During my cross-country road trip to see the fam, I crocheted a lot. See my previous post for details.
One of the items I made was this super cute shrug.
Originally I was going to make a tank top, like in this video, for the base square and connection method. (Please note, this is not my video, I do not hold copyright to the video or its contents.)
I changed my mind while thinking about how I struggle to find light sweaters to go with my high waisted skirts.
So, I adapted the summer tank top shown in the video to the shrug above.
Here’s how its done:
This is a connect as you go pattern, worked in a series of squares that are connected as they are created.
You start with this basic square:
Then connect each square as it is created.
You will add squares together to create a rectangle that will then be seamed together leaving holes for your arms to slide through. The finished product will look like this when laid out flat:
My Shrug’s Finished Measurements: Width: 27 inches; Length: 15 ¼ inches
My Individual Squares Measurements: Width: 4 inches; Length: 4 inches
The shrug hits me in my mid back and halfway down my bicep. *cough cough, I’m short.* To add width (for longer sleeves or to increase the size) or length (to create a longer shrug) add one or more rows. The shrug will be worked as a large rectangle then folded in half and connected at the bottom rows. I connected 1 square on each size to create the arm hole, but if you decide to add 1 or 2 rows you will want to determine how large or small the arm hole will need to be. I left about a 14 inches circumference for my arms. (That is 7 inches when folded in half and laid out flat.)
And now for the pattern.
Yarn weight: Light DK or fingering
Hook size: D/3-3.25 mm
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
tr = treble crochet
To create your first square:
ch 8, sl st to join
row 1: 16 sc into ring
row 2: ch 7 (count as tr, ch 3), sk next sc, *tr in next sc, ch 3, skip next sc rep from* around sl st in 4th ch of beg ch to join (8 tr)
row 3: Sl st in first ch-3 loop, ch 4 (count as tr), 3 tr in same ch-3 loop, *ch3, 4 tr in next ch-3, ch 13**, 4 tr in next ch 3 loop rep from * around ending last rep at **, sl st in 4th ch of beginning ch to join fasten off
Once the first square is created, the next squares will be attached to the first square at the ch 13 and ch 3 spaces, one side at a time. My suggestion would be to start connecting squares one row at a time. Let’s label the square to help us out. (Oh no. Is this turning into a story problem?)
Ok. Let’s say the first square is in the upper lefthand corner of the rectangle that will become the shrug. If you are moving from left to right, row by row, the next square that is attached will be attached on side B of the original square. Side B of the original square attached to side D of the new square. This row you will be attaching only 1 side of each square.
(Math flashbacks…. Make it stop….)
In the second and following rows, the first square of the row (furthest to the left) will attach side A of the new square to side C of the square above. The following squares will attach sides C and A, as well as sides B and D of each respective square.
The method for attaching is as follows:
New Square (starting chain, rows 1 and 2, and the start of row 3 are the same as before):
ch 8, sl st to join
row 1: 16 sc into ring
row 2: ch 7 (count as tr, ch 3) sk next sc, *tr in next sc, ch 3 skip next sc rep from* around sl st in 4th ch of beg ch to join (8 tr)
You start the final row the same
- row 3: Sl st in first ch-3 loop, ch 4 (count as tr), 3 tr in same ch-3 loop, ch3, 4 tr in next ch-3
And here’s the difference:
- Then, instead of ch 13, ch 6, sl st to attach to the ch 13 space of the completed square to which you are attaching (make sure both squares are facing the same direction – both fronts showing), ch 6 more (creating the equivalent of 13 ch), 4 tr in next ch 3 loop
- ch 1, sl st to the ch 3 space on the completed square, ch 1, 4 tr in next ch 3 loop
- Then, repeat the other corner: ch 6, sl st to attach to the ch 13 space of the completed square, ch 6 more, 4 tr in next ch 3 loop
- If you are attaching another side, repeat as needed. If you are not attaching a side, go back to the original row 3. After a corner, you should be ready for the ch3 in the middle of a side. So: ch3, 4 tr in next ch-3, ch 13, 4 tr in next ch 3 loop repeat until you come to the start of the row and have created 4 sides then, sl st in 4th ch of beginning ch to join fasten off)
- Once you are attaching the second row and have multiple sides to connect, you can slip stitch into the same stitch that connects the two squares at the chain 13 space. The connected chain 13 spaces create the star seen here.
To change the rectangle into a shrug, fold it in half and then seam together the bottom squares. I did this by slip stitching over every stitch and connecting the squares at the chain 13 and chain 3 spaces as it would be connected if it was in the row. My shrug is 7 squares wide and 5 squares long. The squares give the flexibility to increase or decrease the size as needed. To finish, I slip stitched over all of the edges and wove in the ends of each square.
This was a fun piece to create, and I really enjoy wearing it. Summer Shrug for the Win!