Hello I was distracted and poorly with a cold when I started this so the order is not good.
For the free pattern/guide for a flower lattice shrug in viscose- please scroll down to the purple shrug?
For amusing reading and honest admission that things can go wrong - in haste- and then need to be frogged and learned from? That's right here at the start?
I do think we should own up that we all make mistakes and in fact we can learn A LOT from making mistakes.
So here it goes: it all started with a series of dances and Balls that are coming up and I needed something ( new) to wear...
Bit concerned about the polyester composition and lining as it could get very very hot!
So I was thinking I may in time replace the lining with something cooler like a black viscose satin lining... And being sleeveless and me not liking my upper arms I was thinking: SHRUG needed!
SHRUG number ONE: where lessons can be learned as mistakes were made:I learned the lover's knot on-line as per a video demo.
Bought lovely shiny viscose in a blue-grey:
And started making a rectangle!
I used a 4.5mm hook with the Drops viscose : colour DENIM,
I went with a slightly amended Clover edging by Robyn Chachula.
( book bottom right)
Before the edging the shrug in lover's knot has taken up only ONE ball.
I wanted a heavy dense but feminine edge and these dangly clovers are lovely!
So I will keep and repeat this trim, it was so nice!
And not exactly flattering to the upper arm is it? Which was the point of making the shrug anyway.
oh ooh, I'm not at all sure I like this now....
Analysis time! It needs frogging and re-working but how and with what stitches?! What went wrong exactly? More to follow but yes this one is being FROGGED!
I have learned this:
1. Make those loops a lot smaller!
2. Will use that trim again.
3. Not sure this denim colour is good with the dress.
4. May want a different more filet style lacy shrug with beads for this dress?
And now the GOOD news:
And SHRUG NUMBER TWO: THIS ONE WAS MADE FIRST AND WAS A huge success!!!
Here's the story of it's design and development:
I put ''CROCHET FLOWER LATTICE STITCH'' into Google search and it found me this:
And in a spare bit of tan coloured DK cotton I had a go- see sample above?
It is an excellent video tutorial and there are two key things to note with it;
1. It's in USA crochet terms so all the single crochets she mentions are really UK double crochets etc.
so use a USA to UK terms conversion chart as you watch and listen if you need to.
2. The main unusual feature but key to this stitch pattern is THAT YOU DO NOT TURN your work.
You work from left to right and then from right to left with the same side facing you.
I then started a wee shrug in a purple viscose yarn : DROPS cotton viscose available from wool warehouse: here:
It comes in 28 colours and had a sublime sheen, it's relatively easy to work with but can be splitty if you are a beginner it may be best avoided until you are confident in handling splitty yarns.
It's soft and for me- with many allergies- very comfortable to wear.
I used a 4 mm hook but if you work tight use a 4.5 mm and if you are a loose worker and want a firm fabric : use a 3.5mm.
This is a close-up view of the stitch pattern.
Here are all the details:
1. the stitch pattern is as per the video above.
2.The yarn is cotton viscose by Drops in colour 25 deep purple, I used a 4mm hook.
3. I used 142 grammes so just under 3 balls but Woolwarehouse have an excellent service, not only do you receive the yarn quickly and in a nice organza bag, you can send unused balls back for a credit note against future yarn purchases! So you can safely over-order and feel sure you can send surplus back if you so wish. Like the old fashioned wool-shops on the village high streets used to do in the 1960's/70's
4.My finished size is approximately thus: but bear in mind it's quite a stretchy fabric?
And I'm 5' 2'', with a broad back and the length when worn for the sleeves is just a tad longer than 3/4...
Length 130 cm including the hem trims
Width: sleeve circumference: 44 cm
Length from neck edge to mid-back on the back is about 38 cm.
5. Start with 16 flowers in a row lengthwise and follow the pattern for 11 rows.
6. To close the sleeves I crocheted them together with a shorter row of flowers : 4.5 flowers from each end but you can sew them together too.
7. I added a row of chains to the ''open flowers'' which form the open circle that sits around the body:
I crocheted roughly 6 chains and popped a dc into the top of the centre of the outward petal before chaining 6 to the next flower. I did this for the neck edge but stopped at the sleeve join so the hem edge is left open. This was mainly so I can tell which way to wear it?!
8. I added a trim to each of the sleeve hems as follows:
Staring at the join, attaching yarn to the outward facing 4th petal of a flower- the petal without any joins- : chain 6 stitches, work a dc into the chained space, the chain link between this flower and the next, ch 6 and work a dc into the top treble of the free petal facing uppermost on the next flower, continue all the way around. You now have 6ch loops all the way around, ss into the starting stitch.
Now work a chain mesh of similar loops:
row 2: ch 6 and dc into the next 6 ch loop ( into the space not a stitch) and continue this all the way around.
row 3: repeat row 2. Repeat row 2 as much as you like, I had 4 rows of these loops.
Final row: work 6-8 dc tightly over each 6 ch loop to give a scallop edge that is a little more defined. You can use a smaller hook for this if you need to.
SEW IN ENDS AND VOILA! Ready to wear! I will admit here and now that I did not block this as it was viscose and the lace was well defined without blocking.
Will you let me know if you do?
Or share the project with me and others on Ravelry?
Good luck and HAPPY HOOKING!
P.S at this festive time of year it's also a quick gift and can be made in just under a day and due to it's construction can fit almost anyone?!