|FLASH! Sorry for the crappy quality, I had to do a mirror shot.|
|What it looks like from behind|
This super simple bolero shrug is designed to match the "Perfect Purse" pattern that is offered free by Lion Brand Yarn here. I made the clutch purse a couple weeks ago and knew I would want something to match it (I'm very into matching items) so I figured might as well make a shrug to match it. It would be perfect to pair together with a dress for a lunch date or wedding. You could also pair them with jeans and a tank for a cute casual spring/summer outfit. It helps if you have already made the purse because you will be familiar with working with the shells in the pattern. Also if you have already made the purse you know that you do rows of SC and the work the shell pattern. For this you do the same thing except you add rows of sc at the end also. This shrug is super easy to make because it is just a big rectangle that is sewn together at the ends.
|A shot of the shells on my arm|
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Use a G/4.25Hook
You need to chain multiples of 5 +3 (just like the purse pattern)
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each st across.
Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), sk next sc, work 1 dc in next sc, *sk 4 sc, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc) in next st – Shell made; rep from * across, end last rep sk 4 sc, 2 dc in last sc.
Next Row: Ch 3, turn. Sk next dc, dc in next dc, *work Shell in center ch-1 space of Shell; rep from * across, end 2 dc in last dc.
Rep last row until piece measures the length you need
Next Row: Ch 1, turn. Sc in next 3 stitches, Sc2tog in 4th stitch, repeat across
Next Row: Repeat the last row
You now have a rectangle piece. Fold it in half so that you have a long, skinny rectangle now. Start at one short end and stitch inward the same length as it takes to get from the part of your arm that you measured to your armpit. Now cut your yarn and weave in that end and repeat on the other side. Your rectangle now has two sewn ends, making tubes on either side for the sleeves. Put it on to test the fit. Now you will want to add more of a "rim" to the shrug, it makes it look more polished and also help hide the awkward point where the armpit is and it was sewn together.
Row 1: To do this you want to start with a slipknot on your hook and slip stitch into the stitch in the armpit area, work sc in each st. across, slip st to join.
For the 3-5 stitches that are directly in the armpit area that goes to a "point" (where it was sewn together) you will want to do HDC in those for the next 2 rows
Row 2: Ch 1, Sc in each st. across (except for hdc in armpit)
Row 3: Repeat last row
Row 4: SC in each st. across (you do not need to hdc in armpit)
You can fasten off OR continue to repeat the rows until the rim is as wide as you would like
Now you have an awesome little shrug to match your clutch purse!
|Effortless outfit :)|