Mellisai Shrug by Benjamin Krudwig
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Mellisai Shrug

April 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
3 stitches and 1.5 rows = 1 inch
in double crochet
3.75 mm (F)
645 - 660 yards (590 - 604 m)
Small-Large (XL and XXL are easily adapted)
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Inspired by the ancient history of the bee, the Mellisai Shrug calls upon the honeycomb motif of one of the most revered insects in history. All around the world, bees have been worshipped. In Greece, priestesses who worshipped Demeter (a fertility and nature goddess) were called Melissai, meaning Bees in Greek. This shrug works up quickly, and the airy fabric makes for a comfortable yet fashionable accessory choice for the spring and summer. Feel like the Queen Bee in this modern take on an old favorite.

Yarn: 650 yards (~150 grams) of Fingering weight.
I used Forbidden Woolery in the Yarnover Truck Exclusive color “Stuck in Traffic” on the Pride Base.
Hook: US size F (3.75mm)
Gauge: Before blocking - In double crochet 4 st/inch X 2 rows/inch
After blocking - Open up until the gaps are circles. (3 st/inch X 1.5 rows/inch)
Stitches to Know:
ch - chain
Sc - single crochet
Dc - double crochet