Hello everyone! For those who are following along live, this week we’re done! Please post pictures as you finish your project!
After your blocking is completed, the final step is seaming the two halves together. With crochet, seaming is very easy because you can simply crochet the two pieces together! You will first be seaming the two longer edges of the upper and lower halves. When you crochet, you will be holding the pieces with the right sides together. I laid them flat in the picture so that it is easy to see where to insert the crochet hook.
Since the two fabrics are different stitches (single crochet vs. double crochet mesh), the slipped stitch seam will not be as straightforward. Divide each edge into quarters with stitch markers, and line the markers on the upper half with those on the lower half to stay on track. For my seaming, I inserted the hook into each row of single crochet on the bottom half and went directly across to the upper half, making sure the hook is going under two strands of yarn on each edge for strength. I ended up with two or three stitches along each double crochet on the upper half, but this is not exact since you’re working along the edge of the fabric.
After the long, straight middle seam is done, it’s time for the underarm seaming. If you eliminated the slope of the underarms, this makes seaming easier since everything is straight and even. If you kept your project as per the original pattern, you’ll notice that the slopes on the upper half differ from those on the lower half. To make seaming easier, take a flexible tape measure and find the middle of each sloped underarm. Next, place a stitch marker at these points. Then, divide into quarters the same way. Line these stitch markers up when you seam in order to stay on track. Once you’re done seaming, weave in your ends and voilà! You can try your project on. If you’d like, you can steam the seams after they’re done to give them some more softness and flexibility.
The final step is the button. Buttons are totally optional, and it’s good to wait until your project is completely done before you decide on button sizes. The pattern recommends using a 3/4 inch button, but it’s really up to you what you use. The button loop length will also be based upon the size of the button you end up getting for your shrug. There are a couple things you need to think about when deciding what it right for you in terms of buttons. After all the seaming is done, try on your shrug. If you made it smaller and tighter, the fronts may not come across your chest all the way, and therefore you would not need buttons. This is totally fine as wearing it open is a fun style choice, and some people may just prefer to do it this way. Secondly, decide if you need more than one button. If your shrug is looser fitting and much of the shrug touches in the front, you may want two or three buttons instead of one to hold it together better. Start by looking at the seam where the mesh meets the single crochet. This is more than likely where your button will be placed, but it depends how the shrug fits on your body and where you want it to close. For multiple buttons, use the front seam as a guideline. For two buttons, measure equal distances away from the seam on either side to place your buttons. For three buttons, place the middle one on the seam, and then measure away from that button on either side to place the other two. Another option would be to use hook and eye closures that you can find a sewing or craft store to close your shrug.
For my shrug, I decided on one small button since I wanted it to be a subtle detail. But some of you may want a big, fun statement button! It’s really up to you. Your button loop is very simple, just chain stitches. The pattern calls for seven chains, but I only used five for my small button. Sew the button or buttons on first, and then as you work the button loop, you can try it around your button and see how the button will fit. You want the button loop just big enough to fit the button through comfortably — not so loose that the button will fall out, but not tight enough that you have to struggle to get it through. Once you have affixed your desired button or closure on the shrug, you’re all done!
My shrug ended up being the perfect size! You can tell from the pictures that the sleeves are skinnier, since I modified the pattern to eliminate the extra fabric underneath. The sleeves ended up a good length, and purple is a great color that will go with a lot of things that I wear. If you haven’t finished your shrug here, these posts will always be here to help you along as you reach the checkpoints. Just search for “Glittery Shrug Crochet-Along” on the Lion Brand Notebook to find the posts.
It was fun getting to crochet along with you all! Feel free to ask questions in the comments below, and we’ll see you next time!