Inside-Out Tunic

September 2015
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 21 rows = 4 inches
in Stocking stitch
US 10 - 6.0 mm
547 - 820 yards (500 - 750 m)
Three size options are given, as well as options to easily customise
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The design for this top began as an improvised item as part of the “Crafts from the Cwtch Handmade Wardrobe Project” (read more here) and as such it was originally intended to be worn by me, a short chubby blogger (UK size 18/20). The testers were various different sizes including a very petite UK size 8 (US 6) and others in the middle - all love the fit and style, especially as it is easy to lengthen/shorten etc to suit their bodies and personal style, which is really the point of the HWP. I hope you will like it too and that you will have fun customising your tunic (although you don’t have to if you prefer to stick rigidly to a pattern).
Thanks for looking!

This surprisingly versatile cowl-neck top (knitted as a funnel) is designed as a layering garment which works equally well over a vest in summer, or a long-sleeved t-shirt in colder weather. It has positive ease and is flattering for a wide range of body shapes and sizes.

It’s called the “Inside-Out” tunic because I just love the ‘wrong side’ of the fabric, but you can also wear it the ‘right side’ out - as shown in the cream/pebble sample.

The tunic is worked both flat (back and forth) and in-the-round, for different sections, and a schematic is provided. Made in one-piece with self patterning yarn, each one is a little different, and you may find you want more than one!

Three sizing options are written in the pattern, with positive ease. Instructions for resizing are also included. The ‘glacier’ sample shown is the smallest size but photographed on a medium (UK 14) mannequin, which demonstrates the amount of ease in the fabric. The ‘pebble’ sample is the second size, but lengthened by the knitter, and the black sample comfortably fits and flatters my larger frame.

Size A (90cm torso circumference) in the shortest length requires 2 balls of yarn, the other sizes take 3 balls, but note that this may be affected by any customisation / lengthening.

I have marked this as an ‘intermediate’ pattern but there is nothing terribly complicated about it. Novice knitters should simply ensure they are comfortable with knitting in the round, using the magic loop method for the neck, and using a three-needle bind off.