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Kathryn V's Upcycled Oversized Crochet Shrug

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Kathryn V's Upcycled Oversized Crochet Shrug

Kathryn V's Upcycled Oversized Crochet Shrug

Project Title and Brief Description

Upcycled Oversized Shrug

I partially deconstructed an old crochet pillow case that I'd made years ago and upcycled it into an oversized crochet shrug. No pattern here; just played around to make something I would want to wear!

Why Was This Your Best Project From 2012?

I made a lot of things I really liked in 2012. And I actually made a few things that I wear more than this. But I felt like this was my best project because it gave me a chance to save an item I'd crocheted awhile ago that I definitely wasn't going to use anymore but that was kind of special to me.

You see, I had crocheted the pillow case as part of a set when I was going through deep depression. (I wrote about how crochet helped me through depression in my book, Crochet Saved My Life). I didn't want the pillows anymore but I kind of wanted to save a part of that set of work. Maintaining a bulk of the fabric as it was (not completely frogging it) allowed me to do that in a way that would allow me to keep using the project in this new way.

Lessons Learned

  • I didn't actually learn much new stuff with this one. I did learn some new things from other 2012 projects, though - my favorite of which was how to do broomstick lace.

Amy Solovay, About.com Crochet, says:

To Kathryn: What a creative idea! Thanks for sharing it with us. I'm always delighted to see successful upcycling projects; they really inspire me. I love the simplicity of your design.

To Everyone: Did you create a successful upcycled crochet project in 2012? Or any other outstanding crochet project? If so, please don't be shy about submitting your project(s) too!

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