At last, the moment has arrived and I can finally release my new pattern!
I know there are a few of you darling people out there who have been waiting patiently for this day to come, so like you, I'm very glad that it is here at last.
For many more of you though, this will all be news to you, so I'm very pleased to let you know what I've been up to....
It seems quite some time ago now, but one day, out of almost nowhere and straight into my head, popped a jolly crochety notion. The shape, the colours, the whole thing just pinged right in there. Brilliant!
I knew that I wanted to make a shrug, I knew that I wanted to make it as seamless as possible and I also very much knew that I wanted the stripes to go around the arms in circles, rather than the more traditional make-a-square-fold-it-in-half type of thing. (Not that there's anything wrong with that you understand? Just when you get an idea....)
So, off I set, making a few trial attempts in plain colours before I committed to the 'real stripy deal' and long story short (too late!), I'm so chuffed because it actually went exactly as I planned and it's not that often I get to say that!
I love the kind of vintage feel to it and it's so adaptable. You can follow my stripe pattern exactly, choose your own colours, choose your own stripe pattern or just go for plain if you prefer it. Sorry if I'm getting all 'sales pitchy' here, I don't mean to but my excitments levels are running high and some of it's starting to gush all over the post. Whoops!
I've had this pattern tested too by some wonderful Ravelry ladies at the Free Pattern Testers group. It's the first time I've had a pattern officially tested and it was a great experience, so hopefully there will be no nasty surprises left in there. A huge thank you again ladies for all your hard work, if you do happen to pop by!
I made it in DK and it's coming up at a nice size for me, about a 34"-36" chest but you could always adjust a little when blocking. Some of my testers tried the pattern out in an aran/worsted yarn and were happy with using this method to get a larger gauge and therefore larger size, which is great news too. Oh dear, I'm sounding all salesy again now aren't I? Sorry, I'll stop at once and let you go about your day in peace...
Suffice to say, I'm loving it a lot, enjoying wearing it immensely and I'm very much hoping you'll love it a little bit too.
Grannie Shrug Pattern
Love to all and I'll see you next time.