Darla Tunic - Crochet

Darla Tunic - Crochet



Crocheters who want a quick but elegant wear-everywhere tunic will delight in Melissa Leapman's Darla Tunic, constructed using a half double crochet stitch throughout. The loftiness of the Luxair yarn keeps the sweater light as well as warm, espe­cially with the extended cowl.

SIZES: Darla is sized to fit Women’s S (M, L, 1X, 2X)

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: Bust 35 (39, 43, 47, 51)" Length 29 (29W, 29Vz, 30, 30)"

MATERIALS: 8 (9, 10, 11, 12) (10g; 120yd) balls

Skacel/Schulana Luxair (50% baby alpaca, 10% merino wool, 19% lurex, 13% nylon) color #44

Size L-11 US (8 mm) crochet hook OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE

Yarn needle

GAUGE: 8 sts x 8 rows = 4" in half double crochet (hdc) TO SAVE TIME, TAKE TIME TO CHECK GAUGE.

INSTRUCTIONS

BACK

Ch 36 (40, 44, 48, 52).

Row 1 (RS): Hdc in 3rd ch from hook (beg ch counts as first hdc) and in each ch across [35 (39, 43, 47, 51) sts].

Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as first hdc here and throughout), sk first st, hdc in each st across, hdc in top of turning ch. Rep last row until piece measures about 19'' from beg; end with a WS row.

Increase for Sleeves

Inc row: Ch 2, turn, sk first st, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in each st to last 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in top of turning ch [37 (41, 45, 49, 53) sts]. Rep last row 3 more times [43 (47, 51, 55, 59) sts].

Next row: Ch 2, sk first st, hdc in each st across, hdc in top of turning ch. Rep last row until piece measures about 29 (291/2, 291/2, 30, 30)" from beg; end with a WS row. Fasten off.

FRONT

Make same as Back.

FINISHING

Sew shoulder seams, leaving center 91/2'' open for neck opening.

Cowl Neckband

Rnd 1: With RS facing, join yarn with si st in neck edge at left shoulder seam, ch 2, work 44 hdc evenly spaced around neck edge; join with si st in top of beg ch-2.

Rnd 2: Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st around; join with si st in top of beg ch-2. Rep last rnd until neckband measures about 14"; end with a RS rnd.

Next rnd (WS): Ch 1, turn, sc in each st around; join with si st in first sc.

Next rnd: Ch 1, do not turn, rev sc in each st around; join with si st in beg ch-1. Fasten off. Sew side and sleeve seams.

Sleeve Edging

Rnd 1: With RS facing, join yarn with si st in lower sleeve seam, ch 1, sc evenly spaced around sleeve edge; join with si st in first sc.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, rev sc in each st around; join with si st in beg ch-1. Fasten off. Rep around other sleeve edge.