Braided Hood Tunic
This is a flattering tunic that is fun to knit, featuring short row hood, waist shaping, and cable patterns.
The tunic length lower body is tailored with body shaping, while set-in armholes and shoulder shaping maintain the fitted look. Short-rows are used throughout to shape the shoulders and hood.
Knit in the round from the bottom up there is minimal finishing.
Finished Size 32¼ (37, 40¾ , 45½ , 49¼ , 54)” bust circumference. Tunic shown measures 37″, modeled with about 3″ positive ease.
Yarn Spud & Chloë Sweater (55% superwash wool, 45% organic cotton; 160 yd [146 m]/100 g): #7506 toast, 6 (7, 8, 8, 9, 9) skeins. Yarn distributed by Blue Sky Alpacas.
Needles Body and hood—size 8 (5 mm): 24″ circular (cir). Edging—size 7 (4.5 mm): 16″ and 24″ cir. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Cable needle (cn); markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle.
Gauge 17 sts and 25 rows = 4″ in rev St st on larger needle;
18 sts and 32 rows = 4″ in seed st on smaller needles;
14 sts of Left Open Cable, Right Open Cable, and Center Cable charts measure 2¼ ” wide on larger needle.
Originally Published Interweave Knits Spring 2010