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A Simple Shrug ~ Pattern Preview

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I have a new free pattern coming up quick here. A Simple Shrug is just that, an easy-peasy fun and wearable piece that can warm your shoulders on a cool summer night or a brisk fall day or a chilly winter night. You get it, it’s a year-round versatile shrug that you can whip up in no time at all.

A Simple Shrug can be dressed up or down. Throw it on over a t-shirt and jeans or over a dressy tank and skirt or a sleeveless dress. It all works in a comfortable cozy way.

I added a ruching detail to spice things up a bit.

You will need three hanks of Sweater to make your own version of A Simple Shrug. I made mine using 3 hanks of Spud & Chloë Sweater in the new Beluga #7521 shade of gray. I was dying to give this color a go on my needles as soon as I saw it and sure enough I want to knit more with Beluga. I think a cardigan would be the best in this shade of gray. That is on my list.

For the shrug I used US size 7 sixteen inch circular needles to knit the entire thing. The gauge is 5 stitches per inch.

Basically, all you are doing is making a long tube that has an opening in the center. It goes really fast.

I love ruching. It adds texture in an easy way. Also, the ruching in this project naturally makes a scalloped edging along the front and back of the shoulders.

I will provide the pattern to make a size medium and then I will tell you how to take a couple of quick measurements to make your own shrug to custom fit you! How does that sound?

I’ll be back soon with the pattern for you. Have a good weekend!

20 Responses to “A Simple Shrug ~ Pattern Preview”

  1. June 25, 2011 at 4:01 pm Kelly says:

    I’m so excited to make this shrug! Hoping it’ll be a good gift for a few girlfriends, and maybe I can size it down for little girls too!

    • June 25, 2011 at 5:19 pm sanderson says:

      easily – i’ll walk you through it.

      • June 25, 2011 at 10:08 pm Kelly says:

        Great!! I’m ordering the yarn tonight!

  2. June 25, 2011 at 5:22 pm KathieR says:

    Oh!! I see lots of these in my future!! LOVE IT! The little girls will love it as much as the big girls. Can’t wait!

  3. June 25, 2011 at 5:42 pm Jesse says:

    I love making these for babies and my little girl and have wanted to make one for myself…. I love your patterns so I’m sure I’ll be making one before too long!!

  4. June 25, 2011 at 7:30 pm Sara in WI says:

    That’s adorable! It’ll go in my queue!

  5. June 25, 2011 at 7:36 pm Debra says:

    I love it! Can’t wait for the pattern. I love the rouching – friend of mine made a caplet that had rouching and it adds such a special touch! Beautiful shrug, and I have a couple people in mind that would love it as a gift!

  6. June 25, 2011 at 10:16 pm Suzanne says:

    It’s perfect for so many reasons but the ruching is a lovely detail. May I assume that lengthening the tube would make it long sleeves?

    • June 25, 2011 at 10:51 pm sanderson says:

      yes, you start at one cuff and work to the other cuff. you would have to take some more arm measurements to get it to fit right. it would be super easy to convert to long sleeve.

      • June 26, 2011 at 10:52 pm Suzanne says:

        Yippee! I stood behind a little girl at church this morning who was wearing a shrug and anticipating how nice it will be to have my own very soon. Thanks, Susan!

  7. June 26, 2011 at 4:00 am Veronika says:

    Really, really cute! :)

  8. June 26, 2011 at 10:17 am Brenda Jones says:

    One of your better ideas …

  9. June 26, 2011 at 11:19 am Allegra says:

    Oh I am putting this on my needles as soon as the pattern is UP! Hurray! I have enough Sweater in Grape Jelly to make S and I matching ones! I hope the pattern is released really soon so it can be my knitting project for the plane next weekend.

    • June 26, 2011 at 11:21 am sanderson says:

      I’ll have it up this week so you should be good:) thanks for the nice comment.

  10. June 26, 2011 at 12:06 pm Terrie says:

    This is so pretty!

    • June 29, 2011 at 11:33 am Nancy says:

      OOO-So cute-and quick–my granddaughters would be thrilled-gonna grab some yarn at my lys and wait for the patterrn–Thank you for the inspiration and I love your yarn.

  11. June 26, 2011 at 4:14 pm Kelly says:

    I ran over to http://behomemade.com/ to pick up the yarn today. I’m so excited to get started with this great shrug!

    PS if your in Southern Jersey Home Made is just perfect, full of great inspiration and lots of Spud & Chloe and Bly Sky. I enjoyed meeting Julie and will love having her shop right here!

  12. June 26, 2011 at 9:30 pm Katie says:

    I love your entire outfit! The sweater is absolutely perfect! Would you mind sharing where you got the top and skirt or at least who they’re by? Great job! Continue to LOVE all of your work!

  13. June 28, 2011 at 2:50 pm jill says:

    can’t wait! I’m thinking penguin…

  14. December 21, 2011 at 12:46 pm Fleta Standors says:

    Just to let you know, this post seems a little bit funny from my android phone. Who knows perhaps its just my mobile phone. Great article by the way.