How to make a granny shrug…
You can do it too!
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It seems that the mulberry granny shrug has inspired a few of you to have a crack yourself. That’s super exciting & exactly why this patch of web space exists. Over the weekend Lara & I have worked together to present to you the whole box & dice for the granny shrug enthusiast.
There’s something for everyone. This is the master class…for lovely folk who like to follow a pattern, or maybe you need the visual (like me) or perhaps you’d like to watch a dinky video.
If you know how to make a granny square then you know how to make this shrug. Just crochet yourself a couple of lovely granny hexagons.
You can just skip over the “instructions” & make the granny exactly as you always do. Maybe you slip across to the next chain space…ripper knock yourself out. There is no “right” way to make it.
You’ll just end up with a lovely curly hexagon…good, that’s great…exactly what we want. Just keep checking your sizing after each round to decide when you’re done.
Mine have been 9 rounds (in the Wilderness) but depending on your tension & hook size yours might be 8 or 10 or more. Keep folding the curly hex in on itself until you’re confident that the fit will be right for you.
My very favourite crocheter is Lara. She’s one of the reasons I picked up the hook in the first place. She likes to be good at stuff & works hard to make sure she gets things right. Well, guess what? She’s written a fabulous, fabulous pattern (it might not have posted yet…be patient) for you to print & keep. And spared you all from my effort at a written explanation. Thank you Lara, you’re the very best & it was lovely to share the making of the how to with you.
& the video
Just so you know it was really hard to crochet standing up stradling a tripod & keeping (or trying) the crochet in the frame.
You’ve got a HUGE amount of flexibility here. You want to achieve a good deal of chunkiness & you’ll just adjust your number of rounds accordingly so pick something that suits your style. I did make the suggestion the other day to use stash yarns crocheted together to make up the chunky style yourself.
I used Patons “Wilderness” 14ply. I like it…A LOT. It’s a blend so purists might like to check out other options but I think it’s just the perfect yarn for the job. Here’s why… (& where to buy too).
OR you can have a go with 2 balls of 8 ply held together or whatever else takes your fancy. You’ll just adjust your number of rounds according to tension & fit. Go nuts. Lara’s using two strands of 12ply & is very happy with the result.
I’d say 15mm. I’m really happy with the result I’m getting with the 15mm hook. You need it to be loose so that you get a nice drape with the finished “fabric”. We’re not going for sturdy here folks…we want the pretty drape.
I switched to a 2.65mm hook & just used double crochet up the centre back seam.
Then I doubled along the top sleeve seams & single crocheted along the back of the neck opening to give extra strength.
Again if you know how to do it your own way…do that. It will be great.
What, haven’t had enough? Here’s the steak knife! A round by round for the visual learner.
There’s a flickr group.