Lace-edged cami

Lace-edged Camisole

Garter stitch always seems to me to have a lovely ‘old-fashioned’ look, but it also takes longer to knit than stocking stitch – particularly in a fine yarn! So I designed this very simple camisole, which could be worn as an undergarment – perhaps knitted in silk or fine cashmere – or is pretty enough to be seen and worn as a top. I’ve chosen to knit the body in a 3 ply wool and the lace border in a crochet cotton, but the whole garment could be made in one yarn. It is finished with a lace edging around the neck and armholes, sewn together to form the straps. I’ve added a touch of colour with simple cross-stitch embroidery in red cotton – giving it an authentic vintage look.


The original sample was knitted using a fingering wool Swans Island ‘Fingering’ (100% organic merino wool, 530m/580yd – 100g) and size 20 crochet cotton Anchor ‘Freccia size 20’ (100% cotton, 510m/558yd 50g)

Sizes & yarn quantities:

The pattern gives instructions for sizes 32 – 42ins/81.5 – 106.5cm bust

The top uses approx.100-200g or 530-1060m/580-1160yds of aforementioned fingering wool plus 1x 50g ball of crochet cotton

Tension: 32sts and 64 rows to 10cm/4ins in garter stitch

Needles etc: 2.25mm (US 1) 2.75mm (US 2) & 3mm (US 2/3) needles; one size 4mm (US 6) needle; small amount of embroidery thread (optional)

For more information and to purchase the pattern as a PDF download follow the link below to the Ravelry page (membership of Ravelry not required)

£4.00 (excl.VAT)

Main Photos: Nick Sargeant