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Glittery Shrug Crochet-Along: Working the Lower Border Edging and the Upper Mesh

Shrug BadgeHello everyone! Hope you all are doing well on the first part of your Glittery Shrug! If you decided to start the lower half last week and didn't get through it all, that's ok! It's the most time intensive part, but working on both pieces together helps to break up working all that single crochet.

Working the Lower Border Edging

One thing that I hadn't mentioned last week about the lower part of the shrug is the border edging. When you are done with the lower half, you are ready to move onto the border. The border is super simple and is worked across the bottom edge of the lower half (the straight edge that measures 26 inches). If you kept the underarms sloped, then this measurement will be from the marker to where you start decreasing for the right sleeve. The border is just one row of single crochet, then one row of double crochet.

Working the Upper Half

The upper half is very easy. As long as you get the gauge that you are supposed to get, the construction will be the same idea. The double crochet mesh stitch takes significantly less time than the single crochet stitch, as you will find out this week. The border of the upper half incorporates back and front post stitches, which I'll discuss next week. For now, just focus on finishing the upper and lower halves.

Mesh Stitch

If you are changing the pattern stitch, it is easier to make this change if you are making the pieces in straight pieces, and eliminating the under arm slopes. Again, if you are altering the pattern the way I am and making the under arm slopes straight lines as I did in the picture accompanying this post, then make sure that both the upper and lower half are the same measurements so that they will come together the same way when you are sewing them together.

As always, please post questions and comments in the comments section, and let me know us know if you have any concerns about your project!
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  • Amybyoung

    I am working on the lower half border that you mentioned above, and I am having lots of trouble trying to make my stitch count come out right. The pattern says 120 stitches (for size m). If I sc once in the side of every row I get about 90 and if I sc twice I get about 180. The length is 27 inches - per the pattern - so does it really matter how many stitches I have on the border? (I am using lb sock ease).

  • Angie

    I haven't started mine yet, but it sounds like simple math to me... if you're getting 90 sts but need to have 120 sts, then couldn't you do sc, sc, 2 sc in same st, etc. ?  That should get you to the 120 sts you need-- basically just an even increase across the row by doing an extra stitch every 3rd st.  . 

  • Bethany

    Well done to Amy for having both parts done! I'm working on the top - just a few inches away from finishing the mesh, then to do the left sleeve and move on to the bottom. This is an exercise in patience for me, but I think it will be well worth it! 

  • Cara343

    I am still struggling to figure out which size to follow.  I have swatched so many times I can't think of doing another, but i'll have to.  I am down to a size d hook, and still too large in my guage swatch.  I typically wear a medium, and other garments i've croched have been rather large in a size medium.  And measuring the inches around the neck and back of body, I would have to adjust the pattern to a size 4X or 5X.  My measurement isn't even given in the directions.  HELP!!!   (I'm using Vanna's Glamour)

  • Joyce H

    Hi, I'm new to a crochet along, are there any pictures of the upper half border?  Joyce

  • Phenson107

    Can you send a pic of what the upper half looks like without the changes? I kept the underarm slope-- just not sure I'm doing it correctly.