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This piece was my opportunity to play with knitting a piece sideways.

Garter stitch, when stretched out, functions like ribbing, producing a delicate effect akin to the boning found in corsets. Short-row shaping allows knitter to customize the top to accommodate different bust sizes. The entire piece can be worked to be longer by casting on more stitches, and can be worked to have more coverage in front by knitting additional rows of garter stitch on the sides. This piece is supposed to be worn very tightly so the garter will stretch out.

As shown in the photos, the piece can be laced in traditional or creative ways to suit your style. Thank you to Nyle Seabright for the lacing suggestions!

model: provided by Artfibers photo: Nyle Seabright

S [M, L, XL]

Chest: 24.5[26.5, 28.5, 30.5] inches
[the corset stretches, so subtract at least 10" from your chest measurement when picking a size - for example, the smallest size fits a 36" chest comfortably]
Length: 7.5[7.5, 7.5, 7.5] inches



[MC] ArtFibers Corsetto [66% cotton, 44% nylon; 74yds per 50g skein]; color: #1 Ecru 1; 4[4, 4, 4] skeins
[CC] ArtFibers Memoire [100% merino wool; 105yds per 50g skein]; color: #4 Old Mauve; 1[1, 1, 1] skeins

US #10.5 (6.5mm) straight needles
1 1 inch button
US G/6 (4.5mm) crochet hook
Safety pins
Tapestry needle



17 sts/24 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch


With a prov CO and MC, CO 32 sts.
Row 1 [WS]: *[k1, p1] 3 times, p to last 4 sts, [k1, p1] 3 times.
Row 2 [RS]: [k1, p1] 3 times, k to last 4 sts, [k1, p1] 3 times.*
Rep from * to * until you've worked a total of 13[17, 19, 21] rows, ending with RS facing.
Maintaining st patts as est, begin short row shaping as follows:
Rows 14[18, 20, 22]&15[18, 21, 23]: Work 16 sts, *bring yarn forward as if to p, sl next st, bring yarn back as if to k, sl st back to left needle, turn and work back as though finishing a WS row. *
Rows 16[19, 21, 23] &17[19, 22, 24]: Work 15sts, work from * to *
Rows 18[20, 22, 24]&19[20, 23, 25]: Work 14 sts, work from * to *
Next 13 rows: Rep rows 1 and 2.
Work 22 rows in garter st.
Work 17[20, 23, 36] rows as for rows 1 and 2.

A/B cup:
Work Rows 14-19.

C cup:
Work Rows:14[18, 20, 22]-19[20, 23, 25] and 4 more rows in the same pattern (Work 13, * to *, work 12, * to *, etc.)

Eyelet border
Rows 1, 2 and 4: Work in seed st across.
Row 2: Work in seed st across.
Row 3: *K2tog, YO*, rep from * to * to end.
BO in seed st.
Remove prov CO, transfer CO sts to needle and rep from beg, reversing shaping..

Try piece on by lacing up the along the eyelets with a spare piece of Corsetto yarn. Using safety pins, mark where you'd like your straps to be in front and back. Have a friend help you if need be. Measure the length required for straps to sit comfortably and subtract half an inch to avoid sagging. (Sample piece straps: 12 inches)
With MC, pick up 3 sts on each side of front safety pin for a total of 6 sts. Work strap in seed st for length desired then attach in back where indicated by the corresponding safety pin.
Rep for second strap.

With CC, pick up one st for every st of BO edge of right front. K 1 row. BO knitwise.
Rep for left front BO edge.
With CC, pick up 3 sts for every 4 rows along top edge of piece (strap sts should be picked up in front of straps). K 1 row. BO knitwise.
Rep for bottom edge.

Measure neck. Choker length should be neck circumference + 1inch (X).
With MC, CO 8 sts.
Work in seed st for 4 rows.
*Work in seed st for 4 sts, join second ball of yarn and seed 4 sts.
Work 2 more rows separate with 2 balls of CC.
Break 2nd ball of yarn and work across row with ball 1.*
Work in seed st until 1.5 inches from X.
Rep from * to *.
Work in seed st for 4 rows.
BO in patt.

With crochet hook and MC, CH 39.
Row 1: (Dc, ch 2, dc) in 6th ch from hook. *Ch 2, skip 2 ch (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch* repeat from * to * to end. Ch 3, turn.
Row 2: Work 5 dc in ch 2 sp. Sc in next ch 2 sp, (6 dc in next ch 2 sp, sc in next ch 2 sp) 3 times, (8 dc in next ch 2 sp, sc in next ch 2 sp) 2 times, (10 dc in next ch 2 sp, sc in next ch 2 sp) 4 times.
Break yarn and draw tail through last loop.
Row 3: With CC, work 1 sc in each st across.
Break yarn and draw tail through last loop.
Beg with the smallest scallops, roll length into a spiral, sewing base as you go until rose is complete. (See assembly illustrations.)
Attach button to bottom of rose. To wear choker, wrap band around neck and put button through both buttonholes to secure.


Weave in ends and lace up corset with MC.


Marnie MacLean lives in the LA area with her dog, Panda, and boyfriend, Leo, both of whom patiently accommodate her need to leave yarn scraps, notes, knitting needles and books throughout the house.

When she's not working yarn into fabric, she's in front of a computer, either maintaining her website or providing support and training at work.