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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