Pattern: The Shopping Tunic by Twinkle, published in Vogue Knitting Holiday 2006, size small
Yarn: 4 (42yrd) balls of Berroco X-Press – 60% merino 40% acrylic
Needles: 10mm/24″ Le Collection circular needles
Modifications: After lurking around blogland I decided I wanted a tunic that was tighter and more dense than the ones I had seen. I chose to use #15 needles instead of the recommended #19. I didn’t add pockets to keep it streamlined and made the collar smaller in length and circumference. I also knit the entire piece instead of purling, mentally switching the pattern. The persnickity knitter in me had to sub in matching decreases/increases also.
Notes: This pattern is fantastically easy and satisfying. Need a gift in a matter of hours? Ply up a few yarns to achieve gauge and off you go! Watch out for a few more of these around christmas 😉 I’m glad I chose my stash Berroco from Knit-o-Matic’s gigantic sale, as this tunic cost me only $4 + needles. I feel compelled to mention, as I’m completely embarassed at the pictures, that I had a hell of a time getting a good one but even more so laughing at myself viewing them afterwards. I now understand why there are so many washroom mirror pictures, it’s impossible to capture it all without looking like one’s myspace wh*ring.
Here’s lookin at you twinkle!