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Lacy Summertime Tunic


Updated May 23, 2017
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Lacy Summertime Tunic
Lacy Summertime Tunic
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Turn heads this summer with this Lacy Summertime Tunic. It's the perfect thing to throw on before hitting the beach or grabbing a quick bite to eat. Pair this crocheted tunic with your favorite pair of jeans or with your summer swimsuit for a super trendy look. This beautiful crochet pattern is a great addition to anyone's closet. Alpaca and Cotton Viscose yarns are used to work up this crochet pattern, but you're welcome to use a different yarn if you feel the alpaca would be too hot for the summer season. Five different sizes are available to choose from, so this piece will certainly fit and flatter any shape. Feel free to make minor adjustments to the pattern to ensure a comfortable fit.

-Increasing tip 1: To inc 1 sc: crochet 2 sc in 1 sc.
-Increasing tip 2: To inc 1 dc: crochet 2 dc in 1 dc (no ch in between).
-Increasing tip 3: To inc 1 ch-loop: crochet 2 ch-loops in the same st.
-Crochet info: At the beg of each round replace the first dc with 3 ch. Replace first tr with 4 ch. Finish each round with 1 sl st in 3rd/4th ch from beg of round.


Crochet HookH/8 or 5 mm hook

Yarn Weight(3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)

Crochet Gauge12 dc x 7 rows with 1 thread of each quality = 10 x 10 cm [4’’ x 4’’]. 1 repeat of mussel pattern = width approx 12 cm [4 3/4’’].

Finished SizeSize: S – M – L - XL – XXL Finished measurements at chest: 33”-39 3/8”-39 3/8”-41 ¾”-45” Full length: appr 26 3/8”-27½”-29 1/8”-29½”-31”

Materials List

  • DROPS Alpaca from Garnstudio

    200-200-250-250-300 g color no 1101, white
  • DROPS Cotton Viscose from Garnstudio

    300-350-350-400-450 g color no 01, white
  • DROPS crochet hook size 5 mm [H/8], or size needed to obtain the correct gauge

Tunic Pattern

The tunic is crochet in the round from the top down. 

  1. Loosely crochet 71-75-75-79-83 ch on crochet hook size 5 mm [H/8] with 1 thread Alpaca and 1 thread Cotton Viscose (double thread).

  2. Form a ring with a sl st in the first ch.

  3. Crochet next round as follows: 1 sc in each of the first 3 ch, *skip 1 ch, 1 sc in each of the 3 next ch*, repeat from *-* = 54-57-57-60-63 sc.

  4. Now crochet a round of sc, at the same time inc 22-15-19-20-21 sc evenly – see Increasing tip 1 = 76-72-76-80-84 sc.

  5. Continue in chart M.1 – see Crochet info.

  6. After M.1 there are 76-90-95-100-105 ch-loops on round (1 ch-loop = 1 dc + 1 ch).

  7. Continue with dc in ch and ch over dc until piece measures 10-11-12-13-14 cm [4”-4 3/8”-4 ¾”-5 1/8”-5½”]. 

  8. Skip 17-19-21-22-22 ch-loops from previous round (= right sleeve), crochet 8 ch (= under arm), crochet 21-26-26-28-30 ch-loops (= front piece), skip 17-19-21-22-22 ch-loops from previous round (= left sleeve), crochet 8 ch (= under arm), crochet 21-26-27-28-31 ch-loops (= back piece).

  9. Place a marker each side, in between the 8 ch crochet mid under arm. Continue in ch-loops. Note! On the first round crochet the 8 ch under each arm as follows: 1 dc in the first ch, 1 ch, skip 1 ch, 1 dc in next ch, 1 ch, 1 dc in the same ch, 1 ch, skip 1 ch, 1 dc in next ch, 1 ch, 1 dc in the same ch, 1 ch, skip 1 ch, 1 dc in next ch, 1 ch and skip 1 ch (= 6 ch-loops under each arm) = 54-64-65-68-73 ch-loops on round in total.

