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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Dots and Dashes Bolero/Shrug





This is a super easy bolero/shrug that you can adjust to fit any size! I love figuring out simple, fast and most of all easy patterns so I'm so excited to share this with you all! It is full of eyelets so it is light and airy, I love eyelets and I keep trying to figure out more fun ways to use them.

Measuring:

Figure out how far down your arm you want the shrug to go, measure from that spot across your shoulders to the same spot on your other arm. That is how wide you need to make your rectangle.
Measure around your arm in that same spot, this will be how tall to make the rectangle. You may want to add a half inch for comfort and stretch. If your yarn is not one that gives easily or stretches than you may want to add 1 inch.

If you follow this pattern exactly than your piece will be about 25 inches long and fit a teen or petite/small woman (around 100 lbs or less). But you can make it in any size with adjustments.
To adjust the size you want the number of chains to be a multiple of 4, then add 5 to that amount. The great thing about this pattern is its so easy to adjust to any size!!


Dots and Dashes Bolero/Shrug
Ravelry page for his bolero - add it to your library!


G/6 4.25mm Hook
Worsted weight yarn
I used about about 225-275 yards but depending on how large or small you are making it will change exactly how much yarn you use

st = stitch
sts = stitches
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet


Notes:
ch 3 counts as dc so the last stitch on rows will be into the 3rd chain / ch 2 counts as first hdc so the last stitch on rows will be into the 2nd ch
do not work the first stitch into the turning chain stitch
do not work your chains for the space tightly because you will have to work a stitch into the in the next row

Chain 101 (this is MY starting chain size, yours may be different for size adjustments)

Row 1: dc in 4th ch from the hook, dc in each ch across

Row 2: ch 3, dc in next st (not very first st/same st as ch but the next st), * ch 1 skip 1 st, dc in next st * dc in the last st, turn

Row 3: ch 3, dc in each st across (don't dc into the very first st), turn

Row 4: ch 2, hdc in next st (not very first st/same st as ch but the next st), * ch 3 skip 3 sts, hdc in next st * hdc in the last st, turn

Row 5: ch 3, dc in each st across (don't dc into the very first st), turn

Repeat rows 2-5 until piece reaches height needed according to your measurements but you want row 2 & 3 to be the last rows worked! Don't end with row 4 & 5 otherwise when you go to work the band your pattern won't match up.

You want to fasten off but leave a long tail to sew the sleeves, go ahead and weave in the end from the very beginning to get it out of your way.



I suggest sewing together 16 stitches inward for each sleeve but you can adjust that easily if needed for size but just make sure that you work in even numbers for the stitch count! Please adjust it if needed instead of completing it and commenting that it was too tight. I want you to love your project! Only do 12 if that seems more comfortable. It all depends on your fit and how far down your arm you measured from. 

Count 16 stitches (or less) starting at the corner (corner counts as the first stitch) and mark the 17th stitch, do the same for all the edges. Sew together those 16 stitches and stop at the marked 17th stitch. Attach yarn to the other end and join the other 16 stitches to form the other sleeve.

It should look like the picture on the right...







Attach the yarn into the marked stitch (it doesn't really matter exactly which one you start from) you will now be working in rounds. It's best to keep the markers in the stitches for the very first round so you don't accidentally work into the stitches right next to it that you used to join/sew the sides.




You will be working the same pattern as before but since you will be working in rounds so it starts and ends slightly different than working in rows. But you still do not work into the very first st.


Round 1: hdc into the same st that you attached the yarn into,  *  ch 3 skip 3 sts, hdc in the next st *  at the end of the round sl st into the top of the first hdc to join   (when you get to the parts where you joined make sure you don't count the stitches that were used to join...go from one marker to the next..like in the picture above)

Round 2: Ch 3, dc in each st around, sl st into the 3rd ch of beginning ch 3 to join

Round 3: ch 4, skip 1 st, * dc in the next st, ch 1 skip 1 st *  sl st into the 3rd ch of beginning ch to join

Round 4: ch 3, dc in each st around, sl st into 3rd ch of beginning ch to join

Round 5: ch 5, skip 3 sts, * hdc in the next st, ch 3 sip 3 sts * sl st into the 2nd ch of beginning ch to join

