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Long Tunic Vest

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Knit a long, lightweight vest in various lace patterns with this tunic vest knitting pattern from Patons. This is a great way to practice your knitting skills and not get bored.

Lacy Knit Tunic Vest


Materials:

  • Yarn: Patons Astra (50 g/1.75 oz) Size S M L XL 10 10 12 balls
  • Knitting Needles: Sizes 3.75 mm (U.S. 5) and 4 mm (U.S. 6) circular knitting needles 36 ins [90 cm] long or size needed to obtain tension. Set of four 3.75 mm (U.S. 5) double-pointed knitting needles. 1 stitch holder. 6 buttons.

Sizes:
Small 30-32 ins [ 76-81 cm ]
Medium 34-36 ins [ 86-91 cm ]
Large 38-40 ins [ 97-102 cm ]
Finished bust
Small 38 ins [ 97 cm ]
Medium 41 ins [ 104 cm ]
Large 44¼ ins [ 112.5 cm ]

Gauge: 22 sts and 30 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] with larger needles in stocking st.


Instructions:

The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessar y for larger sizes the instructions will be written thus ( ).

Note: Body is worked in one piece to armholes.

BODY
With smaller circular needle cast on 206 (223-240) sts. Do not join.
Working back and for th across needle in rows, proceed as follows:
Knit 3 rows (garter st) noting that 1st row is WS.
Change to larger circular needle and proceed in border pat as follows:
1st row: (RS). Knit.
2nd r ow: K1. Purl to last st. K1.
3rd row: K1. *(K2tog) 3 times. (yfwd. K1) 5 times. yfwd. (Sl1. K1. psso) 3 times. Rep from * to last st. K1.
4th row: As 2nd row.
Rep last 4 rows 4 times more.
Knit 4 rows, dec 1 (0-1) st in centre of last row. 205 (223-239) sts.
Proceed in box lace pat as follows:
1st row: (RS). Knit.
2nd row: Purl.
3rd r ow: K1 (2-2). *P3. K5. Rep from * to last 4 (5-5) sts. P3. K1 (2-2).
4th row: P1 (2-2). *K3. P5. Rep from * to last 4 (5-5) sts. K3. P1 (2-2).
5th row: K1 (2-2). *yfwd. Sl1. K2tog. psso. yfwd. K5. Rep from * to last 4 (5- 5) sts. yfwd. Sl1. K2tog. psso. yfwd. K1 (2-2).
6th row: Purl.
7th row: Knit.
8th row: Purl.
9th row: K5 (6-6). *P3. K5. Rep from
* to last 0 (1-1) st. K0 (1-1).
10th row: P5 (6-6). *K3. P5. Rep from
* to last 0 (1-1) st. P0 (1-1).
11th row: K5 (6-6). *yfwd. Sl1. K2tog.
psso. yfwd. K5. Rep from * to last
0 (1-1) st. K0 (1-1).
12th row: Purl.
These 12 rows form box lace pat.
Rep 1st to 6th rows once more.
Next row: (RS). Knit.
Next 5 rows: Purl, inc 4 (3-4) sts evenly across last row. 209 (226-243) sts.
Proceed in arrowhead lace pat as follows:
1st r ow: (RS). K1. *P3. yfwd. K2. Sl1. K1. psso. P6. K2tog. K2. yrn. Rep from * to last 4 sts. P3. K1.
2nd and alt rows: K1. Purl to last st. K1.
3rd row: K1. *P3. K1. yfwd. K2. Sl1. K1. psso. P4. K2tog. K2. yfwd. K1 Rep from * to last 4 sts. P3. K1.
5th row: K1. *P3. K2. yfwd. K2. Sl1. K1. psso. P2. K2tog. K2. yfwd. K2. Rep from * to last 4 sts. P3. K1.
7th row: K1. *P3. K3. yfwd. K2. Sl1. K1. psso. K2tog. K2. yfwd. K3. Rep from * to last 4 sts. P3. K1.
8th row: As 2nd row.
These 8 rows form arrowhead lace pat.
Rep last 8 rows 10 times more.
Work 2 rows garter st dec 4 (3-4) sts evenly across last row. 205 (223-239) sts.
Divide for Armholes: Next row: (RS). K50 (55-59). (Right Front).
Turn. Leave rem sts on a spare needle.
Shape Right Front and Place Box Lace Pat: 1st row: Cast off 5 (6-7) sts. Knit to end of row.
2nd row: Work 2tog (front edge). Knit to last 2 sts. Work 2tog.
3rd row: Purl.
4th row: Work 2tog. K6 (7-7). *P3. K5. Rep from * to last 3 (6-9) sts. P0 (3-3). K1 (1-4). Work 2tog.
5th row: P7 (2-5). *K3. P5. Rep from * to last 2 (3-3) sts. P2 (3-3).
6th row: Work 2tog. K5 (6-6). *yfwd. Sl1. K2tog. psso. yfwd. K5. Rep from * to last 2 (5-8) sts. (yfwd. Sl1. K2tog. psso. yfwd) 0 (1-1) time. K0 (0-3). Work 2tog.
7th row: Purl.
8th row: Work 2tog. Knit to last 2 sts. Work 2tog.
9th row: Purl.
10th row: Work 2tog. K7 (8-8). *P3. K5. Rep from * to last 4 (7-2) sts. P0 (3-0). K2 (2-0). Work 2tog. 35 (39- 42) sts.
11th row: P8 (3-6). *K3. P5. Rep from * to last 3 (4-4) sts. P3 (4-4).
Box lace pat is now in position.

