A lovely fall evening to you, my colleagues! As we continue on with our series of pattern previews – complete with an inside scoop from the designers – let’s make a stop at one of my favorite chapters: Boudoir, where knitting shows its decidedly sensual side. Let’s start with a gorgeous little number that’s been all the buzz on Ravelry lately…
Designer: Amanda Williams
In the latter half of the 19th century a woman would always wear a chemise under her corset. These were traditionally sewn from fabric, but I thought a knitted version would be lovely. I wanted a bit of lace at the top and the bottom to make a feminine, playful top. I can’t think of anywhere I’d rather wear a delicate silk/merino yarn. These days we don’t seem to wear corsets quite so often, but in the tradition of innerwear as outerwear, this piece can really shine. I finished the one I did for myself last spring and wore it all summer long with jeans for casual days and a skirt to dress up a bit. I can’t wait to layer it this winter under jackets and cardigans.
A few notes on customizing it to your size. The lace repeat is 23 stitches wide. This means the pattern does not lend itself well to adding or removing stitches. Do be sure to swatch the lace portion to check how it will fit around your shoulders. Likewise check your stockinette gauge to match your bust measurement. This is designed to be close fitting at the bust but relaxed elsewhere. If you are finding yourself between sizes, I recommend changing needle sizes to get a gauge suitable for your sizing.
I ran a cord a through the top eyelets of my personal version to help it stay snug around my shoulders. You can do the same with ribbon or elastic to further enhance the fit. This will work up beautifully in a delicate lace weight yarn to be reminiscent of lingerie, or a fingering weight to be a casual t-shirt style.
Enjoy and please post your projects on Ravelry! I want to see what you do with it and how you wear it
Designer: Aimee Skeers
I love bloomers. Is that weird? If so, I don’t actually care. I love wearing them under full skirts so if an errant breeze rolls in, I don’t have to worry. They’re adorable, so it’s only natural that I’d write a pattern for them. I didn’t want to just write a bloomer pattern, though, since part of the fun of bloomers is wearing something over them. The chemise is intended to be work either as part of the set, or as a top on its own. Wear it just over a bra if you’re feeling saucy, or over a camisole to make it more work appropriate. And remember, bloomers are awesome.