River Valley Tunic

The flowing fit of this tunic is both flattering and chic, resulting in a top that promises to become your go-to fall fashion statement. The body panels are worked from bottom to top, while the sleeves are worked flat.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Finished Bust Size 38¾ (42¼, 46¾, 50¼, 54¾, 58¼, 62¾, 66¼)” to fit bust 34 (38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62)”

4-5½” positive ease recommended.

Shown in size 38¾”

Gauge: 18 sts and 25.5 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Rhombus Stitch after wet blocking

Materials

Yarn: Yarn Love Audrey Hepburn (80% Polwarth Wool, 20% Silk; 330 yards [302 meters]/113 grams): Steel Blue 4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7) skeins.

Needles: US size 6 (4.00 mm): 60” or longer circular

Notions: Markers (two of a different color to mark W&T); stitch holders or waste yarn; tapestry needle

Abbreviations

M1 – make one stitch using Loop CO

Special Stitches

Dec 1 (always on RS row)

If the stitch immediately before first dec 1 is purl, work both decreases as foll: p2tog

If the stitch immediately before first dec 1 is knit, work both decreases as foll: k2tog

Note: When decreasing, the number of Seed stitches is changing from odd to even, and back to odd. Make sure that right stitch pattern is chosen after every decrease.

Seed Stitch (worked over an odd number of sts)

Row 1 (RS): *K1, p1; rep from * to last st, k1

Rep Row 1 for patt.

Seed Stitch (worked over an even number of sts)

Row 1 (RS): *K1, p1; rep from * to first marker, work to second marker, *p1, k1; rep from * to end.

Row 2 (WS): *P1, k1: rep from * to marker, work to next marker, *k1, p1; rep from * to end.

Rep Rows 1-2 for patt.

W&T (Wrap and Turn)

Sl next st with yarn in front (wyif) for RS rows or with yarn in back (wyib) for WS rows. Return yarn to back (front), PM (W&T marker) on left needle and return the slipped st to left needle, turn.

Note: For W&T, use different color markers to avoid confusion with center markers.

Pattern Notes

This pattern is worked flat from the bottom up. The front is worked as one piece to armholes and then left and right panels are worked separately to shape V-neck line.

Sleeves are worked from picked up sts from the top down on modified drop shoulder. For better fit, sleeve caps are shaped with few short rows. Sleeves are also widened toward the cuffs.

Sleeve Stitches

When working sleeves, beginning with Short Row 2, work in Rhombus Stitch following Chart 2 between center markers and in Seed Stitch outside of center markers to cuffs. Pattern instruction for Sleeve has only center marker mentioned.

Working in Seed Stitch, keep in mind that the selvage stitch is always knit for this pattern. The very first stitch of Seed Stitch patt outside of either center marker is as following: p (k, p, k, k, p, p, p); it is important for incorporating stitches into the pattern, one by one.

Pattern

Back

CO 115 (123, 131, 143, 151, 159, 167, 179) sts.

Set-up Row: K21 (17, 21, 19, 15, 19, 15, 21), PM, k to last 21 (17, 21, 19, 15, 19, 15, 21) sts, PM, k to end of the row.

Work in Seed Stitch for 4 rows, slipping m.

Row 1 (RS): Work in Seed Stitch to first marker, sm, work in Rhombus Stitch following Chart 1 to next m, sm, work in Seed Stitch to end of the row.

Cont in est patt for 7 more rows, ending with WS row.

Dec Row (RS): Work in patt to 2 sts before m, dec 1, cont in patt to last next m, sm, dec 1, cont in patt to end of the row – 2 sts dec’d; 113 (121, 129, 141, 149, 157, 165, 177) sts.

Rep Dec Row every 12th row 6 (6, 11, 1, 6, 6, 11, 1) more times, and then every 10th row 7 (7, 1, 13, 7, 7, 1, 13) more times, ending with WS row – 87 (95, 105, 113, 123, 131, 141, 149) sts.

Work even in est patt for 4 more rows.

Armhole Shaping

Place first and last 4 (4, 4, 4, 6, 7, 7, 7) sts on scrap yarn or stitch holder – 79 (87, 97, 105, 111, 117, 127, 135) sts.

Cont in est patt for 44 (46, 50, 54, 54, 58, 58, 62) rows or until Armhole meas 7¼ (7½, 8, 8¾, 8¾, 9¼, 9¼, 10)”, ending with WS row.

BO 23 (26, 30, 33, 36, 39, 42, 45) at beg of the next 2 rows – 33 (35, 37, 39, 39, 39, 43, 45) sts.

