Syrina’s version of the Beatrice Shrug

Syrinas Almost-a-Beatrice Shrug

Syrina's Almost-a-Beatrice Shrug

These are my alterations to the Beatrice shrug, made to fit my 13-year old daughter, who has a 28-inch bust and is just under 5′ tall (so she’s fairly short).

To calculate this, I used my version of the Beatrice shrug as a guide.  The yarn I used was the same weight/gauge as the Spritz, and I used the same hook, so measuring was fairly easy.

Made using plain old acrylic yarn, DK weight, and a Susan Bates F (3.75 mm) hook. (The body of the shrug took exactly 2 100g skeins, and I had to dive into a 3rd for the waistband/tie.)

Sleeve 1

Chain 97
Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook.  Dc in next 3 sts.  [dc, ch1, dc] all in next st.  Dc in next 4 sts.  Skip 2 sts, *dc in next 4 sts.  [dc, ch1, dc] all in next st.  dc in next 4 sts.  Skip 2 sts.*  Repeat from * to * to the end of the row.  Ch 3, turn.

Row 2: dc2tog, dc in next 3 sts.  [dc, ch1, dc] all in next st. Dc in next 4 sts.  Skip 2 sts, *dc in next 4 sts.  [dc, ch1, dc] all in next st.  dc in next 4 sts.  Skip 2 sts.*  Repeat from * to * to the end of the row, dc2tog the last 2 sts.  Ch 3, turn.

Repeat Row 2 until you have 32 rows.  (or until it measures approx. 13.5″)

Neckline shaping

Row 33: continue pattern as for Row 2, only finishing half of the row (you should have 5 hill/valley combinations)  Continue for a total of 9 rows.  (Measures approx. 4″)  At the end of row 41 (the last half-row), ch 57, turn.

Sleeve 2

Row 42: dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in next 4 sts.  [dc, ch1, dc] all in next st.  dc in next 4 sts.  Skip 2 sts, *dc in next 4 sts.  [dc, ch1, dc] all in next st.  dc. in next 4 sts, skip 2 sts.*  Repeat from * to * to the end of the row, dc2tog the last two sts.

Continue pattern as written for Row 2 until you have 73 rows total.  Fasten off. Weave in ends.

FINISHING

Steam piece with hot steam iron and a pressing cloth*.  Measure in 8” from starting ch and mark beg and end of row (see schematic).  Measure in 8” from last row worked and mark beg and end of row.  Fold piece in half lengthwise.  Sew fronts to back up to markers.

* – optional

Waistband/Tie

Using the same hook and yarn, ch 15.

Row 1: Sc in 7th ch from hook, (ch 3, skip 3 ch’s, sc in next ch) twice.  Turn.

Row 2: Ch 5, skip 2 ch’s, sc in next ch, (skip 2 ch’s, 1 sc and 2 ch’s, sc in next ch) twice.  Turn.  Rep Row 2 until band measures 48” from beg.  Fasten off.  Sew one long edge of waistband to lower edge of shrug leaving ends free at front for ties.

Add fringe if desired (I melted the ends of Syrina’s fringe so that it wouldn’t come apart in the wash).

(Note 1: Instead of actually going through the stitches after Row 1, I go around them.  I don’t know a better way of describing it.  I pass my hook under the chain and then pull the yarn through over the top of the chain.  It’s easier, and it seems to me it would make for a stronger fabric.)

(Note 2: Please keep in mind that I use American crochet terms; adjust your brain accordingly)

Please remember: this is NOT a fully original pattern.  These are my alterations to a pattern already in circulation.  I am not trying to take credit for the original Beatrice pattern, just the alterations I made.  Which I post in effort to “share and share alike.”  🙂

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4 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Heather said,

    Hi,
    Very nice looking garment. I have just made the Beatrice shrug using the original instructions but I have got stuck on the tie. I seem to end up with something like a blobby spider web. I see you have basically the same instructions. Any way you could explain them a bit more so that I can follow the instructions?
    Cheers

  2. 2

    nuckingfutz said,

    Hi Heather.

    Sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you – things have been crazy round here the last couple of days. But hey – better late than never, right? 🙂

    ANYWAY… you’re probably doing the tie CORRECTLY. It DOES look a little strange at first. It’s only once it’s sewed on to the shrug and pulled tight that it starts looking a little more LIKE a tie and not some strange blobby spiderweb thingy.

    What you’re doing is making a very openwork piece. Once you finish with row one, you should have something that looks like hills and valleys. What you want to do is make the consecutive single crochets into the top of those hills, and create new hills over the valleys. You’re not going to end up with anything with straight sides or anything like that – you’re not supposed to. But like I said, once you’ve got it finished and sewn on to the garment, it will make a little more sense.

    I hope I’m explaining that well enough. If not, please feel free to ask more questions. I can’t promise that I’ll answer them IMMEDIATELY, but I WILL answer them. 🙂

  3. 3

    madhurij said,

    Cuteness!

  4. 4

    Heather said,

    Hi
    Thank you very much for your response. I just found it today when having a tidy up on my computer. After a couple of days I actually asked at another forum (http://www.learn-crochet-now.com/forum/index.php) for some help and some kind person did some of the band and put a photo up for me so I could work out what to do. I still couldn’t get the instructions! But I made up a method that gave a similar result – finished the garment and gave it to my daughter. She loved it.


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