Cerulean V-Neck Tunic

The Cerulean V-Neck Tunic is made with a V-shape lace pattern and minimal shaping. The tunic is sleeveless with slits on both sides and an edged V-neckline. If you’re trying lace knitting for the first time, this is the perfect easy project for you!

Skill Level: Easy

Sizes: Small (Medium, Large, 1X, 2X) to fit bust size 36″ (40″, 44″, 48″, 52″); Armhole depth: 10″; Total length: 27″ 

Gauge: 20 sts and 32 rows with size 5 knitting needles or size to obtain gauge

Materials

Yarn: Patons Grace (100% mercerized cotton; 136 yards [125 meters]/50 grams): #62205 Aquifer (6 (7, 8, 9, 10) balls)
Needles: US size 5 (3.75 mm) needles, US size 4 (3.5 mm) circular (24”) needles
Notions: Tapestry needle, Stitch markers

Special Stitches

V-Pattern – Multiple of 12 sts +1
Row 1: * K1, yo, ssk, k3, yo, ssk, k2, k2tog, yo; repeat from * to last st. End with k1.
Row 2 and all even numbered rows: Purl.
Row 3: *K1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo; repeat from * to last st. End with k1.
Row 5: * K1, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, k2tog, ssk, yo; repeat from * to last st. End with k1.
Row 7: * K1, yo, ssk, k7, k2tog, yo; repeat from * to last st. End with k1.
Repeat rows 1-8 for pattern.

Right Side Pattern
Row 1: K1, k2tog, yo.
Row 2: Purl.
Repeat rows 1-2 for pattern.

Left Side Pattern
Row 1: Yo, ssk, k1.
Row 2: Purl.
Repeat rows 1-2 for pattern.

Pattern

Back

With larger needles cast on 95 (107, 119, 131, 143) sts.
Work 8 rows of Garter stitch.
Place marker after the first 5 sts and before last 5 sts. Work these sts in Garter stitch and work V-pattern between markers until piece measures 5″. End with row 8 of V-pattern.
Bind off 2 sts at the beginning of next 2 rows. (91 (103, 115, 127, 139) sts)
Work the rest of the body, begin row with pattern for right side on the first 3 sts then work the V-pattern to last 3 sts and then work pattern for left side on last 3 sts.
Work even until piece measures 17″.

Decrease for Armholes

Bind off 6 sts at the beginning of next 2 rows. (79 (91, 103, 115, 127) sts)
Decrease 1st on both sides every other row 6 (7, 8, 9, 10) times. (67 (77, 87, 97, 107) sts)
Work even until piece measures 26″.

Shape Back Neck

Work next 23 (26, 29, 32, 35) sts attach another ball of yarn, bind off 21 (25, 29, 33, 37) sts and work last 23 (26, 29, 32, 35) sts.
Work both sides at the same time. On the neck side decrease 1 stitch every other row 3 (3, 4, 4, 4) times. (20 (23, 25, 28, 31) sts for each shoulder)
When piece measures 27″, work to end of row 8 of v-pattern then bind off all shoulder sts loosely.

Front

Work same as back until piece measures 16″.

V-Neck Shaping

Work next 45 (51, 57, 63, 69) sts, with another piece of yarn, bind off one st, and work the last 45 (51, 57, 63, 69) sts.
Decrease 1 st every 6 rows 9 (8, 4, 4, 0) times and every 4 rows 4 (7, 15, 16, 22) times. At the same time work armhole shaping, same as back.
When piece measures 27″, work to end of row 8 of v-pattern then bind off all shoulder sts loosely.

Finishing

Sew shoulder seams.

Neckline Finishing

With smaller needles and starting at the center of the v-neckline, pick up and knit 119 (123, 125, 129, 131) sts.
Work k1, p1 ribbing for 10 rows. Bind off all sts loosely. Sew both edges of the ribbing to the body at front neck edge.

Armhole Finishing

Starting at the bottom of the armhole and smaller needles pick up and knit 85 (87, 89, 91, 93) sts.
Work k1, p1 ribbing for 8 rows. Bind off all sts loosely.
Repeat for the other armhole.
Sew side seams to the edge of garter stitch slits.
Weave in all ends.
Block top to size. yarn ball

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