Spring Leaves Shrug: FREE crochet pattern



Spring Leaves Shrug is a small crocheted garment aimed to advanced beginners. It is designed as a little bit oversized and cropped. Perfect for dresses and skirts. But the length is easily adjustable. The free crochet pattern is also available in Dutch (check link below). Enjoy!

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Nederlands - vertaald door Carmen Jorissen (New Leaf Designs)


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Materials:

~ Scheepjes Whirligig (20% Alpaca x 80% Virgin Wool), 450g/1000m/1094yrds:
1 (1, 1, 1, 1) cake
~ Scheepjes Whirligigette (20% Alpaca x 80% Virgin Wool), 100g/215m/235yrds:
0 (0, 0, 1, 1) cake
~ Crochet hook 4.5mm and 5mm
~ Yarn needle to put shrug together and weave in ends, a buckle
Gauge: 13 sts x 15 rows = 10cm/4” with hdc made under all three loops (between the stitches) with 5mm hook

Whirligig and Whirligigette cakes are available for purchase in local Scheepjes shops and via online retailers:

Wool Warehouse*, Deramores*, Black Sheep Wools* (all in UK with international shipping
Caro's Atelier* (NL and Europe)
Taemombo (Canada and US), Knotty House* (Canada)
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Measurements

To fit bust:
81-86 (91-97, 101-107, 111-117, 122-127) cm/ 32-34 (36-38, 40-42, 44-46, 48-50) in

Actual bust of the finished shrug (all measurements in the pattern are given after a light blocking!):
110 (119, 130, 142, 159) cm/ 43.5, 47, 51, 57, 62.5) in

Pattern Notes:

  • Spring Leaves Shrug is crocheted from bottom to top in one piece. Then two seams are made to shape the shrug. Narrow armholes borders and front band are added to finish.
  • Ch2 in the beg of every row doesn’t counts as a st. First st of every row is made in last st of previous row.
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Abbreviations and Stitch Guide (US terms)

beg beginning
BPdc back post double crochet: yo, insert hook from back to front to back around the post of indicated stitch, yo, draw up a loop, [yo, pull through 2 loops] twice.
ch chain stitch
dc double crochet: yo, insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw up a loop, [yo, pull through 2 loops] twice.
dc3tog double crochet 3 together: [yo, insert hook in next st, yo, draw up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops] 3 times, yo, pull through all 4 loops on hook.
FPdc front post double crochet: yo, insert hook from front to back to front around the post of indicated stitch, yo, draw up a loop, [yo, pull through 2 loops] twice.
hdc half double crochet: yo, insert hook under three loops (between the stitches), yo, draw up a loop, yo, pull through all three loops.
RS right side
sc single crochet: insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops.
ss slip stitch: insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw yarn up and pull second lp through first loop on hook.
st(s) stitch(es)
sp(s) space(s)
WS wrong side
yo yarn over the hook
Pattern repeat: […] repeat instructions between […] as many times as indicated

INSTRUCTIONS


An original LillaBjörnCrochet Design (Tatsiana Kupryianchyk). Copyright 2014-2019. All rights reserved. This pattern is for personal use only. It cannot be sold, redistributed or edited in any way. Translations and video-tutorials are NOT allowed without permission. You can sell your finished products, but you cannot use my pictures to promote them. Please, always credit me as a designer of this pattern. Thank you!

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Begin with Whirligig yarn. For large sizes you can either begin with matching Whirligigette and then continue with Whirligig for a continuous gradient. Or you can begin with Whirligig and join matching Whirligigette on top panel and for armhole borders and front band.


Bottom Panel

Row 1. With 5mm hook ch144 (157, 170, 188, 209), hdc in second ch from the hook, hdc in each ch to end, turn – {142, 155, 168, 187, 207 hdc}
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Row 2. Ch2 (doesn’t count as a st – here and throughout), hdc in each st to end
inserting the hook under all three loops (between the stitches), turn – {142, 155, 168, 187, 207 hdc}
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Repeat row 2 until Bottom Panel measures 31 (30.5, 29.5, 28.5, 27) cm/ 12.5 (12, 11.5, 11, 10.5) in.

Next row – WS. Ch2, FPdc around each st to end, fasten off.
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Top Panel

Row 1 - RS. Skip 36 (39, 42, 48, 51) sts. With 4.5mm hook attach yarn on RS (ridge will be facing you) in 37th (40th, 43rd, 49th, 51st) st, ch2 (doesn’t count as a st), dc in same st, dc in next st, [ch2, skip 1 st, 1dc in next st, ch2, skip 1 st, dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next st, 1dc in next st] repeat 9 (10, 11, 12, 14) times, [ch2, skip 1 st, dc in next st] twice, dc in next st, turn. You should have 36 (39, 42, 48, 51) unworked sts left.

