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Free Knitting and Crochet Patterns from Elaine Phillips

Land of the Pines Lace Tunic

Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Tunic Knitting Pattern

Size:  S (M, L)

Finished Measurements:
Chest/Bust: 34 [40, 44] inches (86 [100, 110] cm)

Materials:
Knit Picks Shadow Tonal lace weight yarn (100% Merino), 440 yards (402 meters) / 50 gr, color (shop for this yarn here!)
Blue Yonder -  2 (3, 3) balls
Knit Picks Aloft lace weight yarn (75% Mohair, 25% Silk) 246 yards (225 meters)/ 25 gr, color (shop for this yarn here!)
Tranquil -  3 (4, 4) balls

Note: the tunic is worked with 2 strands of yarn (merino and mohair).

Needles:
US size 3 (3.25mm)  24" (60 cm) circular needles OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE
Stitch markers
Stitch holders or waste yarn

Gauge in stockinette stitch: 5 sts x 7 rows = 1" (2,5 cm)

Patterns:

Stockinette stitch in rows:
Row 1 (RS): knit
Row 2 (WS): purl
Repeat 2 rows.

Stockinette stitch in rounds:
All rounds knit

Garter Stitch in rows:
All rows knit

Garter Stitch in rounds:
Round 1: knit
Round 2: purl
Repeat 1-2 rounds.

Pine Trees Lace Pattern:
Multiple of 14 sts plus 1
Row 1 (RS): K1, * yo, k1, ssk, k7, k2tog, k1, yo, k1, rep from *
Row 2 and all even rows purl
Row 3: K1, * k1, yo, k1, ssk, k5, k2tog, k1, yo, k2, rep from *
Row 5: K1, * k2, yo, k1, ssk, k3, k2tog, k1, yo, k3, rep from *
Row 7: K1, *k3, yo, k1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k4, rep from *
Row 9: K1, * k4, yo, k1, sl 1- k2tog - psso, k1, yo, k5. rep from *
Repeat rows 1-9

Abbreviations:
k - knit
p - purl
yo - yarn over
ssk - slip, slip, knit (left leaning decrease)
psso - pass slip stitch over
kfr&b - knit front and back
w&t - wrap and turn
pu&k - pick up and knit
 

Pattern Notes:
1. The tunic is worked from the top down.
2. The saddle shoulders are worked first, then the front and the back are worked separately
back and forth until the underarms. The shoulders are shaped with short rows.
3. At the underarms, the front and back are connected and worked in rounds for 4-5", then
again worked separately back and forth.

Directions


Selvedge stitches are worked as follows:  first st knit, last st purl in all rows.

Saddle shoulder
Co 15 sts (15, 15), work 26 (30, 34) rows in stockinette. Place sts on holder or waste yarn, cut
yarn.
Make the second saddle. Lightly block.

Back

Position both saddle pieces, RS facing, with cast on edges towards each other. Beg with right
saddle piece at last row worked, pick up and knit 18 (22, 25) sts along the saddle edge. cast on
32 (34, 36) sts. With RS of another saddle piece facing and begin at cast on edge, pick up and
knit 18 (22, 25) sts = 68 (78, 86) sts

Shaping shoulders with short rows

Note: When you pass the wrap of the previous row, pick wrap up and work it with main st.

Purl one row (WS)
Row 1 (RS)
Short row 1: k 55 (61-69), w&t
Short row 2: p 42 (46-52), w&t
Short row 3: k 47 (52-59), w&t
Short row 4: p 52 (59-67), w&t
Short row 5: k 58 (66-74), w&t
Short row 6: p 64 (72-80), w&t
Knit to the end, p last st

Row 2: k1, purl to the end.
Work in stockinette back and forth 28 (30, 32) more rows

Shaping armholes

To make an increase, kfr&b in the st next to and/or before the selvedge sts

Size S:


In the next four RS rows increase by 1 st at the beg and at the end of the row, purl the WS rows
= 76 sts

Size M:

In the next five RS rows increase by 1 st at the beg and at the end of the row, purl the WS rows = 88 sts

Size L:

In the next six RS rows increase 1 st at the beg and at the end of the row, purl the WS rows = 98 sts

Cut the yarn. Transfer the sts to waste yarn.


Front

Left Front

With RS facing and starting with cast on edge, pick up and knit 18 (22, 25) sts. Purl one row, knit
the next row, purl the next row.