Size S only: Cont in box lace pat dec 1 st at armhole edge only on next row. 34 sts.
Work 1 row even in pat.

Sizes M and L only: Cont in box lace pat dec 1 st at each end of needle on next and following alt row. (35-38) sts.
Work 1 row even in pat.

Size L only: Dec 1 st at armhole edge only on next row. Work 1 row even in pat.
Dec 1 st at each end of needle on next row. 35 sts. Work 3 rows even in pat.

All Sizes: Keeping cont of pat, dec 1 st at front edge only on next and following 4th rows until there are 24 (25-25) sts.
Cont even in pat until armhole measures 8½ (9-9½) ins [21.5 (23-24) cm] ending with a RS row.
Shoulder shaping: Cast off 8 sts beg next and following alt row. Work 1 row even. Cast off rem 8 (9-9) sts.
Divide for Back: Next row: With right side of work facing, join yarn to rem sts on spare needle. Cast off 5 (6-7) sts. K100 (107-114) (including st on needle after cast off ). (Back). Turn. Leave rem sts on spare needle.
Shape Back and Place Box LacePat: 1st row: Cast off 5 (6-7) sts. Knit to end of row.
2nd row: Work 2tog. Knit to last 2 sts. Work 2tog.
3rd row: Purl.
4th row: Work 2tog. K7 (2-5). *P3. K5. Rep from * to last 4 (7-2) sts. P0 (3-0). K2 (2-0). Work 2tog.
5th row: P8 (3-6). *K3. P5. Rep from * to last 3 (6-1) sts. K0 (3-0). P3 (3-1).
6th row: Work 2tog. K6 (1-4). *yfwd. Sl1. K2tog. psso. yfwd. K5. Rep from * to last 3 (6-9) sts. (yfwd. Sl1. K2tog. psso. yfwd) 0 (1-1) time. K1 (1-4). Work 2tog.
7th row: Purl.
8th row: Work 2tog. Knit to last 2 sts. Work 2tog.
9th row: Purl.
10th row: Work 2tog. K8 (3-6). *P3. K5. Rep from * to last 5 (8-3) sts. P0 (3- 0). K3 (3-1). Work 2tog. 85 (91-97) sts.
11th row: P1 (4-7). *K3. P5. Rep from * to last 4 (7-10) sts. K0 (3-3). P4 (4-6).
Box lace pat is now in position.
Keeping cont of pat, dec 1 st at each end of needle on next and following 0 (1-3) alt rows. 83 (87-89) sts.
Cont even in pat until armhole measures same length as Right Front ending with RS facing for next row.
Shoulder shaping: Cast off 8 sts beg next 4 rows, then 8 (9-9) sts beg following 2 rows. Leave rem 35 (37-39) sts on a st holder.
Shape Left Front and Place Box Lace Pat: 1st row: With RS of work facing, join yarn to rem sts on spare needle. Cast off 5 (6-7) sts. K45 (49-52) (including st on needle after cast off ).
2nd row: Knit.
3rd row: Work 2tog. Knit to last 2 sts.
Work 2tog (front edge).
4th row: Purl.
5th row: Work 2tog. K6 (1-4). *P3. K5. Rep from * to last 3 (4-4) sts. K1 (2-2). Work 2tog.
6th row: P7 (8-8). *K3. P5. Rep from * to last 2 (5-0) sts. K0 (3-0). P2 (2-0).
7th row: Work 2tog. K5 (0-3). *yfwd. Sl1. K2tog. psso. yfwd. K5. Rep from * to last 2 (3-3) sts. K0 (1-1). Work 2tog.
8th row: Purl.
9th row: Work 2tog. Knit to last 2 sts. Work 2tog.
10th row: Purl.
11th row: Work 2tog. K7 (2-8). *P3. K5. Rep from * to last 4 (5-2) sts. P0 (3- 0). K2 (0-0). Work 2tog. 35 (39-42) sts.
12th row: P8 (1-6). *K3. P5. Rep from * to last 3 (6-4) sts. K0 (3-3). P3 (3-1).
Box lace pat is now in position.

