|The Queen's Shrug
I made this for my daughter who needed something to wear while riding in a local parade in a ball gown. Shrugs are not new, but this one has a 3/4 length sleeve instead of just a cuff.
General: I used an acrylic boucle but any sort of boucle or fuzzy mohair-type yarn would be good. Not sure how it would work up in a regular bulky wool yarn -- it might sag too much.
Size: Approx 45" finished cuff to cuff, which hits between elbow and wrist on most average-sized women. Back width (neck to waist) is about 21.5". Back width is easily modified by changing the final number of stitches to more or less than 48. If you prefer full length sleeves, measure wrist to wrist and knit each piece to half that measurement.
- Approx. 250 yards (approx. 14 oz depending on the weight of the yarn) of a fuzzy or boucle-type yarn that knits up 9 stitches to 4" in garter stitch.
- Size 11 needles (or size to make gauge). I used double points for the circular knitting and switched to a circular for the flat knitting.
- Scrap yarn or stitch holder to hold 22" of stitches.
- Sewing up needle. (if using kitchener stitch to join halves)
Sleeves (make 2): Cast on 20 stitches and work K2 P2 ribbing in the round for 3".
(Begin working in garter stitch in the round)
* Next round: Increase 1 stitch each end. Work 3 more garter stitch rounds.
** Repeat from * to ** until there are 36 stitches.
## Next round: Increase 1 stitch every 6 stitches. (42 stitches total)
(Now begin working flat (row knitting) but stay in garter stitch)
Work 3 rows.
Repeat ## increases. (48 stitches)
Work in garter st. until desired length to center or about 23".
Move stitches to scrap yarn or stitch holder.
Make another sleeve.
FINISHING: Slip stitches from first sleeve onto another needle. You can either join the two halves together by knitting or by grafting (kitchener stitch).
To join by knitting: Hold the needles with the two halves right sides together in your left hand, needles parallel. With a third needle, knit the first stitch from the front needle and the first stitch from the back needle treating them as one stitch. Repeat across. Weave in ends and you're done. If you use kitchener stitch and weave all ends in tidily, the shrug will be reversible.
© 2001 by Liz Thayer (fka Elizabeth Clouthier)
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