A few years ago, at the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival Day 1, I picked up a pattern for a tunic, Linen and Lace by Crochet Mon Cherie. I had purchased the pattern and the thread, Linas Linen in Grey, (I can’t find any current resources for Linas Linen, so I don’t think it’s available anymore). Two years ago, I picked up the pattern with the intention of creating the tunic, well, I got stuck on the pattern. I had a difficult time with the motif and I couldn’t quite figure out what I was supposed to do on Round 5. So I put it down.
Last year I picked it up again and after zooming on on pictures I was able to figure out what needed to be done (this is why I like charts or close up pictures with my patterns). But the tunic still took me close to a year to make. The motifs frustrated me. The linen hurt my fingers, the hook hurt my hand (B size). It was really the first time I ever crocheted something so fine and it took forever! Plus I just kept putting it down.
Finally, with “lock down” I decided to commit to completing it, so I set myself to finish. And I did finish a few weeks ago, but it was a little snug on my his. So I frogged it back and did some increases so it would fit my hips. I really should have frogged it all the way back to the decreases after the bust. I never did like the way that bunched up on mine. Then it would have been just a straight tunic instead of hourglass shaped, but I really didn’t want to redo that much.
Overall, I’d say this pattern was an intermediate level. I wish mine turned out as cute as the ones in the pictures, but hopefully with a little wear and washing it will relax a little.
I’ve already picked up a new faster project, so I hope to be able to post more often.