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A Collection of Linen Tunics

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     Linen has a lot going for it- especially when it's warm out. It's definitely my favorite plant based fiber, and each linen yarn has its own unique characteristics to it. To start, linen is strong and durable enough for knits that get worn and washed frequently.... In fact, the more the better! You may have noticed how some linen yarns are a little stiff or "crunchy" at first, but don't let that turn you off. Linen transforms with time into the handkerchief softness you're familiar with. With the proper care, your luxurious linen knits will only get more luxurious. 

     Since linen is also lightweight and breathes easily- it's a top choice for spring and summer knitwear. Two of our top linen blend yarns would be Soft Linen and Firefly, and since they're $9.50 - $10, they're affordable options for larger scale garments like tunics. Soft Linen is a more year-round and versatile option, which is a blend of linen, wool, and baby alpaca. The animal fibers in the Soft Linen adds body and warmth, but it's still a light and flowy yarn that would be fabulous for warm evenings out. Firefly is a blend of viscose (processed plant fibers) and linen, so it's breezy and perfect to throw on before heading to the beach. 

     We have a collection of linen tunics on display in the shop right now, and a few of them have been really popular! Out of all of them, the Maia, the Madaket, and the Naida have been getting the most attention. The yarns are hard to resist, and since several of the colorways of both Firefly and Soft Linen do not currently have enough in stock to complete these garments, feel free to give us a call at (707)442-9276 or write to us about placing a special order for you with no extra charge! 

    The most popular of the three uses the Soft Linen and a dramatic aesthetic. The Naida has loose 3/4 sleeves with a subtle textural design. The front and back are asymmetrical, with a short crossed-flap front and a long flattering back. I also love the wide boat neck collar, and the little slipped stitch detail along the edges on the front. It's a sophisticated garment with a lot of personality. For bust sizes 35½ (37½, 44, 46, 50, 54½)", the Naida requires 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12) balls of Soft Linen.

     The Madaket is my personal favorite, and it is also the most casual. It's a lightweight and long tank top, with an asymmetrical cut and one knotted shoulder strap. I love how it uses 2 different colors to emphasize the uneven design, and the shape and style would look great on a large range of body types. The Madaket uses Firefly, and needs 2 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3) of color A (shown in bronze) and 3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6) balls of color B (shown in Hyacinth) for the bust sizes 32½ (36½, 40½, 44½, 48½, 52½)”.

     The Maia is a sweet and very feminine tunic, that's mainly stockinette stitch with lacy details on the front along the arm holes. It also uses Firefly, which helps highlight the a-line cut along the hips and gives the tunic a fabulous and almost sheer drape. For the bust sizes 32½ (36½, 40, 43½, 47½, 51)”, you'd need 6 (6, 7, 7, 8, 9) balls of the Firefly.

What do you think? Are you and your needles ready for the warmer seasons?

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  • Marisa Zanon: April 17, 2016

    Beautiful, I love tunics especially in the summer over linen pants.

  • Dana Cinelli: April 15, 2016

    Love these! Are any of these patterns available by themselves or provided upon fiber purchase?

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