Pullover Shrug of Stretchy Slip Stitch Crochet

Pullover Shrug of Stretchy Slip Stitch Crochet
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  • Item #: 4-WZ5105S
  • Manufacturer: Vashti Braha

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The most elementary and historic of crochet stitches – the Slip Stitch – has modern effortless style. As a “pullover shrug” the stitch has a stretch and drape to rival knits, and works up quickly with a large hook.

Pullover Shrug is a new, enhanced version of one that was published as CGOA pattern #028, when the Crochet Guild of America had their own pattern line. I’m now free to offer this design here at my own pattern site and the pattern now encompasses a range of crochet skill levels. Customizing options are included for experienced crocheters. For less experienced crocheters, the main pattern is written with few abbreviations.

International English equivalents for American measurements, yarn weights, and stitch terms are provided in brackets.

Skill Level: It’s an Easy-Intermediate pattern because a bit of increasing is used for the mock cowl neck. I otherwise think of this as an Easy-level pattern due to the elementary stitch and simple folded rectangle design. (It’s mindless enough that I can make it while talking on the phone until I get to the cowl neck and beaded trim.) It may also be Easy-Intermediate for some crocheters because the looser gauge and larger-than-normal hook size might be a new experience.

After using this pattern you will know (if you didn’t already):

  • How to make the simplest fabric-quality slip stitch
  • The importance of a hook-led stitch gauge
  • A fun, easy beaded chain fringe that adds drape to a sleeve
  • An easy way to construct a shrug or cropped pullover

Finished Dimensions (3 Sizes): Options for customizing the fit are provided within the pattern for Intermediate-level crocheters. Center Back Neck-to-Cuff Measurement:

  • XSmall-Medium: 27”-29”
  • Large-2XLarge: 30”-32”
  • 3XLarge-5XLarge: 32”-33” 

Supplies Needed

  • Crochet Hooks: Sizes M/9mm and L/8mm or sizes needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn:525 yds (630 yds, 735 yds) of a #4 medium/worsted weight yarn {UK: between DK and Aran}
    • Yarn shown: Berroco Denim Silk (80% Rayon, 20% Silk, 105yds/96m per 1.75oz/50g skein), color #1415 Mystic. This yarn has been discontinued. It is a ribbon yarn with a knitted tube construction, but many types of yarn will look great. For this simple stitch, a yarn with subtle color or texture variation is ideal. Currently, my personal favorite is Stacy Charles Ritratto. It has a dressy look that I’d like for the holiday season. For a craft store option, Paton’s Brilliant would be great but it’s now officially discontinued, so I’d try substituting the somewhat thicker Lion Brand Glitterspun. Both of these “ribbon” (knit tube construction) yarns look stylish in this slip stitch fabric. The simple stitch and garment shape showcase a unique yarn, and this makes a wide range of fashion looks possible. The sleek tonal silk-flecked yarn pictured here has a casual chic look that pairs well with jeans. Metallic yarns would change the look completely.
  • Two stitch markers
  • Beads: 60 to 70 medium-sized assorted glass beads that have holes large enough for yarn to pass through (it’s wise to have extra beads on hand in case some are cracked or have unusable holes). Shown: Cousin Corporation of America’s “Rainbow Glass Beads!” One 360g box of mixed colors used.
  • Bead stringing needle (or a stiffener for the yarn end to aid stringing, such as glue, nail polish, beeswax, etc.)

About the stitch technique:

For some reason, the slip stitch in English-language crochet books is rarely featured as a stitch for making fabric, even as late as 2010. Yet, an all-slipstitch fabric has fascinating qualities.The often underestimated slip stitch is an antique form of crochet. It has come to be called “Bosnian Crochet” but is found in many cultures by many names, and is created with sometimes unusual crochet hooks. (See website for my article, "Fun With Slip Stitches" about this fascinating technique.)

  • Special Technique: Slip Stitch/"Bosnian" Crochet
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