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Elinor Tunic

Jane Austen Knits, 2011
Knitting
October 2011
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches in St st worked in the round on smaller needles with body yarn.
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
35¼ (40, 44, 48¾, 52¾)" bust/chest circumference and 46½ (49½, 55¼, 60, 64)" hip circumference.

The empire-waisted dresses of Jane Austen’s time inspired this tunic named after Elinor Dashwood of Sense and Sensibility. In the BBC film adaptation a dress layered over a light weight shawl was a common sight, especially amongst the Miss Dashwoods whom I assume did so as a means to adjust to the lower economic standing after Mr. Dashwood’s death. To conserve yarn and time, this pattern creates that same layered look by stitching a faux shawl inset knitted from a complimentary yarn into the neckline. Pair this tunic with leggings and ballet flats or skinny jeans and boots for an Austen-inspired contemporary look.