For a Knitted Bodice

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For a Knitted Bodice.

From Exercises in Knitting by Cornelia Mee. Original text at Project Gutenberg.

Bodice closed.jpg
Bodice open.jpg

Original Pattern

Five ounces of four-thread fleecy, and No. 10 pins.

Cast on 60 stitches, and knit 3 plain rows.

Fourth row:—Make a stitch, knit 2 together, make a stitch, knit 2 together, and so on to the end of the row; knit 4 plain rows, knit 70 rows in double knitting, knit the 4 first and last stitches of every row plain, then let off all the stitches on to a piece of thread, except 25 on the right-hand side. *Knit these 25 stitches backwards and forwards (remembering that the 4 plain stitches are still to be knit on the right-hand side, but not on the other) for 26 rows; then cast on 15 additional stitches; the 4 plain stitches are now to be knit on both sides for 74 rows. Knit 3 plain rows.

Next row:—Make a stitch, knit 2 together, make a stitch, knit 2 together, and so on, knit 3 plain rows, and cast off. This completes the back and one front. You then let off 25 stitches on the other side, and repeat from the point marked above with an asterisk. Then take up the stitches all round the neck, and knit 3 plain rows.

Next row:—Make a stitch and knit 2 together alternately, knit 4 plain rows, and cast off. Then sew the two fronts to the back, about one third of the length up, and run a ribbon through the row of holes formed at the top and bottom. This is worn outside the dress; and under a shawl or cloak is very comfortable. All should be done in double knitting but the 4 edge stitches.

Updated Version


DK weight yarn. The original test-knit garment used approximately 225 yards/205m of yarn.

3.25mm needles


24 stitches by 34 rows ( 4X4 inches)


Bodice measurements.jpg



Cast on 60 Stitches

Row 1-3: Knit

Row 4: *YO, k2tog* repeat

Row 5-8: Knit

Row 9: Work 70 rows stockinette stitch, always knit the first 4 and last 4 stitches.

Left Side

Row 80 (WS): Continue in pattern for 25 stitches, place the rest of the stitches on a holder.

Keeping in pattern knit these 25 stitches for another 25 rows.

On the 25th row cast on 15 stitches

Return to original stitch pattern for 74 rows,

Knit 3 rows

  • YO, k2tog* repeat

Knit 3 rows

Cast off

Right Side

Rejoin yarn with wrong side facing, leaving 10 stitches on the stitch holder in the middle, 25 on needle

Repeat instructions as given for left side.


Pick up stitches around the neck, including the live stitches on the holder

Knit 3 rows

  • YO, k2tog* repeat

Knit 4 rows

Cast off


YO = yarn over

k2tog = knit 2 stitches together (decrease)

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