Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Auto shrug.

Gauge swatch
Cm Inch
Width(in stitches)
Width(in )
Height(in rows
Height(in )
Bust (in ):
Arm circumference(in ):

Hi All,

I finally made this pattern 'automatic' so you don't have to calculate anything. If you find any problems please let me know.
Front view

Most shrug patters are worked in one square and from side to side most of the time.
I had a hard time getting it to fit in a way that it didn't pinch my in my arms or armpit.
So I started on a new pattern a while back.

I tried a a lot of different things and finally this one is the one that fits best.
It is worked like a top down cardigan, made in one piece and can be made to fit all!

So let us get started!

The pattern

I used the folowing stitches:

Double Crochet (DC)
Slip Stitch(SS)
And a Foundation Double Crochet(FDC)

First you have to measure your bust. Insert this measurement in the table above. You will also need to make a gauge swatch in the stitch you want to use. I will write the pattern as with a DC but you can use any stitch you want.
Row 1: Start with FDC. Chain 2
Row 2: DC 1, Place a stitch marker in this stitch. DC stitches. Put a marker in the last stitch. Now DC stitches. Put a marker in the last stitch. And last DC stitches. Also put a marker in the last stitch. You should now have DC's in all the stitches.
The stitch markers in place This is how a extra stitch looks like. You can see a slight knack in the work. I apologise for the darkness.
The rest is fairly easy. Row 3-about : 3 DC in extra stitch Place stitch marker in first stitch. DC up to next stitch marker. *DC in extra stitch, chain 1, DC in extra stitch. Place stitch marker in chain. DC up to next stitch.* repeat again. 3 DC in extra stitch. Place stitch marker in last stitch. Chain 2, turn The first, last stitches and two middle chains are now the extra stitches. The amount of rows needed is dependent on the size of your arm. I would try it on when you near the amount of rows needed.
After working the needed amount of rows

Sleeve row 1: Crochet up to second extra stitch. Dc in extra stitch. Now we will join the sleeve. Fold the  first chain towards the extra stitch and ss them together.
Chain one and DC in the extra stitch.
Continue as a normal row.
Sleeve row 2: Now join  the first stitch and the first extra chain space with a ss. I like to slip my needle through the first stitch, through the chain space, yarn over and slip through.
Up to second extra stitch
After joining first sleeve


- The Extra length:
This has only been tested with one row.
I wanted a little extra length so I added one row after finishing the joining of the sleeves.
I DCed across the back piece.
I thing you can do this as often as you like but I would Decrease the sides with one stitch every row so it would go lower smoothly instead of a square. I still want to test this but haven't done it yet.
-Longer sleeves:
Attach your yarn anywhere on  the bottom of the sleeve en DC in the round. Simple as that. Remember the amount of rows you added, that way you can do the same on the next sleeve.

I hope you can make some sense of it and I would love to get some reviews or comments on it. Let me see what you make.


Little Mouse

1 comment:

  1. Hi Little Mouse, I am intrigued with your shrug pattern. I was wondering if you still have the original pattern without the auto part, as I would like to experiment with stitches for it! Let me know, would love to see your updated projects and thank you!