Project: Knitted 1950s Shrug
Pattern: Vintage knit Bolero 1953, from this lovely shop
Stash Buster? oh yes!
Items From Stash: Beach Filo yarn from Linz, Austria
Date Started: July 2011
Date Finished: January 2012
New Techniques Used: crochet edging
Wear Again? Yes, yes, yes!
My first completed project of 2011 and also the first project for my Stash Busting/UFO Project! Whoop whoop! I bought the yarn for this shrug (or bolero, whatever you want to call it!) when I was touring Europe last year. I had lost my favourite old cream shrug, bought years ago from Monsoon, between venues and in my pining stage I desperately wanted a replacement. I had already earmarked the knitting pattern online, so when I past a yarn shop with a sale in Linz it felt like fate! Of course I then found the original shrug , screwed up at the bottom of a pocket in my suitcase and the project fell by the wayside. Over all it has taken me nearly 7 months to complete, crazy for a knitting project this small and simple!
I restarted this shrug at the end of last year with the Stash Busting Project still forming in my mind, but it really started to come together properly in the last couple of weeks. Despite the amount of time it appeared to take it is a relatively simple pattern and I would recommend it. The highlight of this project is definitely the crochet edging, it was so much fun! Crochet it weirdly addictive, I cannot wait to learn to do it properly. Soon my friends, soon :)
I have already worn this shrug out on multiple occasions and have received some lovely comments, it's clearly a hit, particularly the shape of the back. The one slight flaw is that I didn't check the colour lots of all my wool (silly, silly mistake!) and you can see the slight difference of shades of yarn in the above picture. However this won't deter me from wearing the shrug, I like it too much :)
|The Complete Outfit!|
Shrug: Made and Stash Busted by me!
Top: Topshop (an ancient buy!)
Skirt: Vintage Exchange, altered by me
Tights: shop in Edinburgh
Boots: Miss L Fire
Happy Stash Busting!