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How To Make A Curvy Girl Cowl Neck Tunic

Crafting Time:
  • Varies
Skill Level:
  • Intermediate
Project Courtesy of: Lion Brand
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SUPPLIES & TOOLS:

  • Lion Brand® Heartland®: Yosemite, 5 (6, 6, 7) balls or color of choice
  • Lion Brand® stitch markers
  • Lion Brand® large-eyed blunt needle
  • Note: Circular needles should be at least 29" (73.5 cm) long, but can also be any length longer than 29 in. (73.5 cm).
  • Circular knitting needle size 8 (5 mm), 29" (73.5 cm) long
  • Circular knitting needle size 9 (5.5 mm), 29" (73.5 cm) long
  • Circular knitting needle size 10 (6 mm), 29" (73.5 cm) long
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors

    • SIZES:
    • Curvy Girl 1 (2, 3, 4)
    • Finished Bust 48 (51, 55, 59)" (122 (129.5, 139.5, 150) cm)
    • Finished Waist 43 (47, 50, 54)" (109 (119.5, 127, 137) cm)
    • Finished Hips 51 (55, 59, 63)" (129.5 (140, 150, 160) cm)
    • Finished Length 30 (30-1/2, 31, 31-1/2)" (76 (77.5, 78.5, 80) cm)
    • To print the patterns, click on the "Download Project PDF" button (above).
    • Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to appropriate size before beginning.

    • GAUGE:
    • 16-1/2 sts + 22 rows = about 4" (10 cm) in St st (k on RS, p on WS) with smallest needle.
    • 16-1/2 sts + 20 rows = about 4" (10 cm) in Openwork pattern with smallest needle.
    • BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.

    • DIRECTIONS:

    • STITCH EXPLANATIONS:
    • M1 (make 1) An increase worked by lifting the horizontal strand lying between needles and placing it onto the left hand needle. Knit this new stitch through the back loop – 1 stitch increased.
    • ssk (slip, slip, knit) Slip next 2 sts as if to knit, one at a time, to right hand needle; insert left hand needle into fronts of these 2 sts and knit them tog – 1 st decreased.
    • Yo (yarn over)
    • An increase that also creates a small decorative hole (eyelet) in the fabric, worked as follows:
    • 1. Bring yarn to front, between the needles.
    • 2. Take yarn to back, over the right hand needle. This creates the new st. You are now ready to proceed with the next st as instructed.

    • PATTERN STITCH:
    • Openwork Pattern (worked over a multiple of 4 sts)
    • Row 1: *K2, yo, k2tog; rep from * across.
    • Rep Row 1 for Openwork pattern.

    • NOTES:
    • Tunic is made in 4 pieces: Back, Front, and 2 Sleeves. Each piece is worked from the lower edge up.
    • The Back and Front of the Tunic are worked in St st (k on RS, p on WS) with Garter st (k every row) borders. The Sleeves and Cowl are worked in an Openwork pattern.
    • The Back and Front include side shaping for a flattering fit. The shaping is done with simple decreases.
    • The Cowl is worked from stitches picked up along the neck edge of the Tunic.
    • This pattern includes some knitter’s lingo. When the pattern says to ‘work even’ this means that you continue in the specified st or pattern and keep the number of sts the same – without increasing or decreasing. When ‘– 12 sts’ appears at the end of a sentence, this is the number of sts there will be after working that row.
    • Our pattern includes diagrams to help visualize how the Tunic is made and put together. Take the time to review the diagrams before knitting.

    • BACK
    • With smallest circular needle, cast on 106 (114, 122, 130) sts.

    • Lower Border
    • Working back and forth on circular needle as if working with straight needles, work in Garter st (k every row) for 8 rows.

    • Body
    • Set-Up Row (WS): K5 for Garter st side slit border, place marker (pm), p to last 5 sts, pm, k5 for side slit border.
    • Row 1 (RS): K to first marker, slip marker (sm), work in St st (k on RS, p on WS) to next marker, sm, k to end of row.
    • Rep Row 1 until piece measures about 4 in. (10 cm) from beg, end with a WS row as the last row you work and remove markers.
    • Increase Row (RS): K1, M1, k to last st, M1, k1 – there will be 108 (116, 124, 132) sts at the end of this row.

