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« on: March 31, 2008 10:41:33 AM »

ok - I have coveted the circular shrug here: http://momcast.blogspot.com/2006/01/craftster-circular-shrug.html

for ages and ages. BUT I'm also the SLOWEST KNITTER ON EARTH! so I decide to try the same "recipe" with a few simple crochet stitches. It came out HUGE! even though I did the swatch and measured and everything (well - I made the section that's supposed to be 5 inches only 4 inches. but still...)

I also appear to be trying to wear the seams down my side, but all the pictures I'm seeing have the seams worn across the chest. I'm not sure that is much of an option for me, since I'm rather large in that area.

I think I'm going to frog it and start over, but wanted to see if anyone had some suggestions first.

Will post photos pre-ripping the thing apart.
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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2008 01:26:03 PM »

so I chained 168 to start with and I re-measured and re-figured the recipe and came up with 152 which will only end me up a few inches shorter than my first try. I'm thinking of futzing with the size a little more too, but here's my recipe:

shoulder width 15" + 4" = 19"

4 stitches per inch (J hook, with worsted weight red heart yarn) * 19" = 76 stitches for the middle section

76 * 2 = 152 for the outside sections

eeek - what am I doing wrong? even the new measurements are only going to make the shrug a few inches shorter on each of the sides.

here are the scary pictures of how huge this thing is on amazon me:

please excuse the dirty mirror - this is the unused bathroom attached to my spare bedroom where all crafting takes place.

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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2008 08:47:44 AM »

First, it doesn't look terrible! Love the color specifically.

Have you tried decreasing the number of stitches as you get closer to the "trim" portion? Or, you could make a tiny version of the entire shrug and, on a smaller scale, tweak it until it looks right.

Here's a similar shrug crocheted from Positively Crochet by Mary Jane Hall.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/16997655@N06/1810332668
You could mod it and take the sleeves off.
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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2008 09:50:32 AM »

thanks for the info - I might give that a try.

I still have enough yarn left over, I think, to give it another try so I started another one. I'll pull the first one part if I don't.

It seems as if once the final piece of cloth was folded and seamed, I had about 8 inches extra of cloth.
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« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2008 12:17:18 PM »

YEAH!! I made it work!! The pictures in my previous post were the first attempt.

This one is MUCH better!

Side view:


Front view:


Closer:


Closest with the final closure:


now I can't wait for it to get cold again!!
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« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2008 03:06:29 PM »

I do love the way that came out - I also love the circular shrug and don't hand knit.... I really should take a look to see if I can machine knit it but I am just horrid about converting hand knit patterns to machine knit.  I get lost looking at hand knit patterns and just can't grasp them!

You do an amazing job - I like this one a lot better than the other one you made up...!
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« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2008 11:52:05 AM »

I do love the way that came out - I also love the circular shrug and don't hand knit.... I really should take a look to see if I can machine knit it but I am just horrid about converting hand knit patterns to machine knit.  I get lost looking at hand knit patterns and just can't grasp them!

You do an amazing job - I like this one a lot better than the other one you made up...!


Smiley thanks! the actual knitting pattern for this is pretty simple, but I'm just too slow.

OOOO - a machine to knit - now that would be interesting! 
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