Witchy Woman Knit Shrug

Moving house meant moving all of my craft supplies with me (specifically seven miles southwest). Moving supplies meant reorganizing and finding new ways to store all of them. Decorative boxes took care of the jewelry and paint supplies. Unfortunately my trunk could only fit so many balls of yarn and scrap fabric. Fortunately, there are lots of fun ways to offload balls of yarn.

5 balls Think Bamboo bamboo wool fiber blend bulky weight yarn
US 17 knitting needles
Size J crochet hook
Ribbon tape
Sewing scissors
Yarn needle
Stitch holders

The bamboo fiber yarn is soft to the touch and retains heat well, making it ideal for cardigans and scarves. The bulky weight and alternating width of the fiber (thick and lustrous at certain lengths, medium worsted weight at others) eliminated stockinette as a viable pattern. Looking for a lace stitch that would give me lots of breathing room, I found openwork garter stitch. The pattern calls for four rows of garter stitch, then a row of garter with two rotations of wrapped yarn around each needle (k1, wrap twice).

Normally, the US 17 needles would create a gauge of 12.75mm per stitch. The openwork stitches stretched that out to 16mm, meaning I had to pull apart my knitting more than once to recalculate the measurements.

Here’s what I came up with in the end:

MAIN PIECE:
CO 54
K 4 rows garter
K, wrap twice *, repeat * to end of row
K 4 rows garter
K, wrap three times *, repeat * to end of row
K 4 rows garter
K, wrap three times*, repeat * to end of row
K 4 rows garter
K, wrap three times *, repeat * to end of row
(Begin sleeve holes)
K 13, slip stitch 1, K 26, slip stitch 1, K 13
User stitch holders to hold sections, continue knitting in garter stitch for 8 rows in each section.
K 4 rows garter
K2tog, K 50, K2tog
K, wrap twice to end of row
K2tog, K 48, K2tog
BO

I opted to go with 3/4 sleeves similar to my first attempt at a cardigan — to account for the brief clothes I’d be wearing underneath (tanks and halter tops) and to keep the openwork stitches from getting snagged on my bracelets. I used the ribbon tape to measure both my arms and the length the sleeves would need to be to match that length.

SLEEVE (2)
CO 18
K 3 rows stockinette stitch
K, wrap three times *, repeat * to end of row
K 4 rows garter
K, wrap three times *, repeat * to end of row
K 4 rows garter
K, wrap three times *, repeat * to end of row
K 4 rows garter
K, wrap three times *, repeat * to end of row
K 4 rows garter
BO, leave long tail
Use tail to crochet sleeve seam in rows of garter stitches, leave room in openwork rows.

Use crochet needle to attach sleeves to openings. Weave in ends.

Use brooch or kilt pin to close shrug.

Nice, right? Not bad for a pattern created on the fly.

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~ by blackmoodcraft on September 13, 2015.

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