This shrug uses the same lace pattern as the ginkgo top (and almost the same stitch count!), but with much heavier yarn and larger hooks. Basically, a blown up version of the ginkgo lace pattern. And no neck shaping! Isn’t that nice? :D Such is the beauty of shrugs.
I thought it would make a nice piece for late summer nights easing into fall.
The shrug measures 38.5″ from cuff to cuff, and 20″ from neckline to bottom edge. It’s a very quick make, took me 2 evenings to finish while watching TV :)
What I used:
Worsted weight yarn, approx. 700 yards
6mm and 5.5mm hooks
Tapestry needle for sewing.
Note for size modifications: to increase the length from cuff to cuff, i.e. longer sleeves, add multiples of 6 ch to foundation chain. 6 stitches = 1.75″
With larger hook, ch 136.
Begin with row 2 of the ginkgo lace pattern (but slightly modified, because we’re skipping the first row of dc’s in the original pattern) as follows:
Row 2: 2 dc in 4th ch from hook, skip 2 ch, dc in next ch, [skip 2 ch, 5 dc in next ch, skip 2 ch, dc in next ch] across, skip 2 ch, 3 dc in last ch. Turn.
The rest is just the same as the ginkgo lace pattern. To make things easier I’ve pasted it below.
Note: shell = 5 dc in a stitch, or 3 dc in a stitch
Row 3: (WS) ch 5, skip shell in the beginning of row, dc in next dc, [ch 2, dc in 3rd dc of shell, ch 2, skip rest of shell, dc in next dc] across, ch 2, dc in top of turning ch. Turn.
Row 4: (RS) ch 3, 5 dc in next dc, [dc in dc, 5 dc in next dc across], dc in 3rd ch of turning ch. Turn.
Row 5: ch 5, dc in 3rd dc of shell, [skip rest of shell, ch 2, dc in next dc, ch 2, dc in 3rd dc of shell] across, ch 2, dc in top of turning ch. Turn.
Row 6: ch 3, 2 dc in same st, dc in next dc, [5 dc in next dc, dc in next dc] across, 3 dc in 3rd st of turning ch.
Repeat rows 3–6 until piece measures approx. 18″ from beginning, or desired length. Ending with row 4 or 6. Fasten off.
Fold piece in half lengthwise with wrong side facing out. Sew seam together, starting from the cuff edge, along the long side of the piece, sew 5.5″ towards the centre of the piece (about 3 and a half shells). Repeat on the other side. Turn piece right side out.
Neckline/front/back: With larger hook and right side facing, attach yarn to any stitch along the last row crocheted, ch 3, dc in each dc except the 3rd dc of each shell. When crocheting along the bottom side of the shrug (i.e. along the foundation ch), work 2 dc in each 2 ch space, and 1 dc in the base of each shell, but skip the ch at the base of a dc. Crochet around until end of round, sl st in top of beginning ch, ch 3. Do not turn, dc in each dc around, sl st in top of beginning ch, fasten off.
Cuffs: With smaller hook and right side facing, attach yarn to any space on cuff edge. The stitches will be crocheted into the side ends of the rows, or “row-ends”. ch 3, 2 dc tog in each row-end around, sl st in top of beginning ch, ch 3. Do not turn, dc in each dc around, fasten off. Repeat on the other cuff.
Weave in ends.
Happy crocheting! :D