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Trendy crochet tunic with pockets and ribbed collar.

By April 3, 2019 June 8th, 2019 3 Comments

girl wearing trendy tunicThis trendy tunic crochet pattern was supposed to be on the blog a long time ago. The truth is I made the tunic, I wrote up the pattern, did all the math, etc.. I returned to my computer after a quick break of making dinner and several of my documents were MISSING.  Hours and hours of work, gone. After spending 2 hours on the phone with an apple care expert, it was determined that “something weird” happened to my computer.  And that’s a direct quote! Needless to say, I now save every pattern I write on an external drive.

Being so disappointed that I had lost the work, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it all over again. However, I did receive a request via instagram from a very special follower who really wanted to make this tunic. Luckily, I had a lot of written notes and I managed to bring this one back to life. I even made a schematic which I didn’t have the first go around.

I’m glad she requested it because this tunic is really one of my favorites to date. I absolutely love the ribbed collar as it adds so much sophistication to this fun and flirty tunic. And don’t you just love the pockets? Functional and beautiful, that’s my kind of crochet! But don’t worry, if you’re not into pockets you can easily adjust this pattern to omit them. Simply, work the front panel as you would the back panel until you reach the shoulders.

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Let’s talk Yarn

This is the first time I used Lion Brand’s Heartland yarn and of course I was not disappointed! This color is amazing and it really took this tunic to another level. The ribbed collar, the pockets, the length – this yarn really brought it all together to create a design I am really proud of.  I’m usually a Jeans yarn kinda girl, but I’m glad I tried the Heartland this time. I did use some Jeans yarn and made a prototype of this tunic which turned out beautifully. So if you want to use Jeans, that would be a great substitute here. Either way, you’ve got an amazing line up of colors to choose from. Check those out right here.

Let’s get to the pattern

Guys, you can make some adjustments here if needed.  This one has a lot of shaping around the midsection which really emphasizes that hourglass figure. I know, we don’t all have one, myself included. I am 100 % APPLE!.  If you’re an apple like me or even a pear, simply adjust the shaping in the midsection. Add some decreases or omit some decreases and you’ve got it!  Scroll down to the very end of the pattern and you’ll see I added a very detailed schematic so you can compare the measurements to your own and ensure you’re getting the right shaping. I know you’re going to love this one so let’s dive in!

tunic with pocketsThe Pattern

Measurements-

Exact measurements are listed in schematic below in this order

S(M, L, XL). Compare your measurements to those listed in schematic to determine sizing.

Supplies

4 (4, 5, 6) balls Lion Brand’s Heartland yarn in color “Bryce Canyon.” 5 oz. (142 grams)/251 yd. (230 meters) per ball.

H (5 mm) crochet hook for main and G+ (4.5 mm) crochet hook as noted.

Tapestry needle

6 st markers

Several head pins

Gauge

14 dc sts x 10 rows pattern st = 4 inches (10 cm)

Abbreviations

Ch-chain

Sc- single crochet

St (sts)-stitch (stitches)

Dc- double crochet

Sk – skip

Sc BLO – single crochet back loop only

Beg -beginning

RS- right side

Sl st – slip stitch

WS- wrong sides

Dec – decrease

Sp- space

Inc – increase

Dc2tog – double crochet 2 together

Sc2tog- single crochet 2 together

Notes

– Tunic is worked in 2 panels (front and back) then seamed together. Ribbed collar, pocket backing and pocket border are sewn on separately.

– Sew the pocket borders on before seaming 2 panels together.

girl in ribbed collar tunic

Pattern Instructions

Front Panel

Ch 68 (76, 82, 88)

Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook (turning ch counts as 1st dc of the row, here and throughout) and each ch across. 66 (74, 80, 86) dc

Row 2: Ch 1 (does NOT count as a stitch, here and throughout), turn, sc in each st across. 66 (74, 80, 86) sc

Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc here and throughout), turn, dc in each st across. 66 (74, 80, 86) dc

Row 4: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.

Row 5: Ch 3, turn, dc in each st across.

