Coffee Shrug
May 24, 2010
May 30, 2010

Coffee Shrug

Project info
Barcello Jacket by Doris Chan
small to medium
Hooks & yarn
3.5 mm (E)
monaco thread
Light Fingering
2 skeins = 382.8 yards (350.0 meters)


I love the ease of top-down construction. I used partial balls from previous projects, but it is possible to work continuously all the way, except for the sleeve edging.
I’ll be looking out for my next top-down garment project, in my hope of being good in this type of construction. Maybe I could design my own sometime…

Day 6 - Finished the body edging yesterday, and hopefully will finish the sleeve edging today.

Day 5 - I’m doing an sc-in-blo edging, same as in my Breezy Bolero design.

Day 4 - I have decided that this will be a shrug.

Day 3 - I worked mainly on this project for the past few days since I can’t wait to finish the upper part so I can try it on.
I’m very pleased with the result, my modifications seemed to work…though I think I could still improve on it ;)

Its tempting to finish it off as a shrug or bolero…

Day 2 - almost finished 20 rows…still don’t know if it will fit nicely.

Day 1 - I’m just starting to learn top-down construction, and I’m so glad to find this pattern! Its a lovely design and the pattern seems perfect. I just have to modify since I’m using size 8 thread and 3.5mm (Tulip 6/0) hook…hope this works!

Working on medium size of pattern, my modifications were:

  1. Started with foundation base ch/sc of 69 sts.
  2. added one pattern repeat (8 sts each) at each side and at the back. (Total 24 sts added to the original 45 sts of medium size)
  3. Made 31 rows before joining the body at the underarm. Increase rows: 1, 3, 9, 11, 17, 23

Anatole’s project inspired me to work on this project.
Thanks to Doris Chan for the lovely design and well-written pattern :)

Update, July 30, 2010:
I like this shrug a lot, but it turned out big for me. I decided to give it to my High School classmate when we met-up after 30 years! She was admiring my creations online from the U.S., wanting to order from me. I surprised her with this, on her vacation here.

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  • Project created: May 23, 2010
  • Finished: June 9, 2010
  • Updated: August 27, 2010
  • Progress updates: 8 updates