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The long tunic shown in the photos above is my own design and a garment that I love to wear. I used 42 different colours in it and knitted them as a mirror image. It is a good way to use up many small amounts of naturally dyed yarns. The garment is very wearable for all shapes, from small to larger sizes. It can be knitted in any yarn, though for different yarns the gauge has to be recalculated. Bear in mind that the long tunic will stretch lengthwise more or less, depending on the material used. Therefore it is especially important to wash it after knitting. Length and width can be adapted according to preference.

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Material: Cashmere and cashmere-silk-blend, handspun, single, dyed with natural colours
Weight: 2 lbs 12 oz/1250 g
Length: 40”/100 cm
Width back: 32”/80 cm
Needles: long circulars US size 3/3 mm, for the front border with neck opening
2 long circulars US size US size 5 or 6 / 3.5 mm or 4 mm, for the front and back parts
2 large buttons

st(s) = stitch(es)

Knitting instructions

Preliminary Note:
Always knit the edge stitches as a “knotted” edge: Slip the last stitch of the row with yarn to front, turn, p the first stitch of the following row. Every “set” (i.e. 1 right side row, 1 wrong side row) will only show 1 stitch.

Cast on 280 sts on needle US size 5 or 6 / 3.5 mm or 4 mm.
Work 144 rows in garter stitch.
Divide the knitting; leave 143 sts for the front on the needle and knit with 137 sts 28 rows in garter stitch.
The same is done in mirror image for the other side.

Now both parts are fitted together using Kitchener stitch. For the neck opening take up and knit 1 st for every 2 rows, then knit 28 rows across all sts (approx. 314 sts) for the border, using needle US size 3/3 mm.
Cast off and weave in the ends.
Attach loops for the buttons on the sides of the front at waist height and attach buttons to the back to fit the loops.

I have used a 13 cm, 5 inch, long safety pin,
normally used as a stitchholder, to close the long tunic.




To finish the knitting, wash the garment.

Instructions for washing:
Woollen goods made from untreated material should always be hand washed, because wet wool doesn’t tolerate friction well. Use warm water for washing, about the temperature for a bath and a mild detergent, suitable for delicates, or pure soap.
Rinse at least 2-3 times after washing while slowly lowering the water temperature. Spin out well. If no separate spinner is available, use the spinning program of the washing machine, but without the rinsing program! It is helpful to protect the knitted garment in a net for delicates or a pillowcase.
Shake out the garment, lay out on a terry towel and pull into shape. Pat it with the flat hand until it lies flat and leave to dry. Don’t steam the garment as it can damage the wool.

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These photos show that the long tunic
is a very versatile garment that can be worn
in many different ways.

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Translation by Bettina Foertig

© Dorothea Fischer
This pattern is for personal use only or with written permission from Dorothea Fischer.

Do you want the pattern as a PDF file??
Then please send me a mail: dorothea@lustauffarben.de

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