Crocheted V-Neck Tunic
- Caron’s International Simply Soft (100% Acrylic; 7oz/199g, 330yds/302 M Skein): #9730 Autumn Red 4(5, 5, 6) Skeins
- Crochet Hook: One Each Size US G-6 and J-10 (4 And 6mm), or Size to Obtain Gauge
- Split-Ring Stitch Markers
- Yarn Needle
Small (Medium, Large, X-Large)
Bust 38 (42, 46, 50)"/96.5 (106.5, 117, 127) cm
Length 29 (31, 31, 33)"/73.5 (78.5, 78.5, 84) cm
In half double crochet, 16 sts and 12 rows = 4"/10 cm using smaller hook
Note: FPdc and BPdc do not have a RS and WS; indications of RS and WS are used to clarify instructions, with RS referring to the side facing as you work the row.
BPdc (back post double crochet: (RS) Yarn over hook, insert hook from WS at right-hand side of stitch to RS of piece, return to WS at left-hand side of stitch, yarn over and pull up loop; complete as dc.
DcC (double crochet cluster): * Yarn over hook, insert hook in stitch indicated, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops *, skip 1 st; repeat from * to * in next st; yarn over and draw through 3 loops on hookcluster made across 3 sts.
FPdc (front post double crochet): (RS) Yarn over hook, insert hook from RS at right-hand side of stitch to WS of piece, return to RS at left-hand side of stitch, yarn over and pull up loop; complete as dc.
Chain (ch): Begin by making a slip knot on your hook; * wrap yarn around the hook (yarn over) and pull up a loop, [draw the yarn through the loop on the hook to form the first chain]; repeat from * for number of chains required. Note: The loop on the hook is not included when counting the number of chains.
Double crochet (dc): Yarn over hook, insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, [yarn over and draw through two loops on hook] twice.
Half double crochet (hdc): Yarn over hook, insert hook into stitch indicated, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through all three loops on hook.
Cluster Stitch (multiple of 2 sts)
Ch 3 (counts as first st here and throughout), beginning in base of beginning ch-3, work DcC across next 3 sts (skipping st between the first and second dc - see Abbreviations), ch 1, * beginning in same st as second dc of previous DcC, work [DcC, ch 1]; repeat from * across, end dc in top of turning ch, turn.
Repeat this row for Cluster st.
Rib Stitch (multiple of 2 sts)
Row/Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as first st here and throughout), * FPdc, BPdc; repeat from * across to last st, dc in turning ch, turn.
Repeat this row/round for Rib st, working FPdc over FPdc and BPdc over BPdc as they face you.
Tunic is worked from side-to-side, working in Panels as given in instructions.
There is no RS or WS to the Stitch patterns used in the Panels.
Using smaller hook, chain 102 (108, 108, 114).
Foundation Row: Dc in third ch from hook, and in each ch across, turn100 (106, 106, 112) dc.
Change to larger hook.
Side Border: Begin Rib st; work even for 0 (1, 1, 2) rows.
Panel 1: Change to smaller hook and hdc; work even for 8 (10, 12, 14) rows.
Panels 2 and 4: Change to Cluster st; work even for 7 rows.
Panel 3: Change to hdc; work even for 13 rows.
Panel 5: Change to hdc; work even for 8 (10, 12, 14) rows.
Side Border: Change to dc; work even for 1 row.
Change to larger hook and Rib st; work even for 1 (2, 2, 3) rows.
Work as for Back until 3 rows of Panel 2 have been completed.
Continuing in Panel Sequence throughout, decrease at neck edge as follows:
Row 1: Beginning at lower edge, work across 90 (96, 96, 102) sts, turn, leaving remaining 10 sts at neck edge unworked.
Row 2: Beginning at neck edge, slip 2, work to end, turn88 (94, 94, 100) sts remain.
Final Decrease Row: Work across 32 (36, 36, 42) sts, turn, leaving remaining 8 (10, 10, 10) sts unworked.
Work 1 row even.
Continuing in Panel Sequence throughout, increase at neck edge as follows:
First Increase Row: Work across 32 (36, 36, 42) sts; ch 9 (11, 11, 11), turn.
Row 2: Sc in second ch from hook, sc in next ch, work in pattern to end, turn40 (46, 46, 52) sts.
Row 3: Work in pattern across to last 2 sts, work 2 sc in last sc; ch 13, turn.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until st count returns to 100 (106, 106, 112) sts.
Work as for Back in Panel Sequence for remainder of piece.
Using yarn needle, weave in ends.
Sew shoulder seams. Measure down 9 1/2 (10, 10, 11)" from shoulder seam Back and Front; place markers for underarm. Sew side seams from lower edge to marker at each side.
With RS facing, using smaller hook, join yarn at lower right-hand edge of V-neck opening.
Begin dc; work 68 (70, 70, 72) dc up right Front neck edge, 27 (31, 31, 33) dc across Back neck, 68 (70, 70, 72) dc down left Front neck edge, turn163 (171, 171, 177) dc.
Dec 1 st each side (at point of V-neck) every row as follows; maintain rib pattern throughout, while working shaping:
Ch 2, skip 1 st, * FPdc in next st, BPdc in next st; repeat from * across to last st, skip last st, slip st in turning ch, turn2 sts decreased each row.
When Neckband measures 2 (2 1/2, 2 1/2, 3)" from beginning (first row worked in dc).
Overlap ends of band at point of 'V' (see photo), by sewing left-hand end to right Front neck edge and right-hand end to left Front neck edge.
With RS facing, using smaller hook, join yarn at underarm (top of side seam).
Begin dc; work 76 (80,80, 88) dc evenly around armhole, join with a slip st to first st.
(RS) Change to Rib st; work in rounds, joining at the end of each round, until band measures 1 1/2 (2, 2, 2 1/2)" from beginning.
With RS facing, using smaller hook, join yarn at side seam.
Begin dc; work 150 (168, 184, 200) dc evenly around lower edge, join with a slip st to first st.
Change to larger hook and Rib st; work in rounds until band measures 4 (4 1/2, 4 1/2, 5)" from beginning.
Using yarn needle, weave in ends.