This week has been a really great week to work on the Sabrina Tunic!! We are finishing up the body and getting ready to head for the finish line. If you’re like me, summer is a very busy time! By the time the evening rolls around, I love to sit and crochet while watching a great movie. Now that we have transitioned from the fun stitching techniques of the yoke to the simple stitching on the body, I have been able to sit and crochet with our any worries. Last week we started the body and found that it was as easy as ever! Just simple double crochet, one row in front loops and the next in back loops…
If you’re ready to finish up the body of your Sabrina Tunic, let’s get started!! You should have a few inches of the body done already… It’s fun to see how this project is taking shape!! Mine is really looking like a fashionable tunic and I can’t wait to see how the edging finishes it off!! So, this week we are continuing in the same pattern, switching to the largest hook and ending up with 17 inches of the body completed. Next week we will work on all the edgings which will add a couple more inches. Below is my progress picture of week 4 showing the yoke and 17 inches of the body complete in a size M/L.
1: Depending on how you like your tunic to fit, you can adjust the length of your body. After you get approximately 15 inches of the body complete, try on your tunic. Remember, the bottom edging will add 3-4 inches. You can make the tunic shorter by stopping at any point, If you like it longer… just keep going until you reach your desired length!
2: Don’t forget to count your stitches every few rows. It is still easy to miss a stitch and after a few rows you may be off by a few. Even a few less stitches will make your garment not fit as intended.
3: When measuring, start by gently shaking your garment to let it settle into place. Hang your garment on a hanger then measure while it is hanging. As you add rows, your crochet piece will get heavier and by hanging it you will get a better measurement for the length. You can see my picture below.
This week I will be attending the CGOA Knit & Crochet Show in San Diego! If you are going, make sure to say hi if you see me. I would love to meet all the Summer 2015 Crochet Along members and other crochet-aholics!!
About Elena Ramshaw Hunt:I’m an avid crocheter and yarn-a-holic! My Grandmother taught me the art of crochet when I was 10 and as a young woman the bug really caught me. With 40 years of crochet experience, I have taught and shared my love of crochet to many people in my community and in 2013 I began Beatrice Ryan Designs (named after my grandmother) where I design free crochet patterns including my Amazing Grace Free Crochet Pattern Series that is dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness.I live in a small Northern California mountain community. I have 3 grown children and 2 beautiful Grandchildren! I work full-time as an Administrative Assistant for a Forest Products Company and I love to spend my time with my family, crocheting and gardening.
Welcome back to the Lion Brand Summer 2015 Crochet Along!! I can’t believe we are going to be half way done by the end of this week!! My Sabrina Tunic is really looking great and now that I have started the body this project is really beginning to look like a wearable piece of art!!
Last week we worked on the yoke, there were lots of interesting stitching techniques to help create the unique look of the upper part of our garment. I loved all the participation and questions we had going on last week both here on our Lion Brand Blog and over on our Ravelry Crochet Along Group!! If you felt like the yoke was a little difficult you were not alone… Working with the darker yarn and some of the stitching techniques made us all pay closer attention to the pattern. There seemed to be a few question about rounds 11-13, if you still have questions… Make sure to hop over to the Ravelry Group and read through last week’s thread and see if it will answer any of your questions!! We had lots of great chit-chat about the yarn and pattern questions. Some of us are posting our progress pictures on Raverly too… It is great to see the Sabrina Tunic in other colors!!
I love seeing a project come together!! Last week we made our swatches to assure our gauge was correct, joined the first row without any twists (hopefully) and worked on the first few rounds of our Sabrina Tunic!! Like I said last week… Those first few rows are the hardest part… So now we are ready to kick into gear and get our Yoke made!!
Since the Sabrina Tunic is made in one piece from the top down, this project will start shaping up quickly and we will see a hint of how it will look by the time our Yoke is complete. I love working with Vanna’s Glamour Yarn… The small amount of shimmer and sparkle will make this a perfect piece to wear this fall, and the nice bounce the yarn provides is also going to make the garment fit nicely. It’s still not too late to join us and make a Sabrina Tunic for yourself. You can even have the yarn shipped right to your doorstep… Click here to view and order your yarn kit!! If you are ready… Let’s get our hooks and get the party started!!
I am so excited to host this summer’s Lion Brand Crochet Along! I love the project you all voted for… The Sabrina Tunic. To kick off the first week I will be talking about the yarn, gauge, sizing and getting started with the first few rows. I hope you are as excited as I am… Let’s get crocheting!!!
