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Free Knitting Pattern: Stranded Color Tunic

Lion Brand« Vanna's Choice® - Unique
Pattern #: L32218
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SKILL LEVEL:  Intermediate + (Level 4)

SIZE: Varies

S (M/L, 1X, 2X/3X)
Finished Bust 44 (50 1/2, 56 1/2, 62 1/2) in. (112 (128.5, 143.5, 159) cm)
Finished Length 30 (30 1/2, 31, 31 1/2) in. (76 (77.5, 78.5, 80) cm)



CORRECTIONS: None
 
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The combination of Vanna's Choice® and Unique helps create the beautiful stained-glass colorwork seen in this beautiful vest. 

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Color (A)
Vanna's Choice®

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Color (B)
Unique

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To change colors, simply select color name from the drop-down above or else click the swatch you want to change and then click a color below
Vanna's Choice®
Linen White Pink Aqua Soft Pink Silver Blue Sapphire Dusty Blue
Colonial Blue Navy Raspberry Scarlet Beige Toffee Taupe Chocolate
Espresso Honey Radiant Orange Brick Terracotta Rust Dusty Rose Wild Berry
Rose Antique Rose Magenta Eggplant Dusty Purple Purple Burgundy Silver Grey
Charcoal Grey Black Radiant Yellow Mustard Fern Kelly Green Dusty Green Olive
Radiant Lime Cranberry Lime Mountain Print Woods Print Purple Print Autumn Print Charcoal Print
Denim Mist Rose Mist Taupe Mist Purple Mist Seaspray Mist Pearl Mist Tangerine Mist Oatmeal
Grey Marble Wheat Barley Dark Grey Heather Silver Heather Patchwork Grey Twilight Plum Jam
Oceania Cambridge
Unique
Harvest Garden Oceania Passion Fruit Moonshadows Grapevine Potpourri Jewel
Mirage Cornucopia Circus Oasis
*Vanna's Choice® (Article #860). 100% Premium Acrylic
400, 401, 403: 92% Acrylic, 8% Rayon
402: 96% Acrylic, 4% Rayon; package size: Solids: 3.5 oz (100 g), 170 yards (156 m)
Prints, Tweeds, & Heathers: 3 ozs (85 g) , 145 yards (133 meters)
Twists: 2.5 oz (70 g), 121 yards (111 meters)
*Unique (Article #755). 100% Acrylic; package size: 3.50oz/100.00 gr. (109yds/100m) pull skeins

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MATERIALS
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QUANTITY PRICE ALT QTY  
•  860-404 Vanna's Choice Yarn: Dark Grey Heather
   balls
$ 26.34 7, 8, 9 
Note: (A)
•  755-204 Unique Yarn: Moonshadows
   balls
$ 11.98 2, 2, 2 
Note: (B)
Boye Aluminum Circular Knitting Needles 16 inches Size 9   $ 5.75  
Lion Brand Stitch Holders   $ 5.99  
Lion Brand Split Ring Stitch Markers   $ 2.49  
Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)   $ 3.59  
Additional Materials
Circular needle size 9 (6.5 mm), 40 in. (101.5 cm) long
 

Stranded Color Tunic

Lion Brand« Vanna's Choice® - Unique

GAUGE:

16 sts + 20 rnds = about 4 in. (10 cm) in St st worked in rnds (k every rnd).

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

STITCH EXPLANATION:

ssk (slip, slip, knit) Slip next 2 sts as if to knit, one at a time, to right needle; insert left needle into fronts of these 2 sts and knit them tog – 1 st decreased.
wBib = with B in back
wBif = with B in front

PATTERN STITCHES
K1, p1 Rib worked in rnds (over an even number of sts)
Rnd 1:
*K1, p1; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rep Rnd 1 for K1, p1 Rib worked in rnds.

