Short Stays by Larissa Brown
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Short Stays

October 2011
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette on larger needles
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
396 yards (362 m)
32, 36, 39, 41"
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See errata/corrections below.

Short stays were a form of corset worn in the Regency era. They ended immediately under the bust and were worn between layers, underneath the β€œpublic” dress.

This top turns this flattering form into outerwear. Crossed in front and tied in back, its fitted shape would look wonderful over a flowing blouse, simple t-shirt, or empire waist dress like those worn in Jane’s day. It brings the sweet shaping of short stays out into the light.

Designer’s Note: this is a belted garment and as such, you have to knit a long belt. :-) I’ve opted to have the knitter do the belt first, so it will be out of your way. I hope you enjoy!


Under Body:

Size 32 (36, -, -) should only rep the last 2 rows 2 (1, -, -) more times resulting in 128 (146, -, -) sts.

Under Left and Right Front:

Neck dec row: … should rep the last 4 rows 0 (0, 2, 2) more time(s)β€”20 (25, 19, 27) sts rem.

Rep the last 2 rows 5 (7, 3, 7) more timesβ€”10 (11, 13, 13) sts rem.

Under Back:

Shape neck and left shoulder: Where it says “knit to end” and “purl to end” it should say “work” to end, to maintain the pattern.