Another project that was created after a pattern from the Interweave Crochet 2015 magazine, is the crochet lace tunic. This tunic was inspired by the Blithe Dress/Tank pattern in the magazine. It was a custom order, so I had to change many important details: the length, the shape, the yoke and the armhole openings.
The request was about a lace weight, long and asymmetrical tunic that would eventually be worn over dresses and other tank tops. It also had to feature just one lace pattern, that’s why I used only the first body lace pattern for the whole piece. It is a very delicate and geometric lace, that creates different visual patterns when looked upon close up or further away.
I changed the construction of the yoke and armhole shaping to a simple circular type. The whole garment was worked seamlessly in the round. The most challenging part of modifying the tunic, was the bottom edge. I had to achieve a minimal asymmetrical finish that would fit the style, but also the lace pattern. I tried a few ideas before working on the edge formally and in the end, I settled with working in rows. I decreased in steps of two pattern ‘repeats’ and added a simple chain ‘connecting’ border in-between.
Because of the large size, the piece required a considerable amount of time to be finished, but it was an enjoyable summer project to work on.Yarn-wise, it used up 900 meters of lace weight yarn, the 100% cotton thread made by EL. D. Mouzakis. This is one of my to-go yarn when it comes to crochet lace: it has a vast array of colors, is very durable and each skein has generous yardage. It is also from one of the very few Greek yarn producers that are still in business.
I am very pleased with how this project turned out and the fact that I had the opportunity to work on a in-the-round crochet garment. I think I learned a few things here. 🙂