Watercolor Tunic

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This versatile top is made with basic stitches. Wear it with your favorite maxi skirt or crochet a few more rounds to wear it with leggings in the summer.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Finished Bust Sizes:  35″, 38″, 45″, 48″, 53 1/2″

Gauge: 10 dc = 2” and 4 rows = 1½”

Note: Lace panels are 3/4” wide

Materials

Yarn:

Super Fine Weight Yarn Manos del Uruguay Fino (70% Extrafine Merino, 30% Silk; 490 yards [450 meters]/100 grams): SF405 Peacock Plume, 2 (2, 3, 3, 4) balls.

Hook: US size F (3.75 mm)

Notions: Tapestry needle; 3 stitch markers

Pattern Notes

The top is constructed of panels of dc stitches alternating with lace panels. Shaping is done by adding one stitch in each dc panel. The total number of panels does not change, but the number of stitches in each individual dc panel increases on increase rounds.

The lace panels consist of a 4-row repeat. Where pattern says to remain in patt in lace panel, follow the same sequence of 4 rows throughout.

Pattern

Ch 140, sl st to close ring.

Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 6 (counts as dc and ch 3), *sk 2 ch, sc in next ch, sk 2 ch, ch 3**, dc in next 2 ch, ch 3; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, dc in last ch, sl st to top of starting ch, turn –20 patt reps, (2 dc in each panel).
Rnd 2 (Increase Rnd): Ch 3 (counts as dc at start of rnd throughout), dc in same st, dc in next dc, *ch 5, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc; rep from * around, ch 5, dc in last dc, sl st to top of starting ch, turn – 60 dc, (3 dc in each panel); 20 lace panels.
Rnd 3 (Increase Rnd): Sl st to next dc, ch 3, dc in next dc, *ch 2, sk 2 ch, sc in next ch, ch 2, sk 2 ch, 2 dc in next dc**, dc in next 2 dc; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, sl st to top of starting ch, turn – 80 dc, (4 dc in each panel); 20 lace panels.
Rnd 4 (Increase Rnd): Ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, *ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, 2 dc in next dc**, dc in next 3 dc; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, sl st to top of starting ch, turn – 100 dc, (5 dc in each panel); 20 lace panels.
Rnd 5 (Increase Rnd): Ch 3, *dc in each dc to next lace panel, ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, 2 dc in next dc; rep from * around, dc in each dc to end, sl st to top of starting ch, turn – 120 (c, (6 dc in each panel); 20 lace panels.

Small only

Rnd 6: Ch 3, dc in next 3 dc, *ch 5, dc in next 6 dc; rep from * around, dc in last 2 dc, sl st to top of starting ch, turn.

Medium, Large, 1X, 2X only

Rnd 6 (Increase Rnd): Ch 3, *dc in each dc to next lace panel, ch 5, 2 dc in next dc; rep from * around, dc in each dc to end, sl st to top of starting ch, turn – 140) dc, (7 dc in each panel); 20, lace panels

All Sizes

Rnd 7 (Increase Rnd): Ch 3, dc in next 3 dc, *ch 2, sk 2 ch, sc in next ch, ch 2, sk 2 ch, 2 dc in next dc**, dc in next 5 dc, rep from * ending last rep at **, dc in last dc, sl st to top of starting ch, turn – 140 (160, 160, 160, 160) dc, (7 (8, 8, 8, 8) dc in each panel); 20 lace panels.
Rnd 8: Ch 3, dc in next 3 dc, *ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3**, dc in next 7 dc; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, dc in last 3 dc, sl st to top of starting ch, turn.
Rnd 9: Ch 3, dc in next 3 dc, *ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, dc in next 7 dc; rep from * around, dc in last 3 dc, sl st to top of starting ch, turn.
Rnd 10 (Increase Rnd): Remaining in patt in lace panels, work 2 dc in first dc of each dc panel – 160 (180, 180, 180, 180) dc, (8 (9, 9, 9, 9) dc in each panel); 20 lace panels.

Small, Medium only

Rnd 11: Ch 3, dc in next 4 dc, *ch 2, sk 2 ch, sc in next ch, ch 2, sk 2 ch**, dc in next 8 dc; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, dc in last 3 dc, sl st to top of starting ch, turn.

Large and 1X only

Rnd 11 (Increase Rnd): Rep Rnd 10 – 200 (200) dc, (10 dc in each panel); 20 lace panels.

2X only

Rnds 11-13 (Increase Rnd): Rep Rnd 10 – 240 dc, (11 dc in each panel); 20 lace panels.

All Sizes

Rnd 12 (12, 12, 12, 14): Ch 3, dc in next 3 dc, *ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3**, dc in next 8 dc; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, dc in last 4 dc, sl st to top of starting ch, turn.
Rnd 13 (13, 13, 13, 15) (Increase Rnd): Rep Rnd 10 – 180 (200, 220, 220, 260) dc, (9 (10, 11, 11, 13) dc in each panel); 20 lace panels.
Rnd 14 (14, 14, 14, 16): Ch 3, dc in next 4 dc, *ch 5, dc in next 9 dc; rep from * around, ch 5, dc in last 4 dc, sl st to top of starting ch, turn.
Rnd 15 (15, 15, 15, 17): Work even in patt, turn.
Rnd 16 (16, 16, 16, 18) (Increase Rnd): Rep Rnd 10 – 200 (220, 240, 240, 260) dc, (10 (11, 12, 12, 14) dc in each panel); 20 lace panels.
Rnd 17 (17, 17, 17, 18): Work even in patt, turn.

Small only

Continue to Bbody.

(Medium, Large, 1X, 2X)

Rnd (18, 18, 18, 19): Work even in patt.

Medium only

Rnd 19: Work even in patt.

Continue to Body.

Large, 1X, 2X only

Rnd (19, 19, 20) (Increase Rnd): Rep Rnd 10 – 260, 260, 280 dc, (13, 13, 15) dc in each panel); 20 lace panels.

Large and 1X only

Next 2 Rnds: Work even in pattern.

Large only

Continue to Body.

1 X and 2X only

Next 2 Rnd (Increase Rnd): Rep Rnd 10 – (300, 320) dc, (15, 17 dc in each panel); 20 lace panels.

Body

End of round is within a dc panel on back. Count 3 panels to the right and *PM in the 6 (6, 7, 8, 9) dc of this panel. Continuing in the same direction, count 4 panels and PM in the 5 (5, 6, 7, 8) dc of this panel. Now starting again at center panel on back, count 3 panels to the left and rep from *.

Pick up working loop, work Rnd 1 of Body with WS facing

Rnd 1: Ch 3, *work in patt to marked st, dc in marked st, ch 5 (5, 6, 7, 8), rep from * around, sl st to top of starting ch, turn. 120 (134, 158, 182, 206) dc and 10 (10, 12, 14, 16) ch.

Rnd 2: Ch 3, *work even in patt to added ch, dc in each ch; rep from * once, continue in patt around, sl st to top of starting ch – 130 (144, 170, 196, 222) dc and 12 lace panels

Rnds 3-29: Work even in patt.
Rnd 30 (Increase Rnd): Rem in patt, work 2 dc into the first dc of every dc panel – 142 (156, 168, 178, 210) dc and 12 lace panels
Rnds 31-32: Work even in patt.
Rnds 33-38: Rep Rnds 30-32 2 times– 166 (180, 192, 202, 234) dc and 12 lace panels.
Rnds 39-44: Work even in patt.

Fasten off.

Finishing

Steam or wet block as needed.yarn ball

 

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