Insert markers in 23rd (24th, 25th, 27th, 28th) skipped/unworked sts on last row of Bottom Panel measuring from the edges of Top Panel. This should leave 17 (18, 19, 20, 21) cm/ 6.5 (7, 7.5, 8, 8.5) in between markers and edge of the top panel. And 10.5 (12, 14, 17, 18.5) cm/4 (5, 5.5, 6.5, 7.5) in between markers and edges of bottom panel.
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!!Gauge check: gauge will change on the top panel. Its width should stay approx. 54 (60, 65, 70, 80.5 cm)/ 21 (23.5, 25.5, 27.5, 32) in throughout. If it becomes much wider, please, make all chains and dc tighter or switch to a smaller hook.

Row 2 - WS. Ch2, 2dc, ch1, skip sp, [3dc in next st, ch2, skip next sp, dc2tog over next 2 sts (here and throughout), 1dc, dc2tog, ch2, skip sp] repeat until 3dc and ch2-sp left, 3dc in next dc, ch1, skip sp, 2dc to end, turn.

Row 3 – RS. Ch2, 2dc, skip sp, 2dc in next, 1dc, 2dc in next st, [ch2, skip sp, dc3tog over next 3 sts (here and throughout), ch2, skip sp, 2dc in next st, 1dc, 2dc in next st] repeat until 2 sts and ch1-sp left, skip ch1-sp, 2dc to end, turn.

Row 4 – WS. Ch2, 7dc, [ch2, skip sp, BPdc around next dc3tog, ch2, skip sp, 5dc] repeat until 2 sts left, 2dc to end, turn.

Row 5 – RS. Ch2, 7dc, [ch2, skip sp, FPdc around next st, ch2, skip sp, 5dc] repeat until 2 sts left, 2dc to end, turn.

Row 6 – WS. Ch2, 2dc, ch1 (don’t skip sts), dc2tog, 1dc, dc2tog, [ch2, skip sp, 3dc in next st, ch2, skip sp, dc2tog, 1dc, dc2tog] repeat until 2 sts left, ch1 (don’t skip sts), 2dc to end, turn.

Row 7 – RS. Ch2, 2dc, ch2, skip sp, dc3tog, [ch2, skip sp, 2dc in next st, 1dc, 2dc in next st, ch2, skip sp, dc3tog] repeat until 2dc and ch1-sp left, ch2, skip sp, 2dc to end, turn.

Row 8 – WS. Ch2, 2dc, ch2, skip sp, BPdc around next st, [ch2, skip sp, 5dc, ch2, skip sp, BPdc around next st] repeat until 2 dc and ch2-sp left, ch2, skip sp, 2dc to end, turn.

Row 9 – RS. Ch2, 2dc, ch2, skip sp, FPdc around next st, [ch2, skip sp, 5dc, ch2, skip sp, FPdc around next st] repeat until 2dc and ch2-sp left, ch2, skip sp, 2dc to end, turn.

Repeat rows 2-9 until top panel measures 27.5 (30, 33, 36, 39.5)cm/ 11 (12, 13, 14, 15.5)in – blocked!

Note: Different sizes will need different number of rows. Top panel will not necessarily end with row 9.

Next row. Ch1, 1sc in every st and every sp. Fasten off leaving approx. 50cm/20in tail.
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Place markers along edges of upper panel 17 (18, 19, 20, 21) cm/ 6.5 (7, 7.5, 8, 8.5) in measuring from last row of bottom panel. This should leave 10.5 (12, 14, 17, 18.5) cm/4 (5, 5.5, 6.5, 7.5) in to last row of top panel.
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Finishing

Block shrug exactly to the measurements.
Place the shrug onto the table with WS facing you and fold both sides of Bottom Panel to front, so that edges meet. Folds should be exactly below the edges of top panel which should stay flat and unfolded.
Now fold corners of the top panel diagonally down, so that edge meets unworked sts on the last row of Bottom Panel. Markers on top and bottom panel should meet.
Sew bottom and top panels from outer edge down to the markers using tapestry needle. An armhole will be left on each side.
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Armhole borders (both alike)

With RS facing you, attach yarn in any st of the armhole using 5mm hook. Make ch1 and sc in same st as join. Then make (ch1, skip st, sc in next st) evenly, making sure the fabric doesn’t pull. If needed, frog first round and remake it with more sc and sps between them. When you are satisfied with the stretch of the armhole, don’t join the round and continue working in spiral making sc in every ch1-sp and ch1 over every sc. After 5 rounds, ss in next ch1-sp and fasten off. Repeat for the other armhole.
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Front Band

With RS facing you, attach yarn in the corner of Bottom Panel using 5mm hook.

Row 1 – RS. Make ch1 and sc in same st as join. Then make (ch1, skip st, sc in next st) evenly ending in another front corner of the Bottom Panel. Make sure the fabric doesn’t pull. If needed, frog first row and remake it with more sc and sps between them. Turn.