    • Shape Sides
    • Next 5 Rows: Work in St st for 5 rows.
    • Decrease Row (RS): K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 106 (114, 122, 130) sts.
    • Rep last 6 rows 3 more times – 100 (108, 116, 124) sts.
    • Next 3 Rows: Work in St st for 3 rows.
    • Rep Decrease Row – 98 (106, 114, 122) sts.
    • Rep last 4 rows 5 more times – 88 (96, 104, 112) sts.

    • Work even in St st until piece measures about 15 1/2 in. (39.5 cm) from beg, end with a WS row as the last row you work.
    • Increase Row (RS): K1, M1, k to last st, M1, k1 – 90 (98, 106, 114) sts.
    • Next 3 Rows: Work in St st for 3 rows.
    • Rep Increase Row – 92 (100, 108, 116) sts.
    • Next 5 Rows: Work in St st for 5 rows.
    • Rep Increase Row – 94 (102, 110, 118) sts.
    • Rep last 6 rows 2 more times – 98 (106, 114, 122) sts.
    • Work even in St st until piece measures about 21 in. (53.5 cm) from beg, end with a WS row as the last row you work.

    • Shape Armholes
    • Row 1 (RS): Bind off 9 (9, 10, 10) sts, k to end of row – 89 (97, 104, 112) sts.
    • Row 2: Bind off 9 (9, 10, 10) sts, p to end of row – 80 (88, 94, 102) sts.
    • Row 3 (Decrease Row): K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 78 (86, 92, 100) sts.
    • Row 4: Purl.
    • Rep last 2 rows 7 (10, 12, 15) more times – 64 (66, 68, 70) sts.
    • Work even in St st until piece measures about 29 (29 1/2, 30, 30 1/2) in. (73.5 (75, 76, 77.5) cm) from beg, end with a WS row as the last row you work.

    • Shape Neck and Shoulders
    • Note: In the next section, you’ll be shaping the neck and the shoulders AT THE SAME TIME, using 2 separate balls of yarn. Just keep track of what row you’re on and you’ll find this easy to do!

    • Row 1 (RS): Bind off 4 sts, k8 (for a total of 9 sts on right needle), join a 2nd ball of yarn and bind off center 38 (40, 42, 44) sts for neck, k to end of row – 9 sts rem for one shoulder and 13 sts for the other.
    • Note: You will now work both sides AT THE SAME TIME using separate balls of yarn.
    • Row 2: On first side, bind off 4 sts, p to end of side; on 2nd side, bind off 1 st, p to end of side – 9 sts on one side and 8 sts on the other.
    • Row 3: On first side, bind off 4 sts, k to end of side; on 2nd side, bind off 1 st, k to end of side – 4 sts on one side and 8 sts on the other.
    • Row 4: On first side, bind off 4 sts, p to end of side; on 2nd side, p to end of side – 4 sts on both sides.
    • Row 5: On first side, bind off rem 4 sts; on 2nd side k to end of side.
    • Row 6: Bind off rem 4 sts.

    • FRONT
    • Cast on and work same as Back to Shape Armholes, end with a WS row as the last row you work – 98 (106, 114, 122) sts.

    • Shape Armholes
    • Row 1 (RS): Bind off 9 (9, 10, 10) sts, k to end of row – 89 (97, 104, 112) sts.
    • Row 2: Bind off 9 (9, 10, 10) sts, p to end of row – 80 (88, 94, 102) sts.
    • Row 3 (Decrease Row): K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 78 (86, 92, 100) sts.
    • Row 4: Purl.
    • Rep last 2 rows 7 (8, 8, 8) more times – 64 (70, 76, 84) sts.

    • Shape Neck and Shoulders
    • To make this part of the pattern clear, we’ve divided the instructions into separate sections. Be sure to follow the specific instructions for the size you are making.