Row 6: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and ch-1 here and throughout), turn, sk next st, *dc in next st, ch 1, sk next st; repeat from * to last 2 sts, dc in each of last 2 sts. 34 (38, 41, 44) dc and 32 (36, 39, 42) ch-1 spaces.

Row 7: Ch 3, turn, dc in each dc and each ch-1 sp across, dc in 3rd ch of beg ch-4 of previous row. 66 (74, 80, 86) dc

Row 8-19: Repeat rows 2-7; 2 times.

Create an opening for the pocket

Place stitch markers in the 10 (12, 14, 14) th, 28 (30, 34, 34) th, 39 (47, 47, 53) th/rd and 57 (65, 67, 73) th/rd stitches of row 19.

Row 20: Ch 1, turn sc in each st (to marker), ch 17 (17, 19, 19), sk next 17 (17, 19, 19) sts, sc in next marked st, sc to next marker, ch 17 (17, 19, 19), sk next 17 (17, 19, 19) sts, sc in next marked st and in each remaining st. 49 (57, 61, 67) dc and 17 (17, 19, 19) ch’s.

Row 21: Ch 3, turn, dc in each st and each ch across. 66 (74, 80, 86) dc

Row 22: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.

Row 23: Ch 3, turn, dc in each st across.

Row 24: Repeat row 6.

Row 25: Repeat row 7.

Row 26: (dec row) Ch 1, turn, sc in next st, sc2tog in next 2 sts, sc in each st across to last 3 sts, sc2tog in next 2 sts, sc in last st. 64 (72, 78, 84) sc

Row 27: (dec row) Ch 3, turn, dc in next 2 sts, dc2tog in next 2 sts, dc in each st across to last 3 sts, dc2tog in next 2 sts, dc in last st. 62 (70, 76, 82) dc

Row 28: (dec row) Ch 1, turn, sc in next st, sc2tog in next 2 sts, sc in each st across to last 3 sts, sc2tog in next 2 sts, sc in last st. 60 (68, 74, 80) sc

Row 29: (dec row) Ch 3, turn, dc in next st, dc2tog in next 2 sts, dc in each st across to last 3 sts, dc2tog in next 2 sts, dc in last st. 58 (66, 72, 78) dc

Row 30: (dec row) Ch 1, turn, sc in next st, sc2tog in next 2 sts, sc in each st across to last 3 sts, sc2tog in next 2 sts, sc in last st. 56 (64, 70, 76) sc

Row 31: (dec row) Ch 3, turn, dc in next st, dc2tog in next 2 sts, dc in each st across to last 3 sts, dc2tog in next 2 sts, dc in last st. 54 (62, 68, 74)

Row 32: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across. 54 (62, 68, 74) sc

Row 33: Ch 3, turn, dc in each st across. 54 (62, 68, 74) dc

Rows 34-37 (37, 41, 41): Repeat rows 32 -33; 2 (2, 4, 4) times.

Row 38 (38, 42, 42): (inc row) Ch 1, turn, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, sc in each st across to last 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in last st. 56 (64, 70, 76) sc

Row 39 (39, 43, 43): (inc row) Ch 3, turn, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in each st across to last 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, dc in last st. 58 (66, 72, 78) dc

Row 40 (40, 44, 44): Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across. 58 (66, 72, 78) sc

Row 41 (41, 45, 45): Ch 3, turn, dc in each st across. 58 (66, 72, 78) dc

Rows 42 (42, 46, 46) -49 (49, 53, 53): Continue working in pattern, alternating dc rows with sc row, ending with a dc row.

Right Shoulder

Row 1: Ch 1, turn, sc in next 20 (22, 24, 26) sts leaving last 38 (44, 49, 52) sts unworked for neck and right shoulder.

Rows 2-14: Continue working in pattern, alternating dc rows with sc rows, ending with a sc row.

Shoulder Shaping

Row 15: Ch 3, turn, dc in next 13 (15, 17, 19) sts, 1 sc in each of next 3 sts, sl st in last 3 sts

Row 16: Do not ch, turn, sl st in each of next 3 sts, sc in each of next 17 (19, 21, 23) sts.