Row 2 – WS. Ch1, 1sc, 1sc in next sp, [ch1, skip next st, 1sc in next sp] repeat until 1 st left, 1sc in last st, turn.

Row 3 – RS. Ch1, 1sc, [ch1, skip next st, 1sc in next sp] repeat until 2 sts left, ch1, skip next st, 1sc in last st, turn.

Repeat Rows 2-3 until desired width of the front band. Fasten off.
Sew a buckle on the front.

Congratulations! Your Spring Leaves Shrug is now finished!

Measurements in cm:
A: 110 (119, 130, 142, 159)
B: 31 (30.5, 29.5, 28.5, 27)
C: 27.5 (30, 33, 36, 39.5)
D: 54 (60, 65, 70, 80.5)
E: 17 (18, 19, 20, 21)

Measurements in inches:
A: 43.5 (47, 51, 57, 62.5)
B: 12.5 (12, 11.5, 11, 10.5)
C: 11 (12, 13, 14, 15.5)
D: 21 (23.5, 25.5, 27.5, 32)
E: 6.5 (7, 7.5, 8, 8.5)

Finishing 



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Spring Leaves Shrug! Ta-daaah!



Ok, it’s Friday! And it’s time to finally share pictures of my new mini-shrug with you. I’ve been working on it for last couple of months, and today is a ta-dah! moment. It was a challenge in many ways. I wanted to use just one cake of Whirligig yarn* to create something wearable. And the shape is not very usual. But with a little bit of struggles, it’s here!
Spring Leaves Shrug_free crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

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All model shots were made by my angel and just best friend Ksenia.

It would be more precise to mention that though small sizes use only one cake of Whirligig yarn by Scheepjes, larger sizes will need an extra cake of Whirligigette in matching color. If you haven’t heard about them yet, please, check my brief yarn review.
Spring Leaves Shrug_free crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

My new shrug design has a name already. I called it “Spring Leaves” mostly because of the lace pattern on shoulders imitating leaves and also because the bright green colour. The bottom is made with more dense fabric (I used half doubles between stitches – US terms). And just look at this gradient! Isn’t it amazing? 
Spring Leaves Shrug_free crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

I crocheted S size for myself and still some Whirligig yarn was left. So my Sapphire to Teal gradient is not full. With a larger size hints of light blue would appear on top and front. And I can imagine it would look awesome.
Spring Leaves Shrug_free crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

The construction of Spring Leaves Shrug is very simple. And the pattern is aimed for beginners! Basically it’s just one piece crocheted from bottom to top. Then edges are folded to front and two short seams by hand are added. The shrug is finished with armhole borders and front band.
Spring Leaves Shrug_free crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

This shrug was designed as a short (or cropped) garment. I would imagine wearing it with skirts and dresses. But it looks awesome also with jeans. And with both with short and longe sleeved shirts or blouses. In general I would say the look of this shrug is both chic and casual. Perfect for every day and special ocassions.

And no need to say the yarn is soft and warm - very nice against my skin. Though this feeling is subjective of course.
Spring Leaves Shrug_free crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

The length is easily adjustable. You can either make it longer as you go. Or add a few extra rows after the whole shrug is finished. I did it with mine, and the seam at the bottom is invisible.

Here is sample made by Theresa Pearson (2X – the largest – size). Because it was tested in the largest size, I am safe to say that Whirligig + Whirligigette will be enough!
Spring Leaves Shrug_free crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

I chose a faux leather buckle for closing front. But a regular button will also work.
Spring Leaves Shrug_free crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Look at the shrug by Laura Jackson (M size, longer version). She picked the button which is  almost 75 years old and has a wonderful story behind. Here is what Laura says:

"My Grandma was born in 1902 in England and came to Canada where she became a school teacher and got married. Living in Saskatchewan, Canada through the great depression means she saved everything! So this old button was one of many saved, and left in her house on the prairies when they retired from farming and moved to British Columbia. Probably it came off a coat or something similar that had worn beyond repair, but the buttons were still good so they got taken off and saved."
Spring Leaves Shrug_free crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Spring Leaves shrug will come in 5 sizes with the following actual bust measurements 110 (119, 130, 142, 159) cm/ 43.5 (47, 51, 57, 62.5) in.

This shrug is not fitted, and it should give a lot of positive ease, otherwise armholes will not fit. The given sizes are recommended for the following actual bust: 81-86 (91-97, 101-107, 111-117, 122-127) cm/ 32-34 (36-38, 40-42, 44-46, 48-50) in.
Spring Leaves Shrug_free crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Whirligig and Whirligigette cakes are available for purchase in local Scheepjes shops and via online retailers:

Wool Warehouse*, Deramores*, Black Sheep Wools* (all in UK with international shipping
Caro's Atelier* (NL and Europe)
Taemombo (Canada and US), Knotty House* (Canada)
Spring Leaves Shrug_free crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

The pattern will come out next week, I hope. So watch this spot!

