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Welcome to Part Four of the Sea Isle Tunic Crochet-a-Long with Cre8tion Crochet- where beautiful is easy. If you are just joining us you can start with Part One. Part Two and Part Three are also available.
In Part Four we are going to be working on blocking, seaming and finishing. By now you should have a front and a back panel for your tunic. The first thing you’ll need to do is block your panels separately.
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If you have never blocked before, I recommend looking over this post. It goes into full detail on wet blocking, which is the method I recommend for this design, especially if you used the Knit Picks Shine Sport yarn.
- Anti Fatigue mats like these, interlocking kids play room mats, like these, or blocking boards like these.
Depending on the fiber you choose, or if you are not comfortable with wet blocking you can also use steam blocking, which you can read all about here.
Whatever method you use, be sure not to manipulate the yarn any more than necessary. If you wet block, make sure you do not wring the pieces or over agitate them in anyway; also be sure not to hold the piece as to stretch it out. You are just opening the lace stitches and blocking to finished measurements.
- Soak in basin with wool wash and lukewarm to cool water, do not use hot
- After squeezing excess water out (do not wring dry or agitate), lay wet piece down flat on a towel
- Roll towel to squeeze the moisture out
- Carefully lay flat on blocking boards. Do not stretch but gently coax to finished measurements, opening up the lace and being sure the piece lays nice; after all, how it dries is how it will remain until it is washed again.
Note: I use different lot numbers for my body portion here, and while they looked the same when dry, and hopefully will dry the same, they turned different colors when wet. You can see the bottom portion looks more tan than cream.
Once your pieces are blocked, and dried, you are going to seam them. First things first. MAKE SURE that when you seam your panels that both panels are turned wrong sides OUT (right sides will be touching each other on the inside). You are going to seam the panels with the wrong side, of both the front and back, facing out.
Once you are done seaming, you will turn the finished piece right side out. If you skip this step than your seams will be showing once your garment is finished.
I highly recommend the mattress stitch for seaming garments. This is because the mattress stitch lies fairly flat and won’t make a bulky seam. If you’ve never done the mattress stitch, than I’d recommend this tutorial by Moogly; this tutorial includes a written, picture and video tutorial for this stitch.
You will only be seaming the body (color B) portion, and the shoulders/sleeves (color A), of this tunic; the bottom lace portion is not seamed, this creates a small, bottom, slit on either side.
I recommend beginning with the shoulder seams to keep the body portion lined up. You may also want to attach the panels, temporarily, with stitch markers (through both the front and back panels), at periodic points, to keep things squared while you are seaming. Be sure to stop and check often, to make sure it is all lining up. Do not cut and weave in your ends until you have turned it right side out and checked for accuracy.
- Place right sides together and mattress st from first hdc row to last hdc row (do not st the bottom lace portion), across top of sleeves and bottom of sleeves.
- Turn right side out.
After you block and seam your piece you can move on to the final finishing.
- Sc evenly around neck opening and around arm holes.
- Spot block the edging as needed. You can either mist with a spray bottle and wet block, or steam block.
Once your finished piece is dry, you can put it on and show it off. Follow the washing/care instructions on your yarn label, you don’t want all that hard work to go to waste, or be ruined.
I truly hope you enjoyed making this tunic with me. If this was your first article of clothing, I’m so glad that you have been able to see just how easy it can be. Granted, there are lots of more difficult clothing patterns out there, but you can still make yourself something very beautiful to wear, with a simple pattern.