Fasten off.

Left Shoulder

From RS, sk next 18 (22, 24, 26) unworked sts following last st of Row 1 of right shoulder, join new strand of yarn with sl st in next st.

Row 1: Ch 1, turn, sc in same st and each st across the row. 20 (22, 24, 26) sc

Rows 2-14: Continue working in pattern, alternating dc rows with sc rows, ending with a sc row. 20 (22, 24, 26) sts

Shoulder Shaping

Row 15: Do not ch, turn, sl st in each of next 3 sts, sc in each of next 3 sts, dc in each remaining 14 (16, 18, 20) sts of the row.

Row 16: Ch 1, turn, sc in each of next 17 (19, 21, 23) sts, sl st in each of the last 3 sts.

Fasten off.

front panel of tunic with left shoulder worked on

 

 Front Panel

Back Panel

Ch 68 (76, 82, 88)

Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook and each ch across. 66 (74, 80, 86) dc

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across. 66 (74, 80, 86) sc

Row 3: Ch 3, turn, dc in each st across. 66 (74, 80, 86) dc

Row 4: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.

Row 5: Ch 3, turn, dc in each st across.

Row 6: Ch 4, turn, sk next st, *dc in next st, ch 1, sk next st; repeat from * to last 2 sts, dc in each of last 2 sts. 34 (38, 41, 44) dc and 32 (36, 39, 42) ch-1 spaces.

Row 7: Ch 3, turn, dc in each dc and each ch-1 sp across, dc in 3rd ch of beg ch-4 of previous row. 66 (74, 80, 86) dc

Rows 8-25: Repeat rows 2-7; 3 times.

Row 26: (dec row) Ch 1, turn, sc in next st, sc2tog in next 2 sts, sc in each st across to last 3 sts, sc2tog in next 2 sts, sc in last st. 64 (72, 78, 84) sc

Row 27: (dec row) Ch 3, turn, dc in next 2 sts, dc2tog in next 2 sts, dc in each st across to last 3 sts, dc2tog in next 2 sts, dc in last st. 62 (70, 76, 82) dc

Row 28: (dec row) Ch 1, turn, sc in next st, sc2tog in next 2 sts, sc in each st across to last 3 sts, sc2tog in next 2 sts, sc in last st. 60 (68, 74, 80) sc

Row 29: (dec row) Ch 3, turn, dc in next st, dc2tog in next 2 sts, dc in each st across to last 3 sts, dc2tog in next 2 sts, dc in last st. 58 (66, 72, 78) dc

Row 30: (dec row) Ch 1, turn, sc in next st, sc2tog in next 2 sts, sc in each st across to last 3 sts, sc2tog in next 2 sts, sc in last st. 56 (64, 70, 76) sc

Row 31: (dec row) Ch 3, turn, dc in next st, dc2tog in next 2 sts, dc in each st across to last 3 sts, dc2tog in next 2 sts, dc in last st. 54 (62, 68, 74) dc

Row 32: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across. 54 (62, 68, 74) sc

Row 33: Ch 3, turn, dc in each st across. 54 (62, 68, 74) dc

Rows 34-(37, 37, 41, 41): Repeat rows 32 -33; 2 (2, 4, 4) times.

Row 38 (38, 42, 42): (inc row) Ch 1, turn, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, sc in each st across to last 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in last st. 56 (64, 70, 76) sc

Row 39 (39, 43, 43): (inc row) Ch 3, turn, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in each st across to last 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, dc in last st. 58 (66, 72, 78) dc

Row 40 (40, 44, 44): Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across. 58 (66, 72, 78) scRow 41 (41, 45, 45): Ch 3, turn, dc in each st across. 58 (66, 72, 78) dc

Rows 42 (42, 46, 46)-61 (61, 61, 65, 65): Continue working in pattern, alternating between dc and sc rows, ending on a dc row.

