Chasing Diamonds Tunic

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The Chasing Diamonds Tunic is the very first pattern I ever published, so it has a soft spot in my heart. I just love the design. The stitch pattern looks complicated, but it is actually very easy. And the three rows of diamonds give the top a beautiful and elegant style.

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Finished Sizes:

Instructions given to fit size X-small; changes for small, medium, large and X-large are in ()

XS (S, M, L, XL, XXL)

To fit bust size: 31-33” (33-35”, 36-37”, 38-40”, 41-43”, 44-45’)

Finished Bust: 33” (35.5”, 38”, 40.5”, 43”, 45.5”)Finished Length: 24” (24”, 24 ½”, 25”, 25 ½”, 26”)

Materials:

I used Premier Yarns Cotton Fair in Blue Iris. This is a 52% cotton/48% acrylic fine weight (#2) yarn with 317yds/ball.  3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 5) Balls

G/4mm Hook

Stitch Markers

Yarn Needle

Scissors

Gauge:

6 Shells (3 Dc in one stitch) by 10 rows = 4” square. See gauge swatch instructions.

Please check your gauge before beginning. It will save you time and heartache!

Abbreviations:

Sk = Skip

St = Stitch

Ss = Slip Stich

Ch = Chain

Sc = Single Crochet

Dc = Double Crochet

FDC = Foundation Double Crochet

Sp = Space between DcG

Sh = Shell (see notes)

Notes:

Ch3 at the beginning of a row is always considered a Dc.

Shell Stitch: A Shell stitch for the purposes of this pattern consists of 3 Dc in one stitch.

The Chasing Diamonds Tunic is worked in two identical pieces. Each piece is worked from the bottom up. The pieces are then sewed together and the hems are added.

The model has a 38” bust and is wearing a size Large, so it has a bit of room. If you prefer a more fitted top you may want to go down a size.

Gauge Swatch

1. FDC 21. (or Ch 23, Dc in 4th ch and each ch across. ) Turn.

2. Ch3 (counts as dc), sk next dc, [sh, sk 2 dc] 6 times. Sk 2 dc, 2dc in last dc

3.-12. Ch3 (counts as dc), Sh in next 6 spaces, 2dc in last dc. Measure the 6 Sh only and it should equal 4” across. Next, measure the 10 rows of Sh only and it should equal 4” high. If not, then change your hook size to compensate. Everyone’s tension is different.

Instructions

I started this pattern with the FDC because I prefer the look and behavior of this stitch as opposed to beginning with ch and dc. Having said this, if you prefer to use ch and dc that will be fine as well. I provided instructions on how to do that as well.

I have provided many pictures to help you visualize how the rows should look, however these pictures are only of one size (L) and should not be used as reference for stitch counts.  

Panels: Make 2.

1. FDC 72 (78, 84, 90, 96, 102). Turn.

Or

Ch 74 (80, 86, 92, 98, 104). Dc in 4th ch and each ch across. Turn.

  • 72 (78, 84, 90, 96, 102) sts


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2. Ch3 in 1st dc, sk 2nd dc, sh in next dc (you will be working the first Sh into the 3rd dc from the end of row 1) [Sh, sk 2 dc] 4 (5, 6, 7, 8, 9) more times. (You should now have 5 (6, 7, 8, 9, 10) Sh.)  * ch12, sk 5 dc, Sh in next dc, [Sh, sk 2 dc] 4 more times. ** Repeat from * to ** once. Ch12, sk 5 dc, [Sh, sk 2 dc] 5 (6, 7, 8, 9, 10) times, 2dc in last dc. Turn. See Figures 1 and 2 for reference.

  • 20 (22, 24, 26, 28, 30) Sh, 3 Ch12, +3dc

Figure 1

Figure 2

3. Ch3, Sh in next 5 (6, 7, 8, 9, 10) sp. * ch6, sc in middle of ch12 space, ch6, Sh in next 4 sp. ** Repeat from * to ** once. Ch6, sc in middle of ch12 space, ch6, Sh in next 4 (5, 6, 7, 8, 9) sp. 2 dc in last dc. Turn. See figures 3 and 4 for reference. Note: when forming the diamond pattern, odd numbered rows will have an unequal amount of Sh on each end (ex: 5 at the beginning and 4 at the end). This is normal. Even numbered rows will have equal amounts (ex: 5 at the beginning and 5 at the end).

