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Home : Patterns : Leaf-Pattern Tunic

Free Knitting Pattern: Leaf-Pattern Tunic

Lion Brand® Microspun
Pattern #: 873
Exquisite pattern and flattering shape will make this hip-length tunic one of your fashion favorites.
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SKILL LEVEL:  Intermediate (Level 3)

SIZE: Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X, 3X
Finished bust measurements: 36 (40, 44, 48, 52, 56) in..
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 your size before beginning.


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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 910-103: Microspun Yarn: Coral
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Sorry, product is discontinued; no colors are available.
*Microspun (Article #910). 100% Micro-Fiber Acrylic; package size: 2.50oz/70.00 gr. (168yds/154m) pull skeins

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•  910-103 Microspun Yarn: Coral
$ 42.32 (9,10,11,12,13) 
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16 in. circular knitting needle size 6.

Leaf-Pattern Tunic

Lion Brand® Microspun


6 sts = 1 in. in Leaf Pat with size 6 needle. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch


LEAF PAT (multiple of 6 sts + 3):
Row 1 (WS) & all WS rows:
Rows 2, 4 & 6: K 2, *yo, k2tog tbl (through back loop), k 1, k2tog, yo, k 1; rep from *, end k 2 instead of k 1.
Row 8: K 3, *yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k 3; rep from *.
Row 10: K 2, *k2tog, yo, k 1, yo, k2tog tbl, k 1; rep from *, end k 2 instead of k 1.
Row 12: K 1, k2tog, *yo, k 3, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso; rep from *, end yo, k 3, yo, ssk, k 1.
Rep Rows 1-12 for Leaf Pat.

With straight knitting needles size 6, cast on 109 (115, 121, 127, 133, 139) sts.
Rib Row 1 (RS):
K 1, *p 2, k 1; rep from *.
Rib Row 2:
P 1, *k 2, p 1; rep from *. Rep Rib Rows 1 & 2 for a total of 8 rows, inc 1 st at beg and end of last row -- 111 (117, 123, 129, 135, 141) sts. Beg with Row 1, work in Leaf Pat for 27 (28, 29, 30, 31, 32) in., ending with a RS row. Bind off to gauge on a WS row.

FRONT: Work same as Back for 18 (18, 18, 19, 19, 19) in..
Shape neck:
Next row:
Keeping to pat work 55 (58, 61, 64, 67, 70) sts, put center st on a holder, join another ball of yarn, work rem 55 (58, 61, 64, 67, 70) sts. Cont in pat working both sides at the same time with separate balls of yarn (dec 1 st every 3 rows, then 1 st every other row alternately) 10 (11, 12, 13, 14, 15) times -- 35 (36, 37, 38, 39, 40) sts each side. Work even until Front meas same as Back to shoulder. BO rem sts each side.

SLEEVES: With straight knitting needles size 6, cast on 34 sts. Work in Rib Pat as on lower edge of Back and Front for 20 rows
Inc row:
Inc 1 st in first st, rib up to but not including the 6th st (between 2 p's on RS) make 3 sts into the strand between the 5th and 6th sts, cont rib up to but not including the 17th st, inc 3 sts between the 17th and 18th sts as before, rib up to but not including the 29th st, inc 3 sts between the 29th and 30th sts, cont rib to end inc 1 st in last st -- 45 sts. Beg with Row 1, work Leaf Pat for 2 rows. Cont in Leaf Pat; at the same time, inc 1 st at each end in St st every 3 rows 32 (34, 36, 38, 40, 42) times; AT THE SAME TIME, when there are enough sts to work in Leaf Pat (multiple of 6 sts), work inc sts into pat. Work even on 109 (113, 117, 121, 125, 129, 133) sts until Sleeve measures 19 (20, 20, 21, 21, 22) in.. Bind off to gauge.

FINISHING: Sew Front to Back at shoulders
With RS facing, using circular needle size 6, pick up and k 44 (46, 48, 50, 52, 54) sts along Back of neck, 39 (41, 43, 45, 47, 49) sts along left neck edge to center st, place marker, k center st from holder, place marker, pick up and k 39 (41, 43, 45, 47, 49) sts along right neck edge -- 123 (129, 135, 141, 147, 153) sts. Work around in k 1, p 1 rib, working 2 tog before and after center st every rnd for 6 rnds. Bind off in rib. Mark Front and Back at side edges 11˝ (12, 12˝, 13, 13˝, 14) in. down from shoulder seams for Sleeve placement. Sew Sleeves between markers. Side side and Sleeve seams.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) cont = continu(e)(s)(ing)
dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing) inc = increas(e)(s)(ing)
k = knit p = purl
pat = pattern psso = pass slipped stitch over
rem = remain(s)(ing) rep = repeat(s)(ing)
RS = right side st(s) = stitch(es)
tbl = through the back loop tog = together
WS = wrong side yo = yarn over

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Pattern Average Rating: *****5.0 (based on 1 review)
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Leaf-Pattern Tunic Reviewed by Judymottie on 2010-05-09 *****
im makeing xmas gafts and this is the best im going to make myself one

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