Bay Laurel Tunic by Julie Turjoman

Bay Laurel Tunic

March 2016
Sport (12 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
3.5 mm (E)
900 - 1720 yards (823 - 1573 m)
XS [S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X]
Flag of English English
This pattern is available for free.

The combination of taupe and lavender suggests spring breezes and shady lanes blooming with lilacs and hydrangeas. It’s a subtle cool that feels refreshing and soft after a long winter. Linen yarn, with its crisp hand and drape that softens with wear, has body-skimming and moisture-wicking properties that provide its own element of cool. Worked in a sport weight yarn, this tunic is as comfortable and fetching as they come. Wear it alone or layered over a tee shirt for different looks. With its overlapping construction and contrast color leaf lace borders, this breezy tank offers a welcome mix of stylish design elements, a body-skimming fit, and straightforward knitting for almost instant gratification.

The tank is worked flat in two main pieces (Left Side and Right Side) from the bottom up. Edges overlap approximately three quarters of the way across the front and the back and can be left open for more drape, or stitched partway down from the neck for more modesty. Waist shaping and slip stitch faux side seams add definition. Leaf lace borders are worked separately in a contrast color yarn for the outer layer only, and are then seamed to the side and bottom edges of the tank. The inner layer is 2 inches longer than the outer layer to accentuate the tank’s drape and body-skimming fit. Short shoulder and neck edge seams are all that’s required. The Leaf Lace panel pattern is provided in both charted and written format.

Chest: 32 [36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56] inches
Hip: 39.5 [41.5, 45.5, 49.5, 55.5, 59.5, 63.5]
Length from shoulder to hem: 25 [25, 26, 27, 27, 28, 28] inches

Claudia Hand Painted Yarns Drama [100% Linen; 270 yds/247 m per 100 g skein];
[MC] Sand in Your Shoes; 3 [4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6] skeins
[CC] Whisper; 1 skein for all sizes

Recommended needle size
[always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below — every knitter’s gauge is unique]
One 29-to-32-inch US #5/4.0 mm circ needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
One extra US #5 / 3.75 mm needle (for 3 needle BO at shoulders)
One set US #5 / 3.75 mm needles for edging
Size E/5 Crochet hook
stitch markers
yarn needle