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Gentle Teresa

Knitty, First Fall 2012
Knitting
Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) ?
17 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
792 - 1980 yards (724 - 1811 m)
Bust: 32[35, 40, 43.25, 48, 51, 56] inches; 2-3 inches of positive ease is recommended

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This design was inspired by a favorite piece of clothing owned by my mom, Teresa. It was a long tunic vest from a big chain store, in deepest shade of purple. Unfortunately, the whole thing was made with low-quality acrylic knitted fabric and was pilling very badly. My mom requested my own version of it, and voila, I dedicated this pattern in my mom’s name.

The general theme of this tunic vest is comfort. It is a very classic piece of clothing you can wear every day in the fall and not get bored. It features cable and simple lace patterns and a cozy shawl collar.

The tunic has about 2 inches of positive ease and is worked flat, front and back separately from the bottom up. The armhole shaping is unusual; the armhole is a straight line, and only shaped at the shoulders, so that the armholes fall on the upperarms instead of top of the shoulders. The hem and the shawl collar are worked in 2x2 ribbing. The collar is picked up directly from the neckline and shaped with short rows to raise the back of the neck.