Granny's Girl Tunic

Today's post is all about this adorable little tunic from Crochet! Spring 2017. This is Granny's Girl Tunic. This pattern is written in sizes 3 mo, 6 mo, 12 mo, and 18 mo. It uses Cascade Yarns Anchor Bay, which is a dk weight cotton/superwash merino blend. It uses 1 to 2 skeins of the blue, and 1 skein each of the other 3 colors.

This sweet tunic begins with 2 granny squares that form the bottom of the dress. The bodice is worked from the top of the granny squares up.

When I first submitted this design to the editor, I submitted this swatch:

This shows my idea for the granny square motifs, the bodice, and the edging. I included a drawing and written explanation of what I had in mind.

The editor responded that she liked it, but would prefer a motif that wasn't just the basic granny. She asked me to submit a different idea for the motif. So, I came up with this:

This one was a go! I kept the beginnings of the traditional granny in the middle because I really liked how the center of the motif looked. After that, it was time to request the yarn from Cascade Yarns, who generously supplied skeins of Anchor Bay for this project. Unfortunately, the pink colorway of Anchor Bay wasn't available at that point, so we could choose from yellow or purple to replace the pink. I chose yellow. So, here is the swatch with yellow, next to the swatch with pink:

I decided to make a section of single crochet on both sides of the tunic between the motifs. These are then taken up by pleats before beginning the bodice. Here are some close-up shots of the pleats:

In this photo, you can see how I've folded the pleat. This is looking straight down at the top of the pleat.

I used these great clips to hold the pleats while I was working. You stitch through all 3 thicknesses when you come to the pleats, and in that way you begin working the bodice right from the top of the motifs.

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