Magnolia Tunic

Worked from the bottom up, this stunning tunic is worked flat in two pieces featuring hems of differing lengths to add a fun fair. Dress it up or down by pairing it with your favorite leggings or jeans. This is a spring must have!

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Finished Bust Size 35.5 (39.5, 43, 47, 51.5, 55.5, 59.5, 63)” 1-1.5” of positive ease recommended. Shown in size 35.5”

Gauge: 23.25 sts and 27.5 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking

Materials

Yarn: Knit Picks Comfy Sport Yarn (75% Pima Cotton, 25% Acrylic; 136 yards [345 meters]/50 grams): 24429 Ivory (MC, 7 (7, 8, 9, 10, 10, 11, 12) balls), 25765 Zinnia (CC, 1 ball).

Needles: US size 4 (3.5 mm) 24” or longer circular

Notions: Markers, removable markers, stitch holders or waste yarn, tapestry needle, row counter (recommended).

Special Stitches

Sewn BO technique

Cut the working yarn to about 3 times as long as your finished piece of knitting. Thread that yarn onto blunt needle. *Pass the yarn needle through the first two sts from right to left. Pass the yarn needle through the first st on the knitting needle from left to right. Drop the first st off the knitting needle.* Repeat until one st remains. Sew through this last st from right to left.

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 on left needle and return the slipped st to left needle, turn.

Pattern Notes

This pattern is worked flat in two pieces from the bottom up. Back panel is longer than Front. The side seams begin from the end of the Lace Hem up, forming slits.

Pattern

Back

With CC, CO 123 (133, 143, 163, 173, 183, 193, 203) sts.

Set-up Row (WS): Knit.

Beg on next row (RS), work Chart Rows 1-14 for 56 rows.

Switch to CC.

Next 2 Rows: Knit.

Switch to MC. Continue in St st.

Beg on next row (RS), work in patt for 6 (8, 8, 10, 10, 10, 12, 8) more rows, ending with WS row.

Dec Row (RS): K2, k2tog, work in patt to last 4 sts, ssk, k2. (2 sts dec’d; 121 (131, 141, 161, 171, 181, 191, 201) sts)

Rep Dec Row every 12 (14, 14, 10, 10, 12, 12, 12) th row 6 (3, 3, 5, 10, 3, 9, 9) more times and then every 10 (12, 12, 8, 8, 10, 0, 0) th row 3 (5, 5, 7, 1, 7, 0, 0) more times. (103 (115, 125, 137, 149, 161, 173, 183) sts)

Cont in patt for 7 (7, 7, 1, 1, 3, 1, 5) more rows, ending with WS row.

Armhole Shaping

Cont to work in patt, place 7 (8, 8, 8, 9, 10, 10, 10) last sts of the next 2 rows on waste yarn. Place 3 last sts of the next 2 (2, 2, 4, 4, 4, 6, 6) rows on waste yarn.

Place 2 last sts of the next 0 (2, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 8) rows on waste yarn. (83 (89, 99, 101, 111, 117, 119, 129) sts)

Dec Row (RS): K1, k2tog, cont in patt to last 3 sts, ssk, k1. (2 sts dec’d; 81 (87, 97, 99, 109, 115, 117, 127) sts)

Rep Dec Row every other row 0 (2, 6, 6, 10, 12, 10, 12) more times. (81 (83, 85, 87, 89, 91, 97, 103) sts)

Cont in patt for 44 (40, 36, 36, 30, 26, 26, 26) more rows or until Armhole depth meas 7.25 (7.5, 8, 8.75, 9, 9.25, 9.25, 9.75)”

Shoulder Shaping

Cont to work in patt, BO 12 (12, 12, 12, 12, 13, 14, 15) sts at beg of the next 2 rows.

Transfer remaining 57 (59, 61, 63, 65, 65, 69, 73) Back Neck sts onto waist yarn or stitch holder.

Front

With CC and larger needles, CO 123 (133, 143, 163, 173, 183, 193, 203) sts.

Set-up Row (WS): Knit.

Beg of next row (RS), work Chart Rows 1-14 for 28 rows.

Switch to CC.

Next 2 Rows: Knit.

Switch to MC.

Beg next row (RS), work in St st for 6 (8, 8, 10, 10, 10, 12, 8) more rows, ending with WS row.

