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June 13, 2010

Knitted Tunic Tops


I've been a big fan of tunic tops for a while, both for me and for my dollies. I love the retro-style silhouette and how comfortable yet stylish they are. There are quite a few sewn/fabric tunic tops that we love on Etsy, but I haven't been able to find a knitted version that I liked. So it was sort of a "happy accident" that I ended up knitting one after experimenting and lots of trial and error.

Abby looks quite pleased - this one was an experiment so we get to keep it!

Even though it looked okay, I wanted a much cleaner neckline, so I went ahead and made a few more. These are the two that came after. I played with the hem height and also the height of the neckline. I also tried to do teeny puff sleeves (LOVE puff sleeves!).
 

We ended up going with the one on the left. The one on the right is a bit smaller and still looks great on Licca bodies.

Here's Abby again with the final version. I'm happy with the cleaner neckline and the a-line silhouette. I also realized I can't be lazy and must block each garment for the yarn to relax and be shaped nicely. Now I am waiting for more yarn to knit more of these tunic tops. I have three green ones completed and am waiting for more yarn in blue, orange, pink and purple. Hopefully these xoxoBlythe knitted tunic tops will be in the Etsy shop real soon - check my Twitter or Facebook for updates! :)

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