Marrakech Tunic by Julie Turjoman

Marrakech Tunic

Knitting
January 2018
Sport (12 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in chevron stitch, see notes
US 6 - 4.0 mm
900 - 1800 yards (823 - 1646 m)
Bust: 41 (46, 51 1/2, 56 1/2, 61 3/4)" Worn with 4" positive ease
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Here’s a project for every knitter whose stash includes orphan skeins of fingering weight yarn in colors that sing when placed together. The chevron stripes in this tunic appear random, but in fact follow a loosely organized color placement.

It works up equally well in a self-striping yarn with long color runs; just choose a complementary solid color yarn for the elbow-length sleeves. With its easily memorized chevron pattern, side splits, and simple neckline, this sweater will be a weekend favorite. Its generous oversized fit makes it a terrific layering piece.

Shown in brights here, Marrakech would also look splendid in neutral grays with accents of black or perhaps a pop of magenta, purple, or chartreuse for the Reverse Stockinette edging. Warm-weather yarn options such as cotton, linen, and bamboo would give it 3-season wearability and beautiful drape.

SIZES
S (M, L, XL, XXL)
Shown in sizes S and XL. To be worn with 4” positive ease.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Bust:
41 (46, 51 ½, 56 ½, 61 ¾)”
Length: 21 (21, 23, 24, 24)” from hem edge to neck edge in center of back.

YARN
Madeline Tosh Merino Light Fingering wt. (100% superwash merino wool); 420 yds/384 m (4 oz.) in 5 to 7 compatible colors (partial skeins can be used; this project is a fantastic stash-buster). Use at least 4 or 5 colors in the same tonal family, and 1 or 2 contrasting colors for “pop”. Singles or plied yarns may be used with equal success.

Alternative yarn options include:
Miss Babs Keira (Fingering wt. 100% Superwash Merino Wool); 560 yds./8.3 oz.
Malabrigo Rastita (100% Pure Merino Wool); 310 yds./285 m/100 g.
Claudia Hand Painted Yarns (100% Linen); 270 yds./approx. 100 g.
Valley Yarns Charlemont (Fingering wt. 60% Fine Superwash Merino Wool/ 20% Silk/ 20% Polyamide); 439 yds./100 g.
La Bien Aimee Merino Singles (100% Merino Wool); 400 yds/100g.
Freia Fingering Shawl Balls (100% Merino); 430 yds/100 g.
You will need approx. 1100 (1300, 1500, 1650, 1800) yds. total

NEEDLES
Circular needles (24-32” and 16”) in US 6/4.00 mm, or size needed to obtain correct gauge
Double-pointed or 10” circular needles in size US 6/4.00 mm

GAUGE
28 sts and 32 rows = 4”
18 sts (Chevron patt repeat) = 2 ½”

PATTERN NOTES
Tunic is worked from the bottom up, in two pieces for the Front and Back hem. These two pieces are joined to work the Body in the round. The Body is split at the armholes and worked back and forth from there to the short-row shaped shoulders. Sleeve stitches are picked up from the armholes and worked down with decrease shaping to the elbow or three-quarter length. Reverse Stockinette stitch edging in contrast color finishes sleeves, side splits, and neckline. A Chart with suggested color striping is included.

Marrakech has been extensively test-knitted and tech-edited to ensure trouble-free knitting. These efforts notwithstanding, if you believe you have discovered an error in the pattern, please bring it to my attention for correction.