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River Tunic

Crochet
July 2010
Light Fingering / 3 ply ?
18 stitches and 16 rows = 4 inches
2.75 mm (C)
31½ (36, 40½, 45)"

Inspired by a meandering river with lush summer foliage spilling over the banks, this tunic looks lacy but is really just single crochet stitches manipulated to blossom into open stitchwork along the body and lower sleeves. The border at the hem reflects the lacy chevron sleeves, creating balance and drawing the eye downward for a flattering, lengthening effect. Extra ease is worked into the hips with chains that also create an unusual seaming technique. The result is a comfortable, versatile, and elegant tunic.