Pullover Shrug by Vashti Braha
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Pullover Shrug

September 2010
DK (11 wpi) ?
slip stitch in the front loop.
525 - 735 yards (480 - 672 m)
3 stretchy sizes: XSmall-Medium, Large-2X, 3X-5X
both US and UK
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The most elementary and historic of crochet stitches – the Slip Stitch – has modern effortless style. For a “pullover shrug” the stitch has a stretch and drape to rival knits, resembles garter stitch in this pattern, and works up quickly with a large hook.

Pullover Shrug is a revised and enhanced version of one that was published as CGOA pattern #028, when the Crochet Guild of America had their own pattern line. I’m now free to offer this design at my own DesigningVashti.com crochet site and the pattern now encompasses a range of crochet skill levels. Customizing options are included for experienced crocheters. For less experienced crocheters, pattern abbreviations are kept to a minimum.

The often underestimated slip stitch is an antique form of crochet. It has come to be called “Bosnian Crochet” but is found in many cultures by many names.

Skill Level: Easy-Intermediate because a bit of increasing is used for the mock cowl neck. I otherwise think of this as an Easy-level pattern due to the elementary stitch and simple folded rectangle design. (It’s mindless enough that I can make it while talking on the phone, until I get to the cowl neck and beaded trim.) It may also be Easy-Intermediate for some crocheters because the looser gauge and larger-than-normal hook size might be a new experience.

See all of my slip stitch crochet patterns in one place. Some of the free patterns there are great practice for this one.

After using this pattern you will know (if you didn’t already):

  • How to make the simplest fabric-quality slip stitch
  • The importance of a hook-led stitch gauge
  • A fun, easy beaded chain fringe that adds drape to a sleeve
  • An easy way to construct a shrug or cropped pullover

Finished Dimensions (3 Sizes)
Center Back Neck-to-Cuff Measurement:
XSmall-Medium: 27”-29”
Large-2XLarge: 30”-32”
3XLarge-5XLarge: 32”-33”
Options for customizing the fit are provided within the pattern for Intermediate-level crocheters.