Thursday, 29 January 2015

easiest shrug

It's so so so so so so so so so cold right now in Toronto which is generally the case at the end of January. Back in December I started to make a cosy shrug which is working wonders for me these days! It's definitely my favourite project that I've completed in 2015, but I also think it's one of my all time faves. It's SO easy which actually made me a bit bored with it but it's really easy to take anywhere and complete. It just took me a bit longer than usual because of how big it is. I based the pattern on this free Lion Brand pattern, but I changed it based on the yarn I wanted to use. I stitched it up on a road trip in the dark so it's not perfect but it's finished and I love it. 

This is what you'll need:
- 5 Balls of Super Bulky Weight Yarn (I used Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick in Citron)
- one pair of long circular needles size 11 (8mm) 
- one tapestry needle

You're basically going to be making a long rectangle and then folding it over once it's done.
- Cast on 180 stitches
- work in ribbing (knit 1, purl 1) for 2 inches (about 7 rows)
- work in stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl one row) until the entire piece measures approximately 42 inches
- work in ribbing (knit 1, purl 1) for 2 inches (about 7 rows, or same number of rows as you did the first 2 inches)

fold entire piece in half with the ribbed parts touching. starting from the ribbing - stitch up the sides about 13 inches, repeat on the second side. 

And that's it!!! It's done! A comfy shrug you can wear wherever you please. Wasn't that easy? 

Goldie approves. 


  1. Love the shrug and that tee! Where did you get it? It's so cute!

    1. I got it from the Sheep & Stitch etsy store found here -

      I got the last one :( But I told her to make more so fingers crossed!!

    2. Thank you so much! Yes, fingers crossed!

  2. Can this be done with straight needles too? Does it make it easier to do with circular needles?

    1. It could be done with straight needles... the only thing is they would have to be very LONG straight needles. It's knit on circular needles as if you were knitting on straight needles (not in the round, just back and forth) Since it's knit as one piece it's very wide and having the circular needles with the long cord in the middle makes things much easier. Plus circular needles are the best!

  3. I'm 5'10, how would i make it longer, would i just knit longer than the 42" inches??

    1. I am also 5'10"! so that should give you an estimate if you want to make it the same size as what I have in the photos, or if you want it to be longer than that yes just add onto the 42 inches.