Habu Textiles KIT-90 Gear Linen Tunic by Setsuko Torii

April 12, 2022 at 3:27 pm 4 comments

I am amazed at the inspiration of Setsuko Torii to combine these five unusual yarns into a fantastic fabric with an interesting feel and drape; then, incorporating that fabric into an elegant garment design. The resulting tunic is amazing.

Gear Linen Tunic by Setsuko Torii in Habu Textiles yarns

I keep expressing amazement; that is how I feel about it,

going from this:

to this: 

Bodice – knit bottom to top
Skirt – knit side to side

to this: 

Knitting up, the most challenging part was figuring out the gauge.  Or not.

I didn’t ever really determine a gauge, I finally picked the swatch that felt best and went with it.
The gear linen is stiff and knits up into a crunchy fabric. The swatches stay however I place them; if I stretch them out width-wise, they stay stretched out, if I stretch them out length-wise, they stay like that, even after washing, blocking, tossing around, wadding up, and hanging.
In the end, the garment stretched out lengthwise, a lot.
To control the stretch, I reinforced the neckline and armholes with a chain stitch of DMC Coton Perlé 5.  I also used DMC Coton Perlé 5 for seaming.  

I knit the larger size to wear as a dress. 


I am delighted.

Yarns:
Habu Textiles a-29 1/4.4 tobi moire (Ravelry)
Habu Textiles a-1 2/17 tsumugi (Habu Textiles) (Ravelry)
Habu Textiles a-25 1/3.2 cork chenille (Habu Textiles) (Ravelry)
Habu Textiles a-60 shosenshi (Habu Textiles) (Ravelry)
Habu Textiles a-17 1/4.5 gear linen (Ravelry

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. BarbRB  |  April 12, 2022 at 3:38 pm

    It’s amazing to me that you had the idea to combine these interesting fibers together. The result is gorgeous and you look beautiful in it!

    Reply
    • 2. knittinginmind  |  April 12, 2022 at 3:49 pm

      I followed the pattern by Setsuko Torii, not my idea, but thanks for thinking I might be that clever! I better go edit that to clarify.

      Reply
      • 3. knittinginmind  |  April 12, 2022 at 3:57 pm

        and Thank you! for the compliment!

  • 4. Bink  |  October 1, 2022 at 5:01 pm

    Gorgeous. I don’t know how you managed to get the different fibers to line up so well. It looks terrific on you.

    Reply

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