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Eunoia Tunic

Knitting
July 2009
22 stitches and 29 rows = 4 inches in stockinette on 4 mm circs.
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
940 - 1 yards (860 - 1 m)
customisable
This pattern is available for free.

PLEASE NOTE: I’ve taken the pattern off the Loumms site as I am in the process of revising and modifying the pattern. I hope it have it ready within a couple of months! In the meantime, please get in touch if you’re interested in the finished version and I’ll PM you once it’s ready. It will remain a free pattern.

This top-down raglan tunic was actually born a good few years ago. I had been yearning for something that would flow gently over my hips, but still allow me to hide inside an enormous cowly funnel of a neck. Unfortunately, all my attempts either fell at the last hurdle or never quite made it out of the sketchbook. This time, however, I think I’ve just about got it.

The deep cowled neck, with its gartered button band, is ringed with a subtle ruching pattern that extends down the front of the tunic as a central panel. Along with a pair of strategic pleats, this ruching comprises a somewhat non-traditional bust-shaping. The A-line skirt flares out to a weighty hem, which is mimicked in the hem of the sleeves.

Perhaps my favourite detail can be found in the mirror-image pleating on the puff sleeves, directly in line with the pleating on the main body. Created using two different techniques, the lines formed by both sets of pleating complete the look, by adding a gentle contrast of contours.

Eunoia (yu-NOY-ah), from the Greek εύνοια, meaning ‘well mind’ or ‘beautiful thought’, is precisely the frame of mind I was in when this tunic came together. I’ve decided to call it Eunoia, kind of after Christian Bok’s book, but also kind of just because I like the word and it makes me happy – look at all those vowels!

This is an open test-knit, meaning that while written pattern is pretty much good to go, I’m still looking to perfect it. In particular, I’d like to offer it in many different sizes, though the raglan shaping does accommodate a wide degree of customisation, so any help on this front will be especially welcome! I plan to have to finished pattern ready by the end of September, but in the meantime I welcome any and all feedback and comments.