DROPS / 99 / 4

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

Drops crochet hook size 5 mm, or size needed to obtain the correct tension

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Not sure which size you should choose? Then it might help you to know that the model in the picture is approx. 170 cm and uses size S or M. If you are making a jumper, cardigan, dress or similar garment, you will find a graphic with the measurements of the finished garment (in cm) at the bottom of the pattern.
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Pattern instructions

NOTE: This pattern is written in British English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from cm to inches - click here. There are different terms for crocheting in British and American English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for "crochet terms" here. For this pattern in American English, please click here.
Crochet tension: 12 tr x 7 rows with 1 thread of each quality = 10 x 10 cm. 1 repeat of mussel pattern = width approx 12 cm.
Increasing tip 1: To inc 1 dc: crochet 2 dc in 1 dc.
Increasing tip 2: To inc 1 tr: crochet 2 tr in 1 tr (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 tr with 3 ch. Replace first dtr with 4 ch. Finish each round with 1 sl st in 3rd/4th ch from beg of round.

Pattern: See diagrams M.1 and M.2. The diagram is 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 with 1 thread Drops Alpaca and 1 thread Drops Cotton Viscose (double thread). Form a ring with a sl st in the first ch. Crochet next round as follows: 1 dc in each of the first 3 ch, *skip 1 ch, 1 dc in each of the 3 next ch*, repeat from *-* = 54-57-57-60-63 dc. Now crochet a round of dc, at the same time inc 22-15-19-20-21 dc evenly – see Increasing tip 1 = 76-72-76-80-84 dc. Continue in M.1 – see Crochet info. After M.1 there are 76-90-95-100-105 ch-loops on round (1 ch-loop = 1 tr + 1 ch). Continue with tr in ch and ch over tr until piece measures 10-11-12-13-14 cm.
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). Insert a marking thread each side, in between the 8 ch crochet mid under arm. Continue in ch-loops. NB! On the first round crochet the 8 ch under each arm as follows: 1 tr in the first ch, 1 ch, skip 1 ch, 1 tr in next ch, 1 ch, 1 tr in the same ch, 1 ch, skip 1 ch, 1 tr in next ch, 1 ch, 1 tr in the same ch, 1 ch, skip 1 ch, 1 tr 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 MT 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 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 tr evenly on round – see Increasing tip 2 = 144-162-180-198-216 tr/ch.
Now continue in mussel pattern 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 dtr as follows:
Round 1: Remember crochet info! Crochet 1 dtr in each ch-loop with 1 ch in between each and finish with 1 dtr in the last tr = 72-81-90-99-108 dtr.
Round 2: crochet 1 dtr in each dtr from previous round with 2 ch in between each dtr (instead of 1) – finish size S here before the last mussel pattern = 72 dtr.
Round 3: crochet 1 dtr in each dtr from previous round with 3 ch between each dtr - finish size M, L and XL here before the last mussel pattern = 81-90-99 dtr.
Round 4: crochet 1 dtr in each dtr from previous round with 3 ch between each dtr - finish size XXL here before the last mussel pattern = 108dtr.
Now crochet a round in ch-loops as follows: 1 tr and 1 ch (= 1 ch-loop) in each dtr from previous round, at the same time inc 1 ch-loop – see Increasing tip 3 – in every 3-3-4-4-4 dtr. NB! For size L and XL finish with 1 tr and 1 ch in each of the last 2-3 dtr = 96-108-112-123-135 ch-loops. Continue with 1 round of ch-loops, at the same time inc 6-0-10-6-0 tr – see Increasing tip 2 = 198-216-234-252-270 tr/ch. Now crochet M.2 again (beg at start arrow in diagram), but finish the pattern after row 7.

Diagram

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


Comments (151)

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Wendy Ambuhl 21.07.2017 - 20:33:

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

NieKohle 03.06.2017 - 21:26:

Ich habe jetzt nach 8 gescheiterten Versuchen aufgegeben. Im 8. Versuch musste ich schon die Maschenanzahl erhöhen, da diese nicht annähernd auf eine XL zugeschnitten ist. Bereits der Halsausschnitt ist wesentlich enger als auf dem Bild, selbst bei sehr (!) lockeren Lm. Die Anleitung an sich ist gut. Schade nur, dass man selbst noch hin und her rechnen muss.

Aline 30.05.2016 - 10:40:

Bonjour je vous remercie beaucoup pour votre réponse cela m'a beaucoup aidée car je n'arrivais pas à démarrer pour le diagramme bonne journée à vous Aline

Colleen 28.06.2015 - 15:38:

Working on M.2 chart. (US version) Iooking at the chart the second row above

Lisa Mitchell 22.08.2014 - 01:52:

I crocheted this a couple of years ago & had to increase the arm holes in order to make it fit comfortably but I also had a problem with the whole garment stretching after I wore it one time. Ended up becoming a dress instead of a tunic. All in all it was a lovely piece. G'maw washed & dried it so it ended up shrunk & felted out.

Berit 01.07.2014 - 10:38:

Wrong! "skip the nesxt 19 loops"

Mabe 30.06.2014 - 15:38:

Thank you for your help. I will try that and see how I make out.

Starr 26.06.2014 - 20:10:

Increasing tip 3: To inc 1 ch-loop: crochet 2 ch-loops in the same st. DOES THIS MEAN TO 1dc, 1ch, 1dc, 1ch in the same loop = 2 ch loops

Starr 24.06.2014 - 02:31:

I making the size XL. I've gotthe correct stitches of 79, then 63, then with the increase 80. I began following the chart for size XL, where it says start is the diagram reading 1 dc, 1 ch, 1 dc? is the 2nd row reading 1 dc, ch1, 2dc? is the next row reading 1 dc, ch1, 1dc, ch1, 2dc in same stitch, ch 1? and the next row 1dc, ch1, 1dc, ch1, 1dc, ch1, 2 dc in same stitch, if so, I end up with 197 where did I go wrong.

Laurie 14.06.2014 - 17:04:

Name suggestion: Lacy Summertime Tunic. This was the description of this top referred to on another website. I found it to be quite descriptive of this beautiful pattern. Thanks so much!

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