FO: Drawstring Chemise

26 May

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 Responses to “FO: Drawstring Chemise”

  1. Rhian May 26, 2008 at 1:17 pm #

    I’ve never been sure about knitted camisoles either, but this one is absolutely gorgeous! It suits you wonderfully.

  2. claudia May 26, 2008 at 2:53 pm #

    v e r y n i c e !!!!

  3. amber May 26, 2008 at 3:35 pm #

    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… ;)

  4. ohsewcrafty May 26, 2008 at 4:03 pm #

    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.

  5. Rachael May 26, 2008 at 4:17 pm #

    Looks great! I just cast on for this yesterday, hope mine turns out as nice!

  6. Lise May 26, 2008 at 4:23 pm #

    It looks lovely. The dark brown color is gorgeous :)

  7. yoel May 26, 2008 at 4:31 pm #

    This turned out great! I think the vents on the side do a lot to make it drape nicely (ie not too boxy).

  8. Nicole May 26, 2008 at 5:25 pm #

    I turned out really, really nice. I love it. I’m tempted to make one too (I always copy people!)…

  9. Jacey May 26, 2008 at 5:31 pm #

    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!

  10. melissa May 26, 2008 at 5:36 pm #

    it’s super pretty. i love the color and fit, it’s just perfect!

  11. jen-jen May 26, 2008 at 7:19 pm #

    this is seriously too cute…and that color is so yummy!

  12. Julie May 26, 2008 at 7:23 pm #

    It turned out so well! Wow, that’s really, really lovely.

  13. Clumsy Knitter May 26, 2008 at 7:25 pm #

    Super cute!

  14. SweetP May 26, 2008 at 7:30 pm #

    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

  15. kaiwa4 May 26, 2008 at 8:22 pm #

    Ooh…yours is way more inspiring than the magazine’s.

  16. peacockchic May 26, 2008 at 8:47 pm #

    oh wow!!! That is super cute!! I love the side slits. Great job!

  17. Soknitpicky May 26, 2008 at 9:45 pm #

    Very beautiful!

  18. Katie Hallor May 26, 2008 at 10:17 pm #

    This is adorable. I am amazed at how fast you can crank these cute, lacy little sweaters out!

  19. crimsonpurl May 26, 2008 at 10:59 pm #

    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!

  20. Connie May 26, 2008 at 11:34 pm #

    Jess,
    This turned out so cute on you! The color, everything is perfect. :) Yes, you’re right that for most people adding about an inch to an inch and a half to the torso would be a good idea. I added a note to that effect on this project’s Ravelry page:
    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/drawstring-chemise

  21. Mette May 27, 2008 at 2:28 am #

    Lovely! Thank you so much for writing down your changes to the pattern – I´ll definately go for a longer version too. :-)

  22. CanarySanctuary May 27, 2008 at 10:55 am #

    That looks so amazing! I’ve had that pattern on my queue for-eva, and after seeing yours I must cast on. Now!

  23. terhi May 27, 2008 at 12:21 pm #

    That’s really beautiful, and looks gorgeous on you!

  24. Knitters Delight May 27, 2008 at 6:16 pm #

    That looks great!

  25. Denise May 27, 2008 at 7:15 pm #

    That looks fabulous, can’t say I even noticed it in the IK mag! Now I’ll have to go browse through again to take a look.

  26. Elizabeth May 27, 2008 at 8:43 pm #

    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!

  27. Raina May 28, 2008 at 9:51 am #

    Beautiful cami. I love the color and I love how feminine it is. Good job.

  28. luxeloops May 28, 2008 at 7:04 pm #

    wow! looks great!

  29. Jeanine May 31, 2008 at 6:56 pm #

    Wow. That looks so good on you. Nice color too.

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