Delicately Warm by Ellen M. Silva

Delicately Warm

Knitting
February 2019
Lace ?
29 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch
US 1 - 2.25 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
2.75 mm (C)
798 - 1596 yards (730 - 1459 m)
A (B, C, D, E, F) (G, H, I, J, K)

Three things came together to inspire this under-layer garment—a delight for stockinette stitch worked at a small gauge, a fascination with customizing fit, and the Fashion Framework topic for this issue: waist and hip shaping. I’ve designed a camisole that will hug your curves and give you an added layer of warmth this winter without adding bulk to your profile.

Don’t be intimidated by the fine gauge. The sweater is worked top down, putting the tricky bits like neckline and armhole shaping in the first few hours of knitting when your enthusiasm is highest. You’ll find it is smooth sailing in stockinette stitch through the waist and hips, and the delightful hand of the fabric at this gauge will speed you along. It doesn’t hurt that because the design is sleeveless and is worked at neutral to negative ease, you’ll be knitting much less fabric than you might for a sweater worn over your clothes! The final step of knitting the enclosed edgings (a couture technique I learned from Catherine Lowe) may be new to you and does require multiple needles, but the end result is polished and elegant and well worth the effort.

Prepare to knit this pattern by taking 4 key measurements: your cross shoulder, bust, waist, and full hip measurements. Begin working the size that corresponds to your cross-shoulder measurement and adjust the size you work from there.