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Wildflowers Tunic Crochet Pattern

by | All Designs, Crochet, Free Patterns, Garments, My Favorites, Spring, Summer

The Wildflowers Tunic top is a bit of a different thing for me, since I don’t normally make or wear anything lacy, preferring the more casual look. But I’ve had a particular stitch in mind for a while and finally decided to pair it with a simpler pattern to keep things light and not overly stuffy.

wildflowers lacy shirt

The stitch I was interested in is sometimes referred to as a spider stitch, because it has 8 “legs” that come out from center. But the negative space created by those legs look like petals to me, and a flower felt more fitting for what could be a really sweet project. I did a bit of online searching and learned that 1. Wisconsin has a very extensive website for identifying wildflowers, and 2. flowers sometimes have very strange names. I decided to rename this particular spider stitch (because I HATE spiders) to the Poppy Stitch, and the shirt represents a field of wildflowers.

close-up of wildflower top

For this top, I used Lion Brand’s Jeans yarn, because I am a huge fan of how soft this yarn is. The Tangram Wrap is one of my favorite scarves, made with Jeans yarn, and I just wanted another opportunity to wear this softness close to my skin. The colors in the Jeans collection represent different fades of denim, and each one is both accurate and beautifully neutral. I chose Vintage because I had it on hand, and it’d be easier to work with than the darker Stovepipe that I also had at home. This yarn isn’t as warm as Lion Brand’s Superwash Merino, so it works really well for a spring/summer top. I probably wouldn’t wear it in a heatwave though.

The construction of the Wildflowers Tunic is fairly simple, but the sizing gets a little harrowing because of the stitch pattern repeats. Below are the instructions for sizes S and XL so you can see how I’ve extended the patterns for 2 different sizes. Exact instructions, a stitch chart and a schematic are available to purchase for a small fee through my pattern shops.

close up of poppy stitch and shoulder slit

At its core, this shirt is once again 2 rectangles seamed up the sides and along the shoulders. Because the motif is already quite lacy, I added shoulder slits to really give it an airy feel. Each panel of the shirt is worked side to side, not top to bottom, so additional rows in the panel give you additional width, while extra stitches give you additional length. Both the width and the length are dictated by stitch patterns repeated at specific intervals, so it’s hard to really create a custom size. That’s ok though, because this is meant to be a loose-fitting tunic top worn over a camisole, so you don’t necessarily need a very specific fit. I made myself a size S, but I could have comfortably worn a size M for a more oversized look. You can even make it extra large to use as a swim cover-up!

wildflower tunic top

The length of the shirt is dictated by the number of stitches in the Poppy Stitch motif, which is the actual flower, plus a few stitches around it to give it structure. This is an 18 stitch repeat, so you can add in more poppies every 18 stitches. The width of the shirt is the number of rows you’re working. The entire Poppy Stitch is completed in 5 rows. Then there are 5 rows in the Spacer Motif. Repeat those 2 motifs to get the body of the shirt. You can think of this top as a big ol’ palindrome – the right side is the same as the left side, frontwards and backwards!

And that’s really it. There’s no edging to worry about; it’s just a very light and casual top that is sweet and feminine but literally with a bit of a rough edge. I guess it’s kinda like me, a little bit of different personalities and quirks!

back of wildflowers tunic

As I mentioned above, I’ve given exact instructions for sizes S and XL so you can see how the pattern is sized up. You can do a bit of math to figure out the stitch counts for your preferred size, or head on over to my pattern shops to purchase an inexpensive PDF which includes details for sizes XS to 2XL, along with a stitch chart showing the exact repeats and a full schematic to follow. You can also purchase the Jeans yarn + pattern in a full kit from Lion Brand Yarn!

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wildflowers tunic top + stitch detail pin image

Supplies

Abbreviations

Pattern Notes

  • Skill level Easy.
  • The below pattern is written for S and (XL). Other sizes (XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL) can be found in the paid PDF.
  • Gauge: 15 sts and 8 rows in 4 inches.
  • Dimensions: 24” (28.8”) long, 21.5” (29.5”) wide
  • Model is wearing size S.
  • This is constructed to be a loose-fitting oversized top, so you don’t need to have an exact fit. You can customize your fit based on how oversized you would like the garment to be.
  • This top is worked sideways.
  • To adjust length, add or subtract foundation stitches by multiples of 18. Each 18-stitch repeat will add 4.75” to the length of the garment.
  • All Ch 3 counts as a stitch.
  • Pattern Repeat (for each size) (P = poppy stitch motif, S = spacer motif)
    • S: [dc, cross, mesh, dc], P S, P, S, P, S, P, [dc, mesh, cross, dc] = 43 rows
    • XL: [dc, cross, mesh, dc, cross, mesh, dc], P S, P, S, P, S, P, S, P, [dc, mesh, cross, dc, mesh, cross, dc] = 59 rows

Wildflowers Tunic Crochet Pattern Instructions

SHIRT PANEL: (make 2)

Start with a long tail to sew up sides.

Row 1: Work 90 (108) foundation double crochet stitches. Turn.

Row 2: [crossed dc] Ch 3 (counts as st). *Sk 1, dc in next st. Work 1 dc in prev st.* Repeat from * until last st. Work 1 dc in last st. Turn.

Row 3: [mesh] Ch 3 (counts as st). *Work 1 dc, ch 1, sk 1.* Repeat from * until last st. Work 1 dc in last st. Turn.

Row 4: Ch 3 (counts as st).Work 1 dc in each st and ch sp across. Turn.

[For sizes XL]

Row 4a: [crossed dc] Ch 3 (counts as st). *Sk 1, dc in next st. Work 1 dc in prev st.* Repeat from * until last st. Work 1 dc in last st. Turn.

