Hello everyone, I’m Nirosha, 33 years old, a stay-at-home mama to 1 toddler girl and maker behind “niruscrochet”. I’m from India but currently residing in Bay area, California. I learned crochet beginning of 2018 from YouTube after seeing a few projects made by my high school friend. Initially I used to do a bit of trial/error & never finished a project but around Oct 2018 I took it more seriously while was pregnant and determined to make baby blankets/dress which I was able to successfully make before my due date. Later I got into a few Facebook groups where I learnt working on graphgans, those projects kept me calm during my postpartum period. During the pandemic, I created my Instagram page and after that I am always busy with my hook 😊 … After working on a few garments as a pattern tester, I developed an interest in the process of designing so here comes “WaffleChic Shrug” – my first garment design! Thank you for accepting my design and sharing your blog space Elisabeth!
The intention of making this shrug is you can style it up on tanks tops for regular wear, be it for grocery shopping or it would even give a classy look on dresses for parties as well 😊. The best response I heard from one of my testers is “this would be perfect to cover my dress while going to the church”.
The sizing of the shrug is determined from shoulder-to-shoulder measurements. A rectangle panel is created of Length = Shoulder-to-Shoulder measurements + Positive ease (1’ – 4’ inches based on size) + 8 inches (4 inches for each sleeve) and of Height = upper arm circumference measurements. These sizing’s are based on CYC standards.
Then the rectangle panel is folded in half and seamed 4 inches on each side for creating the sleeves. Once the sleeves are seamed, we work around the garment creating front panels and ruffle edging.
Please choose a measurement closer to your bust size for an optimal fitting shrug. Alternatively, if you have a broad shoulder body type, I suggest to looking at “shoulder to shoulder + positive ease” measurement and choose a size.
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner.
#3 Dk weight yarn (I used Lion Brand Coboo 51% cotton, 49% rayon from bamboo). Any light weight dk yarn is recommended.
Size 4.00 mm hook or any other that meets the gauge.
4 Stitch markers
|Sizes (in inches)||Bust||Cross back (Shoulder to Shoulder)||Shoulder to shoulder + Positive ease||Upper Arm Circumference|
|XS||28-30||14 1/2||15 1/2||9 3/4|
|XL||44-46||17 1/2||20 1/2||13 1/2|
|4XL/5XL||58-62||18 1/2||22 1/2||18 1/2|
Sizes are specified as (XS, S, M) (L/XL) (2XL/3XL) (4XL/5XL) unless particularly mentioned for any sizes.
Gauge: 20 sts x 11 rows are 4×4 inches. Create a slightly bigger swatch starting with ch 34 and Row 1-3 of the rectangle panel. Work 11 rows.
PM: Place marker
DC: Double crochet
FPDC: Front post double crochet
SC: Single crochet
sl t: Slip stitch
RS: Right side
WS: Wrong side
- Pattern is written in US terminology.
- Ch 1 at the beginning of the stitch does not count as a stitch.
- Ch 2 at the beginning of the stitch does not count as a stitch unless mentioned specifically.
- Instructions within * * are to be repeated as mentioned.
- Instructions within [ ] are to be repeated as mentioned.
- If there is a number before a stitch, it needs to be repeated that many times. For example, 2sc means do two single crochet stitches in the same stitch.
- Stitch counts are mentioned at end of row within < >
Ch (118,121,130) (142) (145) (154) Leave a 15-inch-long tail while doing the slip knot. This tail can be used to seam the sleeve.
Row 1: DC in the 3rd Ch from the hook, work one DC in each Ch across, turn. < (117,120,129) (141) (144)(153)> [the beginning 2 chs do count as one st]
Row 2: (RS) Ch1, DC in first st, *FPDC in next st, DC in next two sts*,repeat within * until 2 sts remaining. FPDC, DC in last St, turn. < (117,120,129) (141) (144) (153)>
Row 3: (WS) Ch1, DC in first st, *DC in next st, FPDC in next two sts*, repeat within * until 2 sts remaining. DC in last two sts, turn. < (117,120,129) (141) (144) (153)>
Repeat Row 2 and Row 3 until you reach: (26,28,30) rows for XS, S M sizes, respectively.
34 rows for L
36 rows for XL
42 rows for 2XL
46 rows for 3XL
50 rows for 4XL
52 rows for 5XL
Fasten off, leaving a 15-inch-long tail.
The panel should be of length (23.5, 24, 26) (28.5) (29) (30.5)inches and of height XS: 9.75in, S:10.25in, M: 11in, L: 12in, XL: 13.5in, 2XL: 15.5in, 3XL: 17in, 4XL:18.5in, 5XL:19in . Block the panel if required.
