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Summertime Tunic

It’s been a while since I purchased the Patons Stretch Socks yarn and started to make this tunic.   As with all my summertime projects, this one languished while I took part in the hot-weather activities that most of us enjoy most:  Lounging on the deck chair, going for drives, eating, swimming in the pool, eating, having the grandkids over, eating…  As you can see from the photo, I have really packed on the pounds this summer!  Time to diet and get back to my girlish figure!

The Summertime Tunic is very easy.  It is simply two squares sewn together at the shoulders and the sides.  The front neckline incorporates increases beginning in the center of your fabric.  You simply start by making 3 half-double crochet stitches into the center stitch and continue to do this every row thereafter.  The result is a nice draped cowl that gives this plain top a bit of panache.  I used 6 skeins of yarn but used very little of the 6th skein.  You might get by with 5 if you make your tunic a tiny bit smaller of shorter.

Working with the Patons Stretch Sock yarn was a bit of a learning curve.  It’s important not to stretch the fiber as you are working.  I chose a very large hook and kept my stitches loose.  The resulting fabric is airy and  drapes very well.  It lengthens a bit when wearing so keep that in mind when you decide how many rows you want to make.  My tunic is 48″ in the hips and bust ( Diet, here I come!) and 25″ long when lying on a table.  The pattern can be found below.

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Posted by on June 29, 2012 in crochet, Projects

 

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Ecru Spring Jacket

Do not be afraid to try thread!  This jacket is worked holding 2 strands of size 10 thread together throughout. Imagine that you are using sport or fingering yarn.  Just be sure to pick up both threads with each stitch. Unlike crocheting with a single strand of thread, your work will progress quickly.

I used Woolworth 4 Cord Crochet Thread (polyester) that I found in a big bag at Goodwill.  This thread was wonderful to work with.  It was durable but a little springy and made a very nice fabric. It’s a shame that this thread has been discontinued because I like it so much better than cotton.

Difficulty: Intermediate

Size: 39″ Bust and 41″ Hips (Hips flare out slightly because of loosness of starting chain. There is no shaping in this jacket.)

Materials: About 2700 yards of size 10 thread, Ecru. Crochet hook size 3.50 E. Stitch markers, (6) 1/2″  buttons, yarn needle

Gauge: With 2 strands held together, 27 stitches and 22 rows = 4″ blocked

Note: You will hold 2 strands of thread together throughout this pattern.

Back

Ch 122. Sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 2, sk 2 chs, sc in inext ch. *Ch 2, sk 2 chs, sc in next ch**.  Repeat from * to ** to end of chain. Mark as right side of fabric. Turn.

Rows 2-62: Ch 1. sc in 1st sc, ch 2, sk 2 chs. Sc in next sc, * ch2, sk 2 chs, sc in next sc **.  Repeat from * to ** to end of row. Turn.

Shape Armhole

Row 1: Sl st across 13 sts, placing a sl st into ea sc and into ea ch. End with a sl st in 13th sc. Ch 1, sc in same st, continue to work in pattern to last 13 sts. Sc in next sc. Leave remaining sts unworked. Turn.

Rows 2:  Work even in pattern to last sc.  Sc into last sc.  Leave remaining sl sts unworked. Turn.

Rows 3-43: Work even in pattern. Fasten off.

Right Front

Ch 62. Sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 2, sk 2 chs, sc into next ch. *Ch 2, sk 2 chs, sc in next ch**.  Repeat from * to ** to end of chain. Mark as right side of fabric. Turn.

Rows 2-72: Work as for back, making armhole on right side the same way and continuing to work until you have completed 72 rows.

Shape Neck

You will be skipping the first stitch at the neck edge on every row. Your first stitch should always be a sc at the neck edge.  When you come back to the neck edge on the next row, your last stitch will always be a sc.

Row 1: Ch 1, sk 1st sc, sc into next ch, ch 1, sk next ch, sc into next sc. Continue in pattern stitch to end of row.  Turn.

Row 2: Work in pattern to last (sc, ch 1, sc) group. Sc in next sc, sc in next ch. Leave remaining sc unworked. Turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, Sk 1st sc, sc in next sc. Work in pattern to end of row. Turn.

Row 4: Work in pattern to last (sc, ch2, sc) group. Sc in next sc,ch 1, sk next ch, sc in next ch. Leave remaining sc unworked. Turn.

Rows 5-28: Repeat rows 1-4 consecutively.

