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.
I’d like to thank my test knitters for helping me to work out an error-free sleeve that didn’t have the same complications as the sleeve I’d first written into the pattern. Experiment with these different sleeve types if you wish:
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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