  • 17 (19, 21, 23, 25, 27) Sh, 3 (Ch6, sc, ch6), +3dc

Figure 3

Figure 4

4. Ch3, Sh in next 4 (5, 6, 7, 8, 9) sp. *ch6, sc in ch6 space, sc in sc, sc in ch6 space, ch 6, Sh in next 3 sp. ** Repeat from * to ** once. ch6, sc in ch6 space, sc in sc, sc in ch6 space, ch 6, Sh in next 4 (5, 6, 7, 8, 9) sp. 2 dc in last dc. Turn. See figures 5 and 6 for reference.

  • 14 (16, 18, 20, 22, 24) Sh, 3 (ch6, 3sc, ch6), +3dc

Figure 5

Figure 6

5. Ch3, Sh in next 4 (5, 6, 7, 8, 9) sp. *ch6, sc in ch6 space, sc in next 3 sc, sc in ch6 space, ch 6, Sh in next 2 sp. ** Repeat from * to ** once. Ch6, sc in ch6 space, sc in next 3 sc, sc in ch6 space, ch 6, Sh in next 3 (4, 5, 6, 7, 8) sp. 2 dc in last dc. Turn. See figure 7 for reference.

  • 11 (13, 15, 17, 19, 21) Sh, 3 (ch6, 5sc, ch6), +3dc

Figure 7

6. Ch3, Sh in next 3 (4, 5, 6, 7, 8) sp.  *ch6, sc in ch6 space, sc in next 5 sc, sc in ch6 space, ch 6, Sh in next sp. ** Repeat from * to ** once. Ch6, sc in ch6 space, sc in next 5 sc, sc in ch6 space, ch 6, Sh in next 3 (4, 5, 6, 7, 8) sp. 2 dc in last dc. Turn. See figure 8 for reference.

  • 8 (10, 12, 14, 16, 18) Sh, 3 (ch6, 7sc, ch6), +3dc.

Figure 8

7. Ch3, Sh in next 3 (4, 5, 6, 7, 8) sp. *Sh in ch6 space, ch6, sk 1st sc, sc in next 5 sc, ch 6, Sh in ch6 space. ** Repeat from * to ** once. Sh in ch6, ch6, sk 1st sc, sc in next 5 sc, ch 6, Sh in ch6 space, Sh in next 2 (3, 4, 5, 6, 7) sp. 2 dc in last dc. Turn. See figures 9 and 10 for reference.

  • 11 (13, 15, 17, 19, 21) Sh, 3 (ch6, 5sc, ch6), +3dc.

Figure 9

Figure 10

8. Ch3, Sh in next 3 (4, 5, 6, 7, 8) sp. *Sh in ch6 space, ch6, sk 1st sc, sc in next 3 sc, ch 6, Sh in ch6 space, Sh in next sp. ** Repeat from * to ** once. Sh in ch6 space, ch6, sk 1st sc, sc in next 3 sc, ch 6, Sh in ch6 space, Sh in next 3 (4, 5, 6, 7, 8) sp. 2 dc in last dc. Turn. See figure 11 for reference.

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  • 14 (16, 18, 20, 22, 24) Sh, 3 (ch6, 3sc, ch6), +3dc.

Figure 11

9. Ch3, Sh in next 4 (5, 6, 7, 8, 9) sp.  *Sh in ch6 space, ch6, sk 1st sc, sc in next sc, ch 6, Sh in ch6 space, Sh in next 2 sp. ** Repeat from * to ** once. Sh in ch6 space, ch6, sk 1st sc, sc in next sc, ch 6, Sh in ch6 space, Sh in next 3 (4, 5, 6, 7, 8) sp. 2 dc in last dc. Turn. See figure 12 for reference.

  • 17 (19, 21, 23, 25, 27) Sh, 3 (ch6, 1sc, ch6), +3dc.

Figure 12

You should now have one complete row of diamonds.

From here you will keep building more rows of diamonds. Be sure to pay attention to your tension. Sometimes when I’m making a lot of chains, I find my stitches can become tighter.

10. Ch3, Sh in next 4 (5, 6, 7, 8, 9) sp.  *Sh in ch6 space, ch12, Sh in ch6 space, Sh in next 3 sp. ** Repeat from * to ** once. Sh in ch6 space, ch12, Sh in ch6 space, Sh in next 4 (5, 6, 7, 8, 9) sp. 2 dc in last dc. Turn. See Figure 13 for reference.

  • 20 (22, 24, 26, 28, 30) Sh, 3 ch12, +3dc.

Figure 13

11. –  62. Repeat rows 3. – 10. six more times. Then repeat rows 3. – 6. one more time.

