September 04, 2010

Circular Shrug

This is a very easy and fast project.
Free pattern: CIRCULAR SHRUG

According to the pattern instructions it is knit as one-piece and then the 2x2 ribs are sewn together. Another way, which becomes seamless, is to knit the back section and then pick up sts and continue knitting with circular needle.

I used double yarn (Destaque and Sedificada) and 8mm./#11 needles.

Gauge: 1” = 3 sts.
Shoulder width: 16” ---> 16 + 4 = 20”
Stitch gauge x shoulder width: 3 x 20 = 60 sts (back section)
CO (back section x 2): 60 x 2 = 120 sts.

NOTE: My 1st version was made exactly as the pattern said and I hated it! Ended up frogging the whole work because I didn’t like the cap sleeve (too big). So the 2nd version I did not add 4” to the shoulder width in order to make a more fit garment. I also decided to try the knitting in the round version to avoid seams.

So I calculated as following:
Gauge: 1” = 3 sts.
Shoulder width: 16”
Stitch gauge x shoulder width: 3 x 16 = 48 sts (back section) and added 2 sts on each side.
TOTAL (back section): 52 sts.

- Provisional CO: 52 sts. and worked in stockinet st for 15”.
- With circular needle picked up both ends of back section. (= 104 sts.)
- Placed st. marker and continued knitting in the round in stockinet st for 4".
- Time to start the 2x2 rib: *K, M1K, P, M1P* till the end of the round. (= 208 sts.)
- Continued 2x2 rib for 7".
- BO. Weaved in ends and it was ready to be worn!! No seams!!!
I hope the pics help!


My 2nd and final version of the shrug:
BACK SECTION: 58 cm./23” (in stockinet st.) - 15" with straight needles and 4" with circular.
2x2 RIB: 18cm./7”

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for the instructions and pictures. I just taught myself how to knit and I had a hard time figuring out how a circular shrug is done. lol!

    Again, thanks a lot!