Gamine tunic by Elizabeth Felgate

Gamine tunic

Knitting
December 2014
DK (11 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 23 rows = 4 inches
in pattern stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
715 - 1115 yards (654 - 1020 m)
Age 2-3, Age 4-5, Age 6-7, Age 8-9
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This tunic is ideal for frolicking like a faun in the fallen leaves in or curling up by the fireside. It has been designed to be feminine without being overpoweringly girly.

Lots of positive ease and generous length allow for growth and layering underneath.

Knit flat in pieces and then sewn together. It features a modified drop shoulder, and a fun little shell detail for the buttoned shoulder (you don’t need to be able to crochet, but you will need a hook for this).

This is a very easy knit. Pattern contains both charts and written instructions and lots of additional links to tutorials and notes.

Sizes:

It is intended that finished chest sizes be around 15cm/6in larger than actual chest. Finished sizes are as follows

Age 2-3 70cm/27½in
Age 4-5 74cm/29in
Age 6-7 77cm/30½in
Age 8-9 84cm/33in

Yardage
Age 2-3 - 655m/715yds(3 skeins)
Age 4-5 – 755m/820yds (4 skeins)
Age 6-7 - 840m/920yds (4 skeins)
Age 8-9 – 1020m/1115yds (5 skeins)

Yarn choices

I used Stylecraft Alpaca DK, a quality acrylic yarn with a blend of alpaca for softness, warmth and beauty, combined with ease of washing. If you wish to substitute yarn, any wool, acrylic or blend of the two should be fine as should other blends with a small percentage of alpaca or other lightweight natural fibres. The slight halo from the alpaca creates a very coherent fabric; if you use a yarn without this you’ll get beautiful stitch definition and a slightly more open effect to the pattern. Both work equally well, and this is a matter of personal preference.

Skills required
This is an easy knit suitable for anyone with a few small projects under their belt. Lots of extra notes and links to tutorials are included to assist you. Skills involved are:

• cast on and bind off
• knit and purl
• increase and decrease
• sewing up seams

Pattern includes

  • Chart and written instructions for the main pattern stitch

  • A worksheet on adjusting both stitch gauge and row gauge for the sleeves is included for those substituting yarn.

  • Links to tutorials for:

  • cast on and bind off methods

  • stitch pattern method

  • suggested seam-sewing methods

  • shoulder detail method

Notions
• Waste yarn, spare cables or stitch holders
• Tapestry needle for sewing up
• Crochet hook same size as needle used for shoulder detail (you do not need to know how to crochet).
• 4-5 buttons.