Place the rectangle panel with RS facing you and the foundation row downwards.
Fold the rectangle panel in half holding the top part and placing it at the bottom. This gives you two panels, front and back.
For all sizes- Hold the front and back panels together, count 20 sts from one end towards the center and PM (20th st will be a FPDC). Repeat the same on the other end. Do a fit check by joining the sleeves together with few stitch markers before you seam them! Even though the shrug is designed using standard measurements, every body type is different so if you want to add more rows to the rectangle panel for the sleeves to fit comfortably, please do it.
Note: At this point while doing a fit check, the garment would only cover your upper back and arms. If you have customized the initial chain count, move the stitch markers to fit the sleeves accordingly but ensure you place the marker on an FPDC.
Take the long tail at one end and sew the front and back panel together up to the stitch marker using mattress seam stitch.This should be done on the other end as well. Weave your ends.
Now turn the sleeves inside-out and place the garment as shown in the picture below, your sleeves and upper back part is ready.
Now we will work to create front panels and lower back.
Note: From now on as we keep adding rows, the garment will be laying upside down.
With the foundation row facing downwards, now you can see a curve shape has formed at the top and bottom. From the left sleeve stitch marker count (25,25,28) (28) (28) (31)sts downwards and PM. (Count starts from the sleeve stitch marker). Repeat the same on other side.
Note: The count starts from the sleeve stitch marker and the st where the marker is placed would be a FPDC. If you have customized the initial chain count, place stitch markers accordingly ensuring you have enough space for the neck and the stitches where you placed the markers must be FPDC.
For example, for size S the number of stitches from the sleeve stitch marker to the stitch marker placed at the bottom is 25.
Attach yarn on the right bottom stitch marker which is the left sleeve of the shrug (ensure it must be an FPDC stitch & foundation row must be down) and follow the arrows & continue working below rows till the other stitch marker at the bottom. DO NOT WORK IN THE SPACE BETWEEN TWO STITCH MARKERS AT THE BOTTOM. Turn your work after every row.
Row 1:(WS) Ch2, DC in the same st, FPDC in next two sts , *DC in next st, FPDC in next two sts* repeat within * until you reach the 1st sleeve marker (which holds 2 FPDC sts together) – [2 DC in 1st FPDC st which the stitch marker is holding & 2 DC in 2nd FPDC ], FPDC in next two sts, *DC in next st, FPDC in next two sts* repeat within *until you reach the 2nd sleeve marker, repeat the instructions within [ ] , FPDC in next two sts, *DC in next st, FPDC in next two sts* repeat within * until one st is remaining, DC in last st, turn.
Row 2: (RS) Ch 1, FPDC in the same st, DC in next two sts,*FPDC in next st, DC in next two sts* repeat within * until one st remains, FPDC in last st, turn.
This is how your shrug will look after Row 2:
Row 3: (WS) Ch 1, DC in the same st, FPDC in next two sts,*DC in next st, FPDC in next two sts* repeat within * until one st remains, DC in last st, turn.
Repeat Row 2 & Row 3 until you have a total of (15,17,20) (24) (26) (28) rows for each sizes respectively. Do not fasten off.
Note: Try it on, the space between the bottom two stitch markers will be your neck area. If you feel you need to add more rows for giving extra drape around your bust, please do it
This is how it would look:
Edging: You will continue working edging all around including the space between two stitch markers at the bottom. Follow the white arrows in the pic above.
Round 1 (RS)– Ch 1, sc in the same st, 1 sc in each st across till the last FPDC, 1sc in the bottom bar of the same FPDC, 2 sc in each of the bar of DC and FPDC till you reach the first stitch marker, 1 sc into each st till you reach the next stitch marker, 2sc in each of the bar of FPDC and DC till you reach last FPDC, 1sc in the last FPDC, sl st to the first sc, turn.
Round 2 – Ch1, skip the sl st, *2sc in next st, sc in next st*, repeat within * all around, sl st to the first sc, turn.
Round 3 – ch1, skip the sl st, 2 sc in next st and in all sts around, sl st to the first sc. Fasten off.
Now your shrug would like this:
Turn it upside down and set the front panels diagonal to each other as shown:
Weave all the ends.
Your WaffleChic shrug is ready. Please do tag me in your WIP or finished object pictures of this shrug @niruscrochet and use hashtags #niruscrochet & #wafflechicshrug.
Hope you enjoyed making this 😊 .. Happy hooking!