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aug152012

Favourite Tunic

Compose your own tunic. We´ve put together a pattern where you can choose the edgings, the shape, the type of sleeves and wether to put on pockets or not. Good luck, you´re the boss!
Sizes
6-12 m (1) 2 (3-4) 5-6 (7-8) y
Size 1 y for free below, the rest can be bought here.

Yarn
Pickles Extra Fine Merino
100 (100) 100 (150) 200 (250) g main colour
50 (50) 100 (100) 150 (150) g stripe colour
50 g edge colour

Needles
24” circular neeldes US 5
+ DP needles US 5 for puff sleeves

Gauge per 4”
21 stitches/30 rows

Measurements, lying flat
Chest: 9.4 (10.2) 11 (11.8) 12.6 (13.3)”
Length: about 13.7 (15.7) 17.7 (19.3) 21.2 (24.4)
+ chosen edging
Straight body with puffsleeves and i-cord edging to the left, a-saped body with t-shirt sleeves and pockets to the right
Choices:
Moss stitch edge or i-cord edge
A-shaped or straight skirt
Pocket
Puff-sleves, sleeveless or t-shirt sleeves.

LOWER EDGING: Choose i-cord or moss stitch.


I-cord edging
An i -cord is usually a round cord. When used as an edge, it makes a round edge. When the garment is rinsed and dryed flat in a towel, it will prevent the edge to roll up. The edging takes some time, but looks very professional, and is worth every second:)

Straight body/skirt: 124 stitches
A-shaped body/skirt: 128 stitches

Make an i-cord like this:
Cast on 3 stitches.
Place the stitches on to the left needle, pull the yarn behind the work.
*Increase 1 stitch by knitting into the front and back of the next stitch, K2
Place the 3 last stitches you knitted onto the left needle (leaving 1 new stitch on the right)*
Repeat from * to * until you have the desired amount of stitches (see above) + 2 extra stitches.
Place 3 s onto the leftneedle. K2tog, K1. Place 2 s onto the right needle, K2tog.
Go to the body

Moss stitch edge
Straight body/skirt: 124 stitches
A-shaped body/skirt: 128 stitches

Cast on the desired amount of stitches (see above) + 1 extra stitch, as moss stitches works best with odd numbers.
Knit moss stitches, K1, P1 for 1.6” (Because of the odd numbers the knit stitches will automatically end up over the purpled and vice versa in the next round)
On the last round, K2tog when 2 s remain of the round.
Go to the body

THE BODY
NOTE: All measurements from now on are measured from here.
Please choose the body according to the choice you made when castin on for the edge:


Straight body
124 stitches.
Knit 1 round and place marker (PM) at the beginning of the round and after 62 s to mark the sides.

Make sure to follow the gauge for the length to turn out correctly.
Change colour. Knit stripes of about 1.6” 7 times.
NOTE: Are the number of stripes an odd number start with the stripe colour. Is it an even number start with the main colour.
The last round of th last stripe shoudl be knitted like this:
K2tog 3 times in a row. Knit until 6 s remain before the next marker, K2tog 6 times in a row, Knit until 6 s remain before the next marker, K2tog 3 times in a row.
= 112 stitches

The piece should be about 11” when you’re done
Go to sleeves

A-shaped body
128 stitches.
Knit 1 round and place marker (PM) at the beginning of the round and after 64 s to mark the sides.
Change colour and knit stripes of 4 and 4 rounds.
Knit a round of decreasing after 2.7 and every 2.7” after that like this:
Knit 1, K2tog, knit until 3 s remain before the next marker, SSK, K2, K2tog, Knit until 3 s remain before the next marker, SSK, K1.
Repeat the round of decrease 4 times in total.
= 112 s

The piece should be about 11” when you’re done
Go to sleeves

SLEEVES: Choose puff-sleeves/selveless or T-shirt sleeves
Part the work by the markers, and knit the front and back pieces separately back and forth in stockinette from here.
The pieces should be knittet identical.


Puff-sleeves/sleveless
You have 56 s on each piece.
K2tog as if you were to purl at the beginning of the row, and K2tog at the end of the row on the next two rows from the right side.
= 52 s
Leave the s on the needle when the piece is 15.7”
Knit the other piece.

Use kitchener’s stitch to assemble the shoulders. Weave together 10 s starting from the shoulders on each side = 64 s.
Do you want a sleeveless tunic, you can choose to single crochet wround the sleeve holes.
Go to cast off if you want a sleeveless tunic

Making the puffs
Pick up 50 s around each sleeve hole.
Start in the middle of the lower opening. and try picking up the same amount on each side of the shoulder.
Knit 1 round, and PM at the beginning of the round.

Increase 16 s evenly on the next round, but don’t increase over the 10 first and 10 last s of the round.

Knit and turn to make the puff-sleeves.
Knit until 10 s remain before the marker, turn
Purl until 10 s remain before the marker, turn
If you´re unfamiliar with knitting and turning, look it up on youtube.com, so that you don´t get holes where you turn.

Repeat the paragraph above, but knit 2 s less before turning for each repetition (i.e. 12 s before turning on the next repetition)

Repeat it 5 times on each side.
Knit the rest of the round plus two more rounds,
Purl 1 round before casting off by knitting 2 s together as if you were to purl, place the new s onto the left needle and K2tog as if you were to purl again. Repeat intil you´re out of s.

Make another sleeve
Go to cast off

T-shirt sleeves
You have 56 s on each piece.

Cast on 12 new s for sleeves at the end of each row on the 2 next rows = 80 s on each piece.
Knit back and forth in stockinette until the piece is 15.7”
Knit the other piece.

Use kitchener’s stitch to assemble the shoulders. Weave together 25 s starting from the shoulders on each side = 64 s.
Knit the other piece.
Assemble the sleeves along the underarm by sewing the neatly from the wrong side.
Go to cast off

CAST OFF: Choose i-cord or moss-stitch

I-cord cast off
Cast on 3 new s in the edge colour. Knit 1 round over the remaining stitches in the neck.
Now start the i-cord cast off before the 3 new stitches
Do not knit too tightly, as the head won’t fit.

*K2, SSK, place the right needle sticthes back onto the left needle (don’t twist them*
Repeat from *to* until you 3 s remain. K3tog.

Moss-stitch cast off
Use the edge colour and knit 1 round over the remaining s for the neck. Increase 1 s so you gett an odd number of s. K1, P1 for about 1.2” CAst off loosely, make sure the head fits!

Pocket
Place the pocket(s) wherever you like. It can be as wide or narrow as you want.
(If you want a very huge one you might need more yarn)
Pick up stitches from the body (use a needle and pick up one of the “sides” forming the v-shape in a stockinette stitch)
We knitted the pocket in moss stitch, adn used an odd number.

Knit 1 row in stockinnete fist and increase 1 s at the beinning and end of the row.

Continue in the technique you want for as long as you want. Cast off and assemble.