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Olive Shrug

I am thrilled to share my latest pattern with you, it’s cute, it’s green, it’s the Olive Shrug!

This pattern came to me at an unexpected time, sometimes these are the best designs, don’t you think?. I had plenty of ideas floating around in my head (too many, in fact), but I had decided to make something for myself, a jumper that I have had pinned on pinterest for ages!!! (I will be writing a blog post/review about it soon). So half way through the jumper I accidentally picked up a different hook and a new ball of yarn and this happened! I love it, so much, and I hope you will too!

I think the Olive Shrug would be a gorgeous addition to anyone’s wardrobe, its perfect for Spring through to Summer. With its light and airy texture, the v stitch & simple half double crochet border is a superb combination for a shrug.

This beginner project, is ideal for someone wishing to venture into the next step of garment making. You simply crochet a rectangle, sew two small seams & add a simple border, that is all you need to do to create this cute little shrug.

The pattern is written for a child age 3 & only uses 85g of yarn! You can easily adjust sizing for an adult by increasing your starting chain, {multiples of 3 +5} & adding extra rows to make it longer, just remember you’ll need more yarn!

For my starting chain I measured from elbow to elbow {with arms out-stretched}, when completed the finished result, is a capped sleeve shrug.
Also I choose to work my 1st row into the back bumps of the chain, as it creates a really neat finish. Have a go & see what you think.

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You will need:

85g 4 ply Yarn

Crochet Hook: 3.00mm (US C/2)

Tapestry Needles

Scissors

Yarn: This is my first time using a yarn from the Hobbycraft Soft & Silky range, my verdict……I loved it! it feels like mercerised cotton and has a gorgeous sheen to it, but it is in fact, 100% Microfibre Acrylic.

You can purchase this yarn from Hobbycraft through my link below.

Women’s Institute Olive Soft and Silky Yarn 100g

Gauge:

8 v-stitches x 12 rows measure 10 x 10cm (4 x 4in)

Measurements:

Width – {sleeve -sleeve} 44 cm (17.5″)

Height – {neck – bottom} 31 cm (12″)

~ Written in US terms ~ {UK terms HERE}

Abbreviations:

Ch – chain

Sl st – slip stitch

St – stitch

V St – V Stitch consists of a double crochet (dc), ch 1, double crochet
(dc) all in one stitch space– make a dc – yarn over, insert hook into
next stitch, yarn over pull through stitch, yarn over pull through two
loops, yarn over pull through two loops, ch 1, make another dc.

Hdc – Half Double Crochet – yarn over, insert hook into next stitch,
yarn over pull through stitch, yarn over pull through all three loops on
hook.

Sc – Single Crochet – insert hook into next stitch, yarn over pull
through stitch, yarn over pull through both loops on hook.

Ok lets start!

Ch 101 (96+5)

Row 1:
V st in the back bump of the 4th ch, *skip 2 ch, v st in the back bump of the next st, repeat from *, dc into the back bump of the last ch, ch 3, turn.

Row 2:
V st into the v st space of the previous row all the way across, dc into the top of the ch 3, ch 3 turn.

Row 3 – 33:
Repeat row 2, do not fasten off yarn.

Construction time:

Now it’s time to make your rectangle into a wearable garment!

Lay your rectangle out flat and fold the top down to meet the bottom edge.

There is no right or wrong side. {If you do have a preferred side, make sure this is on the inside} Now you are going to sew up part of the seam, to create an arm hole. {this measurement can also be adjusted, to your desired arm hole size}

I use a single crochet seam as this creates a slightly thicker seam, which enables you to tell if your shrug is inside out! But you can use any seaming method you wish.

Using your working yarn & holding your two sides together, work 2 sc into each space, for a total of 5 stitches.

Do not fasten off yet.

Arm Border:

Row 1: Ch 1, sc around the arm hole, sl st into the 1st sc to join.

Row 2: Ch1, hdc around, sl st into the 1st hdc to join. Fasten off.

-Repeat for the other arm.

Join yarn to the opposite side & holding your two sides together, work 2 sc into each space, for a total of 5 stitches. Do not fasten off yet.

-Repeat Arm Border.

Main Border:

Open out your shrug like the picture below (this picture is before any borders have been added)

Join yarn to the bottom of your shrug in the middle. With the right side facing you, repeat arm border for the main border.

Row 1: Ch 1, sc around, sl st into the 1st sc to join.

Row 2: Ch1, hdc around, sl st into the 1st hdc to join. Fasten off.

Weave in your ends & you’re finished!

I hope you enjoy crocheting your own Olive Shrug, it’s an easy project, that will make you beam with pride when you’ve finished! I’d love to see your version!

Below I’ve included the Olive Shrug pattern in UK terms, for step-by-step photos, see US instructions

~ Written in UK terms ~

Abbreviations:

Ch – chain
Sl st – slip stitch
St – stitch
V St – V Stitch consists of a treble crochet (tr), ch 1, treble crochet
(tr) all in one stitch space– make a tr – yarn over, insert hook into next
stitch, yarn over pull through stitch, yarn over pull through two loops,
yarn over pull through two loops, ch 1, make another tr.
Htr – Half Treble Crochet – yarn over, insert hook into next stitch,
yarn over pull through stitch, yarn over pull through all three loops on
hook.
Dc – Double Crochet – insert hook into next stitch, yarn over pull
through stitch, yarn over pull through both loops on hook.

Ok lets start!

Ch 101 (96+5) {{multiples of 3 +5}}

Row 1:
V st in the back bump of the 4th ch, *skip 2 ch, v st in the back bump of the next st, repeat from *, tr into the back bump of the last ch, ch 3, turn.

Row 2:
V st into the v st space of the previous row all the way across, tr into the top of the ch 3, ch 3 turn.

Row 3 – 33:
Repeat row 2, do not fasten off yarn.

Construction time:
Lay your rectangle out flat and fold the top down to meet the bottom edge. There is no right or wrong side. {If you do have a preferred side, make sure this is on the inside}

Now you are going to sew up part of the seam, to create an arm hole. {this measurement can also be adjusted, to your desired arm hole size} I use a double crochet seam as this creates a slightly thicker seam, which enables you to tell if your shrug is inside out! But you can use any seaming method you wish.

Using your working yarn & holding your two sides together, work 2 dc into each space, for a total of 5 stitches.

Do not fasten off yet.

Arm Border:
Row 1: Ch 1, dc around the arm hole, sl st into the 1st dc to join.
Row 2: Ch1, htr around, sl st into the 1st htr to join. Fasten off.

-Repeat for the other arm.

Join yarn to the opposite side & holding your two sides together, work 2 dc into each space, for a total of 5 stitches. Do not fasten off yet.

-Repeat Arm Border.

Main Border:
Open out your shrug. Join yarn to the bottom of your shrug in the middle.
With the right side facing you, repeat arm border for the main border.

Row 1: Ch 1, dc around, sl st into the 1st dc to join.
Row 2: Ch1, htr around, sl st into the 1st htr to join. Fasten off.

Weave in your ends & you’re finished!

7 thoughts on “Olive Shrug

  1. Today, I went to the beachfront with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is completely off topic but I had to tell someone!

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