Repeat rows 2-4

Ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st to join

ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join (you could also work a sl st border instead if you prefer)

Weave in the ends




26 comments:

  1. Awesome! I can't wait to make this for my teen granddaughters.

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  2. Thank you! I hope you all enjoy the pattern! :)

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  3. I'm so happy I found your blog. I love all of your patterns!! Currently, I'm making the 'shrug to match the perfect purse', and I just came across this pattern... which I will also need to make lol (oh, and the fat bag... and kush shrug... )

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  4. Love this! Thanks so much for sharing! I linked to your pattern this morning on my blog: http://www.mooglyblog.com/crochet-shrugs-for-girls-10-free-patterns/

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  5. i will make this for my 5y old girl! So super easy and so cute looking! THank you so much for sharing this pattern with us

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  6. This shrug is so pretty and simple, but I can't figure out how many chains from the hook in rows 2-4 that you are to make your first stitch. Can you clarify for me please?

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    1. In row two, after you chained three, count to the fifth stitch from the hook and dc there. Row three will be the same. Row four you will hdc in the fourth stitch from the hook. You'll be skipping the chains and the first dc (or hdc), because the chain 3 (or chain 2) counts as the first dc or hdc in that row. Hope this helps!

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  7. Just a few suggestions. The paragraphs about the rectangle and measurements would be better under the "materials" and before the first instruction. Also, maybe a little more wording about the first part. If you go directly to the pattern without reading above it, it makes no sense. I came to it from pinterest and didn't read above the pattern, so after getting it the length I wanted, from my neck down, it didn't make any sense. Just letting you know for future patterns you write. :) Now that I understand it, I'm excited to get finished. Need it for a dress!

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    1. My suggestion would be to read the whole pattern before you start :)

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  8. i need this pattern in a extra large or xxl so can you send it to me on how to make it fit. in my size bust line 50. at mecca77@gmail.com thanks

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  9. how do i attach sleeve and second do i do a chain stitch first and follow the pattern then attach the sleeve? send me a reply mecca 77@gmail.com. or a photo. would be nice.

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  10. Thanks for the free pattern. I can't make them come out straight. What do you mean by, "don't dc in the last dc" on the odd rows. The piece either gets crooked or I don't end with the correct amount. Thanks for your help!

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  11. what size does this make is it a women or a a kids

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    1. Read the instructions, you can make it in any size.

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  12. I too am having problems like Mecca is having, could we please get an answer so I don't have to frog it again

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    1. Not sure what exactly mecca means by attach the sleeve, you just sew it together. Make sure you read the measurement instructions, the sleeve is included in the rectangle. You fold the rectangle in half, longways. Place the edge together and sew then in X amount (depending on your size) of inches. It is sewed up like most boleros that are rectangle based.

      Hope that helps!

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  13. Hi, I love this design I was just wondering if you maybe had a picture of the front with someone wearing it? Just let me know thank you!

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  14. I just made this. I used 5mm hook and Caron simply soft yarn. I love it, thank you!

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  15. I just finished it for my grandaughter and I enjoyed so much thank you for the pattern I used all the materials you suggested and it came out to a T

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  16. i am finishing this up now. love it. thank you for sharing this pattern

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    1. Can you tell me are these American or uk instructions please

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  17. Can you explain a little clearer how the shrug actually opens up? You have a repeat of rows 2-4 but repeating them doesnt provide an opening. Where does the sleeve stop and open? Directions are a bit confusing and no where do you indicate where/how to join remaining sleeve. Is the back a seperate piece? Working in the rounds from the sleeve doesnt seem to provide the same pattern of the back as shown in the picture. What am I missing?

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  18. I am looking at this pattern and am confused about changing the size. I've measured across the shoulder from arm to arm and have the measurement but do not know how many stitches to increase to get the right size. Also, where am I starting - top? bottom? Your pattern needs a bit more detail. Thanks for your help. (I tried to send this earlier so if you get two messages, that is why

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    1. The stitch count needs to be a multiple of 4 then add 5. So figure out how many inches 4 stitches in with your tension and yarn. Then you should be able to figure out how many stitches will be needed to fit you. It is made like a typical bolero where you basically make a rectangle then fold it over and attach the sides. So you are starting from the top or bottom since they are identical, if that makes sense.

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