Shaping shoulders (with short rows) and neckline

Row 1 (RS):
Short row 1: k 1, kfr&b, K 12 (16, 19), w&t;
Short row 2: purl back 15 (19, 21) sts, turn
Short row 3: k 1, Kfr&b, k 7 (10, 12), w&t;
Short row 4: purl back 10 (13, 15) sts, turn
Short row 5: k 1, Kfr&b, k3 (5, 6), w&t;
Short row 6: purl back 6 (8, 9) sts, turn
             
K 1, Kfr&b, k to the end, picking up all wraps = 22 (26, 29) sts

Row 2: k 1, p across
Row 3: k 1, kfr&b, k19 (23, 26), p1 = 23 (27, 30) sts
Row 4: k 1, p across
Row 5: k 1, kfr&b, k to the last, p1 = 24 (28, 31) sts
Row 6: k 1, p across
Row 7: k 1, kfr&b, k to the last, p1 = 25 (29, 32) sts
Row 8: k 1, p across.

Sizes M (L) only:
Row 9: k 1, kfr&b, k to the last, p1 = 30 (33) sts
Row 10: k 1, p across

Size L only:
Row 11: k 1, kfr&b, k to the last, p 1 = 34 sts
Row 12: k 1, p across
Cut yarn, transfer sts to a holder or waste yarn.

Right Front

With RS facing and starting with the open sts end pick up and knit 18 (22, 25) sts.
Purl one row, knit the next row, purl the next row.

Shaping shoulders (with short rows) and neckline:
Row 1 (RS): k to last 2 sts, kfr&b, p 1, turn
Short row 1: k1, p 11 (15, 18), w&t;
Short row 2: k back to last 2 sts, kfr&b, p 1, turn
Short row 3: k 1, p 7 (10, 12), w&t;
Short row 4: k back to last 2 sts,kfr&b, p 1, turn
Short row 5: k 1, p 3 (5, 6), w&t;
Short row 6: k back to last 2 sts, kfr&b, p 1, turn

Row 2: k 1, p to the end, picking up all wraps = 22 (26, 29) sts
Row 3: k to the last 2 sts,kfr&b, p 1 = 23 (27, 30) sts
Row 4: k 1, p across
Row 5: k to the last 2 sts, kfr&b, p 1 = 24 (28, 31) sts
Row 6: k 1, p across
Row 7: k to the last 2 sts, kfr&b, p 1 = 25 (29, 32) sts
Row 8: k 1, p across.

Sizes M (L) only:
Row 9: k to the last 2 sts, kfr&b, p 1 = 30 (33) sts
Row 10: k1, p across

For size L only:
Row 11: k to the last 2 sts, kfr&b, p 1 = 34 sts
Row 12: k 1, p across
Cut yarn, transfer sts to a holder or waste yarn.

Joining row:
With RS facing , k 25 (30, 34) sts of the RFr, cast on 16 (18, 20) sts,  k 25 (30, 34) sts of the LFr = 66 (78, 88) sts
Purl the WS row back.
Work in stockinette back and forth 18 more rows.

Shaping Armholes

S size:
The next four RS rows: k1, kfr&b, k across to the last 2 sts, kfr&b, p 1 (+8 sts) = 74 sts
Purl the WS rows

M size
The next 5 RS rows: k 1, kfr&b,  k across to the last 2 sts,  kfr&b, p 1 (+10 sts) = 88 sts
Purl the WS rows

L size:
The next 6 RS rows: k 1,  kfr&b,  k across to the last 2 sts,  kfr&b, p 1 (+12 sts) = 100 sts
Purl the WS rows


Body of the tunic

Round 1: K 74 (88, 100) sts of the front, cast on 11 (11, 11) sts for underarm, k 74 (88, 100) sts
of the back, cast on 11 (11, 11) sts for underarm, place a marker at the beg of the round. Join
and continue to work in rounds = 170 (198, 222) sts
Round 2: knit
Move the marker 5 (5, 5) sts ahead, so the round starts at underarm.

S size:
Round 3 and all odd rounds knit
Round 4 and all even rounds: p 7, k 71, p 14, k 71, p 7
Repeat rounds 3 and 4 ten times, finishing with knit round

M size:
Round 3 and all odd rounds knit
Round 4 and all even rounds: p 7, k 85, p 14, k 85, p 7
Repeat rounds 3 and 4 ten times, finishing with knit round .

L size:
Round 3 and all odd rounds knit
Round 4 and all even rounds : p 6, k 99, p 12, k 99, p 6
Repeat rounds 3 and 4 ten times, finishing with knit round.