Stranded Color Pattern worked in rnds (over a multiple of 6 sts)
Work Stranded Color pattern by working with A while carrying a strand of B. Pattern is created by moving B to front or back of work between sts when instructed.
Rnds 1-4: With A and *holding B in back of work, k3, holding B in front of work, k3; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 5: *K3 wBif, k3 wBib; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 6: *K3 wBif, k3 wBib; rep from * to last 6 sts, k3 wBif, k2 wBib, k1 wBif.
Rnd 7: K4 wBif, *k1 wBib, k5 wBif; rep from * to last 2 sts, k1 wBib, k1 wBif.
Rnd 8: K4 wBif, *k1 wBib, k5 wBif; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2 wBib.
Rnds 9 and 10: Rep Rnds 5 and 6.
Rnds 11-14: Repeat Rnds 1-4.
Rnds 15-18: Knit with A only.
Rep Rnds 1-18 for Stranded Color pattern.

NOTES:

1. Oversized Tunic is designed with an easy to work color pattern.
2. Tunic is worked in one piece in rnds beg at lower edge, then divided at neck and worked back and forth in rows to shape a V-neck. Piece is divided again at armholes and fronts and back worked separately.
3. After a ribbed lower band is worked, the Tunic is worked in St st. St st is worked in rnds (k every rnd) to first divide, then St st is worked in rows (k on RS, p on WS) for remainder of piece.
4. All knitting is worked with A. B is 'woven' back and forth between the stitches to create the Stranded Color pattern. When instructed to bring B to the front, bring B between the needles to the front of the piece. When instructed to take B to the back, take B between the needles to the back of the piece. Carry B strand below A strand and keep an even tension on the carried strand.
5. When you see 'as established' in the instructions, this means to continue in the current pattern st ensuring that A-colored sts and weaving of B line up as in previous rows/rnds.
6. Sts are picked up to work ribbing around the neck and armholes.



BODY
With longer needle and A, cast on 184 (208, 232, 256) sts.
Place marker for beg of rnd. Join by working the first st on left hand needle with the working yarn from the right hand needle and being careful not to twist sts.
Work in K1, p1 Rib worked in rnds until piece measures 2 1/2 in. (6.5 cm) from beg.
Decrease Rnd: (K15 (17, 19, 21), k2tog) 10 times, k to end of rnd – 174 (198, 222, 246) sts.
Work in St st (k every rnd) for 3 rnds.
Join B and work in Stranded Color pattern until piece measures 16 in. (40.5 cm) from beg.

Shape V-Neck
Next Rnd (RS):
Work next rnd of Stranded Color pattern over first 41 (47, 53, 59) sts, k2 wBib, bind off 1 st, k1 wBib, work in pattern as established over next 41 (47, 53, 59) sts, place marker (pm) for side, work across rem sts in pattern as established – 173 (197, 221, 245) sts.
Cut both yarns.
Sl all sts from beg of rnd marker to V-neck bind-off from left needle to right needle.
Notes:
1. Beg of rnd marker now marks side edge.
2. Slip markers as you come to them.
3. Work back and forth in rows on circular needle as if working with straight needles.
4. To work Stranded Color pattern in rows, carry B in front or back of work over same sts established when working in the rnd.
5. Work beg and ending sts, on both side of Stranded Color pattern section, with A only. Do not weave B in edge sts.

Turn to WS to work across left front beg at V-neck edge.
Rejoin both yarns at V-neck edge.
Next Row (WS): P2, work in Stranded Color pattern as established to last 2 sts, p2.
Neck Decrease (RS): K2tog, k1, work in Stranded Color pattern as established to last 3 sts, k1, ssk – 171 (195, 219, 243) sts.
Next Row: P2, work in Stranded Color pattern as established to last 2 sts, p2.
Next Row: K2, work in Stranded Color pattern as established to last 2 sts, k2.
Next Row: P2, work in Stranded Color pattern as established to last 2 sts, p2.
Rep Neck Decrease – 169 (193, 217, 241) sts.
Rep last 4 rows 3 more times – 163 (187, 211, 235) sts.
Next Row: P2, work in Stranded Color pattern as established to last 2 sts, p2.

Shape Armholes
Next Row (RS):
K2, work in Stranded Color pattern as established to 2 sts before marker, k2, remove marker, sl next 87 (99, 111, 123) sts between markers to a holder(s) for back, remove marker, sl rem 38 (44, 50, 56) sts to a separate st holder for left front – 38 (44, 50, 56) sts rem on needle for right front.

