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Thank you so much for this pattern. I have made 7 up to now as presents for the people I love x
Wow, I'm so thrilled to hear this! Thank you! So you do have any photos you could share with me? My Email address is on the top of the pattern. Marcia
Have just finished and am ready to do the seam for the sleeves. What seam technique do you recommend and should I block the shrug before doing the seams
Hi Karen, I always recommend invisibly weaving all seams and the technique depends on whether you're joining stockinette, reverse stockinette, ribbing, doing vertical to vertical, horizontal to horizontal, vertical to horizontal, etc. . Either the one-half stitch seam allowance or one-stitch seam allowance approach will work, depending on your preference, followed by either a slip stitch or single crochet edging on the bottom of each sleeve. Blocking requirements depend on the type of yarn you're using. Animal fibers always need blocking and acrylic yarn doesn't respond to blocking. When I knit with animal fibers I sometimes block the piece before joining, other times not, depending on what I learned about the finished fabric when I did the gauge swatch. Having said all that, it's easiest to do side seam invisible weaving when the edges are laying flat.
I am fairly new at knitting, and have a problem. I love the project, it is finished, but the ribbing wants to turn up at the bottom and out at the neck, like a collar. I have heard you shouldn't iron ribbing...help, please. I LOVE LOVE LOVE everything else about it, easy to knit, very easy to wear and warm but not overly. The design is easy to wear while working, no shawl ends or bulky ties to get in the way.
Hi and thank you for your comment. I'm so happy you love the project! If I understand your concern, it's that the ribbing turns to form a collar, is that right? Well if you look at the photo of Pam (coral shrug, size Small), you'll see that this happens and is part of the design element for the smaller sizes. It may or not occur with the larger sizes, depending on the size of the shrug compared with its wearer. If you make another shrug and want to try to prevent this design detail, you could try knitting the rib with needles a size or two smaller than the needles used for the main body. For now, if you don't like the collar, you could get some knitting elastic (Clover makes a nice product called "Elastic Yarn Thread") and try tightening up the rib by weaving the elastic through the start, finish and middle of the ribbed area. That may cinch it up a bit and give you a tighter fit. And yes, yes yes! You should NOT iron your ribbing! Or any other part of your knitted pieces. Steaming is one method for blocking but you sort of hover the steam iron a few inches over your knitting to block it. Never touchie touchie!Marcia
No,I said the ribbing turn UP at the bottom and OUT at the neck, meaning it won't lay flat at all. I made size 2x So, can I steam the ribbing? I like the fit, don't really want it tighter, as I like the drape.
I will try your suggestion of changing needle sizes,as I most definitely will be making another one of these. But this one I made using a yarn I really love. It is "Monet", a simple acrylic yarn, but it has the colors of Monet's garden and I have been saving this yarn for years for a special project. I sort of solved the neckline issue by using a ribbon tie in front to pull it closed, so it will lie flat in front,
Hm .. up at the bottom and out at the neck, huh? That's interesting. I'm wondering if you did your bind off too loosely. And if you did the bind off in the rib pattern, which is what you should do when binding off a rib. Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches as you bind off. The problem using acrylic yarn is that it doesn't take to blocking very well. Steaming is a technique for blocking mostly natural fibers and I'm not sure you'd get a good result with your acrylic project. I honestly don't think at this point it would do much good. Since you seem to have solved the problem with the ribbon tie, I guess we're ok for now with your current project. But you know, I have a hunch that if the ribbon worked, the elastic thread would do a great job. I often use it when I work with cotton, because cotton stretches and is not happy about holding on to a rib. I'll either run the elastic thread along with my yarn and knit the rib with it, or go back and weave the thread into the edge, middle and where the ribbing yields to the main stitch of the garment. Hope all this helps. It's important to me that my buyers are no less than thrilled with their purchase, have fun knitting it up and end up with a fabulous completed project. If you have more questions, you'll find my email address at the top of the pattern.Thanks again!Marcia
I did bind off loosely, but did follow the ribbing pattern. I'll do the elastic trick on this one, running a couple of rounds, cause I'm NOT doing a frog stitch on this project, lol! Thanks so much again for your help.
