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Summer tunic knitting pattern

Tunic knitting pattern



Measurements & Sizes

Dress size (approx): 8-10 (10-12, 12-14)

To fit chest (cm): 81-86 (86-91, 91-97)

Actual chest (cm): 90 (95, 99)

Length from lower edge of bodice to hem: 40cm for all sizes

Yarn: Wendy Supreme Luxury Cotton Silk DK, shade 1509 Fig, 7 (7, 8) 100g balls

Needles: 3.25mm straight, 3.25mm (40cm) circular, 4mm straight, 4mm (100cm) circular

Tapestry needle

Stitch holders

Stitch markers

Tension Square20 sts x 28 rows = 10cm x 10cm stocking stitch 4mm needles

Wendy Supreme Luxury Cotton Silk DK blends 80% cotton with 20% silk (100g - 201m). It has a very subtle, almost tweedy texture and the two fibres combine to give a lovely drape.

BODICE FRONT

Using 4mm straight needles, cast on 88 (92, 96) sts

Beg with a k row, work 46 rows in st st, pm at each end of Row 14

Shape left front neck

Row 1: k37 (39, 41), turn

Leave rem sts on a holder

Row 2: cast off two sts [neck edge], p to end. 35 (37, 39) sts

Row 3: k

Row 4: p2tog, p to end. 34 (36, 38) sts

Rep Rows 3-4 ten times. 24 (26, 28) sts

Beg with a k row, work 24 rows in st st

Cast off

Shape right front neck

Row 1: rejoin yarn to sts on holder, cast off 14 sts, k to end. 37 (39, 41) sts

Row 2: p

Row 3: cast off two sts [neck edge], k to end. 35 (37, 39) sts

Row 4: p

Row 5: k2tog, k to end. 34 (36, 38) sts

Rep Rows 4-5 ten times. 24 (26, 28) sts

Beg with a p row, work 23 rows in st st

Cast off

BODICE BACK

Using 3.25mm needles, cast on 88 (92, 96) sts

Beg with a k row, work 70 rows in st st, pm at each end of Row 14

Shape right back neck

Row 1: k31 (33, 35), turn

Leave rem sts on a holder

Row 2: cast off three sts [neck edge], p to end. 28 (30, 32) sts

Row 3: k

Row 4: cast off two sts, p to end. 26 (28, 30) sts

Row 5: k

Row 6: p2tog, p to end. 25 (27, 29) sts

Rep Rows 5-6 once more. 24 (26, 28) sts

Row 9: k

Row 10: p

Cast off

Shape left back neck

Row 1: rejoin yarn to sts on holder, cast off 26 sts, k to end. 31 (33, 35) sts

Row 2: p

Row 3: cast off three sts [neck edge], k to end. 28 (30, 32) sts

Row 4: p

Row 5: cast off two sts, k to end. 26 (28, 30) sts

Row 6: p

Row 7: k2tog, k to end. 25 (27, 29) sts

Rep Rows 6-7 once more. 24 (26, 28) sts

Row 10: p

Cast off

SKIRT

Join side seams of Bodice to markers, noting that shoulder seams should be positioned slightly towards the back

Using 4mm circular needle, pick up and k 172 (180, 188) sts around cast-on edge of Bodice

NOTE: that's one stitch in each cast-on stitch as two sts on both the front and back will have been used for seaming

Join in the rnd, being careful not to twist sts. Pm for beg of rnd

Rnd 1 (eyelets): * yfwd, k2tog, rep from * to end of rnd

Rnd 2: k

Rnd 3: [kfb] in each st to end. 344 (360, 376) sts

Cont in st st [k every rnd] until work meas 40cm from beg of Skirt

Next rnd (eyelets): * yfwd, k2tog, rep from * to end

K ten rnds

Cast off

TO MAKE UP

Block work using a steam iron. Fold hem to WS along row of eyelets and press lightly. Stitch cast-off edge of hem to inside of tunic to create a false picot edge. Using tapestry needle and spare yarn, join shoulder seams

NECK BORDER

Using 3.25mm circular needle and beg at top of left front neckline, pick up and k 40 sts down left front, 14 sts across centre front, 40 sts up right front, seven sts down side of right Back neck, 26 sts across centre Back neck and seven sts up left side of Back neck, join in the rnd. 120 sts

Work seven rnds in st st

Cast off loosely

ARMHOLE BORDERS

Rejoin yarn to lower point of armhole at top of side seam

Using 3.25mm circular needle, pick up and k 88 sts around armhole, join in the rnd

Rnd 1: [k1, p1] to end

Rnds 2-6: as Rnd 1

Cast off in rib

CORD

Using 3.25mm circular needle, cast on 250 sts using two-needle method

K one row

Cast off

Thread through eyelets and fasten in a bow. Alternatively, make a plaited cord.

Knit wise

In this tunic, the bodice is worked first and the stitches for the skirt are then picked up and knitted. To do this, turn the bodice so the neck is facing towards you and the cast-on edge is uppermost. With the RS of the work facing, insert the RH needle through the middle of the first stitch after the seam, then wrap the yarn around the needle and pull through a stitch. Repeat this in the next stitch to the left and keep doing this until you have picked up all the stitches. If you find it easier, you can use a crochet hook to pick up the stitch and then place it on the knitting needle.