Bronwyn's Bodice by Julie Harris

Bronwyn's Bodice

Knitting
March 2016
24 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in Stocking stitch in laceweight yarn
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
875 - 1750 yards (800 - 1600 m)
Small - Medium - Large
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Now available in both laceweight and 4-ply versions.

Bronwyn’s Bodice is a lacy sleeveless top with ribbed neck and armbands, which can be knitted in a single yarn or two different yarns - either different colours of the same fibre/type, or different types altogether. The laceweight original was worked in 100g each of Alpaca Lace and Alpaca Silk Lace in shades of blue. The 4-ply sample was worked in Alpaca 4-ply and Alpaca Silk Cashmere 4-ply, in shades of purple.

There are also options for adding beads to sections of the body and the lower edge.

The construction is worked in a seamless manner from the top down, with the back and front worked flat to the armholes from a provisional cast-on at the shoulders. The body is joined into the round with the addition of stitches for the underarm panels, and then worked to the hem in the round. To finish, stitches are picked up for neck and armbands.

NO SHAPING is required - the design is created without increases or decreases at neck or armholes - making this an ideal garment for those who love to knit lace but are wary of shaping which interferes with the lace pattern. A little shaping is obtained by the use of ribbed sections at the body sides. It would be relatively easy to adjust the size by altering the number of stitches in the side ribbing.

Finished measurements for small, medium and large are approximately 34, 38 and 42 inches, or 86, 96 and 107 cm. The top can be worn loose as a layering piece, or a little tighter next to the skin.