The “Sort of” Beatrice Shrug is now finished!
Hip hip hooray! Hip hop hooray! Hip hip hooray!
Seriously, folks, I’m not just cheering for my own ego simply because I got it finished before the deadline (also, one thing I’ve never mentioned: I didn’t actually start this until August 10. So I got this done in a week). Yeah, I’m happy about that, but it’s not the only reason I’m happy. It’s also the first wearable that I’ve ever made for myself that actually looks good on me. And it was so easy that I’m giving serious thought to making a bunch for Christmas presents for some of the women in my family.
Honestly, I didn’t change it all that much. As I mentioned before, I had a hard time following the stitch pattern, but it was just a more intricate ripple pattern. And as I was using an F hook, my gauge didn’t exactly match the pattern, but things seemed to even themselves out.
As it turned out, the starting chain as written was the exact number of stitches I needed to do just a simple double crochet ripple. Then I followed the schematic guidelines of the pattern (see them here). Oddly enough, the measurements I wanted to duplicate? Lying flat, this thing is exactly what I wanted it to be. On the other hand, though, it also matches the schematic measurements almost exactly (I think I might have been off by 1/2 an inch). And yet, as you can see from the picture, it fits me perfectly. So either I was wrong in thinking a 34″ bust measurement would be too small for my own 38F/FF bust, or something is off here. Whatever it is, I don’t really care. It looks good, it fits, and I will definitely be able to wear it the next time I go out.
I do believe it’ll fall better once it’s washed and tumble-dried. For acrylics – which this is – I always wash and tumble-dry it at least once. It softens up the yarn and makes it drape on the body beautifully. Also, the Spritz is a bit scratchy – though I expected that – and I’m hoping washing & tumble-drying it will help with that.
The only modification I might have to do in order to make this as a gift is to do a few less half-rows for the back. The women in my family whom I think might like something like this are all smaller than me, and that seems to be the only real difference in the pattern’s sizes (of which there are only 2). Come to think of it… my 13 year old would like something like this, I think.
Oh, the ideas that are going through my head right now! I could extend this from the bottom of the tie to make it a full-length cardigan! It would be easy to modify the sleeves to make them longer!
My crochet creativity has been well and fully kicked into high gear. I love it. 🙂
HERE are my medals!!! 🙂