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Summer is here and I’m all about it. I get it from my Mama (who just might be my beautiful model here!!) who loves the sun just as much as I do. Summer in the south is exciting and perfect and just MADE for crochet! The Tunisian Woodburn Tee is perfect lightweight crochet project that works up in a day or two.
I knew as soon as I saw this yarn floating around Instagram, I just had to have it. Wool and The Gang XL Cotton is, by far, my fav super bulky cotton yarn I’ve seen! It’s soft, lightweight, hardwearing, and comes in a range of soft colors that are right on trend.
I wanted to design a fun summer garment for you all that showcased this yarn and featured my favorite crochet technique, Tunisian Crochet. It’s an easy tee, worked side to side, that’s as easy to wear as it is to make! You just need to know how to work the Tunisian simple, knit, and purl stitches! Not sure how to work those? Check out some of my FAV youtube tutorials from Kim Guzman below!
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You know that I LOVE Tunisian crochet and simple summer garments. I hope you’ll love working up this top as much as I did. Before we get started, just a quick note, while the bust of this top is easy to adjust once you get going, the length should be adjusted before beginning. This is a pretty standard tee length, but if you’d like a longer top, try going up a size (this won’t affect the bust just the length).
Let’s chat about yarn for a minute, shall we? I love super bulky yarn – how can you not? This top can be made in ANY super bulky yarn you have on hand. You could even hold a few strands of worsted weight together if you want.
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To make this garment, you’ll need:
1. Wool and the Gange XL Cotton (Weight: 6/Super Bulky – 100g/82yds)
- Color A: Light Blue Jeans 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4) Balls
- Color B: Oh My Blush 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5) Balls
2. Size M/N-13 (9mm) Hook (see below)
- This is a larger hook size and I’m sure you’re wondering what the heck those letters mean, so here’s the thing. The M/N is because hook makers can’t make up their mind and change hook letters and sizes like crazy. It’s silly. So, this size has TWO letters. The number ’13’ is because it’s corresponding to a number size when the letters got all confusing. My advice is to shop based on the Millimeter size, in this case, 9mm. A quick Amazon search will yield tons of results.
XS (S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL)
Finished Bust Size: 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56) inches.
To Fit: 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54)
Finished Length: 22 (22.5, 23, 23.5, 24, 24)” Length
- Choose a size that is about 2″ smaller than your actual bust measurement. The best way to find out what size you’ll like it so measure your favorite shirt or sweater. Just keep in mind that crochet doesn’t stretch a whole lot, so if you are bustier you might want to choose a size or two larger.
Gauge: 6.25 Stitches and 10 rows = 4inches in Tunisian Knit Stitches
Abbreviations (US Terms):
Ch – chain
Tss – Tunisian Simple Stitch
Tks – Tunisian Knit Stitch
Tps – Tunisian Purl Stitch
Sl St – Slip Stitch
St(s) – Stitch(es)
Level 3 – Advanced Beginner
- This top fits true to size. The model shown is 5’4″ tall with a 38″ bust and wearing the size medium.
- The pattern is written for size small with other sizes shown within the parenthesis. To make the pattern a bit more easy to follow, simply print it out, highlight your size, and work through the pattern.
- Read the pattern from beginning to end first.
- Each row of the written pattern accounts for the fwp and retp of that stitch whereas “Tss each stitch across” = work tts forward pass and return pass before moving on to Row 2.
- This top is worked in 2 pieces. 1 each identical front and back panels.
- All sizing is fitted and based on the CYC sizing regulations. Use this guide or the measurements above to determine what size range you fall into. Always choose one size up in tunisian crochet.
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Front and Back
With A, Ch 50 (56, 62, 68, 74, 80, 86)
*If a longer tee is desired, choose one size up.
Foundation Row: Draw up lp in 2nd ch and in each ch across. Rtn: Yo, draw through 1 lp, *yo, draw through 2 lps; rep from * across.
Return pass (RetP): Yarn over and draw through the first loop on hook, *yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook; repeat from * to end, ending with 1 loop on hook.
Return Pass is same throughout.
Row 1: Tps, *Tss, Tps; rep from * across to last st, Tss in last st.
Row 2: *Tss, Tps; rep from * across to last st, Tss in last st.
Rep these two rows once more.
Next Row: Tks in each st across.
Change to Color B, if desired.
Continue in Tks for a further 44 (45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50) rows. If a wider top is desired, simply add more rows until it is your desired width.
Change to Color A.
Next Row: Tks in each st across.
Next Row: *Tss, Tps; rep from * across to last st, Tss in last st.
Next Row: Tps, *Tss, Tps; rep from * across to last st, Tss in last st.
Rep these last two rows once more.
Next Row: Sl st in each st across.
Finish off yarn, weave in all ends.
Once finished, you’ll want to turn the work 90 degrees so that Color A will be on the sides of the garment, and the stitches are running horizontally instead of vertically. Beginning at the outside and working your way in, seam the shoulders using a mattress stitch. You’ll need to leave a large enough opening for your head to fit through. This can vary, so try it on and see if you like the way it looks at this point.
Also, as you’ve noticed, the tunisian knit stitch has a tendency to have a nice edge of stitches and a wonky edge. The wonky edge is often on the right side of the work. Try hiding this near the waistline.
With a spare piece of yarn (about 24-36 inches long), use a mattress stitch to seam up the sides of your cardigan. The ends with Color A will be on the sides of your cardigan.
Leave armholes that measure approximately 7.5 (7.5, 8, 8, 9, 9)”
With Crochet Hook about 2 sizes smaller than that you used in the garment (that would be a K/6.5mm for me) and Color B, single crochet in each stitch around the neckline. Using the same hook and Color A, work 2-3 rounds of single crochet at the hem to finish off the tee and give it a more polished look. This is totally optional but I do love how it looks.
Finish off and weave in the remaining ends.