Terrapin by Sara Gresbach
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January 2016
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
13 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in herringbone/pattern stitch on middle sized needles
US 10 - 6.0 mm
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
US 11 - 8.0 mm
500 - 850 yards (457 - 777 m)
Women's XS (S, M, L)
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Named for a decadently sweet little chocolate indulgence from the local candy shop, this cocoon-like shrug is also reminiscent of a turtle’s shell. Like a wearable blanket, you can wrap up in it, keep your neck warm, and still have your arms free.

The back is worked flat, bottom-up, and then seamed to form sleeves. Stitches are picked up around the entire edge to form a deep, ribbed border. Short rows are incorporated to shape the collar and rounded hem. Finally, stitches are picked up around each sleeve for a neat edging.

For the matching child’s pattern, please check out Tiny Terrapin.

Women’s XS (S, M, L)
Finished measurements:
Total width (which can vary with blocking): 30-32 (34-36, 38-42, 43-46)” / 76-81 (86-91.5, 96.5-106.5, 109-117) cm For a fit as shown, choose the size closest to your bust measurement.
Size Small shown on model with 34” / 86 cm bust.

500 (650, 750, 850) yards / 460 (595, 685, 780) m or 4 (5, 6, 7) skeins of Malabrigo Mecha (100% superwash Merino; 130 yards / 119 m per 100 grams / 3.53 ounces), shown in #52 Paris Night.
US #10.5 / 6.5 mm needles (or size needed to obtain gauge)
-Long circular needles for working back/body
US #11 / 8 mm needles (or one size larger than gauge needles)
-Long circular needles for working ribbing
US #10 / 6 mm needles (or one size smaller than gauge needles)
-Double-points, small circular, or long circular for magic loop for working sleeves
Stitch markers (2)
Locking markers (2)
Tapestry needle