Right Front
Next Row (WS):
Bind off 2 (3, 4, 5) sts, p1, work in Stranded Color pattern as established to last 2 sts, p2 – 36 (41, 46, 51) sts.
Next Row: K2tog, k1, work in Stranded Color pattern as established to last 2 sts, k2 – 35 (40, 45, 50) sts.
Next Row: Bind off 2 (3, 4, 5) sts, p1, work in Stranded Color pattern as established to last 2 sts, p2 – 33 (37, 41, 45) sts.
Next Row: K2, work in Stranded Color pattern as established to last 3 sts, k1, k2tog – 32 (36, 40, 44) sts.
Next Row: P2tog, p1, work in Stranded Color pattern as established to last 2 sts, p2 – 31 (35, 39, 43) sts.
Next Row: K2tog, k1, work in Stranded Color pattern as established to last 2 sts, k2 – 30 (34, 38, 42) sts.
Next Row: P2, work in Stranded Color pattern as established to last 2 sts, p2.
Next Row: K2, work in Stranded Color pattern as established to last 2 sts, k2.
Next Row: P2, work in Stranded Color pattern as established to last 2 sts, p2.
Next Row: K2tog, k1, work in Stranded Color pattern as established to last 2 sts, k2 – 29 (33, 37, 41) sts.
Rep last 4 rows 7 (8, 9, 10) more times – 22 (25, 28, 31) sts.
Next Row: P2, work in Stranded Color pattern to last 2 sts, p2.
Next Row: K2, work in Stranded Color pattern to last 2 sts, k2.
Rep last 2 rows until armhole measures 9 1/2 (10, 10 1/2, 11) in. (24 (25.5, 26.5, 28) cm), end with a RS row.
Note: End with a RS row means that the last row you work should be a RS row.
Shape Shoulder
Next Row (WS):
Bind off 6 (7, 8, 9) sts, p1, work in Stranded Color pattern to last 2 sts, p2 – 16 (18, 20, 22) sts.
Next Row: K2, work in Stranded Color pattern to last 2 sts, k2.
Next Row: Bind off 6 (7, 8, 9) sts, p1, work in Stranded Color pattern to last 2 sts, p2 – 10 (11, 12, 13) sts.
Bind off.

Left Front
Return left front sts from holder to needle, ready to work a RS row – 38 (44, 50, 56) sts.
Join both yarns at armhole edge.
Next Row (RS): Bind off 2 (3, 4, 5) sts, k1, work in Stranded Color pattern as established to last 2 sts, k2 – 36 (41, 46, 51) sts.
Next Row: P2tog, p1, work in Stranded Color pattern as established to last 2 sts, with p2 – 35 (40, 45, 50) sts.
Next Row: Bind off 2 (3, 4, 5) sts, k1, work in Stranded Color pattern as established to last 2 sts, k2 – 33 (37, 41, 45) sts.
Next Row: P2, work in Stranded Color pattern as established to last 3 sts, p1, p2tog tbl – 32 (36, 40, 44) sts.
Next Row: Ssk, k1, work in Stranded Color pattern as established to last 2 sts, k2 – 31 (35, 39, 43) sts.
Next Row: P2tog, p1, work in Stranded Color pattern as established to last 2 sts, p2 – 30 (34, 38, 42) sts.
Next Row: K2, work in Stranded Color pattern to last 2 sts, k2.
Next Row: P2, work in Stranded Color pattern to last 2 sts, p2.
Next Row: K2, work in Stranded Color pattern to last 2 sts, k2.
Next Row: P2tog, p1, work in Stranded Color pattern to last 2 sts, p2 – 29 (33, 37, 41) sts.
Rep last 4 rows 7 (8, 9, 10) more times – 22 (25, 28, 31) sts.
Next Row: K2, work in Stranded Color pattern to last 2 sts, k2.
Next Row: P2, work in Stranded Color pattern to last 2 sts, p2.
Rep last 2 rows until armhole measures 9 1/2, (10, 10 1/2, 11) in. (24 (25.5, 26.5, 28)cm), end with a WS row.
Shape Shoulder
Next Row (RS):
Bind off 6 (7, 8, 9) sts, k1, work in Stranded Color pattern as established to last 2 sts, k2 – 16 (18, 20, 22) sts.
Next Row: P2, work in Stranded Color pattern as established to last 2 sts, p2.
Next Row: Bind off 6 (7, 8, 9) sts, k1, work in Stranded Color pattern as established to last 2 sts, k2 – 10 (11, 12, 13) sts.
Bind off.

