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.
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