Frilled with Joy Peplum Tunic

This warm-weather tunic features contrast color pops of I-Cord, an easy to wear silhouette and a super fun peplum! And the best part – the only seams in this tank are at the shoulder. Soothing stockinette stitch makes this a good project to have in your hands while watching TV.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Finished Bust Size 32 (36.25, 40, 44.25, 48, 52.25, 56)” to fit bust 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54)”

0-4” positive ease recommended.

Shown in size 36.25”

Gauge: 21 sts and 29 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking

Materials

Yarn: Universal Yarn Bamboo Pop (50% Bamboo, 50% Cotton; 292 yards [267 meters]/100 grams): 103 Strawberry (MC, 3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6) balls), 123 Fuchsia (CC, 1 ball, all sizes)

Needles: US size 5 (3.75 mm) 32” circular needle and set of DPNs

Notions: Markers, stitch holders, tapestry needle

Special Stitches

I-Cord Bind-Off: CO 3 sts to first st on left needle using the knitted method, *k2, k2tog tbl (last I-Cord st tog with st from left needle, sl these 3 sts back to left needle; rep from * until all sts have been bound off. BO rem 3 sts.

Pattern Notes

The upper body is worked in the round from the bottom up to the armholes where front and back are divided and worked separately. Stitches for the peplum are picked up from the cast-on edge of the upper body and worked downward.

Pattern

Body

With MC, CO 200 (222, 242, 264, 284, 306, 326) sts. PM and join to work in the rnd, being careful not to twist sts.

Set-up Rnd: K100 (111, 121, 132, 142, 153, 163), pm for side, knit to end.

Knit 3 rows even in St st.

Dec Rnd: *K1, k2tog, knit to 3 sts before m, ssk, k1, sl m; rep from * once more. (4 sts dec’d) Rep Dec Rnd every 12 (12, 12, 12, 12, 14, 14) rnds 5 (5, 7, 7, 7, 1, 1) more time(s), then rep Dec Rnd every 10 (10, 0, 0, 0, 12, 12) rnds 2 (2, 0, 0, 0, 6, 6) times. (168 (190, 210, 232, 252, 274, 294) sts)

Work even until piece meas 13 (13, 13.5, 13.5, 13.5, 14, 14)” from CO edge.

Separate Front and Back

Next Rnd: Knit across Front sts to 4 (5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10) sts before m, BO next 8 (10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20) sts, knit across Back sts to 4 (5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10) sts before m, BO next 8 (10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20) sts. (76 (85, 93, 102, 110, 119, 127) sts rem each Front and Back)

Place Back sts on holder.

Shape Front Armholes

Dec Row 1 (RS): [K1, p1] 3 times, k2tog, knit to last 8 sts, ssk, [p1, k1] 3 times. (2 sts dec’d)

Dec Row 2 (WS): [P1, k1] 3 times, ssp, purl to last 8 sts, p2tog, [k1, p1] 3 times. (2 sts dec’d)

Maintaining 6 sts each edge in est’d rib, cont to work a dec row every row 2 (4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14) more times, then work a dec row every RS row 4 (4, 4, 6, 6, 7, 7) times. (60 (65, 69, 70, 74, 77, 81) sts)

Work even as est’d until Armhole meas 2.75 (3, 3.5, 3.75, 4.25, 4.25, 4.5)”, ending with WS row.

Shape Right Neck

Row 1 (RS): Work as est’d over 23 (25, 26, 26, 27, 28, 30) Left Front sts, attach new ball of yarn and BO center 14 (15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 21) sts, work as est’d over rem 23 (25, 26, 26, 27, 28, 30) Right Front sts. Place Left Front sts on holder.

Row 2 (WS): Work in patt to end.

Row 3: BO 5 sts, work to end. (18 (20, 21, 21, 22, 23, 25) sts)

Row 4: Work in patt to end.