    • Size 1 ONLY
    • Work even in St st for 2 rows.
    • Row 1 (RS): K22, join 2nd ball of yarn and bind off center 20 sts for front neck, k to end of row – 22 sts on each side of neck.
    • Note: You will now work both sides AT THE SAME TIME using separate balls of yarn.
    • Row 2: On first side, p to end of side; on 2nd side, p to end of side.
    • Row 3: On first side, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1; on 2nd side, k1, ssk, k to end of side – 21 sts on each side of neck.
    • Rep last 2 rows 9 more times – 12 sts on each side of neck.
    • Work even in St st until piece measures same as Back to beg of shoulder shaping, end with a WS row as the last row you work.

    • Shape Shoulders
    • Row 1 (RS): On first side, bind off 4 sts, k to end of side; on 2nd side, k to end of side – 8 sts on one side of neck and 12 sts on the other.
    • Row 2: On first side, bind off 4 sts, p to end of side; on 2nd side, p to end of side – 8 sts on each side of neck.
    • Rows 3 and 4: Rep Rows 1 and 2 – 4 sts on each side of neck.
    • Row 5: On first side, bind off rem 4 sts; on 2nd side, k to end of side.
    • Row 6: Bind off rem 4 sts of rem side.
    • Now, continue following the pattern, beg at SLEEVES (below).

    • Sizes 2 (3, 4) ONLY
    • Note: Armhole shaping continues AT THE SAME TIME as neck shaping begins.
    • Row 1 (RS): K1, ssk, k21 (23, 26), join 2nd ball of yarn and bind off center 22 (24, 26) sts for front neck, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 23 (25, 28) sts on each side of neck.
    • Note: You will now work both sides AT THE SAME TIME using separate balls of yarn.
    • Row 2: On first side, p to end of side; on 2nd side, p to end of side.
    • Row 3: On first side, k1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1; on 2nd side, k1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 21 (23, 26) sts on each side of neck.
    • Rep last 2 rows 0 (2, 5) more times – 21 (19, 16) sts on each side of neck. Note: When you see '0' repeats in an instruction, this means that you should not perform that particular instruction, just skip to the next part of the instruction.
    • Next Row (WS): On first side, p to end of side; on 2nd side, p to end of side.
    • Next Row: On first side, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1; on 2nd side, k1, ssk, k to end of side – 20 (18, 15) on each side of neck.
    • Rep last 2 rows 8 (6, 3) more times – 12 sts on each side of neck.
    • Work even in St st until piece measures same as Back to beg of shoulder shaping, end with a WS row as the last row you work.

    • Shape Shoulders
    • Row 1 (RS): On first side, bind off 4 sts, k to end of side; on 2nd side, k to end of side – 8 sts on one side of neck and 12 sts on the other.
    • Row 2: On first side, bind off 4 sts, p to end of side; on 2nd side, p to end of side – 8 sts on each side of neck.
    • Rows 3 and 4: Rep Rows 1 and 2 – 4 sts on each side of neck.
    • Row 5: On first side, bind off rem 4 sts; on 2nd side, k to end of side.
    • Row 6: Bind off rem 4 sts of rem side.
    • Now, continue following the pattern, beg at SLEEVES (below).

    • SLEEVES (make 2)
    • With smallest circular needle, cast on 42 (46, 46, 50) sts.

    • Lower Border
    • Work in Garter st for 8 rows.

    • Shape Sleeve
    • Set-Up Row (WS): P1 (for St st edge st), work in Openwork pattern to last st, p1 (for St st edge st).
    • Row 1: K1, work in Openwork pattern to last st, k1.
    • Keeping first and last st in St st and rem sts in Openwork pattern, work 3 (3, 1, 1) more rows.
    • Increase Row (RS): K1, M1, work in Openwork pattern to last st, M1, k1 – 44 (48, 48, 52) sts.
    • Note: As sts are increased, work the new sts into the Openwork pattern as established.
    • Keeping first and last st in St st and rem sts in Openwork pattern, work 5 (5, 3, 3) more rows.
    • Rep Increase Row – 46 (50, 50, 54) sts.
    • Rep last 6 (6, 4, 4) rows 1 (4, 6, 8) more times – 48 (58, 62, 70) sts.
    • Keeping first and last st in St st and rem sts in Openwork pattern, work 7 (7, 5, 5) more rows.
    • Rep Increase Row – 50 (60, 64, 72) sts.
    • Rep last 8 (8, 6, 6) rows 4 (2, 4, 3) more times – 58 (64, 72, 78) sts.
    • Keeping in patterns as established, work even until piece measures about 12-1/2 (13, 13-1/2, 14)" (32 (33, 34.5, 35.5) cm) from beg, end with a WS row as the last row you work.