Rows 29-end: Work even in pattern until front measures the same as back from hem and has the same number of rows. Fasten off.

Left Front

Work as for right front but reverse neck and armhole shaping.

Sleeves (Make 2)

You will be increasing 1 stitch at each end every other row.

Ch 68. Work in body pattern to end of ch. Mark as right side of fabric, turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in 1st sc, ch 2, sk 2 ch, sc in next sc. Work pattern to last sc. 2 sc in last sc. Turn

Row 3: Ch 1, sc into ea of 1st 2 sc. Work in pattern to last 2 sc. Sc into ea of last 2 sc. Turn.

Row 4: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, ch 1, sc in next sc. Work in pattern to last 2 sc. Sc in next sc, ch 1, sc in next sc. Turn.

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, ch 1, sk next ch, sc in next sc. Work in pattern to last 3 sts. Sc in next sc, ch 1, sk next ch, sc in last sc. Turn.

Row 6: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, ch 2, sk next ch, sc in next sc. Work in pattern to last 3 sts. Sc in next sc, ch 2, sk next ch, sc in last sc. Turn.

Row 7: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, ch 2, sk 2 ch, sc in next sc. Work in pattern to last 4 sts. Sc in next sc, ch 2, sk 2 chs, sc in last sc. Turn.

Rows: 8-48: Repeat rows 2 through 7 consecutively, ending with row 5. Turn

Rows: 49-56: Work row 5 evenly until you have worked 56 rows total. Fasten off.

Joining

Block pieces lightly. Weave in all ends.  With right sides together, seam shoulder seams together with a whip stitch or crochet together using 1 strand of thread and a small hook. With right sides together, join sleeves to body sections, placing center of top of sleeve at shoulder seam and pivoting at underarm to attach to armhole extension. ( See photo ). With right sides together, sew or crochet sleeve underarm seams and side seams.

 

Bottom Trim

Attach yarn at outside corner of lower left front. Ch 1, sc in join. *Sc in next ch,sk next ch, sc in next sc** Repeat from * to ** along bottom of jacket.  You should end up with 163 sc.  If you do not, then go back and add or subtract stitches until you have the right number.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, *sk 2 sc, 5 dc in next sc, sk 2 sc, sc in next sc** repeat from * to ** along bottom edge to end of row. Turn.

Row 3:  Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, *sc in ea of next 5 dc, sl st in next sc** Repeat from * to ** to last 6 sts. Sc in ea of last 5 dc, sc in last sc. Fasten off.

Front and Neck Edging

Attach yarn on outside bottom corner of right front. Ch 1, sc in join. Sc in next end-of-row (eor), sc in next eor, *sk 1 eor, sc in ea of next 2 eor**.  Repeat from * to ** until you have worked 50 sc. Work 2 sc in corner st at bottom of V-neck, work 106 sc around neck to st at bottom of V-neck on left front. 2 sc into corner st of  V-neck. Work 51 sc along left front as for right front. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc into ea sc along fronts and neck. Turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, Sc into 1st sc, ch 2, sk 2 sc, (sc into ea of next 8 sc, ch 2, sk 2 sc) 5 times more. 2 sc into next st, sc around neck, working 2sctog at shoulder seams and placing 2 sc into corner st at bottom of V-neck. Sc along left front edge. Turn.

Row 4:  Ch 1. Sc into ea sc along left front, neck edge, and right front, placing 2 sc into ea ch 2 sp on right front. Turn.

Row 5: Ch 1. Sc into ea st around neck and fronts. Fasten off.

Sleeve Trim

This will be worked in the same manner as the bottom trim with the exception that it will be worked in rounds.

Attach thread at underarm seam of sleeve at wrist on right side. Ch 1, sc in join. Work 48 sc around sleeve as you did for the bottom of the jacket. Join with a sl st to 1st sc. Turn.

Round 2: Ch 1, sc in join. *Sk 2 sc, 5 dc in next sc, sk 2 sc, sc in next sc** Repeat from * to ** around the sleeve edge to last 2 sc. Sk 2 sc, join with sl st to 1st sc. Turn.

Round 3:  Ch 1, sc in join. *Sc in ea of next 5 dc, sl st in next sc** Repeat from * to ** around sleeve to last 5 dc. Sc in ea of last 5 dc. Sl st to join with 1st sc. Fasten off.

Weave in all ends.  Block seams and edging. Sew buttons onto left front opposite buttonholes.

Copyright: Carol Wolf, March 2011

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2011 in crochet, Projects

 

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