  10. Continue in ch-loops in the round, at the same time inc 1 ch-loop – see Increasing tip 3 – on each side of both markers on every round a total of 4-4-6-6-7 times = 70-80-89-92-101 ch-loops. 

  11. After all inc piece measures approx 19-20-23-24-27 cm [7½”-8”-9”-9½”-10 5/8”] measured from ch-chain at neckline (you have now reached mid chest; if you wish to adjust this crochet additional rounds in ch-loops after the inc).

  12. Now crochet 1 round in ch-loops, at the same time inc 4-2-2-14-14 dc evenly on round – see Increasing tip 2 = 144-162-180-198-216 dc/ch. 

  13. Now continue in mussel pattern chart M.2 (beg at start arrow in diagram) = 8-9-10-11-12 horizontal repeats on round. Crochet 3 vertical repeats of M.2, but beg the second and third repeat by the Arrow-B in diagram. After M.2 crochet 2-3-3-3-4 rounds in tr as follows:

  14. Round 1: Remember crochet info! Crochet 1 tr in each ch-loop with 1 ch in between each and finish with 1 tr in the last dc = 72-81-90-99-108 tr.

  15. Round 2: crochet 1 tr in each tr from previous round with 2 ch in between each tr (instead of 1) – finish size S here before the last mussel pattern = 72 tr.

  16. Round 3: crochet 1 tr in each tr from previous round with 3 ch between each tr - finish size M, L and XL here before the last mussel pattern = 81-90-99 tr.

  17. Round 4: crochet 1 tr in each tr from previous round with 3 ch between each tr - finish size XXL here before the last mussel pattern = 108 tr.

  18. Now crochet a round in ch-loops as follows: 1 dc and 1 ch (= 1 ch-loop) in each tr from previous round, at the same time inc 1 ch-loop – see Increasing tip 3 – in every 3-3-4-4-4 tr. Note! For size L and XL finish with 1 dc and 1 ch in each of the last 2-3 tr = 96-108-112-123-135 ch-loops.

  19. Continue with 1 round of ch-loops, at the same time inc 6-0-10-6-0 dc – see Increasing tip 2 = 198-216-234-252-270 dc/ch. Now crochet M.2 again (beg at start arrow in diagram), but finish the pattern after row 7. 

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Love this tunic top. Living near the Keys, I am always on the lookout for something that I could wear for everyday clothing and this would look great. The pattern is very detailed with pictures and graphs included. Never have worked with alpaca yarn, so I think I will just stick to using all cotton in mine. This will look great as a swimsuit cover up.

Hmm, for me, I think this yarn would be a little too warm for the summer months. I think cotton would be good, or a cotton blend- lightweight. I am seriously wondering if this will be the next big project I decide to undertake. It's such a pretty pattern, such a pretty look with the open weave and shells along the border.

I love Drops Designs. This is beautiful.

Beautiful pattern, but $31.80 for a pattern, really.

That is what I thought at first too. But if you go down a little on the page there is a print tab. You don't need to pay for this lovely pattern! With that being said, I love this pattern, it is well written and one I'll be making. Thanks, hope that helps.

This is a very sweet pattern. I like the fact it isn't tight fitting. I was thinking of making it as a swin suit cover up and maybe running some kind of ribbon around thru a row of openings. Not tightly, just as a decoration, or adding some crochet flowers along the neck line. This is a very good pattern to play with!

Go to - it is a huge mail order source of DROPS yarn, it is not expensive and the quality/selection is amazing.

Thank you SOOOO much!

I love this pattern, but would prefer to use yarn I can find locally. How can I make substitutions to a more generic yarn?

What I do is go to the store and compare the yarn called for in the pattern to same weight yarns on the shelf. Also when it calls for DK weight, you can go to any yarn website and look up the number for DK weight, which I think is a 3 weight and find other yarn at the store of the DK weight and composition. I know a lot of clothing patterns call for either cotton or wool yarns. You must take that into account when looking for substitutions. I live in a hot environment so lean more towards cottons.


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