Shrug/Bolero Details

Per Deneen's request, here are the shrug details.

Yarn Used: Lion Homespun (approximately 1 3/4 skeins)
Hook size: N

Follow a pattern for a basic shrug (i.e. a tube shape). If you can't find a pattern, you can simply do this:

Part 1:

Measure the lengh from one arm to another, across your back. I measured from elbow to elbow, my own preferred length. You can customize this as much as you want.

Make a starting chain that equals the length you measured above.

Row 1: hdc in second ch from hook, and in each ch across. Chain 2 and turn.

Rows 2-?? hdc in each ch across, ch 2, turn. When you've reached your desired width, do not fasten off.

Measure the circumference of your arm at its widest point where your sleeves will be. Since I measured elbow to elbow, my widest part was just above my elbow, where my teacher-waddle bi-cep is (you ladies know what I'm talking about, you get past a certain age and that waddle just won't go away!). If it's 12 inches, for instance, repeat row 2 until your rectangle measures 12 inches in width.

With the help of an assistant (Dad was mine), hold your arms outstretched by your sides and position the rectangle from arm to arm, across your back. Be sure to place the ends of the rectangle where you want the sleeves to end, centered perfectly on either side (as best you can, at any rate). Place a stitch marker on each side right at your armpit.

Fold retangle in half lenth-wise. Starting where you left off, sl st ends together between end of sleeve and armpit marker. Try it on, and if it's good to go and feels alright, fasten off.

Repeat for other sleeve.

Voila. Shrug made.

Part 2:

Attach yarn. I believe I attached the yarn at an armpit, but it doesn't really matter.

SC in each hdc all around the edge until you reach your first sc.

Do not join rounds or ch 1. Work in a spiral.

Continue to SC around and around and around until you've reached your desired length.

Keep in mind that Homespun is pretty heavy, so as you're working your collar section behind your neck is going to basically stand up straight. It isn't ever going to have a lovely drape and fold and flow off your shoulders. The yarn just isn't capable.

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Attach yarn at bottom of sleeve. SC in each hdc around, join, and fasten off. Weave in ends. Voila. Bolero? Shrug Jacket? Shracket?


Variations:

Use a yarn with a nice drape (I plan to do this next) and an appropriate hook size.
If your yarn has good drape, that collar (that stands up with the homespun) is going to fold down and flow nicely. When you've reached your desired length, try a decorative edging, maybe a scalloped, pretty edge. I bet that would look gorgeous!

Try any stitch pattern that you like. Shell stitch, v-stitch, sc, dc, tr, the possibilites are endless. Have fun!

3 comments:

Bron said...
Thursday, 19 July, 2007

I know I have something in my stash that will work for this. Hmmmmmm.... I'm thinking something in a V-stitch. ;)

Alexis said...
Thursday, 19 July, 2007

Thanks for posting that!

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