So every project I work on seems to become my favorite and creating this fabric was no exception. This simple stitch is dramatic and large enough to make projects done in it fly off the hook. This simple shrug took me about 4-5 days total.
I will be making a handful of items with this basic, sea shell pattern. In the next few weeks I will add a shawl, and one more sweater using this patter.
This shrug is a basic. It can work on almost any body type, age and can be styled many different ways. Made in a neutral color and with good yarn, this will be something you wear for many summers.
The fit is the most important thing about this and getting it right is critical. Like most of my garments, this will not be about gauge but about your body. You will need to take a few measurements before starting this pattern.
- You need to measure from one elbow to the next, this will tell you how wide to make your shrug. If you want it to stop mid bicep then take your measurements there.
- You need to measure from the nape of your neck to as low on your back you want to wear this shrug. I’ll call this the back measurement.
- You need to measure the circumference (all the way around) the widest part of your upper arm. This will be your arm measurement.
You are going to be making a long rectangle, and placing seams that will make it into a tube shape to fit over your arms. So if your arm measurements is larger than the back measurements, go with your arm numbers. If your back measurement is the bigger of the two numbers, then that is what you will be using. Below are my measurements and the schematics I drew out in my notebook.
Yarn: I used Takhi Classic Cotton Light in color way 4624Mercerized Cotton. My shrug was 34 inches long and 14 1/2 inches wide and I used 4 balls for a total of 436 yards. I am also a small/medium and about five feet tall. I would suggest about 525 yards for a medium and 610 yards for a large. BTW, I loved working with this yarn. It is $7.00 a hank of LoveCrochet.com, comes in a million colors and I’d highly recommend it.
Hook size: This yarn called for a 3.5 MM/ E hook. However you may use what ever hook matches the yarn you choose.
Pattern: Set in multiples of 8 plus 1
Chain until you reach either the circumference of your arms or your back measurements. Be sure to chain in multiples or groups of 8 chains at a time. Keep track of how many groups of 8 you made so you can check your work. Each group of 8 makes one shell
Row 1: Ch 2 more. Sc in 2nd ch from the hook and in each ch across.
Row 2: Ch 1. SC in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd chs. *Ch 5, sk 3, sc in the next 5 sts.* repeat this until you reach the last stitch. To check your work, you will have one chain 5 space for every group or multiple of 8 you made in your starting chain.
Row 3: Ch 1, SC in the 1st st. *Place 11 dc’s in the chain 5 sp, sk 2, place 1 sc in the next st. sk 2 sts* repeat until the end, place a sc in the last stitch.
Row 4: Ch 6 (counts as a tr plus ch 2). sk 3 dc, sc in the next 5 st. *ch 5, sk 3dc, 1sc, 3dcs. Place sc in the 4th DC in the next fan. sc in the next 5* repeat until you reach the last arch, then ch 2 and place a tr in the last sc.
Row 5: Chain up 3, place 5 dc in the first chain space. Sk 2 st, place sc in the next st *Place 11 dc’s in the chain 5 sp, sk 2, place 1 sc in the next st. sk 2 sts* repeat until the end, placing 6 dc in the last chain space.
Row 6: Ch 1. SC in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd chs. *Ch 5, sk 3, sc in the next 5 sts.* repeat this until you reach the last stitch. To check your work, you will have one chain 5 space for every group or multiple of 8 you made in your starting chain
You will repeat rows 3 – 6 until your fabric is half the length of your garment.
To make the 2nd half of your shrug, go back and crochet in the back side of your starting chain. Making sure that the right side of the garment is facing you begin with the set up rows 1 and 2, then repeat rows 3-6 until you have reached the desired length.
Once you have an equal number of rows of each side of the starting chain steam block your fabric. That way you can more easily see how each stitch lines up.
Place your fabric in front of you, with the right side facing up. Fold the top down, making a tube.
Take your stitch markers and pin together where you think your arm seams should go. See the ends of the shrug I made, you can see the are seams on the ends of the garment. Play with the measurements and try it on. Once you come up with a fit you like, simply single crochet the seam, making sure that you are lining up the shells. Make sure to turn your garment inside out before you seam it, or your seam will show.
If you have any questions about these directions, feel free to email me a question.