I’ve crocheted something. Something for me. Something that was started way back in August 2014. Yes, it took me that long. Not because of the pattern complexity, but because of juggling the process with everything else in my life. Anyway, in March 2015 it was finished – and it’s finally made it to the blog in April.
The pattern is Bridges, by Yumiko Alexander. It’s from her book Rustic Modern Crochet. The book is full of gorgeous designs, and I can definitely see myself crocheting more of them. I used Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton, purchased from Woolarium. I really, really like this colour. This was a beautiful yarn to work with, but I needed almost five skeins for the the tunic. The total cost of the yarn worked out to around $85.
The front and the back of this tunic are identical, which made it very straightforward to make. The pattern does have a sample chart, but I could have done with a full sized one. I think this design would have been easy to work just from a chart, rather than from written instructions. I made size S-L, which is the smaller of the two size options. Once the two panels have been completed they are seamed at the shoulders, leaving an opening for the neckline, then a simple edging is worked around both the neckline and the edges. The sides are laced together with crocheted cord.
This is definitely a statement piece. I am looking forward to experimenting a little more with outfit combinations and seeing what it goes over best. The mustard was a fluke really, but I think that it works well. I felt great wearing this outfit. There are more details over on Ravelry here.