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Breath of Summer by DROPS Design

Crochet DROPS tunic with mussel pattern in “Alpaca” and “Cotton Viscose”. Size S - XXL

Size: S – M – L - XL – XXL
Finished measurements at chest: 33”-39 3/8”-39 3/8”-41 ¾”-45”
Full length: appr 26 3/8”-27½”-29 1/8”-29½”-31”

Materials: DROPS Alpaca from Garnstudio
200-200-250-250-300 g color no 1101, white
and use: DROPS Cotton Viscose from Garnstudio
300-350-350-400-450 g color no 01, white

DROPS crochet hook size 5 mm [H/8], or size needed to obtain the correct gauge

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Pattern instructions

NOTE: This pattern is written in American English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from inches to cm - click here. There are different terms for crocheting in American and British English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for "crochet terms" here. For this pattern in British English, please click here.
Crochet gauge: 12 dc x 7 rows with 1 thread of each quality = 10 x 10 cm [4’’ x 4’’]. 1 repeat of mussel pattern = width approx 12 cm [4 3/4’’].

Increasing tip 1: To inc 1 sc: crochet 2 sc in 1 sc.

Increasing tip 2: To inc 1 dc: crochet 2 dc in 1 dc (no ch in between).

Increasing tip 3: To inc 1 ch-loop: crochet 2 ch-loops in the same st.

Crochet info: At the beg of each round replace the first dc with 3 ch. Replace first tr with 4 ch. Finish each round with 1 sl st in 3rd/4th ch from beg of round.

Pattern: See chart M.1 and M.2. The charts are seen from the RS.

Measuring tip: Because of the weight of the wool all measurements should be made whilst the garment is hanging.

Back and front piece: The tunic is crochet in the round from the top down. Loosely crochet 71-75-75-79-83 ch on crochet hook size 5 mm [H/8] with 1 thread Alpaca and 1 thread Cotton Viscose (double thread). Form a ring with a sl st in the first ch. Crochet next round as follows: 1 sc in each of the first 3 ch, *skip 1 ch, 1 sc in each of the 3 next ch*, repeat from *-* = 54-57-57-60-63 sc. Now crochet a round of sc, at the same time inc 22-15-19-20-21 sc evenly – see Increasing tip 1 = 76-72-76-80-84 sc. Continue in chart M.1 – see Crochet info. After M.1 there are 76-90-95-100-105 ch-loops on round (1 ch-loop = 1 dc + 1 ch). Continue with dc in ch and ch over dc until piece measures 10-11-12-13-14 cm [4”-4 3/8”-4 ¾”-5 1/8”-5½”].
Crochet next round as follows:
Skip 17-19-21-22-22 ch-loops from previous round (= right sleeve), crochet 8 ch (= under arm), crochet 21-26-26-28-30 ch-loops (= front piece), skip 17-19-21-22-22 ch-loops from previous round (= left sleeve), crochet 8 ch (= under arm), crochet 21-26-27-28-31 ch-loops (= back piece). Place a marker each side, in between the 8 ch crochet mid under arm. Continue in ch-loops. Note! On the first round crochet the 8 ch under each arm as follows: 1 dc in the first ch, 1 ch, skip 1 ch, 1 dc in next ch, 1 ch, 1 dc in the same ch, 1 ch, skip 1 ch, 1 dc in next ch, 1 ch, 1 dc in the same ch, 1 ch, skip 1 ch, 1 dc in next ch, 1 ch and skip 1 ch (= 6 ch-loops under each arm) = 54-64-65-68-73 ch-loops on round in total. Continue in ch-loops in the round, at the same time inc 1 ch-loop – see Increasing tip 3 – on each side of both markers on every round a total of 4-4-6-6-7 times = 70-80-89-92-101 ch-loops.
After all inc piece measures approx 19-20-23-24-27 cm [7½”-8”-9”-9½”-10 5/8”] measured from ch-chain at neckline (you have now reached mid chest; if you wish to adjust this crochet additional rounds in ch-loops after the inc). Now crochet 1 round in ch-loops, at the same time inc 4-2-2-14-14 dc evenly on round – see Increasing tip 2 = 144-162-180-198-216 dc/ch.
Now continue in mussel pattern chart M.2 (beg at start arrow in diagram) = 8-9-10-11-12 horizontal repeats on round. Crochet 3 vertical repeats of M.2, but beg the second and third repeat by the Arrow-B in diagram. After M.2 crochet 2-3-3-3-4 rounds in tr as follows:
Round 1: Remember crochet info! Crochet 1 tr in each ch-loop with 1 ch in between each and finish with 1 tr in the last dc = 72-81-90-99-108 tr.
Round 2: crochet 1 tr in each tr from previous round with 2 ch in between each tr (instead of 1) – finish size S here before the last mussel pattern = 72 tr.
Round 3: crochet 1 tr in each tr from previous round with 3 ch between each tr - finish size M, L and XL here before the last mussel pattern = 81-90-99 tr.
Round 4: crochet 1 tr in each tr from previous round with 3 ch between each tr - finish size XXL here before the last mussel pattern = 108 tr.
Now crochet a round in ch-loops as follows: 1 dc and 1 ch (= 1 ch-loop) in each tr from previous round, at the same time inc 1 ch-loop – see Increasing tip 3 – in every 3-3-4-4-4 tr. Note! For size L and XL finish with 1 dc and 1 ch in each of the last 2-3 tr = 96-108-112-123-135 ch-loops. Continue with 1 round of ch-loops, at the same time inc 6-0-10-6-0 dc – see Increasing tip 2 = 198-216-234-252-270 dc/ch. Now crochet M.2 again (beg at start arrow in diagram), but finish the pattern after row 7.


