Lingerie by Maria Näslund


June 2011
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
9 stitches and 12 rows = 1 inch
in stockinette
US 00 - 1.75 mm
US 0 - 2.0 mm
S, M, L, XL
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Lingerie was first published in Knitty First Fall 2011, and is still available there for free. New, updated charts for M and L can be downloaded for free at These have my usual symbols, and a few errors have been corrected.

This is an expanded version, with two more sizes (S, M, L, XL), three different cuff lengths and a rounded toe option. Toe lace portion has been recalculated to fit size S and XL. Instructions have been slightly altered for greater clarity, and a tutorial for grafting using knitting needles is included.

While the pattern file consists of 27 pages, it is only necessary to print 3 pages for the instructions, plus relevant charts.

S, M, L, XL
To fit foot circumference: 7, 8, 9, 10 inches, 17.5, 20, 22.5, 25 cm
Finished foot length: 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10 inches, 21, 23, 25, 27 cm

Difficulty: Piquant

I love the look of the knitted lingerie of the 1940’s. Feminine details like a wide lace border at the hem of a camisole, a lace insertion at the neckline, broad ribbing with a small lace pattern, and narrow 1x1 ribbing in places where you’d want a little shaping. But I’m not sure that knitted underwear would be very practical. So I’ve gathered all these details into something more wearable, a delicate lace sock.

Knit in a delicious silk blend, it is just warm enough to ward off the first chill of autumn, and pretty enough to show off in your favorite sandals. Or treat yourself to a luxurious bed sock to keep your feet warm on a cold winter night.

A new KAL in Dutch will start in the group Sokkenbreien, July 2012.

There has been KALs over at Beginning Lace Knitters Group in English, and in German at virusanfällige weiber group.

Since some have had problems with the short row heel technique, I’ve Googled a bit and found a video of the technique. It is called yarn over short row heel if you want to look for yourself.

The first one shows the making of the yo-pairs. The relevant parts are at 2.30 min and 3.30 min. making the yo’s

The decreasing of the yo’s is the second video. You may notice that she is adjusting the stitches both on the knit and the purl side. I don’t do this, because I find that the twisted stitches are better at closing the holes. But you can clearly see which stitches are being knit or purled together.
decreasing the yo’s

She is knitting English style, but this works the same with Continental.

Errata for Knitty version
With kind help from knitters I have found the following problems:

Foot Chart Bottom and Foot Chart Top are meant to be assembled together into one chart. Bottom refers to the bottom of the chart, not the bottom of the foot (sole).

Gusset setup round:
Pattern: Work Foot Chart across instep sts
Should be: Work Bottom Foot Chart across instep sts

foot Medium bottom
On row 15 and 16 there is one stitch too much (stitch #39)

Toe decreases:
Pattern: “Continue as established until Foot Chart row 42/46 is complete.”
Should be: row 60/64 as the chart is numbered. (row 42/46 if counting from the beginning of the Top Foot Chart)

Toe round:
Pattern: Continue Chart F across instep
Should be: Continue Foot Chart across instep