Bizzy Tunic

by Larissa Brown

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I designed this little dress to capture the confidence and joy of little girl style. It’s not unusual to find my 8-year-old goddaughter Lizzy (nicknamed Bizzy) wearing a white faux fur jacket, leopard print sunglasses and pink cowgirl boots to go to the supermarket. This dress is named after her, and is designed to showcase beautiful colors in an outrageously big and playful collar.

The collar could, alternatively, be done in a variety of natural tones or used to highlight a special handspun or color-changing yarn. The body is a tunic that goes well over tights or yoga pants for playing or dancing.



Child sizes: 2 [4, 6, 8, 10/xs adult]
Shown in size 8

Finished Measurements

Circumference at underarm (to be worn with about 1½ inches negative ease): 20¼ [21¼, 23½, 25½, 27¾] inches
Length from back of neck to hem: 16 [18, 20, 22½, 25] inches
Length from armhole to hem: 11½ [13, 14½, 16½, 18½] inches


Cascade Yarns Eco+ [100% wool; 478 yards/437 meters per 8.82 ounce/250 gram hank];

#4171 brown (MC): 1 skein;

stripes, less than 1 skein each
#7824 orange
#8529 teal
#4009 light blue
#6922 pink
#4176 yellow

Yarn Note: The striped collar takes a very small amount each of five contrasting colors. If you purchase the specified yarn, you will have a great deal left over for several other projects. Or, this collar could be a great use of worsted weight yarn scraps, a special skein of handspun, or self-striping yarn such as Noro Kureyon. The collar itself takes about 3 ounces of worsted weight yarn for the size 8.

Recommended needle sizes

US #8/5 mm 24 inch circular needle or size needed for gauge
US #7/4.5 mm 16 inch circular needle or size needed for gauge
US #7/4.5 mm dpns, optional (see Finishing)


5 stitch markers, 1 end-of-round marker distinctive from the rest


15 sts and 23 rows = 4 inches with larger needles in St st
17 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches with smaller needles in St st

Pattern Notes

Pattern is worked from the bottom up, in the round. After binding off for the armholes, the front and back yokes are worked flat. Shoulders are joined, then the collar is worked in the round.

Skills Required

Basic knitting skills, including increases, decreases and color changes as described in the pattern, knitting in the round.


Using MC and larger circular needle, cast on 112 [120, 128, 136, 144] sts.

Join to knit in the round, placing an end-of-round (EOR) marker.
Rnds 1-6: [Purl 1 round, knit 1 round] three times.
Rnd 7: K14 [15, 16, 17, 18], pm, k28 [30, 32, 34, 36], pm, k28 [30, 32, 34, 36[, pm, k28 [30, 32, 34, 36], pm, knit to end.
Work in St st until piece measures 1½ inches from cast on edge.
Next Rnd (Decrease Rnd): * Knit to 2 sts before marker, ssk, slip marker, knit to next marker, slip marker, k2 tog; repeat from * once more, knit to end: 108 [116, 124, 132, 140] sts.
Continue in St st, working a decrease round every 1¼ [1¼, 1¼, 1½, 1½] inches ,8 [9, 9, 9, 9] times more: 76 [80, 88, 96, 104] sts.
Work even until piece measures 11½ [13, 14½, 16½, 18½] inches from cast on edge.

Divide for Armholes
Next Rnd: Removing all markers, knit to 1 [1, 2, 2, 3] sts before EOR marker, bind off next 2 [2, 4, 4, 6] sts (one st on right needle following bind off), knit next 35 [37, 39, 43, 45] sts and place 36 [38, 40, 44, 46] sts just worked on a holder or waste yarn to work the Back later, bind off next 2 [2, 4, 4, 6] sts, knit next 35 [37, 39, 43, 45] sts, turn to work back and forth: 36 [38, 40, 44, 46] sts.


Note: Slip all sts purlwise.
Row 1 (WS): Slip 1, purl to end.
Row 2 (Decrease Row - RS): Slip 1, ssk, knit across to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1: 34 [36, 38, 42, 44] sts.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2, 0 [0, 1, 1, 2] time(s): 34 [36, 36, 40, 40] sts.
Work even until armholes measure 3 [3½, 4, 4½, 5] inches, ending with a WS row.

Neck Shaping
Row 1 (RS): K6 [8, 8, 10, 12], put all other sts on holder or waste yarn. Turn work.
Row 2 (WS): Slip 1, purl to end.
Row 3 (Decrease row): Slip 1, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1: 5 [7, 7, 9, 11] sts.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3, 0 [1, 1, 1, 2] time(s): 5 [6, 6, 8, 9] sts.
Work in St st until armhole measures 4½ [5, 5½, 6, 6½] inches.
Bind off all sts.

With RS facing, place the leftmost 6 [8, 8, 10, 12] sts on needles, leaving neck sts on holder or waste yarn.
Row 1 (RS): Join yarn to work a RS row, knit to end.
Row 1 (WS): Slip 1, purl to end.
Row 3: Slip 1, ssk, knit to end: 5 [7, 7, 9, 11] sts.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3, 0 [1, 1, 1, 2] time(s): 5 [6, 6, 8, 9] sts.
Work in St st until armhole measures 4½ [5, 5½, 6, 6½] inches.
Bind off all sts.


Place held Back sts on needles. With WS facing, join yarn and complete same as front. Sew shoulder seams.


Place back neck sts on smaller needles, join MC yarn and knit across, pick up and knit sts evenly across the shoulder (exact number of sts is not critical, even placement is more important), place front neck sts on left needle and knit them, pick up and knit sts evenly across second shoulder. Join to work in the round: approximately 70 [80, 80, 90, 90] sts.
Rnd 1: Change to new contrasting color, and knit to end.
Rnd 2: Slip first st of previous color, then knit around, increasing 10 sts evenly spaced.
Rnd 3: Knit to end.

Note: Slipping the first st of the second row of each new color forms a “jogless stripe.” The beginning of the round will travel one stitch to the left with each color change; this is normal. It is easiest to work without a stitch marker for this reason. The ends of rounds should be easily visible because of the colors changing.

Repeat these three rounds, changing colors on every first round, 5 times.
Work even in St st, continuing to change colors every 3 rounds, until collar measures 6 [6½, 7, 8, 9½] inches from neck edge.

Last 5 Rnds: Join MC, (knit 1 round, purl 1 round) 2 times, knit 1 round.
Bind off all sts purlwise.



This pattern has two sleeve opening options. As shown, the sleeves are worked with self-finishing slipped stitch edges, which curl under slightly forming a smooth edge. Another option (not shown), if you wish to finish the sleeve openings to match the hem, is worked as follows: using dpns and MC, pick up sts evenly around each armhole (purl 1 round, knit 1 round) 2 times; then bind off all sts purlwise.



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Larissa is the author of My Grandmother’s Knitting: Family Stories & Inspired Knits from Top Designers. She learned to knit on the chenille couch in her grandmother’s suburban New Jersey home. Today she lives and knits in Portland, Oregon. She also dyes yarn with Pico Accuardi Dyeworks and independently publishes patterns and ebook collections, such as her book Bonnet Love. Visit Larissa’s blog or find her on Ravelry, her username is LarissaBrown.

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