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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
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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Colleen 28.06.2015 - 15:38:

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

Lisa Moore 19.06.2015 - 20:12:

Is this entire pattern worked in 2 strands? i.e. one Alpaca and one Cotton Viscose? The reason I ask is because for the larger sizes, more viscose is required than alpaca and I would have thought it would be the same. thanks

DROPS Design 20.06.2015 kl. 11:21:

Dear Mrs Moore, the tunic is entirely worked with 2 strands, Alpaca = 50g/167 m and Cotton Viscose = 50 g /100 m, ie they don't have same lenght for 50 g, that's why you need more balls Cotton Viscose to get the same lenght in both qualities. Happy crocheting!

Sandy Bellows 17.06.2015 - 19:33:

I can't print from my tablet is there a way to down load your patterns

DROPS Design 03.07.2015 kl. 14:16:

Hi Sandy. You can try to save as pdf on your tablet and then you can open it later there too.

Marlies 16.06.2015 - 20:45:

Ik begrijp het nog steeds niet. Als ik op elk stokje een stokje moet doen dan heb ik 115 stokjes (101+14). Dan kom ik niet uit met toer 1 van M2. Wat doe ik verkeerd?

DROPS Design 19.06.2015 kl. 14:48:

Hoi Marlies. Nu weet ik niet welke maat je maakt, maar bijvoorbeeld maat S heb je 144 stk/l. 1 herhaling loopt over 18 st = 8 herhalingen van M.2 in de rondte.

Marlies 15.06.2015 - 19:40:

Ik ben aangekomen bij M2. Die begint met stokje - losse-stokje-losse enz. Maakt het uit waar de stokjes komen? Op een stokje van de vorige toer of om een losse van de vorige toer. En hoe gaat dat met de plekken waar er gemeerderd moest worden?. Hoeveel stokjes/lossen moet je hebben in de eerste toer? Bedankt alvast

DROPS Design 16.06.2015 kl. 15:47:

Hoi Marlies. Je haakt de stokjes in het stokje van de vorige toer - zoals te zien is op het telpatroon. Zo te zien meerder je niet tijdens het haken van M.2

Susan 29.05.2015 - 18:19:

I live in California and think that the alpaca may be too warm for the summer here. Is there an alternate non-wool you can suggest using rather than the alpaca?

DROPS Design 30.05.2015 kl. 14:36:

Dear Susan, you can use any other similar yarn from group A - calculate here new yarn amount - and remember you can get help from your DROPS store. Happy knitting!

Gitte 20.05.2015 - 16:39:

Skal inden muslingemønstret hækle luftmaskebuer til det når midt på brystet. Men, man skal tage 2 stangmasker ud (2 stangmasker i 1 stangmaske uden luftmaske imellem) Så er det jo ikke en bue? Hvad gør jeg i de efterfølgende rækker? Er det lidt ligegyldig, bare jeg har det rette antal masker? Venlig hilsen.....

DROPS Design 22.05.2015 kl. 15:29:

Hej Gitte, Ja det stemmer, du tager bare ud ifølge Udtagningstips-2 altså uden 1 lm imellem. God fornøjelse!

Jacqueline 03.05.2015 - 17:35:

Als ik dit patroon wil maken met ander katoen, kan ik dan ook gewoon alles met 1 draad haken?

DROPS Design 04.05.2015 kl. 11:46:

Hoi Jacqueline. Je kan vervangen door 1 draad van categorie C - zoals bijvoorbeeld Paris. Kijk hier voor het overzicht. Vergeet niet om de hoeveelheid goed te berekenen en altijd een proeflapje te haken.

Sarah Dixon 29.04.2015 - 11:27:

I am loving this pattern, but have got a little confused. I have increased each side of the MT up to 101 ch-loops. The next section says to increase 14 in next row to make it 216. Do I keep increasing each row until I have 216 or should this say 116?

DROPS Design 29.04.2015 kl. 14:38:

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!

Ashley 14.04.2015 - 23:39:

When starting row 2, it shows the first dc as being stitched into the first ch-loop. But, at the end of row 1, I had slip stitched into the final dc of row 1. Per the crochet info, the first dc of a row should be 3 ch stitches. When I follow that to begin row 2, the 3-ch stitches are aligned with the previous row's dc stitches (the place where I just slip stitched), not the ch-loop. How do I make it so the first dc of the row (3 ch) is coming out of the ch-loop?

DROPS Design 15.04.2015 kl. 08:52:

Dear Ashley, if you like your first row to start from the ch-loop of previous row, you can sl st to this ch-loop, then start with 3 ch to replace 1st dc. Happy crocheting!

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