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Elinor Tunic

An Empire-waisted tunic with square neck line and a faux layer worked in complementary laceweight yarn.

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The Empire-waisted dresses of Jane Austen's time inspired this tunic named after Elinor Dashwood of Sense and Sensibility. In the BBC film adaptation, a dress layered over a lightweight shawl was a common sight, especially amongst the Misses Dashwoods whom is assumed to have done so as a means to adjust to the lower economic standing after Mr. Dashwood's death. To conserve yarn and time, this pattern creates that same layered look by stitching a faux shawl inset knitted from a complementary yarn into the neckline. Pair this tunic with leggings and ballet flats or skinny jeans and boots for an Austen-inspired contemporary look.
Finished Size: 35 1/4 (40, 44, 48 3/4, 52 3/4)" bust circumference and 46 1/2 (49 1/2, 55 1/4, 60, 64)" hip circumference. Tunic shown measures 35 1/4". 
Yarn: Body and sleeves—Rowan Wool Cotton (50% Merino, 50% cotton, 123 yd [112 m]/50 g): #941 clear, 9 (11, 12, 13, 14) skeins. Inset—Rowan Kidsilk Haze (70% mohair, 30% silk, 229 yd [209 m]/25 g): #636 mist. 1 skein all sizes.   
Yarn Weight: #3 - Light 
Needles:  Body and sleeves—size 6 (4.0 mm): 16" and 24" circular (cir) and double-pointed (dpn). Inset—size 8 (5.0 mm): straight. Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge. 
Notions: Waste yarn; markers (m)—1 unique, 2 each of 2 colors and 2 locking; stitch holders; tapestry needle.
Gauge: 20 sts and 28 rnds = 4" in St st worked in the round on smaller needles with body yarn. 20 sts and 20 rows = 4" in St st worked fl at on larger needles with inset yarn. 
Originally Published:  Jane Austen Knits, 2011

SKU: EP5027

Author/Speaker/Editor: Kristi Schueler

Format: eProject

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