Trusty Tunisian Tee Pattern Release

I recently had the pleasure of testing the Trusty Tunisian Tee pattern for Amy Kate of The Graceful Tangle, and it is finally available to purchase!

This pattern uses the Tunisian crochet simple stitch and a regular single crochet stitch. There is minimal shaping done only in single crochet, making this a perfect beginner Tunisian crochet project.

I made mine in Lion Brand Mandala Ombré yarn in the colorway Happy. It took 2 full balls and a small bit of a third to complete the sleeves and the full hem of the medium size. I originally left off the sleeves and the final row of the hem when I only had 2 balls of the yarn, so it is possible to just use 2 for the size medium if that’s all you have on hand, and you definitely only need 2 for the extra small and small sizes.

If you have a good grasp of the Tunisian simple stitch, this project works up fairly quickly. Working on this and several other projects at the same time, I was able to finish in 3 weeks spending around 30 minutes every few days.

This is my first full garment in Tunisian crochet. I’ve only done the simple stitch in a baby blanket prior to this. I did also make gloves using a different Tunisian stitch, but I am still fairly new to this and it was super easy.

All the seaming and details are done in single crochet, so this can be a good project for a true beginner to crochet all together if you want to learn both techniques in a single project.
I love the simple details on this design and the texture of the panels as well.

Check out The Graceful Tangle on Instagram for full details, and to pick up this new pattern!

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Another Cross Stitched Beanie

A while back I tested the pattern for the Cross Stitched Beanie by Ila Quinn Designs. During the test, I made two versions, one in the original yarn and another in a different yarn that was available at the store because I wanted to make sure I had enough time to make the hat. (I’m wearing the hat made from the original yarn in my profile picture.)

When I finished my test of the Trusty Tunisian Tee (coming soon!) by The Graceful Tangle, I had most of a ball of Lion Brand Mandala Ombré left in the colorway Happy. I figured another Cross Stitched Beanie was in order, and I happened to have just enough left to make the hat and pompom with no leftovers.

I had to fiddle with the gauge a bit because I was a little wide on the stitch gauge and short on the row gauge, so this hat was made with the stitch count of the medium size and the row count of the XL. It worked out perfectly, even if it did take a few tries to get the right stitch count attached to the band.

I’m still trying to decide whether I will keep this one for myself or put it in the pile for Christmas, but I do know I really like it in this yarn.

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Summer Wrap Up

I was trying to keep up with weekly posts, but just dropped off over the summer. So instead, here’s a nice little summer recap from the past 10-ish weeks:

I’ve started work on what was originally going to be two different patterns, but now I am thinking it will be one with two different options for the top of the instep:

I also made another Patchwork Throw Blanket in Bernat Softee Chunky yarn because the original yarn was becoming hard for some people to find:

I sewed my first swimsuit:

And made messes with a 3 year old:

Really jumped down the amigurumi rabbit hole again with a self-patterned rainbow:

A sifaka and axolotl from the Amigurumi Wildlife Adventure:

And Horace the Stegosaurus designed by Irene Strange:

I dabbled in DIY electronics repair:

And learned a new knitting technique:

I took myself to the beach:

And started a new self-patterned knit tee from stash yarn:

Now school is back in session and I generally know what day it is again, so I’m going to hold myself to a more regular posting schedule.

What did you do this summer (or winter if you are in the southern hemisphere)?

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