A Spring Shrug

In case you missed my previous post, my blog just turned one!  (Enter to win a $50 gift card to shop for yarn here.)  This little girl right here is the major reason that I left my job and started blogging in the first place.

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Doesn't she look rather angelic here??  Don't let her fool you!  This is the face of a toddler being bribed with the promise of eating two whole M&M's!

My initial hurdle of getting her to actually wear what I make for her has gotten much better.  Now my struggle is getting her to stop moving long enough to snap a moderately decent picture.  At this rate, she may be fully cooperative by, well, probably never....but I hear that being "strong willed" will serve her well in life.  For now she's got places to be and things to do and learn, so I guess I can't blame her for not wanting to "play" model for mommy! :)

This simple shrug pattern was inspired out of necessity.  It is warming up here a bit finally, but not so much that my daughter won't need a little extra something to wear over her Easter dress in a few weeks!

This crochet pattern couldn't be easier-so if you want to whip one up in time for Easter you can definitely get it done!  I wrote this pattern to fit 2T-3T since that is what my daughter is currently wearing, but it would be insanely easy to size up or down as well.  Check out my tips below in the pattern notes for how to adjust the size.

The other good news??  Made in this size, this is a nice one skein project :)  I used just under one skein of Lion Brand Wool Ease in 'White/Multi' so there are lovely little glittery flecks throughout the shrug.  If you are hesitant to use a wool blend on a children's piece, you could substitute any worsted weight yarn you like!  I think it would even be perfect made it cotton.


Supplies:

Abbreviations:

  • ch: chain
  • sl st: slip stitch
  • HDC: half double crochet

This rectangle is constructed using the "crunch stitch".  This just means that you alternate between HDC and sl st across the row.

Finished Size (before stitching arm holes):

Length = approx. 9"

Width = approx. 15.5"

Gauge

12 sts x 8 rows = 4" square (in alternating HDC, sl st; aka "crunch stitch")

Pattern Notes

  • Chain stitches at the beginning rows do not count as a stitch
  • The tension of your sl st should "match" the tension of your HDC stitch-you will be working into these sl sts when you get to the next row.
  • Adding/subtracting ch sts from the foundation ch in increments of 6 will increase/decrease the width of your finished piece by approximately 2"
  • Adding/subtracting rows in increments of 4 will increase/decrease the length of your finished piece by approximately 2"

Instructions:

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Row 1: HDC in second ch from the hook, sl st in the next, *HDC, sl st, repeat from * across (50).  Turn

Row 2-32: *HDC, sl st, repeat from * across (50). Turn

Now you have your rectangle.  Tie off your yarn and leave a long tail.  Fold your rectangle in half the long way (so it looks long and skinny).  Use your tails to sew a whip stitch for about 1" to 1.5" from the corners.  This creates the arm holes.  Weave in your ends.

Now, go chase down your toddler! ;)


Now the legal stuff...You may sell items made from this pattern, but please credit me as the original designer.  Also, please do not share the written pattern in print or electronically.  The photos on this webpage belong to Megan Meyer of Left in Knots and may not be used for product sales/product listings.  You may share a link back to my blog if you would like someone else to see or work with this pattern.  Thank you for your cooperation and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me!

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