Sunday, June 17, 2018

Knight's Tunic Top

In follow-up to the Knight's Sword and Chainmail Hat/Helmet I designed, I decided to create this Knight's Tunic Top for my grandson, Jacob.  What little boy doesn't want to be a Knight?  I know I love watching shows/movies about times of past with knights and kings.

This pattern was designed to be beginner-friendly for a crochet newbie, using Red Heart Super Saver yarn and a 6.0mm hook.

Knight's Tunic Top
Size:  Youth Small/Medium

Materials:
--4.0 (for the Fleur-de-lis) and 6.0mm hooks 
--Red Heart Super Saver yarn in Navy (2 skeins) and white (1 skein)
--4 small buttons for side flaps
--tapestry needle for weaving

U.S. Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
St:  stitch(es)
Sl st:  slip stitch
SC:  single crochet
HDC:  half double crochet 
HDC2tog:  half double crochet 2 stitches together
FHDC:  foundation half double crochet
Rep:  repeat
Sk:  skip
FO:  fasten off 
Picot:  Chain 3 and slip stitch into the first chain

Directions:
The tunic is made in one piece, a rectangular-shape.  The neck opening is made at the halfway mark between the front and back.  Then, you make 4 side flaps and attach (2 flaps to each side).

Tunic:
1.  With Navy yarn and 6.0mm hook, I started with FHDC 45.  Or, you could chain 46, HDC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn. (45)
 2.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (45)
3-43.  Rep #2. 
44.  1 HDC in each of the first 9 st.  Ch27, Sk 27, 1 HDC in each of the last 9 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (18 HDC, 27 Ch)
45.  1 HDC in each of the first 9 st.  27 HDC in the ch space.  1 HDC in each of the last 9 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (45)
46-87.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  At the end of Row 87, FO and weave ends.

Border:
1.  With white yarn, join in any st and Ch1.  HDC in same st.  HDC evenly around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1. 
2.  1 HDC in each st around.  Sl st join and FO.  Re-join Navy yarn.
3.  1 HDC in each st around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.
4.  Rep #3.  FO and weave ends. 

Bottom Tabs:
The bottom tabs are made for the front panel and the back panel.  4 tabs on each side.

1.  Join Navy yarn in first st of the first row and Ch1.  HDC in same st and into the next 7 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (8)
2-6.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  After you complete the 6th Row, FO and weave ends.  (8)

Rep steps 1-6 evenly across the bottom to make 4 tabs.  Then, rep on the back side, using the last row you made.


Side Flaps (make 4):
1.  With Navy yarn and 6.0mm hook, Ch4.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (3)
2-11.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (3)
12.  1 SC in each st across.  FO and leave a tail for attaching 1 side to the side back panel. 

Emblem:
1.  With White yarn and 6.0mm hook, Ch3.  HDC in 2nd ch from hook and next ch.  Ch1 and turn.  (2)
2.  2 HDC in each st.  Ch1 and turn.  (4)
3.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 2 st, 2 HDC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (6)
4.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 4 st, 2 HDC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (8)
5.   2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 6 st, 2 HDC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (10)
6.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 8 st, 2 HDC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (12)
7.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 10 st, 2 HDC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (14)
8.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 12 st, 2 HDC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (16)
9-11.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (16)
12.  HDC2tog, 1 HDC in next 12 st, HDC2tog.  FO and weave ends.  (14)
13.  With Navy yarn, join yarn and Ch1.  SC in same st.  SC evenly around.  FO and leave a long tail for attaching. 

Fleur-di-lis:
Vertical Portion:
1.  With Navy yarn and 4.0mm hook, Ch15.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and into each of the next 10 ch.  Picot.  1 SC in each of the next 2 ch.  3 SC in last ch.  Rotate and work on the opposite side of the base chain.  1 SC in each of the first 3 ch.  Picot.  1 SC in each of the next 9 ch.  2 SC in last ch.  FO and leave a long tail for attaching to the emblem.

For the Side:
1.  Ch7.  1 SC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Picot.  1 SC in each st across.  FO and leave a long enough tail to attach on the side of the Vertical Portion. 

Rep for the second side.

Neckline Border:
1.  With White yarn and 6.0mm hook, I joined yarn with a sl st and Ch1 in the back right corner.  HDC in same st and evenly across the back portion.  At the corner, HDC2tog, then HDC across the front.  HDC2tog at the corner.  Continue to HDC until the last st and then sl st join to the first st and Ch1. 
2.   HDC in each st across the back portion.  At the corner, HDC2tog, then HDC in each st across.  HDC2tog in the corner.  Continue to HDC until the last st and then sl st join to the first st and FO.  Weave ends. 
3.  I used the tapestry needle and a piece of white yarn, and weaved it in and out of the center, front HDC st to create a dip (V).  FO and weaved ends.

Assembly:
1.  Attach 2 buttons evenly spaced out on the front sides of the tunic for side flap closure
2.  Attach the Fleur-di-lis to the emblem.  Then attach emblem to front center of the tunic.

To adjust size:
1.  For a 3T-4T size, start with a FHDC 30 or Ch31 and HDC across.  (30)
2-30.  1 HDC in each st across.  (30)
31.  1 HDC in each of the first 10 st.  Ch10, Sk 10, 1 HDC in each of the last 10 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (20 HDC, 10 Ch)
32.  1 HDC in each of the first 10 st.  10 HDC in the ch space.  1 HDC in each of the last 10 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (30)
33-62.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  At the end of Row 63 FO and weave ends.  (30)

Complete remainder of Tunic same as above.  

Please note:
1.  This pattern has not been tested.  It was designed and made by me for my grandchildren.
2.  As a good rule of thumb, please check for size as you go to make sure you get the measurement you want for your child. 
3.  If you have any questions, please feel free to comment or email me and I would be glad to help in any way that I can. 

Enjoy!!!

Happy Crocheting 

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--don't use/claim my design as your own
--don't use/claim my pics as your own
--okay to make and sale your finished work
--don't share my pattern electronically or in print format (without prior consent) but provide a link to my blog

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