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This nightie combines the advantages of knitted and woven fabrics (stretchy and see-through, respectively), to show off your arms, shoulders, back and chest, while skimming over those other bits you might not be as crazy about (ahem, not to mention any names, Waist and Hips).

The ribbon trim assures that nothing gaps, and can be adjusted for a custom fit. If you choose 45-inch wide fabric, the length can be anywhere from short to ankle length.

For a closed front, replace the ribbon in the band with quarter-inch elastic, sew the ends of the fabric together, and position the seam in the back.

photos: Kevin Glick

S[M, L, XL]

Front length (top of shoulder to band, over bust): 11[13, 15, 17] inches
Back length (center back to top of shoulder): 11 inches
Triangle width (ungathered): 8[9.5, 11, 12.5] inches



Lion Brand Microspun [100% Microfiber Acrylic; 168 yd/154 m per 70 g skein]; color: Lavender (#143); 1 [1, 2, 2] skeins

1 set US #6/4mm straight needles
tapestry needle
5 yds 0.25 inch-wide ribbon
sewing needle
thread to match ribbon
length of sheer fabric, at least 45 inches wide and approximately 1.5 times hip measurement



22 sts/30 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch


Eyelet pattern:
Row 1 (RS): Sl 1, k1, yo, k to last 2 sts, yo, k2.
Rows 2 and 4 (WS): Sl 1, p to end.
Row 3 (RS): Sl 1, k to end.

CO 4 sts.
Beg with a WS row, work 3 rows in st st, slipping the first st of each row.
First eyelet row: sl 1, k1, yo, k2. (5 sts)
Work 3 rows in st st as before, slipping the first st of each row.
Beg with row 1, work eyelet pattern 16 times, ending with row 2. (37 sts)

Right Front

Next row (RS): Sl 1, k1, yo, k2. *Turn, and work 3 rows on st st on these 5 sts only, beg with a p row.
Then, sl 1, k1, yo, k2tog, k1. (5 sts)
Work 3 rows in st st, as before, sl the first st of each row.
Beg with row 1, work eyelet pattern 19[23, 27, 31] times. (43[51, 59, 67] sts)

Left Front

Returning to live sts of back and working on RS, join yarn and BO center 29 sts.
On rem 4 sts, k2, yo, k2.
Beg from *, work left front same as right.


Co 5 sts. Sl1, P across.
Row 1 (RS): Sl 1, k1, yo, k2tog, k1
Rows 2 and 4 (WS): Sl 1, p across.
Row 3 (RS): Sl 1, k across.
Rep these 4 rows until band reaches around rib cage below bust, ending with row 3 and taking care to work an even number of 4 row reps. BO.


Using yarn, and being careful not to twist, sew BO edges of triangles to ends of band, gathering triangle edges slightly. Sew CO edge to center back of band.

Cut 2 pieces of ribbon 22[24, 26, 28] inches long and 2 pieces 12[14, 16, 18] inches long.

Thread remaining ribbon (2-2.5 yds long) through band. Center, so ties at each end are the same length. Adjust tension so band fits rib cage, then sew band to ribbon at ends and center back. (It may be easier to sew one end, then adjust the tension, then sew the second end -- it's ok if the ties are slightly different lengths.)

Thread longer pieces of ribbon through outer edges of front and back triangles, so ends are on the WS. Adjust tension so triangle edges lie flat, and trim ribbon if necessary. Sew ribbon to band at front and back.

Thread shorter pieces of ribbon through inner edges of front triangles, so ends are on WS. Adjust tension so triangle edges lie flat, and trim ribbon if necessary. On WS, sew ribbon to band at front and to strap at shoulder.

Hem 2 short edges and one long ends of fabric. Fold over remaining edge .5 inches, and iron. If this edge is not a selvage, fold raw edge to fold line, and iron again. Using large sts (about 0.25 inches), sew along this edge. Do not tie off thread. Tighten thread, creating gathers, until gathered edge measures same as band. Sew in place on WS.

To create closed-front nightie, replace ribbon in band with 0.25 inch-wide elastic. Sew short edges of fabric together, hem one long egde, fold and iron other edge, as above. Gather this edge, and sew to edge of band.


Rebecca lives outside of Boston, where knitting is beginning to interfere with her day job.