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Turn-Around Tunic


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My favourite thing to do is take something from my closet (that I did not knit) and re-interpret it in knitting. So, I have a black, pin-stripe, oversized, A-line shirt with a zippered panel in the back. I love it, wear it often, and needed to knit it. And here it is--with major differences! Instead of a pin-stripe, this is done in lace. Instead of a zipper, this has button loops. And, most importantly, the piece in the back is not done in the same colour. And it need not be done in the same yarn either: the back panel could be done in a lighter yarn. For the red version, I used the same yarn in a different colour: for the gray version, I used a lighter yarn in a different colour. So, after picking your main colour, you could go stash diving for your coordinating yarn? What fun when you turn . . . and show off the back! I do have to end by saying that, in my Knit to Flatter and Fit class, we find out that pretty much everyone looks good in an A-line. It's so easy to wear, I now find it difficult to draft or knit anything that isn't an A-line! NOTE This garment is similar to my Back-Panel A-line Top, also available here. There are differences: the other is sleeveless, shorter, narrower, has a halter neckline plus different armhole, and is done in a finer gauge. But, if you are adept at pattern drafting, you could buy this one and sort out how to make the other? Or vice versa? (It was a shop owner who pleaded with me to not print these as one pattern: too long and complex with so many options. So I bow to her experience and offer you this note.) GAUGE 18 stitches and 28 rows = 4" over lace pattern and after blocking PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Mountain Colors River Twist COLORWAY Rosebud River, Little Flower Creek

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Sally Melville
Sally Melville
I have been knitting and designing for over 50 years. My favourite thing to do is to draft and knit garments that are classic-with a-twist, that will fit, that I will wear proudly, that will be admired, and that will inspire others to learn how to knit! And my next favourite thing to do is pass all I know about how to do this along to you!