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|I love the colors in this yarn!|
This is a great pattern to use a self striping or ombre yarn with. You could also take this pattern and make a small rectangle and sew the sides to make a cropped version like many other smaller shrug/boleros.
This pattern may look slightly confusing but it is pretty simple I just would rather over explain that not give enough information.
Hook and yarn:
You can use any hook and size because you adjust how many sets you need according to the size of your sets. I recommend an H hook and medium worsted acrylic blend yarn but you can use what you like best. But be careful with cotton yarns because you want this piece to have some stretch and flow to it and cotton tends to be a little less flexible.
Quarter size - ch 1 and skip 1 st
Double quarter size/large - ch 2 and skip 2 sts
You need to determine how big to make the rectangle for your shrug. Grab a measuring strip, a pen and paper. Determine the middle point between your elbow and shoulder, now go about an inch above that. That is what I am going to refer to as the top of your arm.
#1. Measure from the top of your arm spot across your shoulders to that same spot on your other arm. Write that measurement down as #1.
#2. Measure from the top of your shoulders down your back to about 5 inches above where you want the piece to stop. (the band will accommodate for those extra 5 inches) Write that measurement down as #2.
#3. Measure from the top of your shoulder down to the top of your arm spot. Write that measurement down as #3.
You will need to determine how many "sets" you will need to achieve the size needed according to measurement #1.
Each "set" is made of 5 dc's + ch 1 space. Do a test strip with your yarn and hook of choice. Measure the length of your set, you don't need to worry about the height of the set.
I used a H(5mm) Hook and worsted weight yarn and my "sets" are each 2 inches long. For example, on my shrug I put a total of 10 sets + the last 5 dc's so the piece is 21 1/2 inches wide.
The reason I'm making it confusing with the sets is so you can use any hook size and yarn you choose without it affecting the size of the garment.
The multiple is 6 then + 5 (for last set of dc's) and + 2 (for starting dc)
If your "sets" are 2 inches long and you want your piece to be about 22 inches you will need 10 sets + the last sets of 5 dc's
So you would need to chain 67
( 6x10=60 +5 +2=67 )
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I used an H(5mm) Hook and a medium worsted weight soft acrylic blend yarn which is what I recommend but you can use other sizes (as explained above)
I used approx 600 yards/10.5 oz for mine but it will vary depending on how large or small you make your shrug
|In the pattern I use the term "very first stitch|
st = stitch
sts = stitches
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
Repeat from * * across
Chain ____ (according to your calculations)
Row 1: dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in next 3, * ch 1 skip 1 st, dc in next 5 *
Row 2: ch 3 dc in very first, dc in next 4 * ch 1 skip 1 st, dc in next 5 * ch 1 skip 1 st, dc in last 4
Row 3: ch 3 dc in very first, dc in next 2 * ch 1 skip 1 st, dc in next 5 *ch 1 skip 1 st, dc in last 6
Row 4: ch 3 dc in very first, dc in next 5 * ch 1 skip 1 st, dc in next 5 * ch 1 skip 1 st, dc in last 3
Row 5: ch 3 dc in very first, dc in next st * ch 1 skip 1 st, dc in next 5 * ch 1 skip 1 st, dc in last 7
Row 6: ch 3 dc in very first, * ch 1 skip 1 st, dc in next 5 * ch 1 skip 1 st, dc in last 2
Row 7: ch 3 dc in very first, * ch 1 skip 1 st, dc in next 5 * ch 1 skip 1 st, dc in last 2
Row 8: ch 3 dc in very first, dc in next st * ch 1 skip 1 st, dc in next 5 * ch 1 skip 1 st, dc in last 7
Row 9: ch 3 dc in very first, dc in next 5 * ch 1 skip 1 st, dc in next 5 * ch 1 skip 1 st, dc in last 3
Row 10: ch 3 dc in very first, dc in next 2 * ch 1 skip 1 st, dc in next 5 * ch 1 skip 1 st, dc in last 6
Row 11: ch 3 dc in very first, dc in next 4 * ch 1 skip 1 st, dc in next 5 * ch 1 skip 1 st, dc in last 4
Row 12: ch 3 dc in very first, dc in next 3 * ch 1 skip 1 st, dc in next 5 * ch 1 skip 1 st, dc in last 5
Row 13: ch 3 dc in very first, dc in next 3 * ch 1 skip 1 st, dc in next 5 * ch 1 skip 1 st, dc in last 5
Repeat rows 2-13 until piece reaches the size according to measurement #2
Do not tie off! But you do want to weave in the end from the beginning.
Once you finish making your piece lay it flat and take the side with the yarn still attached and fold it over according to however many inches you have for measurement #3. Make sure it is even on both sides, mark that spot on both sides.
|when working down the sides|
Slip stitch into the stitch you marked (to join)
Ch 2, turn so your are working across the top/neck/short side work hdc into each st across when you get to the end sl st into the other marker stitch to join.
hdc into that same stitch, *2 hdc in the next st, hdc in the next st, 2 hdc in the next st *
When you get to the end of the side work 3 hdc into the corner stitch Repeat between ** across
hdc in each stitch across, at the end of the bottom side work 3 hdc into the corner stitch
Work up the side the exact same way as you did the other side. (2 hdc into next st, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next st) sl st to join in the ch 2 (the one you made right after you joined the first sides)
From here on out you will be working in rounds.
Round 1: Ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st into ch 2 to join
Round 2: Repeat last round
Round 3: Repeat last round
Stop and try on the piece, while you have it on locate your "solar plexus"/celiac plexus, that's the area where your ribs come to a v in the center or your chest...right in the middle near of the bottom of your boobies. Pull both the sides together so they meet up at your plexus, that is where you will want to put the button. You may have to tug on it a bit to get it to meet which is normal because the piece will stretch more once worn. If it is too tight and you cannot get it to meet even when stretched a bit than do a few more rows of hdc. Mark those stitches on both sides but make sure they are even. It is helpful if you mark them then take off the piece and count the rows from the bottom up so you are sure they are even. You can either add just one button (like I did), add 2 buttons or add buttons all the way down, whatever you prefer.
Round 4: ch 2, hdc in each st, when you get the the marked stitch stop
chain 1 and skip 1 st - small button or chain 2 and skip 2 sts - large button
whichever depending on your button size then hdc into the next stitch and continue working around, when you get to the next marker just keep going but leave that marker in that spot to refer to later. at the end of round sl st to join.
Round 5: ch 2, work hdc in each st around (including chain for button hole) sl st to join
Round 6: ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st to join
Round 7: ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st to join
Trim on sleeves:
You will now want to attach the yarn into the "armpit", attach into the same stitch where you joined the sides together. Ch 2 and hdc into the same st, hdc in the next 2 sts, * work 2 hdc in the next st, hdc in the next, 2 hdc in the next st * (the same way you did the sides) sl st to beginning ch 2 to join
Ch 2 and hdc in each st around, tie off
Do the other sleeve the same way
Attach the button in the stitch that you marked earlier. weave in all the ends and you're done!