Monday, November 22, 2010

Little Black Shrug (crochet)

Hmm...well I don't think the photo does this project any justice, and not having it on a model doesn't help either (but you can google "crochet shrug" and get an idea of how they look on someone). It is a great thing to have if you want to wear short sleeves still or even tank tops or sun dresses but want the chill off of your shoulders and arms. I made this one for my little niece and it'll be part of her wardrobe for taking pictures with Santa this weekend. :)

If you want to make one for yourself or someone you know, here's the low-down:

Measure across how long you want the finished width to be (so in this case, from wrist to wrist because it's long sleeved). Mine is about 27 inches, and using a G hook it took about 100 chains to make it that width. You can use any stitch you want (mine is a simple block stitch) and simply start crocheting back and forth across the width until you have reached how *tall* you want it to be from the neck (top) to the bottom part of the shoulder blades (bottom). Finish off and weave in the tails. The final step is to sew in the arms. You should already have a rectangle shaped piece. From the photo above you can see where the arms are sewn (top and bottom of the ends of the rectangle) to create sleeves. Make sure to give "wiggle room" to get arms in once it is finished...if you have any questions, leave a comment and I'll try my best to answer! :)

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