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Runic Tunic (Main Instructions)






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Or feel free to skip straight to the pattern. It won’t hurt my feelings!


I have always been fascinated by ancient Germanic people and the mysterious runes with which they recorded their language. But unlike the letters we use today, runes were more than just a tool for recording sounds - they were symbols of magic and power, not to be taken lightly. Pagans and Christians alike viewed them with both reverence and fear.


I have also always felt something similarly mystical when I crochet - each stitch and each completed item my way of imbuing love into my work. What more perfect way to combine these two magical crafts than to create a crochet pattern inspired by the runes?


Thus the idea for the Runic Tunic was born! Not only did the name just naturally manifest itself, but the idea of a tunic-style pullover felt authentic to what the ancient Germanic peoples would have worn.


Many Germanic tribes lived in coastal areas where fishing was the way of life, so the use of the herringbone double crochet as the main stitch added another layer of meaning in an already meaning-heavy pattern - plus it’s fun to work up and creates a beautiful texture! Furthermore, runes were very personal - used on epitaphs and carved into special weapons and tools. As such, I’ve provided instructions and guidance for creating your own personalized rune band, giving you a chance to create a truly unique wearable for yourself or a loved one.


Now embark on your own magical journey as you craft your Runic Tunic!





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Materials & Pattern Information

Yarn


Viking Fiber Co. hand-dyed yarn, "Odin's Ravens" (MC) and "Tyr's Sacrifice" (CC)

Nornir DK: 100% non-superwash wool (60% Merino, 30% Corriedale, 10% Grey Romney)

CYC 3 (Light) weight, 12 wpi

230yd/3.5oz (210m/100g) per skein (see size chart for quantities needed)


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Alternative yarns: A Chick That Knitz DK, Tromso Tweed DK, Swish DK, Kristy’s Fiber Arts DK

Hook


US F/5 (3.75mm) or any hook needed to achieve gauge

US D/3 (3.25mm) for sleeve cuffs

Recommended hooks: Furls, Clover Amour, Leither Co.

Notions


Challenge Level


Confident experience with crochet. Techniques include color work, post stitches, cables, some calculations, rune arrangement, irregular increase/decrease patterns, uncommon stitches and techniques.

Finished Sizes


Instructions for each size will be presented in the following format:

XS (S, M, L, 1X) (2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)


It’s always a good idea to go through the entire pattern first and circle or highlight the instructions for the size you’re working.


*If only one value is given in an instruction, it applies to all sizes.

Gauge


Blocked square in 4” (10cm) worked in herringbone double crochet pattern:

32 sts, 33 rows


*See “Notes” section for how to create a gauge swatch.


Abbreviations & Stitch Information


BLO Back loop only

CC Contrasting color

Ch(s) Chain(s)

Ctr Center

Dc Double crochet

Dec Decrease

Ea Each

Hdc Half double crochet

Hk Hook

Inc Increase

Lp(s) Loop(s)

MC Main color

Rem Remaining

Rnd Round

RS Right side

Sc Single crochet

Sk(d) Skip(ped)

Sl st Slip stitch

SM Stitch marker

St(s) Stitch(es)

WS Wrong side

YO Yarn over


Beg herr dc Beginning herringbone double crochet

BPdc Back post double crochet

BPtr Back post treble crochet

Cable (RS) Right side cable

Cable (WS) Wrong side cable

Dc2tog Double crochet 2 together

FPdc Front post double crochet

FPtr Front post treble crochet

FPdtr Front post double treble crochet

FPdc2tog Front post double crochet 2 together

FPtr2tog Front post treble crochet 2 together

Hdc TLO Half double crochet in 3rd loop only

Hdc3tog Half double crochet 3 together

Herr dc Herringbone double crochet

Inv join Invisible join

Lslst Linked slip stitch

Sc3tog Single crochet 3 together

St/st tog Work 2 indicated stitches together

Tw scTwisted single crochet

Beg herr dc Sl st into first st, ch 1, insert hk through front lp going through top of sl st just made, YO, pull up a lp (2 lps on hk), YO, draw through one lp (2 lps on hk), YO, draw through both lps. (used at beginning of rows/rnds) <counts as 1 st>


BPdc YO, insert hk back to front to back around indicated st, YO, pull up a lp, [YO, draw through 2 lps] twice.


BPtr YO twice, insert hk back to front to back around indicated st, YO, pull up a lp, [YO, draw through 2 lps] three times.


Cable (RS) Worked around post sts: Sk next 3 sts, 3 FPtr, working in front of sts just made 3 FPtr around skd sts, 3 FPdc. <counts as 9 sts>


Cable (WS) Worked around post sts: Sk next 3 sts, 3 BPtr, working behind sts just made 3 BPtr around skd sts, 3 BPdc. <counts as 9 sts>


Dc2tog YO, insert hk into st, YO, draw up a lp, yo, draw through two  lps, rep from once more into next st (3 lps on hk), YO, draw through all lps. <counts as 1 st>


FPdc YO, insert hk front to back to front around indicated st, YO, pull up a lp, [YO, draw through 2 lps] twice.


FPtr YO twice, insert hk front to back to front around indicated st, YO, pull up a lp, [YO, draw through 2 lps] three times.


FPdtr YO three times, insert hk front to back to front around indicated st, YO, pull up a lp, [YO, draw through 2 lps] four times.


