Pattern: Textured Tunic with(out) Side Buttons
Book: Fitted Knits, Designer Stefanie Japel
Yarn: 10 balls of Margrite Bulky by Karabella colorway black
Needles: Addi Turbo 24″ circ. #10 and wooden needle #10 and #11 to cast off
Cast on date: Mid February, 2009
Cast off date: March 18, 2009
Suck in that belly
She’s done… came out somewhat smaller than planned but still fits fine. Very fitted now, which means I gotta suck in that belly which I am not very happy about. Sucking it in and holding your breath for just a second in front of the camera is manageable. To do this all day…oooffff.
Oh well…it fits and looks fine which is all I want and need in a handknitted sweater! And I know that with a couple of wears, it will stretch out.
Lets look at the modifications
- Decreases and increases applied at the side
- No side buttons and no side slits
Trials and tribulations
Casted off at the bottom too tight. This caused the bottom part to draw in and pucker while I was wearig it which was really not okay with me.
Instead of casting off with the needlesize #10 I was working with, I used needlesize #11 to cast off. I am a tight knitter you see… casting of loosely does not make sense to me. So switchting to a bigger needle helps!
- Use a figure 8 cast on. This will make the neckline a bit sturdier.
- Also, give your neckline a crochet edge to reinforce it and to prevent the neck edge from rolling.
- ALWAYS CHECK YOUR GAUGE.
How do I like the yarn?
Simply love the yarn. It is such a delight to work with and it feels super super soft on my skin. It is also nice and warm because of the cashmere blend.
I love that it is black yarn and I did not have troubles working with it. Just make sure you use good lighting when you work with black yarn in the evening.
I’ve got two Textured Tunic sweaters now!
I simply adore the fact that I can recreate a sweater when I want to. No more crying when my favorite sweaters get too old to wear. I just whip out another one!
To read about my first Textured Tunic, click here…
Thanks for reading and until the next entry