any weight yarn. I even have a couple washcloths out of dishcloth cotton from testing the pattern out for myself. You may not be able to wear a veil in your day-to-day life, but a scarf for you neck or stole for an cool summer evening may suit you just fine.

Who was that mysterious beauty?

A more elegant wrap you may never find… just like the Lady wearing it.

Quadrille Overbust Corset

Designer: Valerie DiPietro

Yarn: Skein

The idea for the knit corset swam around in my head for many years before finally coming to fruition with this pattern. I have always enjoyed the structure and texture of traditional cabled sweaters. They are so simple, yet so complex. It was fascinating to see so much movement and life come from the simple overlapping of stitches. Similarly, the simple elegance and timeless shaping of traditional corsetry has always mesmerized me. It wasn’t until I got the idea to put them both together into one powerful piece that things got really exciting. I used a combination of textured stitches, twisted cables, complex cable latices, and open lace work to give the impression of steel boning. Additionally, this piece is fully adjustable to meet your exact measurements whether knit be worn over a laced corset or made as a striking bodice top. I hope you truly enjoy this historical juxtaposition as much as I do.

An intricate dance of cables and textures

Cinched and laced and ready to mingle

The good Dr. Erma knows when the evening calls for her more refined side


11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ron Lynn
    Jul 02, 2012 @ 05:35:55

    Oh, I adore these and can’t wait to sink my needles into them. Most definitely queueing and fav-ing when I can. Keep up the fantastic work! Cheers!


  2. ThePaintedTiger
    Jul 02, 2012 @ 09:31:34

    How exciting! And glad I don’t have to keep it under (or I guess, over) my hat anymore!!!


  3. dreampunkgeek
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 13:40:52

    Wow! Love the idea of a knit corset! Never would have thought of it before


  4. Meg
    Aug 21, 2012 @ 18:49:54

    I must have this book, I MUST have a pattern for that frock coat!!!!!


  5. Murielle
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 04:37:34

    So georgeous. When the book arrive ?


    • archivistofmischief
      Sep 13, 2012 @ 08:58:20

      Thank you! The book should be available in the next couple months… we’re cranking those presses fast to get it to you in time for some of the big steakpunk events, or most definitely the holiday season. We’ll post an official release date here, so stay tuned!


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  8. Amanda
    Nov 30, 2012 @ 20:07:24

    Any way to add boning of any kind to this piece? I’d love for it to stand out on its own without needing to wear a corset to avoid it bunching in places. I’m pretty excited to knit me up for cosplaying!


    • archivistofmischief
      Nov 30, 2012 @ 22:22:03

      Good question! Between the boning in the back channels (where it laces – yes there is boning there), the shaping, the ribbon to cinch it above the chest, and lacing it up to further adjust the fit, it’s designed to lay pretty smoothly. You could most certainly add additional boning along the backs of the cable twists, fastened in place with yarn or ribbon or however you like, to give it a stronger corset silhouette on its own. Please let us know if you give it a try!


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