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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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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.


= 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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Cheryl 29.07.2014 - 10:00:

May I ask what the sizes S, M, L, XL and XXL refer to? I'm looking to find the appropriate bust size but don't know what any of these letters represent. Many thanks :)

DROPS Design 29.07.2014 kl. 10:36:

Dear Cheryl, you will find a measurement chart at the bottom of the pattern, with all measures in cm taken flat from side to side. Compare them to a similar garment you like the shape to find out the matching size. Happy crocheting!

Lena Ivarsson 10.07.2014 - 19:20:

Är det rätt antal lm i uppläggningen? Jag tycker att det är för få antal om det ska räcka till både fram och bakstycket.

DROPS Design 15.07.2014 kl. 16:31:

Hej Lena. Ja, det er korrekt. Du hekler jo fra oven og ned, så de første lm er til halsåbningen. Men sørg for at du har heklet en prøve og kontroleret at heklefastheden er korrekt

Helena Veldema 06.07.2014 - 17:05:

Volgens mij klopt dit patroon niet ik kan geen 75 lossen over mijn hoofd krijgen en de beschrijving is ook moeilijk te begrijpen.ik hoop dat het beter kan.gr.Helena

DROPS Design 07.07.2014 kl. 13:42:

Hoi Helena. Het patroon zou correct moeten zijn. Haak eventueel wat losser en haak ook eerst een proeflapje om de haakstekenverhouding te controleren. Heb je moeite met een gedeelte van het patroon, dan kan je ook gerust vragen, ik zal proberen het uit te leggen.

Mabe Ryall 04.07.2014 - 19:17:

Hello, I am down to the making of the underarm section. Each round has been joined to this point but do I just keep going around and around as the pattern says. I am really learning a lot from this project.

DROPS Design 05.07.2014 kl. 11:27:

Dear Mrs Ryall, after armhole, continue with ch-loops and increase in the round as before. Happy crocheting!

Berit 01.07.2014 - 10:38:

Wrong! "skip the nesxt 19 loops"

Fiona Potter 30.06.2014 - 22:45:

Hi there, I am a little confused by the arms. I don't understand the skipping of 19 (in my case) then crochet 8ch =under armthen crochet 26 loops, how do I do these loops and where do I put the hook in? I am very baffled. I love this and I will get it eventually, just need a little bit of help, Also as I am from Britain do I use treble or double crochet? Because on the front of the pattern it has dc(US)/tr(UK) Thanks. Fiona

DROPS Design 01.07.2014 kl. 09:02:

Dear Mrs Potter, in 2nd size, start round crocheting 8 ch for armhole, skip the first 19 loops for right sleeve (= leave them unworked), crochet 26 ch-loops for front piece (start in the 27th ch-loop from beg of round), crochet 8 ch, skip the next 19 ch-loops (2nd armhole) and crochet 26 ch-loops for back piece. you will have 2 times 26 ch-loops unworked on the sides = sleeves. Happy crocheting!

Mabe 30.06.2014 - 15:38:

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

Mabe 29.06.2014 - 00:14:

I haven't done a pattern that has diagrams. Can someone please explain how to read it. If I can understand the first part I will be able to continue. Any help appreciated.

DROPS Design 30.06.2014 kl. 08:52:

Dear Mabe, start diagram reading from the bottom corner on the right side towards the left from RS - each stitch or st-group is represented by a symbol, see diagram text above measurement chart. Happy crocheting!

Starr 26.06.2014 - 20:16:

Increasing tip 3: To inc 1 ch-loop: crochet 2 ch-loops in the same st. DOES THIS MEAN 1DC, CH 1, 1DC, CH 1 all in the same loop to = 2 loops?

DROPS Design 27.06.2014 kl. 09:43:

Dear Starr, you are correct, that is the way to increase following increasing tip 3. Happy crocheting!

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

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