Project: Comfy Casual Tunic
Source: Crochet Your Way by Gloria Tracy and Susan Levin (ISBN 1-56158-310-3)
Yarn: Lion Brand Homespun
Colors: Adirondack and Rococo
Hook: Size K
I’ve been itching to start the Learn-to-Crochet Afghan in Crochet Your Way, but I’m waiting for yarn in the mail. In the meantime, I’ve started the Comfy Casual Tunic from the same book. It’s a fairly simple construction, so it shouldn’t be too difficult even though I’ve never crocheted clothing before (hmm…except for that poncho I made in 6th grade).
I started on Friday and have now completed the front piece. It took me that long (despite having the weekend) because I frogged the thing so many times. I wasn’t getting the right gauge (even though I’d done a swatch), it kept looking crooked, and it took me a while to get the hang of working with the Homespun yarn because of its texture. After I finally got it figured out, it was smooth sailing.
I considered using different colors of yarn than the pattern called for, but I’m glad I didn’t. It was almost immediately obvious that the Adirondack and Rococo were working up together beautifully. They are earthy colors, as the book says, but the Adirondack has so much more to it than can be seen from the photo in the book. It is a combination of softly muted jeweltone colors: amethyst, emerald, and a rusty ruby.