I made these shrugs using a pattern from Debbie Stoller's wonderful book, The Happy Hooker. The pattern is "Short 'n Sweet" by Angela "Le Vonne" Best. I know, I know, this pattern isn't free, but I highly recommend this book. It's a great book to learn crochet and it has lots of cute and cool, up-to-date patterns. If you can't afford to buy the book or you only want this one pattern, you could try checking it out from your local library.
I used Caron Simply Soft yarn instead of the recommended yarn and was able to make both of these shrugs (one size small and the other medium) with under 3 skeins of yarn. The yarn I used for the purple edging was some I had on hand (same for the flowers). The pattern is a little tricky, but once you get the hang of it, it goes along pretty smoothly. There is a diagram of the stitch pattern as well, which I find very handy, because I'm a very visual person. If you would like to make this pattern, but get stuck somewhere, just write me an email at email@example.com and I will help you with it.
For the flowers I used two patterns from Lion Brand's Stitchfinder. For the sweater above I used the Narcisssus. Unfortunately this pattern isn't on the website anymore, but this pattern by Crochet Geek is similar. I then added an extra layer of petals on the back.
For this shrug I used the Poinsettia pattern. I decided to let the petals curl up and I used three different colors of yarn.
Merry Christmas and Happy Hooking!!
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