Shrug This! Pattern Review (by Jenifer Rank)

June 1, 2010 by  
Filed under Patternz

This pattern comes from the “One Skein Wonders” collection and is super easy to work up, however, the pattern is TINY!!!  Like toddler tiny!  After seeing the pictures posted on Ravelry, I decided to go down a needle size because I usually wear an extra small… gauge was fine and it was working along very quickly.  By the time I got to the end I realized that for as tiny as I am, it hit about halfway down my chest (and I’m small chested) and that was after adding a few rows into the pattern.  It fit my three year old perfectly and the bottom of the shrug hit right at his waist.  It fit my nine year old how I was expecting it to fit me – about mid torso.  Fortunately, there was a nine year old in my son’s class that was having a birthday… she now has a cute little cotton summer shrug. This first one was knit using the Bernat Cotton Tots in their Natural/Oatmeal color.

The second attempt, I made some adjustments: cast on 63 instead of 53, adding two stitches to each section, and used a size 11 needle – going up a size from the recommended 10.5.  For this shrug, I used the Lion Brand Cotton solids and it used nearly the whole ball.  I like how this one came out – it’s a looser knit than pictured on the pattern website, and again, I added a few rows so that it hits mid-torso on an adult (size Small).

This was my first try at raglan shaping and I have to say, I really enjoyed it.  This is a great beginner garment (or, if you just want a quick knit!).  I like that there is no seaming, as you cast off the sleeves, the underarm just works directly into the body.  Be aware though, if you choose to make this in an actual adult size, it will take more than one skein…. You can find the pattern at:  or on Ravelry by searching Shrug This.

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Jenifer Rank – Kusala Knitworks

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