Out Tonight


Inspired by the musical Rent, this day-to-night top looks like a plain shell under your blazer at the office.  Joanne had to dress for an office as a lawyer, but she certainly knew how to have fun with Maureen after work.  Come closing time, toss that blazer aside and show your true colors - whatever color that may be is up to you.  Rent came out when I was in high school and had a huge affect on young, theater-geek me.  My sweet 16 gift was tickets to go see the first US tour in Boston; I’ve seen it at least 10 times since then.  The music still provides me with hope and inspiration - including this pattern, the first in a collection.  

Fitted across the bust and flowy over the waist and hips, this day-to-night shell is ready to go wherever you are.  As Mimi says, “Take me out tonight.”

Start date
Due date 2019-05-01
Craft Knitting
Test secrecy Postable
Pattern source (brand and/or designer) Windswept Designs
Spots available 14
Gauge 24 sts and 32 rows over 4 inches [10 cm] after washing and blocking. Hempathy blooms a LOT after washing – if using, make sure to throw your swatch in the washing machine before you decide which needles to use.
Charted or written pattern Written
Sizes required All
Skills required

Provisional cast on, increasing and decreasing, small amount of seaming.

Finished measurements

Bust sizes 34 (37, 40, 43, 46, 49, 52) inches [86.5 (94, 101.5, 109, 117, 125, 132) cm]
Recommended Ease: 1 to 3 inches [2.5 to 7.5 cm] at bust.  Model has a 39” bust and is wearing a size 40”.

Construction type Top down
Required or recommended yarn DK weight - any you want to use
Tools required

600 (680, 730, 800, 880, 955, 1045) yards [549, 622, 668, 732, 805, 873, 956) meters] of Main Color
35 yards of Contrast Color
5 stitch markers
US 4 [3.5mm] circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge in 24 inch [60 cm] or 32 inch [81 cm] length
Tapestry Needle
Scrap yarn 

Requirements from the tester

1 high quality modelled image.

Completed project in Ravelry, linked to pattern.

Rewards from the designer

Free copy of this pattern through Ravelry.

Free copy of any of my self-published patterns, through Ravelry.

Thanks and mention on the pattern page.


The designer has created the following milestones, in order to keep track of progress during the test knit. By marking off each milestone as you complete it, you can easily keep the designer up to date with your progress.

2019-03-31: Joined in the round
2019-04-14: Hip Increases



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