Row 4b:[mesh] Ch 3 (counts as st). *Work 1 dc, ch 1, sk 1.* Repeat from * until last st. Work 1 dc in last st. Turn.

Row 4c: Ch 3 (counts as st).Work 1 dc in each st and ch sp across. Turn.

Poppy Stitch Motif

Row 5: Ch 3 (counts as st). Work 1 dc in each of next 7 sts. Ch 7, sk 2. *Work 1 dc in each of next 16 sts. Ch 7, sk 2* Repeat from * 3 (4) more times.  Work 1 dc in each of next 8 sts. Turn.

Row 6: Ch 3 (counts as st). Work 1 dc in each of next 4 st. *Ch 5, work 1 sc in ch 7 sp, ch 5, sk 3. Work 1 dc in each of next 10 sts.* Repeat from * 3 (4) more times. Ch 5, work 1 sc in ch 7 sp, ch 5, sk 3. Work 1 dc in each of next 5 sts. Turn.

Row 7: Ch 3 (counts as st). Work 1 dc in next st. Ch 5, work 1 sc in ch 5 sp, 1 sc in next st, 1 sc in ch 5 sp, ch 5, sk 3. *Work 1 dc in each of next 4 sts. Ch 5, work 1 sc in ch 5 sp, 1 sc in next st, 1 sc in ch 5 sp, ch 5, sk 3.* Repeat from * 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4) more times. Work 1 dc each of next 2 sts. Turn.

Row 8: Ch 3 (counts as st). Work 1 dc in next st. *Work 3 dc in ch 5 sp. Ch 5, sk 1. Work 1 sc in next st. Ch 5. Work 3 dc in ch 5 sp. Work 1 dc in each of next 4 st.* Repeat from * 3 (4) more times. Work 3 dc in ch 5 sp. Ch 5, sk 1. Work 1 sc in next st. Ch 5. Work 3 dc in ch 5 sp. Work 1 dc in each of next 2 sts. Turn.

Row 9: Ch 3 (counts as st). Work 1 dc in each of next 4 sts. Work 3 dc in ch 5 sp. Ch 2. Work 3 dc in ch 5 sp. Work 1 dc in each of next 3 sts.*Work 1 dc in each of next 7 sts. Work 3 dc in ch 5 sp. Ch 2, Work 3 dc in ch 5 sp. Work 1 dc in each of next 3 sts.* Repeat from * 3 (4) more times. Work 1 dc in each of next 5 sts. Turn.

Spacer Motif

Row 10: Ch 3 (counts as st). Work 1 dc in each of next 7 sts. *Work 2 dc in ch 2 sp. Work 1 dc in each of next 16 sts.* Repeat from * 3 (4) more times. Work 2 dc in ch 2 sp. Work 1 dc in each of next 8 sts. Turn.

Row 11: [mesh] Ch 3 (counts as st). *Work 1 dc, ch 1, sk 1.* Repeat from * until last st. Work 1 dc in last st. Turn.

Row 12: [crossed dc] Ch 3 (counts as st). *Sk 1, dc in next st. Work 1 dc in prev st.* Repeat from * until last st. Work 1 dc in last st. Turn.

Row 13: [mesh] Ch 3 (counts as st). *Work 1 dc, ch 1, sk 1.* Repeat from * until last st. Work 1 dc in last st. Turn.

Row 14: Ch 3 (counts as st).Work 1 dc in each st and ch sp across.

→ Repeat the Poppy Stitch + Spacer Motif 2 (3) more times.

→ Repeat the Poppy Stitch Motif.

Row 40 (50): Ch 3 (counts as st). Work 1 dc in each of next 7 sts. *Work 2 dc in ch 2 sp. Work 1 dc in each of next 16 sts.* Repeat from * 3 (4) more times. Work 2 dc in ch 2 sp. Work 1 dc in each of next 8 sts. Turn.

Row 41 (51): [mesh] Ch 3 (counts as st). *Work 1 dc, ch 1, sk 1.* Repeat from * until last st. Work 1 dc in last st. Turn.

Row 42 (52): [crossed dc] Ch 3 (counts as st). *Sk 1, dc in next st. Work 1 dc in prev st.* Repeat from * until last st. Work 1 dc in last st. Turn.

Row 43 (53): Ch 3 (counts as st). Work 1 dc in each st across. Turn.

[For size XL]

Row 53a: [mesh] Ch 3 (counts as st). *Work 1 dc, ch 1, sk 1.* Repeat from * until last st. Work 1 dc in last st. Turn.

Row 53b: [crossed dc] Ch 3 (counts as st). *Sk 1, dc in next st. Work 1 dc in prev st.* Repeat from * until last st. Work 1 dc in last st. Turn.
Row 53c: Ch 3 (counts as st).Work 1 dc in each st and ch sp across. Turn.

Fasten off with a long tail to sew sleeve ends.

ASSEMBLY

→ Lay the front and back panels together.

→ Seam up the sides using mattress stitch for approximately 14.5 (17.75)” / 55 (67) sts for an armhole size of 9.5” (11”)

→ Seam the shoulders from the outside edge in towards the neckline for approximately 2”. Skip 3.5 (7.5)” and then seam the panels together for another 0.5”. This leaves a neck opening of 9.5” (all sizes).

→ Remember to block your work to properly stretch out the poppy stitches!

wildflowers top reading a book

I can see myself wearing the Wildflowers Tunic top for all sorts of occasions. I probably sound like a clothing ad, but this can definitely be dressed up or down, depending on what you pair with it. When we were grabbing a few fun shots at the end of my photoshoot, I had changed to my “mom jeans”, but kept the top on, and it was a completely different look!

wildflowers tunic top pin image

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