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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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.


= 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 (154)

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Mougrichette 28.05.2016 - 01:02:

J ai un doute concernant M1. Concernant le 2ème rang doit on crocheter * 1b, 1ml, 2 br dans une maille en l air, 1ml* et répéter de * à *? Merci pour votre réponse.

DROPS Design 30.05.2016 kl. 08:55:

Bonjour Mougrichette, c'est tout à fait exact, répétez de *-* tout le tour. Au tour 2, vous aurez: *1 B dans l'arceau, 1 ml, 1 B dans l'arceau suivant, 1 ml, 1 B dans le même arceau, 1 ml* (= 1 augmentation) pour toutes les tailles - répétez de *-* tout le tour. Bon crochet!

MOUGRICHETTE 20.05.2016 - 17:27:

Bonjour, pourriez vous me préciser si les dimensions qui figurent sur le schéma, soit 113 cm, correspond à la dimension du devant plus l'arrière. De plus, la dimension 90 cm, est elle au niveau de la poitrine ? En effet, je souhaiterai adapter ce modèle à une taille XXXL et je suis un peu perdue. Merci d'avance pour votre réponse.

DROPS Design 20.05.2016 kl. 17:39:

Bonjour Mougrichette, je vous invite à lire les informations de cette page afin d'en savoir plus sur les mesures des schémas et comment choisir votre taille. Bon crochet!

Anette Larsen 10.05.2016 - 18:02:

Jeg sidder her og vil mægtig gerne lave den her hæklede tunika, men men jeg vil gerne bruge Drops Baby Merino (dobbelt), som jo er A garn type, ligesom de anbefalede garner, jeg prøvede med nål nummer 5, men skulle helt op på størrelse 9 før at målet passede, kan det være rigtigt, jeg hækler ikke stramt.

DROPS Design 11.05.2016 kl. 17:10:

Hej Anette. Det lyder nu meget voldsomt at du skulle have en naal 9 til at faa 12 st x 7 omg paa 10 x 10 cm, men hvis det er det du skal have for at faa de korrekte maal, saa maa du bruge den. Jeg ville foreslaa at du ogsaa lige vasker din pröve og saa maaler.

Paulette Fowlkes 28.04.2016 - 08:42:

How to inc.1ch loop it saysto crochet 2ch loops in same st . what does that mean? thank you

DROPS Design 28.04.2016 kl. 08:59:

Dear Mrs Fowlkes, 1 ch-loop is here 1 tr (UK-English) + 1 ch, to inc 1 ch-loop, work 1 tr, 1 ch, 1 tr, 1 ch in the same ch-loop. Happy crocheting!

Jaime 24.03.2016 - 04:03:

Hi! I had to double the pattern on the armholes 16 chains because 8 was too small, should I still only increase 2?

DROPS Design 24.03.2016 kl. 09:20:

Dear Jaime, check your tension and measurements in measurement chart to adjust if you have to inc or not - you can also try on and adjust to your own wishes. Happy crocheting!

Jaime Jones 23.03.2016 - 15:28:

Hi! I'm a little confused on where to put the marker for the arm? In the middle of the 8 chain? Thank you

DROPS Design 23.03.2016 kl. 15:33:

Dear Mrs Jones, the marker is to mark the sides, so it should be in the middle of the new ch cast on under arm. When you crochet in these ch: 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) you will have the marker in between these sts, ie 3 ch-loops on each side of the marker (worked from the 8 ch under arm). Happy crocheting!

Iris Mendel 07.03.2016 - 07:32:

Guten morgen. Habe angefangen dieses wunderschöne Modell zu häkeln und kann froh sein, dass ich eine große Größe trage. Hier habe ich wenigstens noch einen einigermaßen großen Halsausschnitt. Bei Größe S - zum Beispiel ist lt. Anleitung nur ein halber Ausschnitt von 22cm angegeben, dass heißt 44cm rundherum. Welcher Erwachsene Mensch hat solch kleinen Kopfumfang oder gibt die Wolle so sehr im Material nach, daß man mit dem Kopf durchkommen kann.

DROPS Design 07.03.2016 kl. 09:33:

Liebe Iris, die Masse, die Sie in der Schnittübersicht sehen, sind nicht der Umfang, sondern wie dargestellt der Abstand zwischen den beiden Schultern.

Ghyslaine Blaquiere 01.03.2016 - 22:12:

Is it possible to obtain written version of M2 diagram for Breath of summer pattern

DROPS Design 02.03.2016 kl. 08:55:

Dear Mrs Blaquiere, M.2 is only available as a diagram - read diagram at the bottom corner "arrow "start" and work each round from the right towards the left. 1 symbol represent 1 stitch. Your DROPS store may give you some more individual assistance if required. Happy crocheting!

Bianca 28.02.2016 - 15:42:

Hallo liebes Team. Ich möchte gern die tunika nachhäkeln aber ich hänge am Anfang schon könnt ihr mir das etwas genauer erklären bis zum ersten M1? Lg

DROPS Design 29.02.2016 kl. 15:26:

Liebe Bianca, für Unterstützung beim Nacharbeiten wenden Sie sich bitte an den DROPS Laden oder Onlineshop, in dem Sie das Material gekauft haben. Dort hilft man Ihnen gerne weiter!

June Grigg 08.02.2016 - 03:12:

I crochet all the time but have never used a chart like this. My question is do I repeat the sequence of rows til the desired size or do I just repeat the last row til the desired size.

DROPS Design 08.02.2016 kl. 13:47:

Dear Mrs Grigg, repeat M.1 in width (4-5 rows, see size) and work M.2 repeating diagram in width and vertically as stated under pattern. Happy crocheting!

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