Toad Hollow Tunic by Cori Eichelberger

Toad Hollow Tunic

Knitting
October 2020
DK (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 33 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch after blocking
US 5 - 3.75 mm
693 - 1848 yards (634 - 1690 m)
SIZE: 1 (2, 3, 4) (5 6, 7) (8, 9, 10) TO FIT: 31 (34, 37, 40) (43, 46, 49) (52, 55, 58)” / 79 (86, 94, 102) (109, 117, 124.5) (132, 140, 147) cm
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’Roundabout, roundabout, Lo and behold!
Reel away, reel away, Straw into gold!’
- Rumpelstiltskin, Grimm’s Fairy Tale

The story of Rumpelstiltskin is one fraught with mystery and suspense. That little devil of a creature thinks he’s got the high hand on the poor miller’s daughter, but she outwits him in the end. And don’t we all love a smart “shrewd and clever” young lass? Yes we do!

When the Toad Hollow ladies asked me to design something in this gorgeous gold colorway I was intrigued and took my inspiration from the miller’s daughter -- clothed in a long skirt but with an over-dress. (see my project page for a photo.) I love wearing a good tunic, especially with a pair of leggings or skinny jeans and this design fits the bill. Drapey with a bit of flow, knit in DK weight yarn, with the option for a long (mid-thigh) or short (hip length) version. This tunic should fit the bill for your fall, winter or spring wearing adventures.

PATTERN NOTES: There are 3 decorative Fisherman’s rib stitches on the front and back of the tunic. There are also 5 decorative Fisherman’s Rib stitches at the side seams. Knitters may choose to cast on a larger size for the hips and then decrease down to a smaller size for the bust. This is a checklist pattern; each row is written out for ease of execution (which also means the pattern is longer than usual). There are 2 length variations offered, short = hip or long = mid-thigh. There is also an option for a fuller empire waist version. (see photo)

SIZE: 1 (2, 3, 4) (5 6, 7) (8, 9, 10)
TO FIT: 31 (34, 37, 40) (43, 46, 49) (52, 55, 58)” /
79 (86, 94, 102) (109, 117, 124.5) (132, 140, 147) cm

FINISHEDMEASUREMENTS:
BUST: 33 (36, 39, 42) (45, 48, 51) (54, 57, 60)” /84 (91, 99, 107) (114, 122, 129.5) (137, 145, 152) cm

HIP/HEM (8” positive ease): 42 (46, 50, 52) (56, 58, 60) (64, 68, 72)” / 107 (117, 127, 132) (142, 147, 152) (162, 172, 182) cm

LENGTH SHORT: 18.5 (18.5, 19, 20) (20.5, 21.5, 22.75) (23.75, 25.25, 25.75)” / 47 (47, 48, 51) (52, 55, 58) (60, 64, 65) cm

LENGTH LONG: 27 (28, 28.5, 30) (30.5, 33, 34) (35, 36, 36.5) / 69 (71, 72, 76) (77, 84, 86) (89, 91, 93) cm

YARN SHORT: 3 (3, 3, 4) (4, 4, 5) (5, 6, 6) skeins
YARN LONG: 4 (4, 5, 5) (6, 6, 7) (7, 8, 9) skeins

Toad Hollow Toad DK (100% superwash merino, 4 ply, 231 yds/100g) per skein in desired colorway (this is a heavy DK weight yarn, please plan accordingly)

SAMPLE, size 3, was knit using Toad Hollow DK in the Rumple colorway and weighed 455 grams using 1,051 yds.