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Frock Camisole

Apr 10, 2008
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Designer: Katie Himmelberg
Published: April 11, 2008
Technique: Cast-ons
Skill Level: Intermediate

Frock Camisole is both a simple and fashionable project from interweave Knits.

Finished Size: 36¼ (383⁄4, 42, 44¾, 48, 50½)" bust circumference, to fit actual bust measurements 31–33 (34–36, 37–39, 40–42, 43–45, 46–48)". Tank shown measures 38¾".

Yarn: Louisa Harding Cinnabar (30% viscose, 25% cotton, 15% acrylic, 10% silk, 10% linen, 5% polyamide, 5% acetate; 87 yd [80 m]/50 g): #8 red/taupe/gold, 6 (7, 7, 8, 8, 9) balls. Yarn distributed by Knitting Fever.

Needles: Size 7 (4.5 mm): 24" circular. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Markers; stitch holders; tapestry needle.

Gauge: 19 stitches and 26 rounds = 4" in Stockinette stitch in the round.

Skill Level: Intermediate

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JoanH@35 wrote
on Sep 4, 2009 6:28 PM





I am working on the front and just finished knitting in pattern for the 3-3/4".   Now I am on the decrease row.  I have decreased to the center markers, and then it says to knit to last 5 (or numbers in parentheses).  So after the center markers do I not k2tg anymore?  won't this be lop sided?

KellyB@4 wrote
on Jun 2, 2009 10:55 AM
This is an awesome knit. It took me a couple weeks as well but once you get going easy peasy. I knitted it for my sister for her birthday. I think i'm a tight knitter because it turned out rather small....thank goodness my sister is a twig. I would like to knit it for myself but i am a rather ummm...errr....volumptuous gal. *laffs* I recommend this for beginner and expert alike.
Teresa@2 wrote
on Dec 11, 2008 6:37 PM
I do not live near a yarn store, only chain craft stores--so not many specialty yarns available. Can anyone suggest a yarn that may work well? Thank you!
Carmen wrote
on Sep 30, 2008 11:27 PM



Wskyhag wrote
on Sep 6, 2008 1:39 PM

I just finished this sweater today and it took me two weeks to knit. I've been knitting for a while so the directions didn't seem that hard to me although the directions did give me pause a couple of times.

DiD wrote
on Aug 11, 2008 7:03 AM

to TerriS, I used Plymouth Yarns Linen Isle in both sage (finished) and a multi blue (in progress).  

CindyP wrote
on Aug 9, 2008 9:02 AM

Thank you, Missy W.  I am again confused at the first dec rnd. At the end of the pattern line it says you dec a total of 4 sts.  Somehow, I read a dec of 8 st:  2 @ the beg of row, 2 on both sides of the next side and 2 at the end!!! HELP again, I'm not sure why this is so confusing, maybe with the use of this blog, this version of the instructions and the magazine I am just reading too much and not just trusting my knitting! Help again pleeze.  THANK you,  Cindy

SherylJ wrote
on Aug 7, 2008 3:25 PM

a week???!?  it took me 2 1/2 months.  but i'm what you might call a fearless beginner.  it came out perfect!  i love it!!!

MissyW wrote
on Aug 6, 2008 4:27 PM

Hi CindyP, I think my fabric felt a little stiffer as I was knitting it. But it softened up once it was washed and blocked. I would probably go with the crunchy option! Did you save your gauge swatch? You can wash it and let it dry and see if you like the resulting fabric. It was an uber-easy pattern; I finished in about a week, and I plan to do another one soon.

CindyP wrote
on Aug 3, 2008 8:10 AM

Hi,  I am trying to make this in thespcified yarn; I  tend to knit loose, so when I did my gauge I used size 5 needles, and the swatch seemed fine.  As I am knitting it, the fabric seems very stiff and crunchy.  So I began again using size 6 needles and now it seems loose and "hangy" .  Do you think crunchy or hangy is better?  Did antone else have a problem with the feel of the knitted fabric ?  Thanks,

AmyC@2 wrote
on Jul 26, 2008 3:06 AM

Knitters... I've read the posts and now you've got me curious.  So... cover me, I'm goin' in!

DebbieO wrote
on Jul 24, 2008 7:56 AM

Well, I was going to download this as it implied it was very easy but then I saw "intermediate" and was confused - THEN reading all the issues - decided it was not for beginners!

lauriezl wrote
on Jul 23, 2008 7:31 PM

I made this top last month, with the Louisa Harding yarn it called for-it came out TOO CUTE.  It's a little heavy for really hot days, but I love the drape and fit.  

on Jul 23, 2008 8:05 AM

I am unable to download as acrobat message says 'the file is damaged and cannot be repaired'. Can you reattach with a good download file? Thanks

ElK wrote
on Jul 22, 2008 4:39 PM

I too am confused about where the directions go after you complete the first decrease round in which you dec 6 sts at both sides.  The pattern is not clear or specific enough, as additional decreases appear to be needed to dec down to the point where you make the gathered round.  I think the pattern writer needs to review it!!  Because it looks like such a cute top, but I won't try it, if I do not understand the directions from the get-go.  This is hardly an easy pattern.

LakayaP wrote
on Jul 21, 2008 11:54 AM

continue working in pattern means say for instance you are working a rib and you bind off 6 sts, and the first stitch after that is is a purl st then you would purl it to maintain the integrity of the pattern, then the next st of course would be knit.  if you are working yarn overs and such you continue to do so until you are done with that.  as long as you have the right amount of sts after the cast ons and bind offs dont worry about it.  if it looks and fits good, really dont worry about it.  usually the only one that can tell you made a mistake on a project is you.

BethanyL wrote
on Jun 15, 2008 10:49 PM

i am completely confused.  i am stuck at the point where you place the back stitches on a stitch holder and do not understand, maybe i am over thinking this ...  how to work on the next step.. help.. you can email me @



DebC@3 wrote
on Jun 6, 2008 4:27 PM

I can't get anything but the name, the directions are not there. Maybe it is my computer!

Valerie wrote
on May 31, 2008 1:18 PM

Ameisme - You knit as you had been knitting, the section way at the top of the pattern where it's knit, purl the 2 center stitches, knit to end.  After you've completed the 3 3/4", you do that quick decrease round (where you knit X amt of edge stitches and K2tog the center ones).  This will make that kind of gathered effect you see around her neck on the pic where the stitch pattern changes.  HTH - Valerie K

Ameisme wrote
on May 30, 2008 4:33 PM

I am knitting this camisole, and stuck on the directions, please help!!!

Once you bind off for the armholes, the directions state to put stitches on a holder. The work the front. The pattern then states to work the pattern as established.  What does that mean? Keep binding off 6 stitches for each row, or knit for 3 1/4" in pattern I have been knitting in?

I have myself so confused, that I am hoping some response will get me back on track.  Yes, I am a confused beginning knitter!  Amy

JacquieG wrote
on May 24, 2008 9:45 AM

The pattern says it's skill level is Intermediate, but the introductory page says for Beginners!

TerriS@4 wrote
on May 23, 2008 1:29 PM

do you suggest any other yarns for this pattern.  The colorways are not particularly appealing to me.