Me Made May: Success with a New Technique

9 May 2023
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Lunartop Front

Pattern: Lunar Top

Designer: Aklori Designs (@akloridesigns on IG)

Yarn: Ravenswood Fibre Co (indie dyer from New Brunswick) Robin Wood, 1119 metres (1224 yds)

Aklori is one of my favourite designers to test for. She exclusively writes Tunisian crochet patterns and focuses primarily on garments and accessories. I wanted to work this pattern because it features one of my favourite Tunisian stitches—the full stitch, which creates a unique fabric texture that looks almost woven. This was the first time I worked Tunisian in the round with a double-ended hook, which was a little tricky at first, but once I got the hang of it the project practically flew off my hook. The pattern was easy to make and, best of all, practically seamless, which is great for me because I hate sewing! I made a size M in fingering weight yarn, so it’s light and a great piece to wear for spring and fall. Overall, I love how this sweater turned out, except for one glaring error: I committed the cardinal sin of not alternating skeins, which, when working with variegated hand-dyed skeins, is a big-time no-no. To my critical eye, you can plainly see the different pooling patterns in each of the 3 skeins of yarn I used, though I just happened to use them in sequence from light to dark, inadvertently creating an ombre effect!

Photos by Kim Davidson.

image description: a portrait of brown-skinned woman with natural hair, wearing a crochet poncho; she is looking into the camera, with a half-smile

About Kim Davidson

I am primarily a crocheter, both regular and Tunisian. I enjoy making garments and accessories, and my favourite yarn weights to work with are fingering weight and sport/DK in semi-solid to highly variegated colours, usually in shades of purple! I was born, raised and currently live in the Toronto area, and I especially love working with Canadian designers and indie dyers. I do have a few pattern designs of my own but what I really enjoy is being a pattern tester. I consider myself pretty good at spotting errors - must be my day job as an elementary school teacher-librarian. When I am not crocheting, you can usually find me on the field playing the best sport ever - Ultimate Frisbee!

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