    • Shape Sleeve Cap (top of Sleeve)
    • To make this part of the pattern clear, we’ve divided the instructions into separate sections. Be sure to follow the specific instructions for the size you are making.

    • Sizes 1 (2, 3) ONLY
    • Row 1 (RS): Bind off 9 (9, 10) sts, work in Openwork pattern to end of row – 49 (55, 62) sts.
    • Row 2: Bind off 9 (9, 10) sts, work in Openwork pattern to end of row – 40 (46, 52) sts.
    • Work even in Openwork pattern for 3 rows.
    • Decrease Row (RS): K1, ssk, work in Openwork pattern to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 38 (44, 50) sts.
    • Rep last 4 rows 3 (3, 1) more time(s) – 32 (38, 48) sts.
    • Work even in Openwork pattern for 1 row.
    • Decrease Row (RS): K1, ssk, work in Openwork pattern to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 30 (36, 46) sts.
    • Rep last 2 rows 3 (6, 11) more times – 24 sts.
    • Next Row: Bind off 4 sts, work in Openwork pattern to end of row – 20 sts.
    • Rep last row – 16 sts.
    • Bind off. Now, continue following the pattern, beginning at FINISHING (below).

    • Size 4 ONLY
    • Row 1 (RS): Bind off 10 sts, work in Openwork pattern to end of row – 68 sts.
    • Row 2: Bind off 10 sts, work in Openwork pattern to end of row – 58 sts.
    • Work even in Openwork pattern for 1 row.
    • Decrease Row (RS): K1, ssk, work in Openwork pattern to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 56 sts.
    • Rep last 2 rows 16 more times – 24 sts.
    • Next Row: Bind off 4 sts, work in Openwork pattern to end of row – 20 sts.
    • Rep last row – 16 sts.
    • Bind off. Now, continue following the pattern, beginning at FINISHING (below).

    • FINISHING:
    • Step 1: Sew Front and Back together at shoulders.

    • Step 1
    • Step 2: Cowl neck

    • Step 2
    • From RS with smallest circular needle, beg at center back of neck edge, pick up and k22 (23, 23, 25) sts across back neck to left shoulder seam, 23 (23, 24, 23) sts along left front, 20 (22, 24, 26) sts across front neck, 23 (23, 24, 23) sts along right front and 22 (23, 23, 25) sts across rem back neck – 110 (114, 118, 122) sts.
    • Work back and forth on circular needle as if working with straight needles.
    • Row 1 (WS): P1, work in Openwork pattern to last st, p1.
    • Row 2: K1, work in Openwork pattern to last st, k1.
    • Keeping first and last st in St st and rem sts in Openwork pattern, work until piece measures about 5" (12.5 cm) from beg.

    • Change to middle-size circular needle.
    • Keeping in patterns as established, work until piece measures about 8 (8, 9, 9)" (20.5 (20.5, 23, 23) cm) from beg.

    • Change to largest circular needle.
    • Keeping in patterns as established, work until piece measures about 10 (11, 12, 13)" (25.5 (28, 30.5, 33) cm) from beg.
    • Work in Garter st for 6 rows.
    • Bind off loosely.
    • Sew side edges of Cowl together. This seam is meant to show on the RS of the Cowl and thus be hidden when the Cowl is folded over. If sewing with mattress st, sew from WS and if straight stitching the seam, sew from RS.

    • Step 3: Sew in Sleeves, matching the center of the Sleeve cap to the shoulder seam of the Tunic.

    • Step 3
    • Step 4: Matching the underarm seams, sew side and Sleeve seams, leaving 4" (10 cm) at lower edge of each side unsewn for side slits.

    • Step 4
    • Weave in ends.

    • ABBREVIATIONS:
    • k = knit
    • k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
    • p = purl
    • rem = remain(ing)(s)
    • rep = repeat
    • RS = right side
    • St st = Stockinette stitch
    • st(s) = stitch(es)
    • WS = wrong side

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