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Easy chunky shrug…

I have been crocheting for a while, but until now, except for some accessories like scarves and hats, I never tried to make something I can actually wear and use as a fashion piece. I thought it was too difficult and it required much more experience and skills. That turned out to be wrong when, searching on-line for some directions, I run into the Lion Brand free pattern called “ simple shrug” and I was incredibly surprised at how simple and easy it was instead. It only took few days for me to have my cozy shrug done and I couldn’t resist to try it on and enjoy it during the last sunny autumn days.

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easyshrug3The shrug is worked as a big rectangle folded in half, sewing its sides to create the arm holes. Could you think of something easier than that? Since I wanted a softer texture, I worked my shrug holding two strands of yarn together and to give it a nice ribbing look I worked in the back loops only.ribbinglook

Choosing the color for my shrug was the most difficult part of all the work, but at the end I went for a white yarn to make it combinable with most of my outfit.

 What you’ll need :

  • 800 gr of Nordika yarn in a white color
  • 12 mm crochet hook
  • 6 mm crochet hook
  • scissors

ProvaHolding two strand of yarn together, the first step is to make the foundation chain. Remember that the initial number of chains will be the length of your shrug (from your shoulder to your waste). In my case I chained 50 for a total length of approximately 25’’ (63 cm).

row1 : ch1, sc in the back loops all the way around.

row2-end : ch1 and turn your work, sc in the back loops all along.

Keep repeating row 2 until your piece measures approximately 30’’ (77 cm). Remember that the number of rows will affect the width of your shrug, meaning that adding rows you will have a longer sleeves shrug, reducing them you will have shorter sleeves.measuresOnce you have your rectangle ready, fold it in half paying attention to the fact that your rows run vertically, otherwise your shrug will be very short and wide. For the arm holes, make 10 sc into the two shorter sides of your rectangle and once you have done turn it inside out.foldedshrugTo finish my shrug, I used my 6mm hook to add four edging rows of sc worked into the back loops as well.crochetshrug

baackshrugTo be my first attempt, I am really proud of how my shrug came out. It fits me perfectly and it looks exactly the way I expected. There are also so many ways in which you can customize it, like you can make it using a single thread, you can add more edging rows and create a warm collar on your shrug or you can add some edging rows to the arm holes too. I hope you guys like this pattern too because I am already thinking about making a new one on a different color! Happy crocheting my dear and see you to the next post…bye XX.

Crochet coin purse pattern…

I have always had a weak for kiss clasps! They remind me of my childhood when my grandma used to open her leather kiss clasped coin purse and gave me money for ice cream or candies. Since then the nice ‘click’ sound of the frame’s opening became for me totally addictive and growing up I couldn’t resist to their romantic and vintage look.

crochet coin purse 1

crochted coin purseAfter having looked around all the craft stores in my hometown and never found it, I finally bought the frame from an online shop on I have never used this website before, but my first experience with it was absolutely positive. The shop’s owner, a Portuguese lady was so kind and also helped me in the purchase ( I had some problems with my pay pal account). She has such a great selection of items for your craft projects, that I felt overwhelmed and wanted to buy everything. This bronze curved frame just caught my heart and I thought that it would have been the right combination of romanticism and vintage.

sew on frameThe pattern for this coin purse is very easy and it is worked holding two strands of cotton thread together. I also used two different shades of green color and two different thread thicknesses. This is completely optional, but I like to experiment new techniques and the mix of color and thickness that came out made me very proud!

What you’ll need :

  • 8.5 cm coin purse frame
  • 50 gr of cotton thread in the color you prefer (A)
  • 50 gr of cotton thread thinner than (A) and of a lighter shade (B)
  • 3.5 mm hook
  • needle

Holding (A) and (B) in a magic loop make 6 sc

row1: ch1, 2sc in each stitch around. Sl st into the first ch (12)

row2: ch1, *1sc into the very next st, 2 sc into the next one*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first ch. (18)

row3: ch1, *1sc into the next 2 st, 2 sc into the next one*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first ch. (24)

row4: ch1, *1sc into the next 3 st, 2 sc into the next one*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first ch. (30)

row5: ch1, *1sc into the next 4 st, 2 sc into the next one*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first ch. (36)

row6: ch1, *1sc into the next 5 st, 2 sc into the next one*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first ch. (42)

row7: ch1, *1sc into the next 6 st, 2 sc into the next one*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first ch. (48)

row8-18: ch1, 1 sc in each st around. At the end of each row sl st into the first ch. (48)

Fasten off the cotton threads

At the end of row 18 your coin purse will look like a little basket 5-6 cm high and that will be the time for the frame to be attached. Open your frame and fit it with the top of the coin purse just crocheted making the holes of the sew-on frame match the stitches beneath. Insert your needle in one stitch and in the hole of the frame.

crochet coin purse 2

crochet coin purse sew on frameKeep holding the coin purse and the frame together and going in and out of both of them. Once you have gone through all the holes this is how your coin purse should look like.

crochet coin purse 3

crochet coin purseI love how cute is this coin purse , I can’t wait to make others using other frames from la mercerie portugaise trying different shapes and patterns. I will update you as soon as I will make them, in the meantime try to make your own little purse and let me know if once you have done it you find less unpleasant to use your coins!!! XX