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.)
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″)
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.
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.
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
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.” 🙂