Holey Squares Shrug
In July 2005, I found it I wanted yet another summer shrug, but crocheted this time (I'd already knitted a couple of them recently). I wanted a nice open stitch pattern that worked up fast, wasn't too hard to memorize and didn't use up too much yarn. The Lacet Stitch, which I'd only ever tried in swatches, fit the bill.
There's no ruffle, shaping, cuffs, fringe or other edging on this shrug. Just a rectangle with two seams for the sleeves. The stitch pattern stands on its own, it's so pretty!
Oh, the name? Well, the stitch pattern looks to me little little squares (rectangles technically) with holes in the middle. :)
- 2 50g balls TLC Cotton Plus KW, 170 mtrs each, Cream, or other cabled cotton worsted yarn (check out the selection of yarns at
- 4.50 mm hook
- Gauge is about 3 - 3.25 sts per inch (per 2.5 cm)
Lacet Stitch Pattern
- Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch3, turn.
- Dc in next sc, (ch2, skip 2 sc, sc in next sc, ch2, skip 2 sc, dc in next sc) across. Dc in last sc. Ch3, turn.
- Dc in next dc, ch5, (skip next 2 ch, sc, and 2 ch) dc in next dc, (ch5, dc in next dc) across. Dc in last st. Ch3, turn.
- Dc in next dc, (ch2, skip 2 ch, sc in next ch, ch2, sk 2 ch, dc in next dc) across. Dc in last st. Ch3, turn.
- Chain 70.
- Begin working Lacet st pattern with Row 1 - 69 sts.
- Work rows 2, 3 and 4 once.
- Repeat rows 3 and 4 for pattern.
- End with row 4 after you've worked 26 ovals for short sleeves, 32 ovals for 3/4 or elbow length sleeves. At end of row, ch1 (instead of ch3), turn.
- For last row, sc in each dc and in each ch st across.
- Finished piece is about 21.5 - 23.5" wide, (54 - 60cm) and about 45" (115 cm) long for 3/4 sleeves.
- To begin forming sleeve, sc corner sts together.
- To seam sleeves together, loosely work 2 sc into each of next 14 ch-3 and dc openings along both edges of fabric. Adjust sleeve seam length as required for proper fit.
- Work in ends.
- To make shrug wider or narrower, begin with a chain of a multiple of 6 plus 4 sts.
- You can leave the shrug flat and wear it as a shawl instead. You'd probably want to make it longer, so you'd need extra yarn.
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