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Child's Eyelet Tunic

Child's Eyelet Tunic in the 2-year-old size, on a larger-than-average 1-year-old.

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This easy Eyelet Tank Tunic is the perfect addition to your little one's wardrobe. With an easy repeat of eyelets every fourth round, it's no more difficult than knitting regular Stockinette Stitch, but it looks much more impressive.

The tank is knit from the bottom up in the round, divided at the armholes and again at the front neckline. The bottom is folded up to form a picot seam, and the picots at the armholes and neckline are formed by picking up stitches and knitting after the body is finished.

Materials:

  • 3 (3, 3, 3, 4) skeins Patons Angora Bamboo (I used color 90105, Low Tide), or about 200 (215, 225, 240, 280) yards of medium-weight yarn of your choice
  • one 16-inch size 7 US (4.5 mm) circular needle, as well as a set of 4 double-pointed needles
  • two stitch holders or lengths of contrasting yarn
  • tape measure, scissors, yarn needle

Gauge:

17 stitches and 24 rows per 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch in the round.

Size:

3 month (6 month, 12 month, 2 year, 4 year-old); chest circumference of finished shirt is 18 (19, 20, 22, 25) inches, or about 2 inches larger than the child's actual chest circumference. Finished length is about 12.25 (13, 13.75, 14.75, 15.75) inches for a tunic length. Instructions are given for smallest size first, with larger sizes in parentheses.

Knitting the Tunic Body:

  1. Cast on 76 (82, 86, 92, 106) stitches onto circular needle. Join in round, being careful not to twist. Place a stitch marker to note the end of the round, if desired.
  2. Knit 3 rounds.
  3. Next round, *yarn over, knit 2 together. Repeat from * around.
  4. Knit 4 rounds.
  5. Repeat eyelet round.
  6. Knit 3 rounds, then repeat eyelet round. Continue to work the eyelet round every fourth round until piece measures around 9 (9.5, 10, 10.5, 11) inches, ending with an eyelet round. The remainder of the top is worked in plain Stockinette.
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