4 Chic shrug knitting patterns
I’ve been obsessed with shrugs this week – with the nice weather starting to roll in, a shrug is the perfect thing to put on for a night out with friends to keep your shoulders warm when the night gets chilly. Check out these 5 patterns from our independent designers!
This shrug is absolutely fabulous – using size gradient buttons as a contemporary design element and a unique zig-zag cabling pattern, you’ll be the fashionista of the evening. The cable pattern is both written and charted, and explained in detail in the stitch abbreviation section.Worked flat on US 7 (4.5 mm) circular needles, this shrug uses 800 – 1200 yards of worsted or aran weight yarn, depending on which size you need – this pattern is friendly to nearly all sizes and can be worked in negative or positive ease. We recommend Malabrigo Worsted, a 100% Merino wool that knits up beautifully. You’ll need between 4 and 6 hanks depending on size: for a 28 – 34 inch chest, 4 hanks; for a 36 – 42 inch chest, 5 hanks; and for a 44 – 50 inch chest, 6 hanks. To complete the pattern as shown we love Cuarzo (097); you could also use a lovely green like Olive (056). To see the huge range of available shades, click on the image below!
This stunning lace shrug looks like an expensive designer purchase with its thought to tailoring and construction. Available to knit in sizes small to 3XL, this shrug is knit in the round with US 5 (3.75 mm) DPNs for the sleeves and US 5 (3.75 mm) 24 inch circular needles with a cable cast on and a picot cast off for a lovely edging. For this pattern, we absolutely adore Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino for a beautifully soft blend of wool and cashmere with an out-of-this-world stitch definition. For the small size (32 – 34 inch chest), you will need 3 balls; for medium (36 – 38 inches) and large (40 – 42 inches) you will need 4 balls; for size XL (44 – 46 inches) you will need 6 balls, for XXL (48 – 50) and XXXL (52 – 54 inches) you will need 7 balls. To complete the pattern as shown we recommend Sapphire (089); you could also use Fuchsia (088) for a dose of summer.
Using intermediate skills such as knitting in the round, lace techniques, and the backwards loop cast on, this shrug knits up into a beautiful summery garment that’s absolutely perfect for cool evenings or to dress up a simple summer dress. The body is knit flat on US 6 (4 mm) circular needles, and the sleeves are knit in the round. You’ll also need a US 5 (3.75 mm) circular needle for the ribbing at the bottom. The lace pattern is both written and charted for accessibility, and the shrug can be made in sizes from a 32 inch chest measurement up to a 56 and 3/4 inch chest measurement. For this pattern, we love Sublime Egyptian Cotton DK, a 100% cotton yarn with a stunning crisp stitch definition that’s to die for! For sizes from 32 – 47 and 1/4 inch chest measurement, you will need 5 balls, and for sizes from 51 and 1/4 to 56 and 3/4 inch chest measurements, you will need 7 balls. We love Spicy Lily (385) and Alessandra (325), but this yarn is available in a selection of amazing summery shades.
This casual chic shrug is knit with the understated but wonderful texture of garter stitch. It is worked side to side; the back is knit flat and the band is picked up and knitted in the round to create the lovely shawl collar. This shrug has pattern modifications to fit sizes with a 31 – 53 inch chest measurement. We recommend King Cole Bamboo Cotton 4 ply, a delicious blend of bamboo and cotton to create a smooth and strong knitted fabric that’s perfect for spring and summer. For a 31 – 34 inch chest, you will need 3 balls; for a 36 – 47 inch measurement you will need 4 balls; and for a 50 – 53 inch measurement you will need 5 balls. We love Opal (1016) and Pebble (1022) from this line!
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Which of these chic shrugs will you be knitting? I’m going to be casting on Maeve when I finish my next 2 projects!
Last updated: April 16th, 2015.