Size S only: Cont in box lace pat dec 1 st at armhole edge only on next row. 34 sts.
Work 1 row even in pat.

Sizes M and L only: Cont in box lace pat dec 1 st at each end of needle on next and following alt row. (35-38) sts.
Work 1 row even in pat.

Size L only: Dec 1 st at armhole edge only on next row. Work 1 row even in pat.
Dec 1 st at each end of needle on next row. 35 sts.
Work 3 rows even in pat.

All Sizes: Keeping cont of pat, dec 1 st at front edge only on next and following 4th rows until there are 24 (25-25) sts.
Cont even in pat until armhole measures 8½ (9-9½) ins [21.5 (23-24) cm] ending with RS facing for next row.
Shoulder shaping: Cast off 8 sts beg next and following alt row. Work 1 row even. Cast off rem 8 (9-9) sts.

FINISHING
Button and Buttonhole Band: Sew shoulder seams. With RS of work facing and smaller needle pick up and knit 100 sts up Right Front edge to first front dec and 58 (62-66) sts up front neck edge. K35 (37-39) sts from Back neck st holder dec 1 st at centre. Pick up and knit 58 (62-66) sts down Left Front neck edge and 100 sts down front edge. 350 (360-370) sts. Do not join.
Working back and forth across needle in rows, knit 3 rows (garter st).
4th row: (RS). K3. *Cast off 2 sts. K17 (including st on needle after cast off ). Rep from * 4 times more. Cast off 2 sts. Knit to end of row.
5th row: Knit, casting on 2 sts over cast off sts.
Work 3 rows garter st. Cast off knitways (WS). Sew buttons to correspond to buttonholes.
Armbands: With RS of work facing pick up and knit 91 (95-101) sts evenly around armhole edge dividing among 3 of the smaller double pointed needles. Join in round and placing a marker on first st, proceed as follows:
1st rnd: Purl.
2nd rnd: Knit.
Rep last 2 rnds 3 times more. Cast off purlwise.

 

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May 8, 2014

I am wondering if there is a crochet pattern for this tunic. bernadette

 

Jan 24, 2012

tried to print this pattern..the first page will not print out. Any particular reason?

 

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Jun 20, 2011

This is very beautiful, but how come there is hardly ever patterns that are for bigger women???? Not everybody is a Barbie doll!

 

Jun 13, 2011

This is a beautiful item. Why can't the patterns ever be created for those of us who are plus sized? I can't find plus size patterns anywhere. Please consider finding and posting larger sized pieces. Afterall, the average American woman is now a size 16 (XL) NOT 10 (M). JUSt saying....

 

Aug 22, 2010

I believe that K0 and P0 are telling you in that particular size you will knit zero or purl zero because they have () following them with number of stitches for other sizes. Hope this helps.

 

Mar 29, 2010

From what I'm reading K0 and P0 is not a stitch type. It is for the size you are knitting. K0=knit zero P0=purl zero. Example K0 (2,3) Knit zero sts for size Small, knit 2 sts for size Med and knit 3 sts for size Lg. When you get to that place at the end of a row you will see, for example if you are knitting a size Small, there won't be any further sts to knit.

 

Mar 8, 2010

does the KO mean the same as yarn over?and does PO mean purl yarn over? I would like to have an answer, PLEASE!!!!! JEAN

 

Mar 6, 2010

Please help!!! I have not got to the part of the pattern that has "KO PO" stitch, but I'm getting close. please tell me what these 2 stitches are,I have searched all stitches, but have not found the "how to" for these.. thanks

 

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