All measurements in charts are in cm.

= 1 ch
= 1 sc
= 1 dc
= 2 dc in 1 ch
= 1 picot (= 3 ch, 1 sc in the first ch)
= this row is described in the pattern, beg by start arrow
= 7th row

Comments (154)

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Zuzi 28.08.2018 - 22:25:

Please, what mean MT and NB in pattern? Thanks

DROPS Design 29.08.2018 kl. 14:15:

Dear Zuzi, MT means Marking thread or marker, NB = Nota bene = be aware of note or information. Happy crocheting!

CHARITO PRECIADO HERRERA 24.07.2018 - 08:46:

Hay video tutorial de ésta túnica? por favor compartir.

DROPS Design 26.07.2018 kl. 14:00:

Hola Charito, De momento no hay un tutorial completo para elaborar esta prenda. Tienes vídeos sugeridos bajo el patrón que te pueden ayudar con la labor.

Kati 11.06.2018 - 05:08:

I wear size S or M, but the circumference of my arms is at least 36 cm... What am I supposed to do, as even in size M, 32 cm for arms is not enough for me?!

DROPS Design 11.06.2018 kl. 09:55:

Dear Kati, compare the measurement in the chart to a similar garment you have and like the shape - the measurements are taken flat from side to side. Read more about sizing here. Happy crocheting!

Annette 04.04.2018 - 22:56:

I do not understand the increasing from 101 to 216. I found this answer, but I’m still confused. “Dear Mrs Dixon, when you inc 14 tr, you only work tr (no ch in between - see Increasing tip 2), so that you have 101 tr + 101 ch + 14 tr = 216 tr/ch on this round. Happy crocheting!” Am I now crocheting in each STITCH instead of space??

DROPS Design 05.04.2018 kl. 08:55:

Dear Annette, when you have 101 ch-spaces, there is a total of 202 sts, ie 101 tr + 101 ch. When inc 14 tr, you will crochet in the ch-spaces as before but 2 tr instead of 1 tr evenly spaced = 216 sts (115 tr and 101 ch-spaces). Happy crocheting!

Annette 19.03.2018 - 01:35:

I’m just starting this pattern. I’m to where I start the M.1, and I don’t understand what “og” means for size XXL. Please help.

DROPS Design 19.03.2018 kl. 08:05:

Hi Annette, "og" is the Norwegian word for "and" and we have overlooked the translation here. Apologies. Happy crocheting!

Wendy Ambuhl 21.07.2017 - 20:33:

I got it! I was counting spaces, not stitches! :)

Wendy Ambuhl 20.07.2017 - 20:38:

Ok. So I got 198 stitches by adding 14 stitches. On the next row, do i put a dc and ch between the 2 stitches of my increase? For example, I have made two dc, with no ch between, in one ch-loop. On the next round, do I make a ch-loop between the 2 dc where there is no ch? I cannot get the numbers to come out even to go on from here!

DROPS Design 21.07.2017 kl. 08:30:

Dear Mrs Ambuhl, there are now 198 sts (= dc and chains), repeat M.2 (= 18 sts) a total of 11 times in the round so that you have 18 sts x 11 = 198 sts. On 1st row in M.2 (= row with arrow "start"), work 1 dc, 1 ch, skip 1 ch (either dc or ch), 1 dc in next st (either dc or ch). Happy crocheting!

Wendy Ambuhl 18.07.2017 - 16:17:

I understand the part about 198 ch-loops before the mussel pattern. But what does each symbol stand for on row z? Do they stand for each ch, dc, or both? If so, do I work into every other ch-loop? I find this diagram confusing.

DROPS Design 19.07.2017 kl. 08:24:

Dear Mrs Ambuhl, each symbol on row Z represents 1 stitch, either 1 dc or 1 ch, M.2 is worked over 18 sts (dc and ch). Happy crocheting!

Brenda Lee 16.07.2017 - 22:17:

On the m.2 chart im trying to figure out what that long horizontal line means . its 2 rows under the x if im not mistaken. the rest i understand .

DROPS Design 17.07.2017 kl. 09:28:

Dear Brenda Lee, as explained earlier, each horizontal bar = 1 chain, the length of this bar is due to the diagram and number of sts in diagram, but either short or long, 1 bar = 1 chain. Happy crocheting!

Brenda Lee 16.07.2017 - 00:39:

Could you tell me what the long horizontal bar means on the 2nd row under the x . thats the only part that has me stumped on want this finished so bad to take to the beach with me in aug thank you so much.

DROPS Design 17.07.2017 kl. 09:08:

Dear Brenda Lee, the horizontal bar either short or long = 1 chain. Happy crocheting

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