My wedding shrug is finally taking shape! I love the above emoticon--can you tell that it's supposed to be someone shrugging?
Pattern: Two-Toned Ribbed Shrug by Stefanie Japel from the book Fitted Knits
Yarn: 4 skeins of an aran weight pure white angora/wool blend (Lush by Classic Elite Yarns)
1 skein of white lace-weight mohair-sparkly nonsense (Gossamer by Karabella)
Inspiration: My wedding dress is strapless and thus utterly scandalous by Orthodox standards. Something had to be done.
I chose a simple shrug pattern and luxurious yarn with a subtle halo to soften the look a bit, but knew from the beginning that the ribbing was too casual for my dress. Lace wouldn't stand up on its own to provide the dramatic high neck I was after, so I began looking everywhere for ideas. The vertical ruffles on the skirt of my dress seemed a great place to start. The pattern for this ruffly knitty scarf, Latifa, by Jillian Moreno, taught me how to make ruffles. This shrug by reflectionsbyds on etsy has the perfect neckline, which I'll try to recreate on my own.
Now to finish the other sleeve and start experimenting!