Let’s start with the yarn. This pattern called for Vanna’s Glamour® in 3 colors. This yarn is a light weight yarn and is categorized as a size 2 in yarn standards. The thing I love about this yarn is the hint of sparkle; this will make our project really special! It’s important to use the same weight yarn that the pattern calls for to keep our tunic looking and fitting just right. This yarn also has a nice easy stretch to it which will make our garment keep its shape. It’s not too late order your yarn and join us… Lion Brand Yarn will ship it straight to your door. Click here to view & order the kits at 20% off.
Now it’s time to move on to the most important part of the pattern… Gauge!!! I know it’s tempting to skip the gauge and just start crocheting. Since everyone crochets a little differently, uses different style hooks and working with light weight yarn can change our tension, it is extremely important to check your gauge. It only takes a short amount of time and I promise it will pay off by giving you a better fitting garment.
Several times a year we host a crochet- or knit-along, a virtual event in which knitters and crocheters come together here online to work on one pattern together, share their experiences, and to learn together. There’s no need to sign up! Simply follow along with the blog posts at your own pace as you crochet your project, and feel free to share your comments and/or photos as you progress. Want to learn more? Click here for our guide.
Thank you for voting for our crochet-along! The winning pattern is … the Sabrina Tunic!
Feel free to pick up this badge to use on your blog, Ravelry, etc to show that you’re participating! (Right-click on PCs or Ctrl+click on Macs to save it to your desktop and upload it to your site)
1. This week, download the pattern (click here for the pattern) and read it through so you have a sense of how the project is going to take shape. We’ll be walking you through a different element each week, so don’t worry if you see anything you’re not familiar with!
UPDATE JUNE 18, 2015: Let’s crochet a Sabrina Tunic … announcing your 2015 Summer Crochet-Along with host Elena Ramshaw Hunt! http://wp.me/pMON4-89F
A crochet-along is a virtual event, where all the participants make the same project together. Follow along with crochet-along host Elena Hunt of Beatrice Ryan Designs here on the blog and share your comments and photos. There’s no need to sign up, and it’s free to join! (New to crochet-alongs? Check out our guide here.)
Votes must be cast by 12:00 midnight EST Sunday, June 14th, 2015. You must click on the photo you like to cast your vote; comments here on the blog do NOT count as votes. The winning pattern will be announced here on the blog on Wednesday, June 17th — we’ll also give you details on picking up your supplies and getting started on the project!
Vote for your favorite pattern now by clicking on one of the photos below and following the steps to submit your vote:
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Knitters, look out for a knit-along later this year, here on the Lion Brand Notebook.
Blocking is one of the final steps that should be used for almost every project. Blocking sets the stitches and gives you the chance to straighten edges and slightly reshape any areas that need it.
There are different methods for blocking but the one that I recommend for this project is wet blocking. To wet block take your garment and soak it in water for at least 30 minutes to make sure it is thoroughly wet all of the way through. If you think your sweater could use a cleaning add some wool wash to your soak.
Once soaked, carefully pull it out of the water and gently squeeze out the excess. Be careful not to agitate the sweater too much while it is wet to avoid felting. Lay it out on a blocking mat or stack of towels and pat it into shape. Pin down rolling edges if necessary. Allow a day or two for drying. Once dry your sweater will remember the shape it dried in.
Welcome back everyone! We’re getting so close, at this point our sweaters actually look like sweaters, just a few finishing touches! This week we will focus on the edging.
For the edging a surface slip stitch is used first to create a foundation then later as a design element. A surface slip stitch makes a chain appear on the surface of the fabric. This is a great technique that you can use to add embellishments to any project. Here is a couple pictures of me starting the edging:
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Welcome back! We’re half way through the CAL this week, now that we’ve gotten our start and worked out the kinks it’s time for the rows to start flying by. After working through the raglan, the body of the sweater follows suit. As you go you can try it on just as you did before and work to your desired length.
The next place where we will do something new is the sleeves. Here we will shift from working back and forth to working in the round. Here is a visual guide for starting the sleeve.
Welcome back everyone! I hope you all had a good week of swatching and are ready for the real fun to begin! There were some great questions and comments on last weeks post. It’s great to see everyone jumping in to help each other out so keep those questions coming.
This week is all about raglan. Raglan is a sweater construction that extends the sleeve up into the neckline creating diagonal lines from the underarm to the neck. In this pattern we work from the top down which allows us to try on the sweater as we go and make adjustments if needed to fit perfectly.
As we get started careful reading for this pattern is the key to success. The sweater is divided into 5 sections: right front, right sleeve, back, left sleeve, and left front. Increases are worked in each section to make the shaping. The differences in the increases from row to row are very subtle. For instance, take a look at row 3 and notice how the increases are different in this row. These subtle changes will occur throughout the pattern.