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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 Tunic
In two lengths

Designed and Knit by Marilyn Turner for Crystal Palace yarns

KNITTED MEASUREMENTS
Bust 34 (36, 38, 40, 42 44)"
Length 20" short version (photos on this page) -
or make the 28" long version (long version shown HERE on this page)

MATERIALS
Long tunic version 3 (3,4,4,5,5) balls Crystal Palace Deco Stardust:#4436 black/gold and 2 (2,2,3,3,3) balls Deco Stardust #4437 gold.
Short tunic version 4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 6) balls Crystal Palace Deco Stardust: #4437 gold.
Note: the photos here are the Short Version of the tunic. We will be adding photos of the long version soon.
One pair Crystal Palace Bamboo Needles or DAISY Needles size 10 (7mm) or size to obtain gauge.
One 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" worked in stockinette stitch

Abbreviations: RSR: right side row, WSR: wrong side row, dec: decrease, St st: Stockinette Stitch

PATTERN STITCH
Long version: Right side row *K2, P1* end P2 always knit through the back of the st on the RSR. On the wrong side, rows knit the knit and purl the purl sts.
Short version: Right side row *K3, P1* end P3 always knit through the back of the st on the RSR .On the wrong side rows knit the knit and purl the purl sts.(Note: If you knit in the continental style and normally knit into the back of the stitch then knit into the front of your st. It is important to twist these sts so that the rib will stay in place when we drop the purl sts.)

BACK
Long version: with black/gold Deco Stardust cast on 59 (59, 62, 65, 68, 71) sts and work in rib pattern until piece measures 16 1/2"ending wrong side row. On the next RSR knit across dropping all the purl sts, at the same time take the 1st bar remaining from dropping the purl sts, wrap it around the left hand needle, and knit into the front and back of the st. Thus making two sts where one purl st was before. On the next WSR purl. On the Next RSR change to Deco Stardust gold and working the rest of the body in stockinette st, dec 13 (10, 10, 6, 10, 10) sts evenly across row [64 (68, 72, 76, 80, 84) sts]. Work for 3 "from the top of the 1st dropped st.
Short Version: with gold Deco Stardust cast on 59 (59, 63, 67, 71, 71) sts and work in rib pattern until piece measures 8 " ending wrong side row. Work as for long version except dec 9 (5, 6, 7, 8, 4) sts evenly across row. Work for 3 " from the top of the 1st dropped st.
Armhole shaping
Bind off 2 (3, 4, 4, 4, 5) sts at the beginning of the next two rows. Then dec 1 st each arm edge every RSR 1 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) times. Work until armhole is 7" ending WSR.
Neck shaping
Bind off center 22 (24,24,24,24,24) sts then on the next RSR dec 1 st each neck edge and on the following RSR bind off remaining sts.

FRONT
Work as for back until armhole shaping and begin neck shaping at the same time.
Neck shaping
Dec 1 st at each neck edge every 3rd row 12 (13, 13, 13, 13, 13,) times. When the armhole is the same length as the back armhole bind off the remaining sts.

FINISHING
Make sure that the dropped sts have been unraveled all the way to the bottom including the cast on st. Sew up side seams and shoulders. Work 1 row reverse single crochet around neck.

A simple strand of Deco-Stardust is used to tie the tunic. Keep a few extra yards in a baggie for a spare tie.

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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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Crystal Palace Yarns, 160 23rd St., Richmond, CA 94804
phone: 510-237-9988,  fax: 510-237-9809

Last revision of this page February 07, 2012