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IWK Summer 2008 Elinor Tunic

May 1, 2008
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Gallery: Elinor Tunic, design by Wendy Bernard

Interweave Knits Summer 2008Everyone wanted to take this tunic home with them (we checked everyone's backpack at the end of the day). We were a bit surprised at how great it looked on a variety of body types--we all assumed that the stripe at the hips would look terrible--but it didn't, it looked TERRIFIC!

Elinor Tunic

The sample garment is a size 32". In the magazine, it is modeled with about 2" of negative ease for a tailored fit.

Knitting Gallery - Elinor Tunic Stefanie
Knitting Gallery - Elinor Tunic Debbie


Her bust: 34"
2" negative ease

Waaay adorable on Stefanie, who is a perfect fit for this tunic. The only thing I might recommend is enlarging the armholes just a bit, because Ms. Workout Gal Stef's muscular arms need a bit more room to move about.


Her bust: 34.5"
2.5" negative ease

I think this looks a little big on Debbie--not around the bust, but at the waist. Since the 32" is the smallest size, to compensate, I might bring in the waist shaping a bit more to emphasize her hourglass figure. The shoulders seem a bit wide on narrow-shouldered Debbie, so I would narrow those by a half-inch to an inch, so the sleeve edge sits just at the crease of her arm, or even just inside it a bit. However, this really depends on how she is going to wear the top--if she wears it bare-shouldered, as in this photo, the shoulder "straps" would indeed need a bit of narrowing. If she wears it over long-sleeved tops, then the wider straps would not be as noticeable.

Knitting Gallery - Elinor Tunic Sandi
Knitting Gallery - Elinor Tunic Sandi Back


Her bust: 41"
9" negative ease (whoo!)

This just goes to show you: Knitted fabric really does stretch. The large gauge (4 sts to an inch) definitely helps. I was actually very comfortable in this top! I was worried about the colorwork band being right at my hips, but after looking at the photos, I think it balances out The Girls up top. What size would I knit? Hm. I'd probably do a size larger, just to be safe. But this size really doesn't look too bad on me. (Wendy, you are a genius, as usual.)

Knitting Gallery - Elinor Tunic Erin
Knitting Gallery - Elinor Tunic Bertha


Her bust: 38"
6" negative ease

This is a bit too tight on Ms. Erin, so the next size up, 36", would be perfect for her. She also needs just a bit more length--about an inch or so.


Her bust: 34"
2" negative ease

I think Bertha has lost some weight, don't you? :) This looks a little big on her, especially down around the hips and at the armholes. Of course, actual arms and legs might improve the fit in these areas, but don't say that too loudly—Bertha is very sensitive about her lack of limbs.


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on Dec 9, 2008 8:23 AM
I'd like to see this design with long sleeves, maybe with the pattern figure repeated just above the cuffs.
Anonymous wrote
on Sep 9, 2008 3:24 PM

Well..HI I,m new here, But have been knitting all my life and I love this pattern so I guess when i do knitt it ,which i will,I,ll leave out the design at the bottem . Because it takes a persons Eye right to the stumic area.Otherwise a beatiful Tunic,,,,,two cents worth              Char

AprilD wrote
on Aug 18, 2008 7:18 AM

I'm sorry.  The only one this looks good on is Bertha. :(  

Definitely not summer colors.

Elaan wrote
on Aug 13, 2008 11:01 AM

Can I have a "Body by Bertha"?  

Val wrote
on Aug 12, 2008 5:58 AM

I am sorry to be negative, but you say you think this tunic looks good on everybody?  It looks terrible on all of them. Dumpy, dowdy, and ill-proportioned.  

That said, I do appreciate the galleries. Showing the garments on real women instead of rail-thin models, who are elaborately posed and merchandized so we can't see what the garment actually looks like, is a dose of reality and has saved me money and time.  

on Aug 11, 2008 7:31 PM

Are any of these patterns ever made to fit real women?  Every one looks too short in the waist, too tight in the bust, too narrow in the shoulders, and makes the waistline/hipline look dumpy and frumpy.  Bleh.

cutlermac wrote
on Jul 14, 2008 7:06 PM


JenyferJ wrote
on Jul 14, 2008 4:54 PM

Not a bad pattern but definately not what I would consider "summer" colours.....something lighter and/or brighter I would think.  Those colours make me think of fall.

CeliaC wrote
on Jun 25, 2008 1:57 PM

I don't know, Bertha is looking pretty hot... wish I had her figure. Of course I'd like to hang on to my limbs... However she compensates for the lack of limbs quite nicely with a trim waist, don't you think?