sm's simple lacy shrug by sarah-marie belcastro

sm's simple lacy shrug

October 2010
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
5 stitches = 1 inch
in stockinette
US 8 - 5.0 mm
300 - 360 yards (274 - 329 m)
half- and 3/4-sleeves
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This pattern makes a simple lace shrug that’s perfect to wear when you’re just a little bit chilled. Unlike most shrugs that are knit side-to-side, the lace pattern produces visual vertical lines when worn. When designing it, I was surprised that such a fancy-looking pattern would arise from such simple stitches (of course, isn’t that what lace is all about?); and, the construction is just a rectangle with the ends sewn to make sleeves. Any wool or wool-blend worsted yarn should work for this pattern.

When blocked, the half-sleeve version measures 16” around the sleeve-ends and 38” from end to end if knitted as written. For longer sleeves, just knit more repeats of the pattern. (However, you’ll need more yarn.) In particular, half-length sleeves require a total of 300 yards of yarn and 3/4-length sleeves require a total of 360 yards of yarn; and, in general, every extra 3.5” of length requires an additional 30 yards of yarn.

Techniques and stitches used: casting on, knitting, purling, yarnover, slip-slip-knit, slip-slip-purl, knit two together, purl two together, binding off, whipstitching.