Divide for front and back panels.

From now on the front and back are worked separately back and forth.
Selvedge stitches are worked as follows:  first st slip knitwise, last st purl.


Divide underarm stitches as follows: 5 sts at the beg of front panel and 5 sts at the beg of back
panel, 6 sts at the end of front panel and 6 sts at the end of back panel.

Work first and last 7 (7, 6) sts of each panel as 1 selvedge st plus 6 (6, 5) sts in garter st (or 6 (6, 5) sts in garter st plus 1 selvedge st).


Front Panel

2 Set-up rows:
Row 1: k 7 (7, 6), k 71 (85, 99) of the front panel, k 6 (6, 6), p1, turn
Row 2: sl 1, k 6 (6, 5), p 71 (85, 99), k 6 (6,5), p 1,  turn  = 85 (99, 111) sts.
Transfer remaining 85 (99, 111) sts to waste yarn

From row 3 work:  1 selvege (slip knitwise), 6 (6, 5) sts in garter stitch (knit); 71 (5 lace pattern
repeats) [85 (6 lace pattern repeats). 99 (7 lace pattern repeats)] sts; 6 (6, 5) sts in garter st
(knit), 1 selvege st (purl)
Repeat the lace pattern (rows 1-9) 12 times or to desired length.
Work last 7 rows in garter st, bind off.

Back panel is worked the same way as front panel.

Finishing

Sleeve Band

With RS facing and beg at center of the underarm, pu&k in each of the co sts at the base of the
armhole 6 (6,6) sts then pu&k 33 (37, 41) sts evenly spaced to the beg of saddle. Place marker, k 15 sts of saddle, place marker.
Then pu&k 33 (37, 41) sts evenly spaced to the base of the armhole. Then pu&k in each of the
cast on sts at the base of the armhole 5 (5, 5) sts
Place marker to mark the beg of the round.
Sleeve Band is shaped with short rows.
 Short Row 1: k 39 (43, 47) sts to the saddle, Saddle:  work the lace pattern (row 1) on 15 sts ; k 28 (32, 36) , w&t
 Short Row 2: k back 28 (32, 36) sts to the saddle, Saddle: p 15; k 28 (32, 36) sts, w&t 
 Short Row 3: k 28 (32, 36) sts to the saddle, Saddle: work the lace pattern (row 3); k 25 (27, 31) sts, w&t
 Short Row 4: k back 25 (27, 31) sts to the saddle, Saddle: p 15; k 25 (27, 31) sts, w&t
 Short Row 5: k 25 (27, 31) sts to the saddle, Saddle: lace pattern (row 5); k 22 (22, 26) sts, w&t
 Short Row 6: k back 22 (22, 26) sts to the saddle; Saddle: p 15; k 22 (22, 26) sts, w&t
 Short Row 7: k 22 (22, 26) sts to the saddle; Saddle: lace pattern (row 7); k19 (19, 21) sts, w&t
 Short Row 8: k back 19 (19, 21) sts; Saddle: p 15; k 19 (19, 21), w&t
 Short Row 9: k 19 (19, 21); Saddle: lace pattern (row 9); k 16 (16, 16), w&t
 Short Row 10: k back 16 (16, 16); Saddle: p 15; k to the beg at underarm 39 (43, 47 sts) picking up all wraps, w&t

Round 1: k 39 (43, 47) to the saddle, k 15 sts of the saddle, k 38 (42, 46) sts picking up all wraps,
Round 2: purl
Round 3: knit
Round 4: purl
Bind off knitwise.

Neck Band

With RS facing pu&k evenly spaced 120 (126, 132) sts. Place a marker at beg of the round.
Round 1: purl
Round 2: knit
Round 3: purl
Round 4: *k4, k2tog rep from * across = 100 (105, 110) sts
Work 4 more rounds, all odd rounds purl, all even round knit.
Bind off purlwise.

Enjoy!



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Poster: Carrie
July 24, 2015

I love this pattern!!! In fact, I have started this in red and have finished the joining for under the arms. If I didn't want to split the front and back to work the pattern, what would I need to do to work it in the round. I want to make this more like a dress than a tunic. Thank you so much!
Poster: Elaine Phillips
July 29, 2015

You need to continue to work lace pattern in rounds. For this knit all even rows. Also make sure the the dress is wide enough in the hips. Add more stitches at the sides as needed.

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