sm's simple lacy shrug

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sm's simple lacy shrug Pattern


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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details









Skill Level:

small skill level requirement Beginner

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • casting on, knitting, purling, yarnover, slip-slip-knit, slip-slip-purl, knit two together, purl two together, binding off, whipstitching.

Pattern Description:

This pattern makes a simple lace shrug that's perfect to wear when you're just a little bit chilled. Unlike most shrugs that are knit side-to-side, the lace pattern produces visual vertical lines when worn. When designing it, I was surprised that such a fancy-looking pattern would arise from such simple stitches (of course, isn't that what lace is all about?); and, the construction is just a rectangle with the ends sewn to make sleeves. Any wool or wool-blend worsted yarn should work for this pattern.

When blocked, the half-sleeve version measures 16" around the sleeve-ends and 38" from end to end if knitted as written.


5 stitches to the inch in stockinette stitch

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 16" around the sleeve-ends and 38" from end to end if knitted as written.
  • For longer sleeves, just knit more repeats of the pattern. (However, you'll need more yarn.)
  • In general, every extra 3.5" of length requires an additional 30 yards of yarn.


  • 300 yards of worsted-weight yarn for half-length sleeves
  • 360 yards of worsted-weight yarn for 3/4-length sleeves
  • Recommended yarns: Valley Yarns Northampton, Louet Euroflax Merlin Camelot
  • US 8 needles (5.0 mm), one circular or two straight

You Will Also Need:

  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends.
  • One locking stitch marker.

About Designer

About Designer

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I'm a math professor by trade, and (unsurprisingly) my designs are informed by mathematical concepts. I co-edited the books Making Mathematics with Needlework: Ten Papers and Ten Projects and Crafting by Concepts: Fiber Arts and Mathematics with my colleague and friend Carolyn Yackel. You can find out more than you ever wanted to know about me and my way-too-many interests ...

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