Antonia Wrap Around Shrug 5


I first stumbled across the basic design for this shrug in the free pattern Crocheted Candy Apple Shrug on the Lion Brand website.The versatility and uniqueness of it were what initially appealed to me. But it was the simplicity of it that really sold me. Afterall, it’s just an elongated shrug. And a shrug is nothing more than a rectangle with the ends sewn together to make sleeves. Pretty simple stuff. I was definitely going to make one.

So I started following the Lion Brand pattern. As with many patterns, there were some aspects of the design that didn’t fit my personal preferences. First of all, the pattern is done in all back loop single crochet. It was a bit too bulky and tedious. I decided to switch to back loop half-double crochet to speed things up. Just a small change, I know, but in my opinion it draped much nicer.

Then, I had to contend with the sleeves. The original pattern left the sleeves bell shaped and broad. A few variations finished the sleeves with a drawstring or gathered at the wrist. I decided I preferred to have a tapered sleeve. After a few attempts I wasn’t fond of the way the joins were coming out, so I began working the sleeves in rounds rather than as part of a large rectangle.

Finally, the original pattern was a single size. It has a bit of stretch to it, so it does stretch to fit. But that was part of the problem…it stretched too easily. My daughter/model wears a size small and was unable to wear it for an entire day without it stretching and becoming too large on her. Similarly, the single size given wasn’t quite large enough for more endowed woman. It fit awkwardly on larger sizes. So, I decided to size it rather than have it as a “one size fits most” garment.

In the end, I was quite satisfied with the design overall. My daughter loved it so much, she offered to take all the ones I had on hand in her size. So I hid them.


ANTONIA WRAP AROUND SHRUG

This pattern is written in US terms. It is worked in two pieces, beginning at one shoulder across to end of opposite sleeve. The second sleeve is worked by joining at base of the foundation row and worked in the opposite direction. This helps insure uniformity with the sleeves. Sizes are given for small, medium and large with changes in parenthesis S (M, L).

All sizes are based on standards provided by the Craft Yarn Council. http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/womansize.html

A PDF version of this pattern may be purchased for download here.

Stitches:

    • hdc = half double crochet
    • blhdc = back loop half double crochet
    • blhdc dec = back loop half double crochet decrease
    • blsc = back loop single crochet
    • blsc dec = back loop single crochet decrease
    • sl st = slip stitch

Materials:

    • Worsted weight yarn (Weight 4). The shrug shown is made using I Love This Yarn Colors, Madrigal. I also used Loops & Threads, Impeccable in various colors. Approximately 600 yards.
    • Size M (9 mm) crochet hook
    • Tapestry Needle for weaving ends

Gauge: 

Gauge is based on swatch of blhdc

4 rows x 8 stitches = 3″ x 3″

Body

Ch 40 (43, 45) plus ch 2 (turning chain – does not count as stitch).Turn.

Row 1: Hdc in third chain from hook. Hdc in each remaining chain. Ch. 2. Turn.

Rows 2-59 (65, 71): Blhdc in each stitch across. [40, (43, 45) stitches]. Ch 2. Turn.

Row 60 (66,72): Blhdc in each stitch across. Ch 1. Turn.

First Sleeve

Round 1: Sc in each blhdc across. Fold and sl st into first sc to begin working in rounds. Ch 2.

Rounds 2-23 (24, 25): Work blhdc dec over first 2 stitches. Blhdc in each remaining stitch. Skipping turning ch, sl st into back loop of first blhdc. Ch 2.

Round 24 (25, 26): Work blhdc dec over first 2 stitches. Blhdc in each remaining stitch. Skipping turning ch, sl st into back loop of first blhdc. Ch 1. [17 (19, 20) stitches in last round]

Rounds 25-29 (26-30, 27-31): Blsc in each stitch around. Sl st into first sc. Ch 1.

Round 30 (31, 32): Blsc in each stitch around. Sl st into first sc. Fasten off.

Second Sleeve

Round 1: With right side facing [working to match other sleeve], attach to bottom of foundation row with sc. Sc in base of each stitch across. Sl st in first sc to form a round. Ch 2.

Rounds 2-23 (24, 25): Work blhdc dec over first 2 stitches. Blhdc in each remaining stitch. Skipping turning ch, sl st into back loop of first blhdc. Ch 2.

Round 24 (25, 26): Work blhdc dec over first 2 stitches. Blhdc in each remaining stitch. Skipping turning ch, sl st into back loop of first blhdc. Ch 1. [17 (19, 20) stitches in last round]

Rounds 25-29 (26-30, 27-31): Blsc in each stitch around. Sl st into first sc. Ch 1.

Round 30 (31, 32): Blsc in each stitch around. Sl st into first sc. Fasten off.

Finishing

Hide ends, block, and then get your chic on with your finished product.


How-to-wear-the-Antonia-Wrap-Around-Shrug-1024x324Happy hooking!


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