Back
Return back sts from holder to needle, ready to work a RS row – 87 (99, 111, 123) sts.
Join both yarns at right armhole edge.
Next Row (RS): Bind off 2 (3, 4, 5) sts, k1, work in Stranded Color pattern as established to last 2 sts, k2 – 85 (96, 107, 118) sts.
Next Row: Bind off 2 (3, 4, 5) sts, p1, work in Stranded Color pattern as established to last 2 sts, p2 – 83 (93, 103, 113) sts.
Rep last 2 rows – 79 (87, 95, 103) sts.
Next Row: Ssk, k1, work in Stranded Color pattern to last 3 sts, k1, k2tog – 77 (85, 93, 101) sts.
Next Row: P2tog, p1, work in Stranded Color pattern to last 3 sts, p2tog tbl, p1 – 75 (83, 91, 99) sts.
Next Row: K2, work in Stranded Color pattern to last 2 sts, k2.
Next Row: P2, work in Stranded Color pattern to last 2 sts, p2.
Rep last 2 rows until piece measures same as Fronts to shoulder shaping, end with a WS row.

Shape Shoulders and Neck
Next Row (RS):
Bind off 6 (7, 8, 9) sts, k1, work in Stranded Color pattern over next 16 (18, 20, 24) sts, k2, join a 2nd ball of A and bind off next 23 (24, 26, 28) sts for neck (1 st for this side on right needle), k1, join a 2nd ball of B, work in Stranded Color pattern to last 2 sts, k2.
Work both sides at same time using separate balls of yarn.
Next Row (WS): On first side, bind off 6 (7, 8, 9) sts, p1, work in Stranded Color pattern to last 2 sts, p2; on 2nd side, bind off 2 sts, work in Stranded Color pattern to last 2 sts, p2.
Next Row: On first side, bind off 6 (7, 8, 9) sts, k1, work in Stranded Color pattern to last 2 sts, k2; on 2nd side, bind off 2 sts, work in Stranded Color pattern to last 2 sts, k2.
Next Row: On first side, bind off 6 (7, 8, 9) sts, p1, work in Stranded Color pattern to last 2 sts, p2; on 2nd side, bind off 2 sts, work in Stranded Color pattern to last 2 sts, k2.
Next Row: On first side, bind off 10 (11, 12, 13) sts; on 2nd side, bind off 2 sts, work in Stranded Color pattern to last 2 sts, k2.
Next Row: On rem side, bind off 10 (11, 12, 13) sts.

FINISHING
Sew shoulder seams.
Neckband
From RS with longer needle and A, beg at right shoulder, pick up and k29 (31, 33, 35) sts evenly spaced across back neck, 56 (60, 64, 67) sts evenly spaced along left front neck, pm (front center), 56 (60, 64, 67) sts evenly spaced along right front neck – 141 (151, 161, 169) sts. Place marker for beg of rnd.
Join by working the first st on left hand needle with the working yarn from the right hand needle.
Rnd 1: P1, *k1, p1; rep from * to 2 sts before front center marker, k2tog, sm, ssk, **p1, k1; rep from ** to end of rnd.
Rnd 2: K the knit sts and p the purl sts to 2 sts before front center marker, k2tog, sm, ssk, k the knit sts and p the purl sts to end of rnd.
Rep last rnd until neckband measures 1 1/4 in. (3 cm).
Bind off in rib.
Armhole bands
From RS with shorter needle and A, beg at underarm, pick up and k72 (80, 88, 96) sts evenly spaced around armhole. Place marker for beg of rnd.
Join by working the first st on left hand needle with the working yarn from the right hand needle.
Work in K1, p1 Rib worked in rnds for about 1 1/4 in. (3 cm).
Bind off in rib.
Weave in ends.


 
ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
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beg = begin(s)(ning) k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 together p = purl
p2tog = purl 2 together rem = remain(s)(ing)
rep = repeat(s)(ing) rnd(s) = round(s)
RS = right side sl = slip
st(s) = stitch(es) tbl = through the back loop
WS = wrong side  


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