Farmer’s Daughter is a summer tunic featuring stitch patterns that echo the different textures found in summer fields. The easy care of the cotton/acrylic blend yarn and generous fit of the garment make it a great pick for when comfort is the utmost importance.
Cabin Fever > Cotton Tweed DK
55% Acrylic, 45% Cotton; 250 yards / 100 grams
oatmeal 3 (4, 4, 5, 6, 7) balls
OR 600 (800, 970, 1150, 1380, 1590) yards of DK weight yarn
US 5 (3.75 mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
22 sts and 31 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch on 3.75 mm needles, blocked.
Binding off while maintaining simple stitch pattern
This tunic is worked flat from the bottom up, starting with a lace edging. The hips and bust of the sweater are knit in stockinette, while the waist and the yoke are accented in a textured seersucker stitch pattern.
The tunic has a generous amount of positive ease over the stockinette pattern in the hips and bust. For a good fit across the shoulders, ease is reduced just before the seersucker stitch pattern begins across the front and the back.
Pattern contains instructions for a sleeve that is very short. Different variations are possible, depending on your preferences.
1) For a longer sleeve, work more rows of seersucker stitch before beginning sleeve cap shaping.
2) For less complicated sleeve cap shaping, knit the sleeve cap in stockinette once the bind-offs begin.
3) For a lacy sleeve, begin the sleeve with the arrow lace stitch pattern.
4) For a different look, knit a short row sleeve, in your favourite stitch pattern.This youtube video on short row sleeves is very helpful. Keep in mind that if you use a linen stitch pattern like I did in my first two prototypes, you will need to make some adjustments to accommodate the different row gauge.
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