Row 5: BO 3 sts, work to end. (15 (17, 18, 18, 19, 20, 22) sts)

Row 6: Work to last 3 sts, p2tog, p1. (1 st dec’d, 14 (16, 17, 17, 18, 19, 21) sts)

Row 7: K1, k2tog, work in patt to end. (1 st dec’d, 13 (15, 16, 16, 17, 18, 20) sts)

Row 8: Work in patt to end.

Rows 9-14: Rep Rows 7-8, 3 more times. (10 (12, 13, 13, 14, 15, 17) sts)

Work even until Armhole meas 7.25 (7.75, 8.25, 8.75, 9.25, 9.5, 9.75)”, ending with RS row.

Shape Shoulder

BO 3 (4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5) sts at beg of next WS row, 3 (4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6) sts at beg of next WS row, and 4 (4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6) sts at beg of next WS row.

Shape Left Neck

Row 2 (WS): BO 5 sts, work to end. (18 (20, 21, 21, 22, 23, 25) sts)

Row 3: Work in patt to end.

Row 4: BO 3 sts, work to end. (15 (17, 18, 18, 19, 20, 22) sts)

Row 5: Work in patt to end.

Row 6: P1, ssp, work to end. (1 st dec’d, 14 (16, 17, 17, 18, 19, 21) sts)

Row 7: Work in patt to last 3 sts, ssk, k1. (1 st dec’d, 13 (15, 16, 16, 17, 18, 20) sts)

Row 8: Work in patt to end.

Rows 9-14: Rep Rows 7-8, 3 more times. (10 (12, 13, 13, 14, 15, 17) sts)

Work even until Armhole meas 7.25 (7.75, 8.25, 8.75, 9.25, 9.5, 9.75)”, ending with WS row.

Shape Shoulder

BO 3 (4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5) sts at beg of next RS row, 3 (4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6) sts at beg of next RS row, and 4 (4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6) sts at beg of next RS row.

Shape Back Armholes

Return sts to needle. Shape Back Armholes as for Front. Work even until Armholes meas 4.25 (4.5, 5, 5.25, 5.75, 5.75, 6)”, ending with WS row.

Shape Neck, Shape Shoulders

Work as for Front.

Peplum

With WS facing and MC, pick up and knit 200 (222, 242, 264, 284, 306, 326) sts. Turn so RS is facing, pm and join to work in the rnd.

Inc Rnd: *Kfb; rep from * to end. (400 (444, 484, 528, 568, 612, 652) sts

Work even in St st until Peplum meas 6.25”.

Purl 1 rnd, knit 1 rnd, purl 1 rnd.

Break MC. With CC, knit 1 rnd.

BO all sts using the I-Cord method.

Peplum Pick-Up Edging

With CC and inserting needle upward through ridge formed by pick-up edge from Peplum, pick up and knit 200 (222, 242, 264, 284, 306, 326) sts along ridge.

BO all sts using the I-Cord method.

Finishing

Block piece to finished measurements.

Armhole Edging

With CC and DPNs underarm, pick up and knit 4 (5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10) sts along underarm BO edge, 76 (82, 86, 92, 98, 100, 102) sts around armhole opening (about 3 sts for every 4 rows), and 4 (5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10) sts along BO edge. (84 (92, 98, 106, 114, 118, 122) sts)

BO all sts using the I-Cord method.

Neck Edging

With CC, beg at Right Shoulder seam, pick up and knit 21 (22, 22, 23, 23, 24, 24) sts along Back Right Neck, 14 (15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 21) sts along Back Neck BO edge, 21 (22, 22, 23, 23, 24, 24) sts along Back Left Neck, 29 (30, 30, 31, 31, 32, 32) sts along Front Left Neck, 14 (15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 21) sts along Front Neck BO edge, and 29 (30, 30, 31, 31, 32, 32) sts along Front Right Neck. (128 (134, 138, 144, 148, 154, 154) sts)

BO all sts using the I-Cord method.

Weave in any rem ends.

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