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« on: January 04, 2005 07:24:26 AM »

http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemID=6477&itemType=PRODUCT&iMainCat=10&iSubCat=23&iProductID=6477

i know it's knit, but can it be done crochet with a soft yarn? it just seems like an extented shrug, too...

any insight/ideas would be awsome...
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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2005 04:12:25 PM »

There was one like it in the Interweave Crochet magazine special edition.
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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2005 06:33:36 PM »

It does look like an extra-large shrug.  Probably very simple construction.  I happened across a crochet stitch that ends up looking very much like a knit fabric when it's finished, and is generally less thick then simlar patterns with the same yarn and hook.  My test was done with a Red Heart Soft Baby yarn on a size G hook, and the material is very soft and supple.  I imagine the Red Heart Soft Baby in white would produce a BEAUTIFUL fabric and would be lovely in that application.  It's called a granite stitch.  On the foundation row, you chain an even number of stitches plus 3.  On Row one, you sc in the fourth ch from the hook, *ch, miss one stitch, sc in next stitch* and repeat * to * to end of row.  Ch 2, and turn.  On row two, you sc into the chain space on the previous row.  End each row with a ch 2, and be sure to sc into that space on your next pass.

I got a guage of 6 stitches (or 3 pairs of sc & ch) to 1" and 6 rows to 1".  As I said, the fabric is lighter than most, the meshy effect doesn't show because the stitches are all close together, but it removes a lot of the bulk you can get with crochet, makes the fabric more supple and not as heavy and warm, gives it more stretch and it's a beautiful pattern.  That yarn is a very soft, washable sport-weight acrylic.  Just be careful, because the variagated versions of that yarn aren't nearly as soft and are seem to be a slightly heavier weight than the solids.

For the pattern, I'd say just wing it.  Find a bulky crocheted sweater in a similar shape and modify the pattern to fit with the stitch you want.  There's a sweater at Lion Brand called "Big Easy" that might give you a good idea of shape for the sleeves and back.  If you split the front and added a big collar I'd be about right.  The "Flattering Jacket" (which I think is a misnomer) would also be the right shape, if you shortened it considerably.  Too bad they only give you instructions and don't chart out the blocked shapes of your finished pieces.
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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2005 01:43:27 PM »

i made a similar shrug a while ago, i made the pattern up as i went along, but it was something like this:

i first knit this shape starting at D, i just made it in single crochet stitch


then i joined A to B and C to D, this forms the armholes, then i started crocheting in the round with shell stitch, this forms the collar and the part below the back, so it becomes something like this:


once i finished this part, i crocheted the arms in the round also in shell stitch.

i really hope this helps, i'm not sure whether it's clear or not!!!
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« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2005 05:21:22 AM »

oooh! thanks for all the good ideas!
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« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2005 10:13:13 AM »

This one isn't as sweater-shape structured as the Urban Outfitters', but a similar idea: http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/projects/july99_crochet_1.html
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