I'm super excited to finally be offering this shrug design as a pattern. It uses a few skeins of Malabrigo Rasta in natural making it the coziest garment in your closet (mmmm, merino). It is perfect to wear in the fall when the weather is turning cold, and I wear mine inside the house constantly - it's like wearing a hug. Um, yes I just said that, because seriously it is.
You also have the option of buying the lovely ceramic buttons too, which are made by Just Potters, a local social enterprise.
::: about the pattern :::
I’ve made over a dozen in various sizes and if made bigger than your measurements it can work well as an over-sized slouchy sweater too. The construction is designed in a way that allows you to try it on as you make it. It’s a super quick and easy pattern beginning as a simple bolero with no increasing involved, just a change of needle size from 10mm circular knitting for one arm hole, to 25mm flat knitting for the back and then back to 10mm circle knitting for the second arm hole. Next two simple sections of single crochet are added; one to increase length and add the two front panels, and the other for the collar. Button-holes are not intentionally made since the crochet work is loose enough to fit buttons.
The following are techniques employed in this pattern: Stockinette in the round, garter stitch worked flat and single crochet worked flat.
Suggested Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Rasta
Yarn weight: Super Bulky (5-6 wpi)
Gauge: 9 stitches and 12 rows = 4 inches in stockinette
Needle size: one pair of US 15 - 10.0 mm knitting needles for knitting in the round, one pair of US 50 - 25.0 mm knitting needles for knitting flat and one crochet hook size 15.0 mm (P/Q)
XS [S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL] (shown in size Medium)
Chest: 30 [32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52] inches
Length: 19 [21, 24, 25, 26.5, 28, 31] inches
[MC] Malabrigo Rasta [merino wool; 90yd/82m per 150g skein]; color: Natural; 270yds [360, 400, 525, 540, 600, 600] skeins
Hi, I'm Janna. I'm the owner and natural dyer at Everlea Yarn. I am also a tapestry weaver, longtime knitter and 2013 graduate of Concordia University's Fibres and Material Practices program.
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