Fair Isle tunic for little girls
Little girls will feel cosy and Christmassy in this sweet colourwork tunic
When working motif charts, on rounds where there are a large number of stitches plain between each set of motifs, it is best to use short lengths of yarn, approx 30cm long, starting with a new one on each relevant round, so that you don’t have to strand yarn over the entire round.
Using 4mm straight needles, yarn A and the cable cast-on method, cast on 68 sts. Row 1 (RS): *K1, P1; rep from * to end. Row 2 (WS): *P1, K1; rep from * to end. Row 3 (buttonhole): *K1, P1; rep from * to last 4 sts, K1, yo, K2tog, P1. Row 4: *P1, K1; rep from * to end.
SET UP MARKERS
Markers will be placed before and after the raglan stitch. Row 5: (K1, P1) twice, K10, pm, K1, pm, K8, pm, K1, pm, K20, pm, K1, pm, K8, pm, K1, pm, K10, (K1, P1) twice. Row 6 and all even rows (WS): (P1, K1) twice, P to last 4 sts, (P1, K1) twice. Row 7 (RS, inc): (K1, P1) twice, *K to mrk, M1L, slm, K1, slm, M1R; rep from * 3 more times, K to last 4 sts, (K1, P1) twice. 8 sts inc’d. Repeat last 2 rows 14 ( 16: 18: 20) more times, AND AT THE SAME TIME working further buttonholes on Rows 11, 23 and -(-:35: 35) by working to last 4 sts and working as: K1, yo, K2tog, P1. Work 1 row straight, ending after a WS row. 188 ( 204: 220: 236) sts.
DIVIDE FOR BODY AND SLEEVES
Change to 4mm circular needles. Set-up row (RS): (K1, P1) twice, K26 ( 28: 30: 32), transfer 38 ( 42: 46: 50) sleeve sts to waste yarn, cast on 4 sts for underarm, K52 ( 56: 60: 64) sts for front, cast on 4 sts for underarm, transfer 38 ( 42: 46: 50) sleeve sts to waste yarn, K26 ( 28: 30: 32), end 4 sts before end of round. Leave the last 4 sts on the needle, unworked. Join to work in the round by working the 4 stitches of each button band together as foll: With RS still facing, ensure the buttonhole band is lying on top of the button band. *Knit the next stitch together with the first stitch of next round, purl the next stitch together with the second stitch of the next round; rep from * once more. 116 ( 124: 132: 140) sts. Next round (partial): (K1, P1) 14 ( 15: 16: 17) times, pm. Round now begins at centre of underarm. Round 1: *P1, K1; rep from * to end. Round 2: *K1, P1; rep from * to end. Repeat last 2 rounds 0 ( 1: 2: 3) more times.
Sizes 6mths and 12mths only (optional) If desired, you can work extra increases now to give a little more room in the dress. If preferred, inc 8 sts evenly across first of following plain rounds and then following skirt motif instructions for sizes - (-:18mths: 24mths) instead of those given for your size. 124 ( 132:-:-) sts. All sizes Knit 5 ( 6: 7: 8) rounds.
Set-up round: *K1 ( 3: 0: 2) in A, work 55 ( 55: 65: 65) sts from Chart A ( A: B: B), K2 ( 4: 1: 3) in A; rep from * once more. Cont as set until chart is complete.