How to Create the 3-D Crochet Flowers in the Roseate Shrug

The Roseate Shrug by Jane Howorth is one of our favorite projects from Interweave Crochet Spring 2018. This project is unique because of the way its 3-D flowers are made: rather than working the rows of the pattern and returning to work the flowers afterward, these crochet flowers are created at the same time you are making each row of the project. This innovative technique creates an incredible fabric texture, but getting the hang of it can be a bit tricky. Here is a quick tutorial to guide you through the process.

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To create these flowers, you work a second layer of crochet to create the petals by working around an open block of crochet as if it is the center of a crochet circle.

Begin by working the chart for the Roseate Shrug until you reach the flower stitch.

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Petal 1 (left petal): Ch 1, (sc, ch 2, 3dc, ch 2, sc) around body of last dc made.

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Petal 2 (bottom petal): Ch 2, rotate work 90 degrees, 3 dc bet 2nd and 3rd dc of 4-dc group on prev row, ch 2.

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Petal 3 (right petal): Rotate work 90 degrees, (sc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, sc) around last dc of 3-dc group just made.

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Petal 4 (top petal): Ch 2, rotate work 90 degrees, 3 dc in ch-2 sp, ch 2.

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Finishing: Sl st in first sc to join, fold flower forward, sl st in top of last dc made.

After working the flower, continue working the pattern as written or follow along with the chart.

Once you’ve mastered the 3-D flower component of this project, the rest of the shrug is relatively easy to create. Work the shrug as a rectangle and seam it according to the schematic to create the shoulders and the sleeves. The final edging around the shrug creates the incredible chain fringe tassels that make this project truly one of a kind.

Will you make this shrug for spring? What other accessories could use some 3-D crochet flowers? Try it out and let us know how it goes in the comments below!

Happy Stitching!
Editor, Interweave Crochet

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