FO: Drawstring Chemise

Pattern: Drawstring Chemise by Connie Chang Chinchio, Interweave Knits Spring 2008

Yarn: Rowan Cotton Glace, 5 skeins

Needles: US 2 and 1

Notes: A knitted camisole that’s wearable? I can’t believe it – I swore off knitting camisoles after the a-line tank last year (it looks cute, but worsted cotton is not practical for a tank.) I made two small modifications to this pattern. The first was to add 1.5″ in length. I added this length after the waist decreases. I would definitely recommend adding length unless you are very short in the torso. The second (small) modifications was to knit an extra set of decreases on the back piece only. I don’t know if it made a difference, but I was concerned about it being too boxy, and it’s definitely not. I chose to knit the 30″ size, which is smaller than I would usually go for. I ended up with a 31″ bust after a little gauge change, and it fits perfectly with 2.5″ of negative ease. Keep in mind that it does have a drawstring, and you can cinch the bust to fit a little, but not too much without wrinkling.

Believe it or not, this is actually the first time I’ve knit i-cord (for the drawstring.) I hated knitting it, but it really does look nice and adds to the overall polished feel of this knit. I had a little trouble getting started on the lace – I would recommend drawing a line on the chart where your size starts and stops to help make it more clear. By the time I got to the inset I had no more problems. This isn’t really wearable without a layer underneath, but I expected that, and I think it looks perfectly fine over a thin tank top.
I really enjoyed this knit – thanks to Connie for a great pattern!

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29 thoughts on “FO: Drawstring Chemise

  1. amber says:

    Going back to your “in-progress” photos, I can see why you’d be concerned with it being too boxy — the photo in the magazine didn’t do the tank many favours, IMHO, after seeing yours! I’m now going to add this to my list of “must-knits” purely based on your shots which definitely more accurately show how this fits when not styled by the photo shoot stylist. Not that I scorn the stylists, they certainly do make our imaginations work harder, and that’s fine in the long run, anyway, but it’s kind of along the lines of the best advertisers are your best customers, because they know the product and can tell you quirks and such. Makes you wish more of the bloggers out there, myself included, got more kickbacks from the yarn companies… ;)

  2. so cute! This design is on my queue, and I was intending to knit it with about an inch of positive ease, but your pics are making me reconsider- maybe I should go with some negative ease! Thanks for showing us another gorgeous finished knit.

  3. I passed over this pattern in the magazine, but after seeing yours, I just might have to make it. It looks so wearable for the long summer ahead!

  4. Stunning! I am very jealous of your summery knitting, we are heading into winter here…knitting things like that will have to wait 6 or so months lol.
    I really like the colour you chose too

  5. crimsonpurl says:

    It is a perfect fit and looks wonderful on you!!
    I didn’t even like anything in that issue until now! :o)
    Luv the chocolate color too!

  6. Elizabeth says:

    That’s really beautiful. I have to repeat what everyone else said: yours looks so different than the one in the mag! I don’t know if it’s the colour or the fit, but it’s lovely. Nice work!

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