Watercolor Shrug

Watercolor Shrug



This small shrug is perfect for using a small amount of handspun or luxury yarn, and is great for layering over summer dresses or camisoles. The body of the shrug is a rectangle that knits up quickly in a simple openwork pattern that highlights the texture of the yarn. After the sleeves are seamed, stitches are picked up to work the front edging and short-row shaped shawl collar.

Bicep Circumference: 10″(12″, 14″, 16″, 18″)
Width from Sleeve Hem to Sleeve Hem: 23″(24″, 25″, 27″, 29″)
Back Length from Neck to Hem: 11.75″(13.75″, 15.75″, 17.75″, 19.75″)
Sleeve Length to Underarm: 3″

GAUGE 4″ = 18 sts and 22 rows in Pillar Openwork Stitch on larger needles
Note: This stitch pattern pulls in so a larger needle than usual for these yarns has been used. Yarns shown usually knit at 18 sts to 4″ in Stocking Stitch on size 8 needles.

180(225, 275, 340, 410) yards worsted weight yarn
US 10 (6mm) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
US 8 (5mm) circular needles 24″-29″ or 2 sizes smaller than size needed to obtain gauge
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YARN SHOWN Debbie Bliss Pure Cotton (100% cotton; 96 yards/50 grams), Be Sweet Bambino (70% organic cotton/30% bamboo; 95 yards/50 grams), 3-ply yarn handspun from Tactile Fiber Arts Merino/Tencel unspun fiber (50% merino/50% tencel; 194 yards/4 ounces; 11 wraps per inch)