Khaleesi by Elizabeth Helmich


November 2012
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
30 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in Twisted rib
US 4 - 3.5 mm
750 - 1310 yards (686 - 1198 m)
30 ½ (34 ½, 38, 42, 45 ½, 49 ½, 53)” / 77.5 (87.5, 96.5, 106.5, 115.5, 125.5, 134.5) cm chest / hip circumference
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A feminine corset-inspired top that may also be worn as a vest; featuring a beautiful fish tail pattern which is worked up both sides and flanked by cabled twists.

The main body is worked in a twisted rib pattern with waist shaping to hug your curves. This luscious wool/silk blend yarn shows off the stitches in high relief.

Worked in the round in one piece to the armholes, you then work straps one at a time and add simple borders to the edges when finishing.

  • Corset is designed to be worn with zero ease or negative ease for a fitted look. If you are in between sizes, I recommend going with the smaller size, due to the natural stretch of the fabric.

Dubai Knits Faith, Hope & Love – 50% merino wool/50% silk, 330 yds / 302 m per 3.53 oz / 100 g; 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4) skeins OR approx 750 (850, 940, 1040, 1130, 1220, 1310) yds / 685 (775, 855, 945, 1030, 1110, 1190) m of a sportweight/heavy fingering weight yarn – Shown in colorway Boysenberry.

Size US 4 / 3.5 mm circular needles in appropriate length for your size, or size needed to obtain gauge (Note: for armhole borders you may wish to use dpns or magic loop method.)

Gauge 30 sts + 36 rows = 4” / 10 cm in Twisted Rib/Fish Tail/Cable & Twist Ripple patterns

Notions Stitch markers (8), cable needle, tapestry needle

Pattern Notes

  • Corset is worked in one piece from the bottom up to the armholes, and then each strap is worked one at a time in rows.
  • All knit stitches are worked as twisted stitches (through the back loop) throughout pattern.
  • The main body of the corset is easy to lengthen/shorten depending on how long your torso is – decreases should end at the smallest part of your natural waist. Each pattern repeat will add approximately 1 ¼” / 3 cm to the total length.
  • Finishing includes sewing straps together using kitchener stitch and adding simple borders to the neckline and armholes.

This is an intermediate pattern. You need to be comfortable working with more than one pattern stitch at the same time, also ‘reading’ your knitting to decrease and increase in pattern (simple twisted ribbing). The main fish tail pattern is very intuitive once you have done a couple of repeats. The simple cables on the sides just involve 2-3 stitches for each twist. Stitch patterns are both written and charted.