Crisp Rectangle Tunic Top
Pattern: Fitted Knits -Stephanie Japel
Yarn – 8 skeins Berroco Softwist
Needles: #7 US, #5 US Knit pick circulars
Gauge: 5 stitchs/per inch on #7US needles
Modifications: In order to obtain proper fit I had to make several major modifications. First of all the top starts out at a 36″ bust and goes up from there, which almost made me scrap the entire project and work on something else… but in the end I decided to use this as an opportunity to put my own touch to the pattern.
The tunic is knit from side to side and in two pieces – front and back. Both sides are separated into two sections – first half and second half. The front has neckline short rows to accommodate breasts along with waistline short rows. The back only has waistline short rows. Not being blessed in the breast department I omitted the 7th, 8th, and 9th neckline short row on the first half of the front. The pattern then calls to knit until the piece measures 10.5 inches – I ignored this step and went right into the second half of the front. Because of the neckline short rows I omitted in the first half I started the second half with the 13th neckline short row, which is Row 15 of the second half of the front. In the end the front measured approximately 13.5 inches, down the middle where no short rows occurred.
No major modifications were done to the back. The only exception being the width overall which was slightly larger than the front at 14.5 inches. The other modification I made was the number of cast on stitches. Because I used a yarn that had slightly smaller gauge than what the pattern called for, I cast on more stitches(9o) to accommodate the length. I also omitted the buttonholes because at first I wasn’t sure I wanted open sleeves, so the sleeves are sewn together with the button and I only added two(just for aesthetic reasons.)
Pattern Notes: I have to admit this one challenged me. I just didn’t get the whole knit side to side knitting, on top of that I just didn’t really understand the first/second half until I started knitting. I had to cast on several times over again in order to get an appropriate length.
The pattern is also slightly confusing. For instance when you’re working on the second half of the front, the odd side rows are the RS, while in the first half the even side rows were the RS. I also noticed that the ribbing along the sleeves, neckline, and waist are all backwards and after having to rip a sleeve, I decided to wing it and used the pictures in the book as a guide.
Errata: There is NO errata for this pattern although there should be. I would email Stephanie but can not find her email address anywhere.
Thoughts: Challenging, fun, I love the color, it’s not a pattern I’d knit again though. After awhile it wasn’t something I knit because I loved, it was something I knit because I dedicated myself to it and wanted to follow through. I love the top though!