Mermaid Mesh

The diagonal stitch pattern of this long-sleeved tunic, which can be worn over everything from a swimsuit to a dress, is visually slimming-always a nice effect. Though the pattern requires concentration at first, there is an obvious logic to the slanting stitches that makes errors easy to spot. With simplicity in mind, the pattern is worked on right-side rows and the shaping is worked on wrong-side rows (the two don’t interfere with each other) and there is no edge finishing. The viscose-linen yarn is appealingly soft and comfortable.

Finished Size: 39 (43 ½, 48, 52 ½)” (99, 110.5 [122, 133.5] cm) bust circumference. Tunic shown measures 43 ½” (110.5 cm).
Yarn: Tahki Laguna (73% viscose, 27% linen; 184 yd [170 m]/50 g): #6402 natural, 5 (6, 7, 8) skeins.
Yarn weight: #4 – Medium
Gauge: 16 sts and 24 rows = 4″ (10 cm) in mesh patt; 20 sts and 28 rows = 4″ (10 cm) in St st.
Needles: Size 7 (4.5 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Stitch holders; tapestry needle.
Originally Published: Interweave Knits, Summer 2000