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IWK Summer 2008 Wakame Lace Tunic

May 1, 2008
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Gallery: Wakame Lace Tunic, design by Angela Hahn

Interweave Knits Summer 2008The Gallery Gals loved the graceful, flowing lines of this tunic. We thought you could dress it up with a full skirt or shiny pants and colorful, dangly earrings; or, if you made it in bamboo, cotton, linen, or hemp, it would be great for a lovely brunch on the beach. (One can dream.)

Wakame Lace Tunic

Sample garment measures 37" and is shown with 5" positive ease in the magazine.

Knitting Gallery - Wakame Lace Tunic Stefanie
Knitting Gallery - Wakame Lace Tunic Katie


Her bust: 34"
3" positive ease

What if Stefanie wore this with a pair of shiny black pants and some killer gold shoes? Off to the ball with you, Cinderella. I can't see any changes that I would make here.


Her bust: 38.5"
1.5" negative ease

For those of you who might not have noticed, Katie is pregnant, and we put this tunic on her just to see what it looked like. This is a pretty killer maternity top, folks. The only problem? There's not much room to grow in the belly area, and Katie still has a few months to go before Baby shows up!

Knitting Gallery - Wakame Lace Tunic Debbie
Knitting Gallery - Wakame Lace Tunic Erin


Her bust: 34.5"
2.5" positive ease

My only comment here is that I think the sleeves end at the same level as Debbie's hips, which are her widest bit, creating a longer horizontal line in the place where perhaps she does not need any more horizontal interest. Shortening the sleeves by one lace repeat would definitely help. I also wonder if the mesh hip band could be raised by working fewer repeats of the top piece so that that mesh band hits Debbie a little higher, just below her natural waist. (OK, I guess that was two comments.)


Her bust: 38"
1" negative ease

I think I would lower the mesh horizontal band, as Erin is so tall--if we added a full repeat of the lace pattern up top, that would also add enough length to the tunic overall for tall Erin. For a more drapey look, Erin could knit the next size up, 40.75", and that would give her almost 3" of positive ease. I think it would look more elegant on her in the larger size.

Knitting Gallery - Wakame Lace Tunic Bertha


Her bust: 34"
3" positive ease

Bertha, you look gorgeous, darling, simply gorgeous. Notice how the mesh band forms a dropped hip style, very twenties. The neckline is wide and graceful, the drape beautiful.

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DeniseM wrote
on Oct 5, 2008 5:55 PM

I would like to see a variation of this design without the horizontal bands. How about continuing the upper lace design down through the body and finishing with a pretty hem?

DeniseM wrote
on Oct 5, 2008 5:53 PM

I  would like to see a variation of this design without the horizontal bands. Instead, how continuing the upper lace pattern all the way down through the body and finishing with a pretty hem?

CarolW wrote
on Aug 17, 2008 5:03 PM

due to an auto-immune problrm, I will always be very underweight for my height. I could use some SHAPE--but lacking that, do any of you have any suggestions for following-but altering sweater patterns that will work for me? carol.

on Aug 11, 2008 8:03 PM

What is with all the openwork or other accent bands at the waist or hips?  Most women I know would not be flattered by that kind of design.

cutlermac wrote
on Jul 14, 2008 7:11 PM

These photos prove that everyones shape is different and the pattern would need to be adjusted to them individually and not generic one size fits all. Look at the waistlines........they are all in different places on the garment.

Twinsouls wrote
on Jul 7, 2008 12:44 PM

I thought this design was beautiful in the magazine, but after seeing it in the gallery I don't think it would flatter me. Thanks for saving me some time!