But in the end, I think it turned out very well for a 1st-time shrug.
I held 3 strands of Cameo size 10 crochet thread together and used a size G Clover crochet hook. I used a total of 6 balls and I'm pretty sure that these were 350-yard balls each. I'll have to check my stash.
I do like the weight and "drape" that the cotton threads give this garment, along with the larger hook.
More to come later on this......
The next morning:
Yes, these discontinued balls of Cameo thread are indeed 350 yards each. Instead of having 3 balls of thread bouncing around when you crochet, the easiest way to do this is holding the starting ends of 3 separate strands from each ball and then wind this into one big ball. You are making your own "3 ply" cotton fiber at this point, plus having just 1 large ball is easier to handle and is more portable.
The pattern is by Melissa http://crochetvolution.com. She has her sample worked up in a beautiful ombre small weight yarn. On the size dimensions, I messed up. I did achieve the 21 inches, but misread the 28 inches across the foundation chain (see pattern). Soooo, I made a change. I kept the 21 inches for the width and just made the pattern repeats for 28 inches. The result? My triple crochet shells go from side-to-side instead of up and down from bottom to top. Oh well, either way looks good. :)
*As of now, I wear a size 16 or an X-Large, to give you an idea of what size this shrug would fit.
My pet peeve about gauges ... I don't like a gauge which says to work up stitches such as "shells" or "in pattern." Why not just do some basic straight stitches for a gauge? It's much easier. So, after I finished the shrug, I made up this gauge swatch and measured it in both English and Metric.
Here is a metric gauge:
5 Dc stitches = 3 cm:
And 5 rows of dc stitches = 7 1/2 cm
And for an English gauge:
4 Dc - 1 inch
And 5 dc rows = 3 inches:
Here is how I made my gauge swatch:
Here are some closeups of the Tr Shell stitches along with the hook I used:
Here are pictures of the sleeve seams. I have my hand behind the seam and we are looking at the wrong side of the seam in these pictures:
And here is the back:
To form the seams, I did a loose slip stitch across the beginning half tr-shell and across the next tr-shell:
Check out Melissa's pattern for the Sonata Shrug at Melissa Mall at http://crochetvolution.com!