Issue 154 of The Knitter magazine features my design for a flared tunic, knitted in a gorgeous gold wool/silk 4ply yarn – Exquisite from West Yorkshire Spinners.

The magazine has given the name Girasole to the garment -apparently the name for a sunflower – very appropriate – in British English. Though in North America it is another name for a Jerusalem artichoke – the root of a type of sunflower. Or it can be a kind of opal reflecting a reddish glow.

I actually designed this garment in 2013 and imagined it in a laceweight linen yarn, but the yarn chosen has a lovely drape, and is of course quicker to knit!

I wanted to use the central shaping at front and back, which gives a ‘point’ to the skirt, and the simple elongated stitches give an interesting texture.

The tunic would look great worn over jeans or slim trousers – and looks sweet as worn in the magazine photos over a printed cotton dress.