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The Trials and Tribulations Chemise and Bloomers

Knitting
October 2012
Light Fingering / 3 ply ?
29 stitches and 33 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
1752 - 3504 yards (1602 - 3204 m)
Bust: 32 (38, 42, 46, 50, 54)"

The path to romance may be fraught with ups and downs, but this cunning boudoir set is sure to smooth any bumps along the way. Sweet, playful and approachable: a winning combination in love and knitwear.

Worked in the round from the bottom-up, the chemise features a scoop neck and set-in sleeve armholes trimmed with a lace cap. Bust gussets allow an attractive fit above an empire waist cinched with ribbon and a lace skirt that falls to the hips. The bloomers are worked bottom-up in the round, with rear gussets to allow a comfortable and flattering fit for the back and a ribbed waistband cinched with ribbon for a secure fit.

SPECIAL TECHNIQUES:
Kitchener Stitch, 3-Needle
Bind Off.

FINISHED
DIMENSIONS:
Bust: 32 (38, 42, 46, 50, 54)”
Hips: 38 (44, 48, 52, 56, 60)”
Thigh: 20 (22, 24, 26, 28, 30)”

TO FIT BODY
MEASUREMENTS:
Bust: 32 (38, 42, 46, 50, 54)”
Hips: 32 (38, 42, 46, 50, 54)”
Thigh: 20 (22, 24, 26, 28, 30)”

EASE:
Chemise: No ease
Bloomers: 6” of positive ease
at hip, none at thigh

YARN AND YARDAGE:
Prestige by Evermore Studios,
http://www.evermorestudios.etsy.com
100% superwash BFL; 438yds (400m) per 100g; fingering weight
Chemise:
Color: Really Red, 2 (2, 3, 3, 4, 4) skeins
Bloomers:
Color: Gypsy, 2 (2, 3, 3, 4, 4) skeins

GAUGE:
Ball band gauge of chosen yarn: 28-36 sts = 4”
In stockinette:
On size 2 needles: 32 sts x 44 rows = 4”/10cm
On size 5 needles: 29 sts x 33 rows = 4”/10cm
On size 8 needles: 22 sts x 30 rows = 4”/10cm

In Pattern:
On size 8 needles: 1 pattern repeat = 2¼”

Needles and Artifice

NEEDLES AND NOTIONS:
24”, 32” and 40” size 2 US/2.75mm circular needles
24”, 32”, and 40” size 5 US/3.75mm circular needles
32” size 6 US/4mm circular needle
32” size 7 US/4.5mm circular needle
24” and 32” size 8 US/5mm circular needles
Tapestry needle
4 (4½, 5, 5½, 6, 6½) yards of ribbon, to be cut to lengths appropriate to tie in a bow around the underbust, waist and thighs
A crochet hook one mm size smaller than your medium needle (size 5 in pattern)
Stitch markers