FPdc2tog YO, insert hk front to back to front around indicated st, YO, pull up a lp, YO, draw through 2 lps, rep from once more around same st (3 lps on hk), YO, draw through all lps. <counts as 1 st>


FPdc3tog YO, insert hk front to back to front around indicated st, YO, pull up a lp, YO, draw through 2 lps, rep from twice more around same st (4 lps on hk), YO, draw through all lps. <counts as 1 st>


FPtr2tog YO twice, insert hk front to back to front around indicated st, YO, pull up a lp, [YO, draw through 2 lps] twice, rep from once more around same st (3 lps on hk), YO, draw through all lps. <counts as 1 st>


Hdc TLO Work hdc into the third lp of the hdc in row below (the third lp is the YO that will be visible on the side of the st).


Hdc3tog YO, insert hk into first st, YO, draw up a lp, insert hk into second st, YO, draw up a lp, insert hk into third st, YO, draw up a lp (5 lps on hk), YO, draw through all lps. <counts as 1 st>


Herr dc YO, insert hk into st, YO, draw through st and first lp, YO, draw through 1 lp, YO, draw through last 2 lps.


Herr dc2tog YO, insert hk into st, YO, draw through st and first lp, yo, draw through one lp, rep from once more into next st (3 lps on hk), YO, draw through all lps. <counts as 1 st>


Inv join (used to join rnds) Work final st of rnd until one YO rem, going behind work insert hk into first st of rnd, pull lp through everything. <does not count as a st>

To make this as “invisible” as possible, I recommend turning your work counterclockwise (hook clockwise) to begin the next round. This will put your working yarn in a place where you can work your first stitch around it, effectively “hiding” it.


Lslst Insert hk into previously worked st, YO, draw up a lp, insert hk into next unworked st, YO, draw through everything. <counts as 1 st>


Sc3tog Insert hk into first st, YO, draw up a lp, insert hk into second st, YO, draw up a lp, insert hk into third st, YO, draw up a lp (4 lps on hk), YO, draw through all lps. <counts as 1 st>


St/st tog Work the two stitches together around indicated stitches.

For example, “FPdc/FPtr tog next two posts” means to work a FPdc around next unworked post stitch until 2 loops remain, work a FPtr around the next unworked post stitch to completion (essentially joining the two stitches together into one stitch). <counts as 1 st>


Tw sc Insert hk into st, YO, draw up a lp to full height of st, turn hk counterclockwise, YO, draw through both lps.


There's a tutorial video you can check out here:




Notes (definitely don’t skip)

  • Work gauge swatch by chaining 25.

  • Row 1: Beg herr dc in 2nd ch from hk, herr dc in ea ch across, turn. 24 sts

  • Row 2: Beg herr dc in first st, herr dc in ea st across, turn.

  • Rows 3-14: Rep Row 2.

  • The Rune Band is where you will get creative. Each size will have its own number of “rune blocks” (sections where each rune will be made), so you will need to plan accordingly to make sure your desired look will fit within the given blocks. More detailed instructions are provided when you get to that part of the pattern.

  • Stitch counts are given at ends of increase and establishment rows/rounds only and will be inside <>.

  • If no stitch count is given, it is the same as the previous row/round stitch count.



Pattern Instructions

Hem Flaps


Notes

  • You will make two pieces that will be joined together to begin working the body in rounds.

  • I recommend using a stitch marker to mark the right side (RS) of each flap.

Setup

With MC ch 59 (67, 75, 83, 91) (99, 107, 117, 123).

Row 1 (RS)

Beg herr dc in 2nd ch from hk, herr dc in ea ch across, turn. <58 (66, 74, 82, 90) (98, 106, 116, 122) sts>

Row 2 (WS)

Beg herr dc in first st, herr dc in ea st across, turn.

Row 3

In first st work [beg herr dc, herr dc], herr dc in ea st to last st, work 2 herr dc in last st, turn. <60 (68, 76, 84, 92) (100, 108, 118, 124) sts>

Rows 4–5

Rep Row 2.

Row 6

Rep Row 3.

Rows 7-18

Rep Rows 4-6 another four times, fasten off. <70 (78, 86, 94, 102) (110, 118, 128, 134) sts at end of Row 18>

Rep instructions to make a second flap then proceed to “Joining” instructions.

Joining

This will essentially be worked in two rounds. The first round connects the flaps; the second round secures it and sets up for working the body.

Joining Rnd 1: With RS towards you, join with sl st into st just left of ctr of one flap (this will be the back flap), ch 1 to secure, beg herr dc in same st as joining, herr dc across current flap, turn, holding other flap with RS towards you herr dc across top, turn, herr dc across top of first flap to end, inv join, turn. <140 (156, 172, 188, 204) (220, 236, 256, 268) sts>

Joining Rnd 2: Beg herr dc in first st, herr dc around, inv join, turn.

Continue to “Body”




Body


Notes

  • The body is worked in joined and turned rounds.

  • Round counts do not include the “Hem Flaps” joining rounds.

Rnd 1 (RS)

Beg herr dc in first st, herr dc in ea st around, inv join, turn.

Rem Rnds

Rep Rnd 1 until you complete a total of 32 (34, 38, 40, 40) (42, 44, 42, 44) rounds.

Continue to “Split for Sleeves”




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