Over the weekend, I finished my first crocheted article of clothing. I snagged the pattern for this granny shrug off of Pinterest a few months ago, thinking I would whip through it in no time…of course this would’ve been the case if I didn’t have 20 other projects going on at the same time! It’s a very simple pattern, just two large granny hexagons folded over and stitched together.The pattern called for a 8 ply wool yarn, but I used Misti Alpaca Chunky Yarn which is 100% baby alpaca and definitely not 8 ply. This shrug is heavy! I haven’t worn it yet too much, so I can’t tell yet how it will stretch or how the drape will change, but if I were to make it again, I would use a stiffer yarn that holds its shape a little better. I added the button in the middle because otherwise the shrug would just flap open and it looked horribly undefined. I altered the pattern by making it several rows longer (including the sleeves) and 2 rows wider than the original. Also, it was a miracle that I found the olive green yarn in my stash to finish off the edging. It is also made by Misti Alpaca and was a perfect fit since I used up every last bit of the multi colored yarn to complete the shrug.Overall, I am pleased with the results and I feel like I accomplished a project that I probably wouldn’t have dared to try a year ago. Progress, right? If anyone else wants to give this a shot, let me know if I can help in any way. It really does work up quickly and because it’s just a basic granny square type stitch, you can do it with one eye closed…heehee.
Happy stitching and happy MLK day to you all!
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