Dec Row (RS): K2, k2tog, work in patt to last 4 sts, ssk, k2. (2 sts dec’d; 121 (131, 141, 161, 171, 181, 191, 201) sts)

Rep Dec Row every 12 (14, 14, 10, 10, 12, 12, 12) th row 6 (3, 3, 5, 10, 3, 9, 9) more times and then every 10 (12, 12, 8, 8, 10, 0, 0) th row 3 (5, 5, 7, 1, 7, 0, 0) more times. (103 (115, 125, 137, 149, 161, 173, 183) sts)

Cont in patt for 7 (7, 7, 1, 1, 3, 1, 5) more rows, ending with WS row.

Armhole Shaping

Cont to work in patt, place 7 (8, 8, 8, 9, 10, 10, 10) last sts of the next 2 rows on waste yarn. Place 3 last sts of the next 2 (2, 2, 4, 4, 4, 6, 6) rows on waste yarn.

Place 2 last sts of the next 0 (2, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 8) rows on waste yarn. (83 (89, 99, 101, 111, 117, 119, 129) sts)

Dec Row (RS): K1, k2tog, cont in patt to last 3 sts, ssk, k1. (2 sts dec’d; 81 (87, 97, 99, 109, 115, 117, 127) sts)

Rep Dec Row every other row 0 (2, 6, 6, 10, 12, 10, 12) more times, ending with WS row. (81 (83, 85, 87, 89, 91, 97, 103) sts)

Cont in patt for 22 (18, 14, 14, 8, 4, 4, 4) more rows.

Neckline Shaping

Place markers on either side of the 27 (27, 27, 29, 29, 29, 31, 31) center neck sts.

Short Rows 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, and 17 (RS): Work in patt to closest m; remove m, W&T.

Short Row 2 (WS): Work in patt 4 sts, pm, cont in patt to end of row.

Short Row 4: Work in patt 3 (3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4) sts, pm, cont in patt to end of row.

Short Row 6: Work in patt 2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4) sts, pm, cont in patt to end of row.

Short Row 8: Work in patt 2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3) sts, pm, cont in patt to end of row.

Short Row 10: Work in patt 1 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2) sts, pm, cont in patt to end of row.

Short Row 12: Work in patt 1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 1, 2) sts, pm, cont in patt to end of row.

Short Rows 14 and 16: Work in patt 1 st, pm, cont in patt to end of row.

Short Row 17 (RS): K to the closest m; remove m, W&T.

Short Row 18: Work in patt to end of row.

Short Row 19: Work in patt to end of row, working wrapped sts tog with wraps.

Short Row 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, and 36 (WS): Work in patt to m; remove m, W&T.

Short Row 21 (RS): Work in patt 4 sts, PM, cont in patt to end of row.

Short Row 23: Work in patt 3 (3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4) sts, pm, cont in patt to end of row.

Short Row 25: Work in patt 2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4) sts, pm, cont in patt to end of row.

Short Row 27: Work in patt 2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3) sts, pm, cont in patt to end of row.

Short Row 29: Work in patt 1 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2) sts, pm, cont in patt to end of row.

Short Row 31: Work in patt 1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 1, 2) sts, pm, cont in patt to end of row.

Short Rows 33 and 35: Work in patt 1 st, pm, cont in patt to end of row.

Short Row 36 (WS): K to closest m; remove m, W&T.

Short Row 37 (RS): Work in patt to end of row.

Short Row 38 (WS): Work in patt to end of row, working wrapped sts tog with wraps.

Shoulder Shaping

Cont to work in patt, BO 12 (12, 12, 12, 12, 13, 14,15) sts at beg of the next 2 rows. (57 (59, 61, 63, 65, 65, 69, 73) sts)

Transfer remaining Back Neck sts onto waste yarn or stitch holder.

Finishing

Block Back and Front to measurements. Join Shoulders.

Neckline Trim

With CC and RS facing, beg at Back Neckline center, K all Neck sts.

Cont working in the rnd.

Next Rnd: Purl.

BO all neck sts with Sewn BO technique.

Armhole Trim

With CC and RS facing, k10 (13, 13, 18, 19, 22, 27, 27) underarm live sts, pick up and k35 (35, 38, 38, 39, 39, 36, 39) sts up to the shoulder seam, pick up and k 1 st into the seam, pick up and k35 (35, 38, 38, 39, 39, 36, 39) sts down from the shoulder seam, k10 (13, 13, 18, 19, 22, 27, 27) underarm live sts. (91 (97, 103, 113, 117, 123, 127, 133) sts)

Next Row (WS): Knit.

BO all sts.

Seam the sides, leaving lace borders unseamed.

Weave in all yarn ends. Block piece once more, if desired.

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