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Simy's Year of Mandalas - April



Unbelievable, but it’s 1st of April already! Where does the time fly?.. Spring is finally in the air, even though the nights are still pretty cold. I usually don’t blog on Mondays, but today is a special day. Today I am hosting Simy’s Year of Mandalas challenge.
Simys Year of Mandalas_April_designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Every month Simy is designing a digital mandala and is asking everyone to join her and use it as an inspiration for your own crochet pieces.

There are no rules, no patter, no stress. Just a pure joy of creating. The mandala don’t have to look exactly the same as drawing. You might be inspired only by colors, or some elements. Here is Simy's mandala for April.

Simys Year of Mandalas_April

I took April challenge and crocheted my own mandala using four shades of Stone Washed* yarn by Scheepjes: Moon Stone 801, Amazonite 813, Blue Apatite 805 and Crystal Quartz 814. The mandala was born in just three days, as I switched my brain off and followed my heart.
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Why to crochet a mandala, you may ask? I’ve been crocheting them since I started to design. Mandala was the first item I learned overlay crochet with. And small mandala coasters were the first ones I wrote patterns for.

You might have noticed that nowadays book stores are stuffed with colouring books. And many of them feature mandalas. Because they are known for a huge meditative and healing effect. And instead of markers and pencils we, yarnies, can use crochet hooks and yarns to “colour” our own mandalas.
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And what crochet mandalas can be used for, you may ask? You can use them in many ways: as doilies, wall and hanging decorations, pillow covers, chair pads – you name it. A while ago I wrote blog post about different ways of using crochet mandalas. Feel free to check it out!

I haven’t decided yet on how I will use my new mandala… It’s quite huge – approx. 60cm across. It might make a nice top of the floor pillow or the pouf.
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No pattern yet, but if you interested in it, please let me know and we’ll think of something. We might even run a mini make-a-long? What do you think?

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Water Lilly 12" Afghan Square: FREE crochet pattern



Today is Week 20 of Friends Around the World 3 CAL, and I am happy to introduce Water Lilly 12” afghan square. The pattern is free and is available in several languages. Please, scroll down to find and choose the links. And you can read all information about the CAL and participating designers HERE. Enjoy!

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Whirligig wip is growing…



Last week was amazing! I have been dreaming about going skiing to Austrian Alps. And finally we managed to do that last weekend. It was already warm spring in the air, but still lots of snow in the mountains. Just a perfect combination of the sunny sky and snowy, cripsy “pistes”. I took my Whirligig wip with myself hoping to make some progress in the car. But I was too impressed by the mountain views, and my crochet became really slow. And still I have something to show you. As you can see - my Whirligig cake is half used already! Exciting!
Whirligig yan by Scheepjes_crochet project www.lillabjorncrochet.com

I am not sure if I told you last week, but I’ve challenged myself with designing of a small garment using just one cake of Whirligig. It’s going well so far. But it looks like bigger sizes will need additional cake of Whirligigette. In matching color, of course.

I’ve got my hands on Sapphire to Teal color, and I have two Whirligigettes at home: one is sapphire and another one is teal. Both are a perfect match for the large cake.
Whirligig yan by Scheepjes_crochet project www.lillabjorncrochet.com

But I think sapphire might be better, because it matches one of the tails of Whirligig. So it will be probably easier to use it at the bottom of my garment in case I decide to make it longer. But we’ll see how it goes!

Because Whirligig yarn is so precious, I decided to combine “full” crochet panel with a lace part on top. To add a bit of interest and also to use less yarn whenever possible.

I was inspired by small diamonds in Valyria Shawl by Mijo Crochet (which also uses Whirligig yarn). They reminded me of tiny spring leaves. And because spring is here already, I thought of a lace open stitch pattern with “leaves”.
Whirligig yan by Scheepjes_crochet project www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Gradient yarn is always surprising. It’s impossible to predict how color changes will behave. Because  I am making small size for myself as a test sample, my garment is all about green. And I don’t think there is a chance I will get to light blue on the opposite cake’s tail. But I might use it for the front band – not sure yet…

But I bet in larger sizes it will look amazing – the one full gradient shown throughout the garment.
I hope to be finished soon! And can’t wait to see if my idea works :)
Whirligig yan by Scheepjes_crochet project www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Whirligig and Whirligigette cakes are already available for purchase in local Scheepjes shops and via online retailers:

Wool Warehouse*, Deramores*, Black Sheep Wools* (all in UK with international shipping
Caro's Atelier* (NL and Europe)
Taemombo (Canada and US), Knotty House* (Canada)

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