Friday, July 18, 2014

Firecracker Shrug Free Crochet Pattern -


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We will Start with the Body of the Shrug- a large rectangle
30 X 22 inches

Skill- Intermediate

Materials  - Hook -J
If you stitch tightly you may want to go up a hook size. 
Yarn- 2 Skeins of I Love This yarn - Firecracker
By Hobby Lobby -This yarn has natural striping effect.
(scroll down-there is a pic of the yarn)

Stitches -
Chain   (ch)
Half Double Crochet ( hdc)
Double Crochet  (dc)

Note: Ch 1 at end of rows does not count as a st

Pattern:
Step 1 - The Body or rectangle of the Shrug
 R : 1 - Ch 53, 1 hdc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in each ch across, ch1 turn
(52 hd)

R : 2 - 1 hdc in each hdc, ch 1 turn, ( 52 hdc)

R : 3 - 1 dc in the 1st 2 sts, *ch1, sk the next st, 1 dc in the next st,* Repeat across till the last 2 sts, 1 dc in the last 2 sts, ch 1, turn.

R : 4 - 1 dc in the 1st 2 dc, 2 dc in the 1st ch1 space and in each ch1 space across, 1 dc in each of the last 2 dc, ch1, turn.

R : 5 -1 dc in the 1st 2 dc, 2 dc in between the next 2 dc , and in between the 2dc across, 1 dc in each of the last 2 dc, ch 1 turn

R : 6 - 1 hdc in the 1st 2 dc, *1 hdc in the space before the 1st 2 dc, 1 hdc in between the next 2 dc*, Repeat from * to * across, 1 hdc in each of the last 2 dc, ch 1 turn.

"Space" refers to the space between the sts.

R : 7 - 1 hdc in each st across, ch 1, turn ( 52 hdc)


Repeat R : 2-7, 9 times , cut off yarn and weave in your end.

Step 2-  the hem- Fold Rectangle in half, Starting at the  back left  of rectangle, attach yarn, stitch 1 hdc in each row across the back only, then stitch 1 hdc in row across the front, join to 1 st hdc, ch1

For more Clarification: When you fold it in half, There is a front and a back. You begin at the back and stitch across the back only, then keeping the yarn attached,   you stitch across the front. This makes the edge or trim of the shrug, and forms the arm holes at the ends.  If you look in the next picture you will see the edge of the shrug after the next few rows are crocheted. 

Stitch 3 more rows of hdc around the bottom of the Shrug. Tie off and weave in your end.


Step 3 - The Sleeves.
Join yarn to the first armpit of the of the shrug, and hdc evenly around the arm opening,
be sure to st loosely so it doesn't pucker. join to the 1st hdc, ch 1.

Crochet 2 more rows of had around the sleeve.

Now Repeat Step 3 for the other arm.
And That is IT!
This is the perfect shrug
 for wearing over a strapless or sleeveless dress.
 With a t-shirt and jeans. It can be casual or elegant.
I designed this shrug, because I wanted it to go over 
a new "little black dress" and I love it.
Here is the end of the skein close up!
And I am totally in love with this yarn.
It is Hobby Lobby's I love This yarn -Fire cracker.
It is black with bright yarn twisted together, 
and has a natural striping effect.
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