Sophia Shrug by Betty Monroe
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Sophia Shrug

November 2010
Aran (8 wpi) ?
15 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Garter Stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
5.0 mm (H)
657 - 876 yards (601 - 801 m)
26 (27-1⁄2, 28-3⁄4)" wide from cuff to cuff and 28-1⁄4 (29-1⁄2, 33-1⁄2)" long from top of collar to bottom of back
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Interweave SKU: EP3197

Finished Size: 26 (27 1⁄2, 28 3⁄4)“ wide from cuff to cuff and 28 1⁄4 (29 1⁄2, 33 1⁄2)” long from top of collar to bottom of back. Shrug shown measures 26”.

Yarn: Schoppel Wolle IN Silk (75% merino, 25% silk; 219 yd [200 m]/100 g): #3681 purple, 3 (4, 4) skeins. Yarn distributed by Skacel.

Yarn weight: #4 - Medium

Gauge: 15 sts and 28 rows = 4” in garter st.

Needles: Size 8 (5 mm): 24” circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Size H/8 (5 mm) crochet hook; markers (m); tapestry needle.

Originally Published: Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts 2010

Also available in Knitting Daily Free eBook:
Knitting Lace: 10 Free Knitted Lace Patterns

Magazine description:
A simple rectangle, cleverly bordered and seamed, turns into the versatile Sophia Shrug. A drapey elongated-stitch pattern folds easily into a shawl collar or stands up for warmth; while garter stitch turned on its side flows easily across shoulders, stretches to pin closed, and snaps back for wearing open.

Construction notes:

  • Pattern uses Chain Edge Cast-On, explained and illustrated on p. 127 in the publication.

  • This shrug is worked from side to side in one piece.

  • There are three sections in each row of knitting: a lace section that forms the colllar, a garter-stitch section that forms the upper body, and another lace section that forms the lower body. The shrug is folded in half along the garter-stitch section, and the short edges of each lace section are seamed.

  • In the crossed-stitch rows, the three right stitches of the six-stitch group are pulled over the three left stitches of the group. This effectively pulls the three left stitches through the center of the three right stitches. When pulling the stitches over and then knitting them, make sure to keep the stitches in order.