Mommy's Tunic by Monique Leonard

Mommy's Tunic

March 2017
DK (11 wpi) ?
5.5 stitches and 8 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
920 - 1400 yards (841 - 1280 m)
30 (33, 36, 39, 42, 45, 48) inches around RIBCAGE under bust
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This top has a unique construction. The cable band, which sits below the bust, is worked first, completed and blocked. Then stitches are picked up around the top of the band and the Bust/Yoke areas are worked bottom up. Next, stitches are picked up around the bottom of the band and worked top-down.

The sleeves are set-in sleeves using picked up stitches and short rows. Finally, the lace collar is worked.

Tech Editor: Dana Gervais

Sizes 30 (33, 36, 39, 42, 45, 48) inches
76 (84, 89-94, 91.5, 99, 106.5, 114, 122) cm around the ribcage as measured immediately below the bust. Recommended ease -1 to +1 inch -2.5 to +2.5 cm across the bust, lots of positive ease around the torso and waist.

I began to design this tunic when baby #2 was on the way and I remembered how frumpy I felt after having my first baby – maternity clothes made me look pregnant still, but my “regular” wardrobe really wasn’t flattering. Simply put, I wanted to make a top that would flatter my post-baby figure, hide my squishy parts, and most importantly make me feel beautiful again. Oh, and I wanted it to be flexible enough to wear while pregnant, too. (see pictures of me in blue) Thus, this tunic was born.

With an A-line torso, a fitted bodice and cabled band around the empire waist, this tunic flatters your curves. The lace edge of the tunic portion floats lightly and comfortably over the hips. Similarly, the lace-edged sleeves are wide and flatter upper arms.

Choose which size to knit based on your ribcage circumference measurement just below the bust. The pattern as written allows for a 3-4 inch increase in bust size over ribcage measurement. For instructions on modifying the bust fit, please see the Bust Adjustments section on last page.