My Fair Maiden is an ode to the damsels in fairy tales. This garment is a sleeveless tunic and was designed with two purposes in mind: to be worn in costume play with a full tulle skirt and princess hat like a hennin, or to be worn in every day wear like over a slim fitting shirt with a denim skirt and print tights.
It features characteristics of medieval dress, such as a high wide neckline, a slim fit in the body, and a slightly lower waistline. Beneath the waist is a short skirt with inverted box pleats. A knit ribbon (worked at a looser gauge to reduce bulk and weight but add extra drape) is tied in a bow on the back and rests on the pleats. The body of the garment, including pleats, is knit in stockinette stitch. A contrasting color edge is worked in garter stitch at the neckline. The ribbon is knit with a contrasting color in stockinette stitch and is worked horizontally at a looser gauge to create a more "ribbon-like" effect. The tunic was designed with one inch of positive ease at the chest. There are two options for the shoulder: seamed or hidden knitted tabs with sew-on snaps.
Tunic: 28 stitches and 38 rows = 4" (10 cm) in stockinette stitch pattern using size US 2 needles
Ribbon: 24 stitches and 32 rows = 4" (10 cm) in stockinette stitch pattern using size US 4 needles
After working seven years as a special education teacher, I put teaching aside to stay home with my two young children. Over the last two years I have branched into designing knitwear, and am ...
After working seven years as a special education teacher, I put teaching aside to stay home with my two young children. Over the last two years I have branched into designing knitwear, and am published in both print and online publications. I love spending my days with my husband and kids. In my very rare spare time, I try to squeeze in any quantity of knitting. I also enjoy gardening, baking, reading and sewing in addition to watching way too much Masterpiece Mystery and old movies.