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February 2009
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 29 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
750 - 1250 yards (686 - 1143 m)
30"-54" / 76-137cm
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This cabled shrug has a unique twist, with spiraling cabled sleeves. Esmerelda is worked top-down with raglan construction until the sleeves. The sleeve stitches are then put on holders while the back is worked back and forth. The sleeves are then worked top-down in the round until the desired length. Lastly, the trim is applied around the edge of the shrug, creating a shawl collar around the neckline.

Fiber Fiend designed Esmerelda as a Ravelry Fiber Fiends group knit-a-long in installments. She also posted the instructions in installments on her blog. You can still find the instructions in either place for free, or you can purchase a pdf of the entire pattern (nicely formatted, with the addition of a schematic) on this page or at FiberFiend.com. You can also purchase a hard copy of the pattern at FiberFiend.com.

Note: Esmerelda is made to fit tightly with minimal ease, although the sizing runs a bit small (especially in the sleeves), so if between sizes you should probably go with the larger size.

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