I wanted to make another crochet motif tunic dress to wear either with leggings or over a slip. A while ago I purchased a job lot of Debbie Bliss Luxury Silk DK yarn on ebay for quite a good price. I didn’t have an intended project for it at the time. I usually make something to wear to the Unravel festival at Farnham Maltings and I did plan, 5 days before the festival, to make a tunic from the lovely silk yarn. Needless to say, with all my other commitments, this was rather unrealistic… and I ran out of yarn.
So, instead (now that the extra yarn has arrived!) I have decided to share my process of making the tunic as I get a lot of interest from crocheters and non-crocheters alike whenever I wear one of my tunics.
I’ll initiate the series today with the basic starting motif.
I’ve put together written instructions (which will be available as a download from Ravelry), a chart (just a rough sketch, I’m afraid!) and a video. The video is really intended as a companion to the written pattern & chart.
If you’ve had a go at making this motif, please do let me know! I love to see what people have been up to! If you use Instagram, you can follow me @mezzamay, please tag your photos #mezzacraft.
(US crochet terminology)
DK 100% Silk Yarn (or comparable)
Key (US terminology)
beg – beginning
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
prev – previous
rnd – round
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
sp(s) – space(s)
tr – treble crochet
Ch6 and join with sl st in first ch to form a ring.
Round 1 : ch3 (counts as 1dc & ch1 sp); into the ring – (hdc, ch1) 7 times; join with sl st in 2nd ch of beg ch3. (8 x hdc, 8 x ch1 sps)
Round 2 : ch10 (counts as 1hdc & ch8); (sk 1ch, hdc in next st; ch6; sk 1ch, hdc in next st; ch8) 3 times; sk 1ch, hdc in next st; ch2, tr in 2nd ch of beg ch10. (4 x ch8 sps, 4 x ch6 sps)
Round 3 : ch5 (counts as 1dc & ch2 sp); in ch6 sp – dc, hdc, ch1; sl st in 2nd ch of beg ch10 from prev rnd; (in ch8 sp – sc, hdc, 2dc, ch1, tr, ch4, tr, ch1, 2dc, hdc, sc; sl st in next hdc; in ch 6 sp – ch1, hdc, dc, ch2, dc, ch1; sl st in next hdc) 3 times; in ch8 sp – sc, hdc, 2dc, ch1, tr, ch4, tr, ch1, 2dc, hdc, sc; sl st in next hdc; complete the final petal, in the ch6 sp – ch1, hdc, dc, join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch5. (4 x long petals with ch4 sp at tip, 4 x short petals with ch2 sp at tip)
Round 4 : ch1, sc in sp, ch3 picot; (ch8; at the tip of the next long petal – sc in 2nd ch of ch4, ch6, sc in next ch; ch8; in ch2 sp of next short petal – sc, ch3 picot) 3 times; ch8; at the tip of the next long petal – sc in 2nd ch of ch4, ch6, sc in next ch; ch8; join with sl st in 1st sc of rnd. Fasten off.
Sew in ends and wet block.
The supporting video can be found here:
And here’s a chart in case you prefer that:
I’m working on the instructions for the half motif and then I’ll go through joining, layout and sizing.