My Fair Maiden
My Fair Maiden is an ode to the damsels in fairy tales. This garment is a sleeveless tunic and was designed with two purposes in mind: to be worn in costume play with a full tulle skirt and princess hat like a hennin, or to be worn in every day wear like over a slim fitting shirt with a denim skirt and print tights.
It features characteristics of medieval dress, such as a high wide neckline, a slim fit in the body, and a slightly lower waistline. Beneath the waist is a short skirt with inverted box pleats. A knit ribbon (worked at a looser gauge to reduce bulk and weight but add extra drape) is tied in a bow on the back and rests on the pleats. The body of the garment, including pleats, is knit in stockinette stitch. A contrasting color edge is worked in garter stitch at the neckline. The ribbon is knit with a contrasting color in stockinette stitch and is worked horizontally at a looser gauge to create a more “ribbon-like” effect. The tunic was designed with one inch of positive ease at the chest. There are two options for the shoulder: seamed or hidden knitted tabs with sew-on snaps.
2 (4, 6 , 8, 10) years
22 (24, 26, 27.5, 29)” 55 (60, 65, 68.75, 72.5) cm approx chest circumference
14 (15.5, 17, 18.5, 20)” 35 (38.75, 42.5, 46.25, 50) cm approx length
Canopy Fingering from The Fibre Company (50% alpaca, 30% merino, 20% bamboo) 200 yards/ 183 meters, 1.75 oz/ 50 g per skein: 2 (3, 3, 3, 4) skeins in Crocus (MC), 1 skein in Purple Passion (CC)
Or approx 365 (440, 520, 600, 685) yards of fingering weight yarn in MC and approx 60 yards of fingering weight yarn in CC
US 2 (3.25 mm) straight or circular needles (or size required to obtain gauge)
US 4 (3.25 mm) straight or circular needles (or size two needle sizes up from gauge needles)
2 small sew-in snaps (optional)
Stitch holder or waste yarn
Tunic: 28 stitches and 38 rows = 4” (10 cm) in stockinette stitch pattern using size US 2 needles
Ribbon: 24 stitches and 32 rows = 4” (10 cm) in stockinette stitch pattern using size US 4 needles