Right Shoulder

Row 1: Ch 1, turn, sc in next 20 (22, 24, 26) sts leaving last 38 (44, 49, 52) sts unworked for neck and left shoulder.

Row 2: Ch 3, turn, dc in each st across. 20 (22, 24, 26) dc

Shoulder Shaping

Row 3: Do not ch, turn, sl st in next 3 sts, sc in each of next 17 (19, 21, 23) sts.

Row 4: Ch 3, turn, dc in each of next 13 (15, 17, 19) sts, sc in each of next 3 sts, sl st in remaining 3 sts.

Fasten off.

Left Shoulder

From RS, sk next 18 (22, 24, 26) unworked sts following last st of Row 1 of right shoulder, join new strand of yarn with sl st in next st.

Row 1: Ch 1, turn, sc in same st and each st across the row. 20 (22, 24, 26) sc

Row 2: Ch 3, turn, dc in each st across. 20 (22, 24, 26) dc

Shoulder Shaping

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc in each of next 17 (19, 21, 23) sts, sl st in last 3 sts.

Row 4: Do not ch, turn, sl st in each of next 3 sts, sc in each of next 3 sts, dc in each remaining st.

Fasten off.

Pocket backing (make 2)

Ch 20, (20, 22, 22)

Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook and each ch across. 18 (18, 20, 20) dc

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across. 18 (18, 20, 20) sc

Row 3: Ch 3, turn, dc in each st across.

Row 4: Ch 4, turn, sk next st, *dc in next st, ch 1, sk next st; repeat from * to last 2 sts, dc in each of last 2 sts.

Row 5: Ch 3, turn, dc in each dc and in each ch-1 sp across.

Rows 6-9: Repeat rows 2 and 3; 2 times.

Row 10: Repeat row 4

Row 11: Repeat row 5

Row 12: Repeat row 2.

Fasten off.

 

Pocket Border (make 2)

With smaller hook, ch 5

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. 4 sc

Rows 2-21 (21, 23, 23): Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.

Fasten off.

Ribbed Collar

With smaller hook, ch 19

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. 18 sc

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc BLO in each st across. 18 sc BLO

Repeat row 2 until piece measures 25 (26, 26.25, 26.5) inches

Sew on the pockets and pocket borders

  • With WS of front panel facing up, pin the pocket backing as shown. Make sure to line up the rows so the front of the pockets match the pocket backing.
  • Whip stitch the pocket backing onto the front panel around all four sides. Make sure you do not seam the pocket opening shut.
  • With RS of front panel facing up, whip stitch the pocket border to the top of the pocket opening as shown.

Joining Pieces

• Place front and back panels together, with top edges aligned and sew shoulder seams.

• From bottom up, seam panels together at sides, leaving 8 (8.5, 9, 9.5) inches un-sewn for the armhole opening.

Sleeves

*Notes*

Sleeves are worked in rounds and joined with a sl st to beg ch 1 of each round.

-When working in sc rounds, I recommend placing a stitch marker in the first ch-1 of each round to highlight where to join. Move the stitch marker up with each subsequent round.

-Aim to work approximately 1 sc st in each sc row end and 2 sc sts in each dc row end. The exact amount of sc sts worked into the armhole will vary by size. What is crucial is that the sts are evenly spaced and not too crowded around the armhole.

With smaller hook, attach a new strand of yarn with a sl st at underarm.

Round 1: Ch 1, sc in same st, work sc sts evenly around entire armhole opening, sl st to beg ch-1 to join.

Rounds 2-5: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, sl st to beg ch-1 to join.

Fasten off.

Repeat on other side.

Seam the collar

  • Fold collar in half and place center of collar (at fold) to center of back neckline and pin into place with head pin or st marker.
  • Pin the bottom left corner of collar to edge of neck opening. Place pins between points already pinned to ensure the collar fits properly in place around the back and front neckline.
  • Beginning on the left bottom edge of collar, sew collar in place using the mattress stitch. The right bottom edge of collar should fold over the left bottom edge of collar.

Fasten off. Weave in all ends.

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