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Crystal Palace Yarns - free knit tunic pattern

Deco-Stardust Ribbon is 55% metallic and
has wonderful highlights, but still is remarkably
soft to the touch. You can see the sparkle in
the close-up below

Deco-Stardust Mosaic Trim Tunic
Designed and Knit by Marilyn Turner for Crystal Palace yarns

KNITTED MEASUREMENTS
Bust 34 (36, 38, 40, 42, 44)"

MATERIALS
Deco Stardust Main color 8 (8, 9, 9, 10, 11) balls  Soft Aqua #4002
Deco Stardust Contrasting color 1 (1, 1, 2, 2, 2) balls color #4442
Crystal Palace Bamboo Needles 1 pair size 10 (7mm)
Crystal Palace Bamboo Crochet Hook size G
[Note: both CPY Bamboo Needles and DAISY Needles come in size 10-3/4 (7mm).]

GAUGE
15 sts and 20 rows = 4"

ABBREVIATIONS
RS = right side, WS = wrong side, MC = main color, CC = contrasting color, sl = slip, wyib = with yarn in back, wyif = with yarn in front, rep = repeat,

MOSAIC PATTERN FOR TRIM
(multiple of 6 sts + 2)
Row 1 (RS) with CC knit
Row 2 Repeat row 1
Row 3 with MC, *k5, sl 1 wyib; rep from *
Row 4 and all WS rows that are knit with MC purl the sts matching color and sl the sl sts wyif
Row 5 with CC, *sl 1wyib, k3, sl 1 wyib, k1; rep from *, end sl1 wyib k1.
Row 6 and all WS rows that are knit with CC knit the sts matching color and sl the sl sts wyif
Row 7 with MC, *k3, sl1 wyib, k1, sl1 wyib; rep from *, end k2
Row 9 with CC, k4,*sl 1 wyib, k5; rep from *, end sl1 wyib, k3
Row 11 with MC knit
Row 13 with CC, k2,*sl 1 wyib, k5; rep from* to end
Row 15 with MC, k1, *sl 1 wyib, k1 sl1 wyib, k3; rep from * end sl1 wyib
Row 17 with CC, * sl1 wyib, k1, sl 1 wyib, k3; rep from*, end sl 1 wyib, k1
Row 19 with MC, k1, * sl 1 wyib, k5, rep from * and sl wyib
Row 20 repeat rows 1 & 2

BACK
With MC cast on 74(80, 86, 86, 92, 98) sts. Work 1 row of K1 P1 rib. The next row begin 20 rows of Mosaic Pattern. After the mosaic pattern working in St st, decrease 1 st each edge and then decrease 1 st each side every 10th row 3 (5, 6, 4, 5, 6) times more. When the back is 18.5" begin armhole. Armhole shaping Bind off 2 (3, 3, 3, 4, 5) sts at the beginning of the next tow rows, decrease I sts each edge every other row 1 (1, 3, 3, 4, 4) times. When Arm hole is 7.5 (7.5, 7.5, 8, 8, 8.5)" bind off all sts.

FRONT
Work as for back until piece measures 15" Begin center placket mosaic. In order to work the placket mosaic you will need a bobbin for the CC and a second ball of the MC for the other side. Knit across to the center 12 sts and begin mosaic pattern as follows; (the pattern is written for only the center 12 st because the rest of the piece stays the same).
Row 1 with CC knit
Row 2 knit
Row 3 with MC sl 1, k10 sl
Row 4 as row 4 of Mosaic Pattern
Row 5 with CC k1, sl1, k3, sl2, k3, sl1, k1
Row 6 as row 6 of Mosaic Pattern
Row 7 with MC sl 1, k3 sl1, k2, sl1, k3, sl1
Row 9 with CC k5, sl2, k5
Row 11 With MC knit
Row 13 with CC k5, sl2, k5
Row 15 with MC sl1, k3, sl1, k2, sl1, k3, sl1
Row 17 with CC k1, sl1, k3, sl2, k3, sl1, k1
Row 19 with MC sl1 k10, sl1
After the first 20 rows of the pattern are complete, Shape the armhole as given for back and at the same time split the neck working the first 6sts of the pattern for the left front and the second 6 sts for the right front.
Repeat rows 1-20 once and then rows 1-10. Now that the neck is split, working the mosaic pattern can be a little tricky but with a little concentration, it can be done. You will need to have one more MC bobbin and 1 more CC bobbin for the right side. After the mosaic pattern is finished shape the neck. Bind off 9 sts at the neck edge the decrease 1 sts at the neck edge every other row 4 times. When the front is the same length as the back bind off all sts.

SLEEVE
With MC cast on 50 (50, 50, 56, 56, 56) sts and work 1 row of K1 P1 rib. The next row begin 20 row of Mosaic Pattern. After the Mosaic Pattern working in St st knit 12 rows the increase 1 st each edge and then increase 1 st each side every 10th row 4 (4, 4, 3, 3, 5) times. When sleeve is 16" long shape cap. Bind off 3(3, 3, 3, 3,5)sts at the beginning of the next two rows, decrease 1 st ea side 1(1, 1, 3, 3, 3)times, bind off 5 sts at the beginning of the next 8 row, bind off remaining 12 sts.

FINISHING
Sew shoulders together, sew up seams and set in sleeves. With G crochet hook chain 35 for the tie, then join to neck and work 1 row reverse single crochet and chain 35 for the second tie.

copyright 2005 Crystal Palace Yarns/Straw Into Gold, Inc. We are happy to share this pattern with knitters. The pattern may be used for non-commercial personal or knitting guild use. It is not to be used in any publication in print nor should it be reproduced in electronic/digital format without permission. Yarn shops carrying Crystal Palace Deco-Stardust are welcome to print and share this pattern with customers of our yarns.

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Last revision of this page February 07, 2012