Entrechat by Kristen Hanley Cardozo


November 2009
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
11 stitches and 17 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
US 10 - 6.0 mm
400 - 560 yards (366 - 512 m)
small, medium, large, extra large
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In ballet, entrechat describes a jump in which the dancer leaps straight upward, crossing his or her legs several times in the air. The cables in Entrechat are reminiscent of this beautiful movement, crossing and uncrossing from arm to arm. Knit flat in one piece and then seamed, this is an article that looks far more complicated and difficult than it actually is. Worked with chunky weight yarn, it knits up fast for a beautiful and sophisticated short winter coverup.


Small (28-34 inch bust), Medium (36-42 inch bust), Large (40-46 inch bust), Extra Large (46-52 inch bust)
Width at widest part of arm: 12”, 13.5”, 15.25”, 16.75”

There is some overlap between sizes. As the shrug does not actually cover the bust, the arm measurements may be more pertinent.


  • 400 (450, 500, 560) yds bulky weight yarn. Shown in Malabrigo Chunky Merino 100% merino, 104 yds per 100g skein in color Emerald, 4 skeins used
  • 1 set of U.S size. 10.5 (6.5 mm) needles, straight or circular
  • 1 U.S. size 10 (6 mm) circular needle, 30 inches
  • cable needle
  • stitch markers
  • tapestry needle


11 sts by 17 rows on size 10.5 needles = 4 inches in stockinette stitch (Remember to wash and block your gauge swatch.)

A note on yarn selection: Be sure to choose a yarn that will feel soft against your skin. The shrug is close fitting, and if the yarn is at all scratchy, it will become very uncomfortable when worn over a short sleeve top.

Requires ability to read charts.

For personal use only. Tech edited by crazyl.