Posted by: Sylvia, aka Shucky | May 30, 2011

Crocheted Shrug

I don’t have a pattern for the crocheted shrug (keep checking ravelry.com) but basically what you do is make a perfect circle, in a half-double or double crochet. It must be flat and have no ruffles. You can make this with any yarn and suitable sized hook.

When it is wide enough to fit across your back to your shoulers and neck nicely, take sleeve measurements around your armpits.

Put in stitch markers where the arms of a ‘Y’ would be (the bottom of the armhole being above the horizontal diameter of the circle), using half the armpit measurement + 2 “ on each side. Or get a friend to hold it up on your back and place the markers for you, then count the stitches between all the markers to make sure the markers will be evenly placed.

Continue crocheting, but chain the appropriate number of stitches you are skipping when you get to the first stitch marker, then crochet to the next stitch marker, chain, and continue crocheting at the last stitch marker.

Continue crocheting the circle until when you slip your arms through the two holes, you like the width of the collar and finish.

You may want to use a novelty yarn with the base yarn on the last 4” for a dressier collar.

I made my first shrug in fire-engine red with some red Lion Brand fun fur, and I call it my ‘hussy shrug’. The crochet shrug I made was in pale indigo and pink.

EAST KNITTED SHRUG

I am currently working on a knitted ribbed shrug for spring and summer in a multi-coloured sport weight acrylic. It’s very easy, you just measure the width of the shrug you want, then find the gage by wrapping the yarn you want to use around a 1” piece of cardboard, for one inch. The number of wraps will tell you how many stitches you need to cast on per inch (so if you want a 28” shrug in a chunky yarn at 6 wraps per inch, you cast on 168 stitches with a size 6 mm. circular needle. Or 22” in a worsted at 8 WPI, you would cast on 176 stitches (the number must be even for this shrug).

Rib 2 for 10 “…

· K2 P2

· P2 K2

Switch to a 5 mm. needle for the next 10 “…

Then switch back to the 6 mm needle. for the last 10 “.

Fold the rectangle in half horizontally, and place a marker for the arm holes. Sew or knit the seams up to the arm holes (I like a 3-needle bind off for this one). The top edge will be a very nice collar when you put it on, and because it’s done in ribbing, it will be more fitted.

MAKE A GAUGE

Cut a stiff piece of cardboard to measure 1” x 4”. Measure out a 1” width on the cardboard, like a ruler, and mark it. Cut a tiny slot to just before the first measure is, to anchor your yarn while you are wrapping. Whenever you want to take a gauge, just wrap your yarn around the gauge until you’ve gone beyond the inch, and count the wraps within that inch.

This will help when you go to buy yarn for a project, especially if you can’t find the yarn a pattern calls for. Usually a yarn’s label will tell you the needle size you will need, and the yardage, but sometimes it won’t. This handy little tool will help you to assess the needle size, but if you don’t know the yardage, and the yarn is anything other than regular knitting worsted, purchase extra – but only if the shop owner will let you return any unused wool, or you can use it in your yarn stash for another project.

cOCO

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