Transfer rem Neck sts to waste yarn or stitch holder.

Front

CO 115 (123, 131, 143, 151, 159, 167, 179) sts.

Work as for Back to Armhole Shaping.

Armhole Shaping

Place first and last 4 (4, 4, 4, 6, 7, 7, 7) sts on scrap yarn or stitch holder – 79 (87, 97, 105, 111, 117, 127, 135) sts.

Left Front

Row 1 (RS): Work next 38 (42, 47, 51, 54, 57, 62, 66) sts in patt, k2tog, place rem sts of Front Right on waste yarn or stitch holder – 39 (43, 48, 52, 55, 58, 63, 67) sts.

Row 2 and all WS rows: Work in patt unless otherwise instructed.

Work even in est patt for 2 more rows.

Dec Row (RS): Work in est patt to last 3 sts, ssk, k1 – 1 st dec’d; 38 (42, 47, 51, 54, 57 62, 66) sts.

Rep Dec Row every 4 rows 5 (5, 6, 7, 7, 9, 7, 8) more times, and then every RS row 10 (11, 11, 11, 11, 9, 13, 13) more times, ending with RS row – 23 (26, 30, 33, 36, 39, 42, 45) sts.

BO sts.

Transfer Front Right sts onto working needles.

Right Front

Dec Row (RS): K1, k2tog, cont in est patt to end of row.

Rep Dec Row every 4 rows 5 (5, 6, 7, 7, 9, 7, 8) more times, and then every RS row 10 (11, 11, 11, 11, 9, 13, 13) more times, ending with RS row – 23 (26, 30, 33, 36, 39, 42, 45) sts.

BO sts.

Finishing

Block Back and Front panels to measurements.

Join Shoulder seams.

Neckband

Beginning at the lowest neckline point and RS facing, PU and k36 (38, 40, 44, 44, 46, 46, 50) sts up to Shoulder, k33 (35, 37, 39, 39, 39, 43, 45) Back neck live sts, PU and k36 (38, 40, 44, 44, 46, 46, 50) sts down from Shoulder – 105 (111, 117, 127, 127, 131, 135, 145) sts.

Next Row (WS): Knit.

Work in Seed Stitch for 7 more rows or until Neckband reach desired neckband width, ending with RS row.

BO loosely.

Overlap the ends of the Neckband and sew them on each other.

Sleeves

Read Sleeve Stitches section under Pattern Notes before proceeding to Sleeves portion.

With RS facing, k4 (4, 4, 4, 6, 7, 7, 7) live underarm sts, PU and k24 (25, 28, 31, 29, 31, 31, 33) sts to shoulder seam, PU and k1 st into seam, PU and k24 (25, 28, 31, 29, 31, 31, 33) sts from shoulder seam to live underarm sts, k4 (4, 4, 4, 6, 7, 7, 7) live underarm sts – 57 (59, 65, 71, 71, 77, 77, 81) sts.

Place 2 center markers, one on each side of 25 Sleeve Center sts.

Short Row 1 (WS): K to second center marker, sm, W&T.

Short Row 2 (RS): Work in Rhombus Stitch following Chart 2 to next center m, sm W&T.

Short Row 3 (WS): Maint est patt, work wrapped st together with wrap, sm, W&T.

Rep Short Row 3 until 10 (11, 13, 16, 16, 18, 18, 19) sts rem at each side, ending with RS row.

Next Short Row (WS): Work in est patt to end of row, working wrapped st together with wrap.

Next Row (RS): Work in est patt to end of row, working wrapped st together with wrap.

Next Row: Work in est patt, removing short rows markers.

Cont in patt as established for 12 (12, 14, 12, 12, 12, 14, 14) more rows, ending with WS row.

Inc Row (RS): Work in est patt to center m, sm, m1, work in est patt to second center m, sm, m1, work in est patt to end of the row – 2 sts inc’d; 59 (61, 67, 73, 73, 79, 79, 83) sts.

Rep Inc Row every 14 (14, 16, 14, 14, 14, 16, 16) rows 4 (6, 0, 6, 6, 6, 1, 3) more times, then every 12 (0, 14, 0, 0, 0, 14, 14) rows 2 (0, 6, 0, 0, 0, 5, 3) more times – 71 (73, 79, 85, 85, 91, 91, 95) sts.

Beg next row work in Seed stitch only for 6 more rows. BO loosely.

Block Sleeve sections before seaming.

Work side and sleeve seams leaving side slits, if desired.

Block garment one more time, if desired.

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