Crisp Rectangle Tunic Top



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!



















16 Responses to “Crisp Rectangle Tunic Top”

  1. Niki Says:

    What a fab job you did! It looks great on you. I admit that it probably won’t be one I will try from the book. Sounds kind of confusing.

  2. Stacey_CrimsonPurl Says:

    Wow!! Despite the heavey mods it fits you perfectly!!!

    Love the stiletto sandals too! :oD Work it!!!! :op

  3. Lily Says:

    It turns out great! So it worth all the efforts

  4. chrispy Says:

    Wow this looks amazing on you. Good job at making mods on the pattern. I don’t know if I could do that. I really want to make this so I understand the construction of it.

  5. Diana Says:

    Wow! This is fabulous and looks so great. You were sure brave to tackle the modifications. I love it!!!

  6. Meaghan Says:

    I’ve been a lurker on your blog for a while now…and this made me *have to comment. BEAUTIFUL job! It looks AMAZING, I love the color and it looks great with your shorts and sandals. Beautiful!!!

  7. Debora Says:

    This a beautiful top and it looks really good on you!

  8. Elizabeth Says:

    Thank you so much everyone for the wonderful comments! 😀

  9. mai Says:

    it looks great on you, and what a lovely color!

  10. Cathy Says:

    This address has the errata for the book and also the email address.

    Looks gorgeous on you, worth the effort!

  11. Maryse Says:

    Congratulations! It looks lovely! The color and pattern go very well together!

  12. Haley Says:

    looks great. very flattering on you.

  13. Nubiancraftster Says:

    wow the top looks wonderful and so va va va voooommmm!!! You did a wonderful job

  14. Bobbi Says:

    It looks great on you! The color is wonderful, very soft and shows the stitch detail well. Love those shoes by the way 🙂

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  16. Cass Says:

    Yeah, you did a great job on this. You said you cast on 90 stitches in the beginning. Do you know how many inches that came out to? I am following the regular pattern and my piece comes to 17inches, as the book says it should. But, that seems like it will be much shorter than the tunic on the model in the book. Any thoughts?

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