Knitting for women Free knitting pattern tunic dress

Free knitting pattern tunic dress

Tunic dress



Worked in the round from the bottom up, this tunic dress has a simple geometric pattern of diamonds a nd triangles, worked using the stranded colourwork technique.

Design by Pat Strong

SIZE S (M:L:XL)

PATTERN NOTES

Follow charted instructions for the colourwork, reading chart from right to left and working in the round. Make the same yarn the "top" yarn when stranding - in our sample, the background yarn has been worked as the "top" yarn - and strand the yarns loosely enough so that the fabric can move when worn. There are no floats more than three stitches in width, so there is no need to tack floats down.

BODY

Using 3.75mm circular needles, 80cm long, and yarn A, cast on 235 (255:273:293) sts using the long-tail or other stretchy cast-on method.

Pm and join to work in the round, being careful not to twist sts.

Round 1: (K1, P1) to last st, K1.

Round 2: (P1, K1) to last st, P1.

Rounds 1 and 2 set moss st, Work 5 more rounds in as set.

Sizes S and M only

Next round: K to last st, KFB.

236 (256:-:-) sts.

Sizes L and XL only

Next round: K to last 2 sts, K 2tog.

- (-:272:292)sts.

All sizes

Next round: Work row 1 of Chart to end of round.

Last round sets Chart placement. Cont to work asset until all 28 rows of Chart have been worked twice.

Cont in yarn A only, work in st st until work measures 25 (26:27:28) cm from east-on edge. Alter length here if desired.

Place a marker after st 118 (128:136:146).

SHAPE WAIST

Dec Round 1: *K3, K2tog, K108 (118:126:136), SSK, K3, pm; rep from * once more. 232 (252:268:288) sts.

Work 7 rounds without shaping.

Dec Round 2: * K3, K2tog, work to 5 sts before mrk, SSK, K3, slm; rep from * once more. 4 sts dec'd.

Rep Dec Round 2 every 8th round 5 (6:6:5) more times. 208 (224:240:264) sts.

Continue without shaping until work measures 45 1/2 (47:48 1/2:50) cm.

Inc round: *K3, KFB, work to 4 sts before mrk, KFB, K3; rep from * once more. 4 sts inc'd.

Rep inc round every 10th round. 1 (5:3:2) more times. 216 (236:256:276) sts.

Continue without shaping until work measures 57 1/2 (59:63:65) cm.

YOKE

Using 100cm length circular needles, *K to 10 (11:12:12) sts before mrk, cast off 20 (22:24:22) sts); rep from * once more. 176 (192:208:232) sts.

Next round: *K 88 (96:104:116), pin, cast on 56 (60:68:68) sts, pm; rep from * once more. 288 (312:344:368) sts.

SET UP SLEEVE CAP PATTERN

Round 1: K to first mrk, slm, (K1, P1) to next mrk , slm, K to next mrk, slm, (K1, P1) to end.

Round 2: K to mrk, slm, (P1, K1) to next mrkm slm, K to mrk, slm, (P1, K1) to end. Last 2 rounds set moss st for sleeve caps. Work Rounds 1 and 2, 3 more times.

BEGIN CHART

Next round: Work row 1 of Chart to end of round.

Last round sets Chart placement. Remove all mrks on last round.

Dec round: (Work 1 st from Chart, s2kpo, mark last st with a contrasting locking mrk for beg of round, patt 85 (93:101:113) sts, s2kpo, mark last st with a locking mrk, patt 53 (57:65:65), s2kpo, mark last st with a locking mrk, patt 85 (93:101:113) sts, s2kpo, mark last st with a locking mrk, patt 53 (57:65:65). 8 sts dec'd.

Round 2: Work Chart to 2 sts before end of round.

Using the marked stitches as a guide, dec asset on every alt round as folls:

Dec round: *Sk2po, move locking mrk into last st, patt to 2 sts before marked st; rep from * 3 more times, patt to end. 8 sts dec'd.

Cont to dec every alt row as set until 112 (124:144:160) sts remain.

When all decs are complete, cont to work in Chart patt until all 28 rows of Chart have been worked twice, then cont in yarn A only until yoke measures 21 (22:23:24) cm.

Next round: (K1, P1) to end of round.

Next round: (P1, K1) to end of round.

Last 2 rounds set moss st.

Work in moss st for 5 more rounds.

FINISHING

Weave in ends. Gently block to measurements, following any yarn care instructions on the ball band.

Chart and Diagram