  • 8 (10, 12, 14, 16, 18) Sh, 3 (ch6, 7sc, ch6), +3dc.

You should now have seven rows of diamonds, plus 5 rows. You will now carry on to the instructions for your chosen size.

Note for petites: If you are on the short side, then you may want to leave out one row of diamonds to make your top a bit shorter.

X-Small & Small – Instructions given for x-small with changes for small in ( )

63. Ch1, sc in each of next 11 (14) dc, * 3 sc in ch6 space, ch9, 3sc in next ch6 space, sc in next 3 dc. ** Repeat from * to ** once. 3 sc in ch6 space, ch9, 3sc in next ch6 space, sc in each dc to end. Turn.

  • 45 (51) sc, 3 ch9.


64. Ch1, sc in each sc and ch across. Fasten off.  See figures 14 and 15 for reference.

  • 72 (78) sc.

Figure 14

Figure 15

Medium

63. Repeat row 7.

  • 11 (13, 15, 17, 19, 21) Sh, 3 (ch6, 5sc, ch6), +3dc.

64. Ch1, sc in each of next 17 dc, * 3 sc in ch6 space, ch6, 3sc in next ch6 space, sc in next 6 dc. ** Repeat from * to ** once. 3 sc in ch6 space, ch6, 3sc in next ch6 space, sc in each dc to end. Turn.

  • 66 sc, 3 ch6.

65. Ch1, sc in each sc and ch across. Fasten off. See figures 16 and 17 for reference.

  • 84 sc.

Figure 16

Figure 17

Large

63. – 64.   Repeat rows 7. And 8.

  • 14 (16, 18, 20, 22, 24) Sh, 3 (ch6, 3sc, ch6), +3dc.

65. Ch1, sc in each of next 23 dc, * 2 sc in ch6 space, ch5, 2sc in next ch6 space, sc in next 9 dc. ** Repeat from * to ** once. 2 sc in ch6 space, ch5, 2sc in next ch6 space, sc in each dc to end. Turn.

  • 75 sc, 3 ch5

66. Ch1, sc in each sc and ch across. Fasten off. See figures 18 and 19 for reference.

  • 90 sc


Figure 18

Figure 19

XLarge

63. – 65. Repeat rows 7. – 9.

          – 17 (19, 21, 23, 25, 27) Sh, 3 (ch6, 1sc, ch6), +3dc.

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66. Ch1, sc in each of next 26 dc, * 2 sc in ch6 space, ch2, 2sc in next ch6 space, sc in next 12 dc. ** Repeat from * to ** once. 2 sc in ch6 space, ch3, 2sc in next ch6 space, sc in each dc to end. Turn.

  • 90 sc, 3 ch2.

67. Ch1, sc in each sc and ch across. Fasten off. See figures 20 and 21 for reference.

  • 96sc.

Figure 20

Figure 21

XX-Large

63. – 65.   Repeat rows 7. – 9.

  • 17 (19, 21, 23, 25, 27) Sh, 3 (ch6, 1sc, ch6), +3dc.

66. Ch3, Sh in next 10 sp, * Sh in ch6 space, ch2, Sh in next ch6 space, Sh in next 3 sp. ** Repeat from * to ** once. Sh in ch6 space, ch2, DcG in next ch6 space. Sh in next 9 sp. 2dc in last dc. Turn.

  • 31 Sh, 3 ch2, +3dc.

67. Ch1, sc in each dc and ch across. Fasten off.

  • 102 sc.

Figure 22

Figure 23

Finishing:

Once you have made the back and front, you will sew them together at the shoulders and sides.

For the shoulders, hold the front and back with right sides together and whip stitch together the outer 14 (17, 20, 23, 26, 29) sc at the top on either side.

For the sides, whip stitch together rows 7. – 45.

Join yarn in one bottom slit with right side facing you and sc evenly around bottom slit. Fasten off. Repeat for other bottom slit.

Join yarn in armpit of one sleeve with right side facing you. Sc evenly around entire sleeve. Sl St to 1st sc to join. Ch3, dc in next sc, dc in each sc around. Sl st in top of ch3 to join. Fasten off.

Join yarn in one side of neck near shoulder with right side facing you. Sc evenly around. Sl st in 1st sc to join. Fasten off.

Weave in all your ends.  And you’re done! I would suggest washing and blocking your project as I find the stitches settle into place better when I do that.

I hope you enjoy wearing your Chasing Diamonds Tunic and look forward to seeing all your beautiful pictures on Ravelry!

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Until next time… Happy hooking! 😉

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