HA! I don't blame you for not wanting to frog!! For those reading this who don't know what we're talking about, we call ripping out "frogging" because a frog says something that sounds a lot like "Rip it! Rip it!"
Hi, I wear a size 6 but when I did your arm outstretched tip I cast on 138 stitches. Is that going to be too much and also I can't for the life of me figure out how this is sown together and how it will work. Please help
HI and thanks for your question. Pam, my model in the coral shrug wears about a size 6, so if you like the shrug on her, then I think you'd be fine if you follow the directions for that. Make sure you do a gauge swatch first so you have the right gauge. As for sewing it together, just follow the pattern and let me know if you have any questions. My Email address is on the pattern and also in the thank you note sent to all buyers.
That would be fine for me but my question is should I do 114 or follow the tip of outstretched arms and use 138.
In your case I'd suggest you follow the pattern as directed for the smallest size. I mostly give the tip to make sure larger sizes turn out roomy enough. Please make sure to do a gauge swatch to make sure you're got the required gauge. So many knitters are in such a big hurry to start a project that they ignore making a swatch. I recommend that you not only make a gauge swatch that's at least a 4 inch square, but that you wash and dry and block if required before measuring the gauge. In this way, you'll be sure of having the correct gauge.
I'm also a size 14 on the top--usually wear a large in a tshirt. Do you have this pattern in large? What about doing this in Berrocco Vintage Chunky weight yarn? I love the softness of that yarn!
Hi and thank you for your message. No problem customizing the design to fit your needs. I've included instructions in the pattern for the knitter to customize the fit. As for the yarn, you can choose whatever you like and I can help you with your decision. It's very important to me that my knitters are thrilled with their purchase, enjoy the knitting experience and end up with a fabulous outcome. So I'm always available to help.
Hello. Would love to buy the pattern...but I am "vertically challenged" and wondered how difficult it would be to adjust the length of this great pattern
Adjusting the length is easy!! Adjusting the width could present problems depending on how large a body you need to fit. What do you have in mind? Do you want it to cover a larger body circumference ... or do you want the lower edge to hang lower than it does on Pam?
I am an 8-10 petite so more concerned about the length adjustment. Thank you for responding!
I am sorry I may not have answered your question....I would like the lower edge to hang lower as it does on Pam.
Thanks again for your question. No problem adjusting the pattern to hang lower than it does on Pam. Pam's about 5 ft 4 in or so, just to give you an idea. If you decide to purchase the pattern, I'll help you decide exactly how you should revise it to make the length custom fit for you. As for the width, your size 8-10 is perfectly suited for the pattern.
i see that this shrug is knitted on straight needles, it seems like there are so many stitches, wouldn't a circular needle be better?
You could certainly use a circular needle, if that's your preference. I'll go ahead and add that as an option. Thank you VERY much for your comment!!
I wear. 14....will this fit me, too??
For this particular design a size 14 may not work as well as written but you could try to adjust it to fit you a bit better. I could assist with that.
I wear size 4 can you tell me how many stitches I should cast on and what length I should knit to thank you Nan
Hello Nan, you should be able to use the pattern as written for your size.
Will this pattern be available in L and XL?Sue
Hi Sue, yes, I'm planning on making this design for L and XL. I currently have another project on my needles but should have a Ridiculously Easy Fashion Shawl for larger sizes after that. Thanks so much for asking this question.
Great. Looking forward to getting the pattern and knitting it up.
I VERY much appreciate your interest in my designs, Sue. Thank you! In the meantime, have you seen my Award Winning Kimono Jacket? It's very roomy and is perfect for L and XL size ladies. It's a lot easier to knit than it looks but I didn't tell that to the County Fair judges when they were giving me a Blue Ribbon for it when I entered it in last summer's Fair. Shh ... it's our secret!
I am an X-large so will wait for the larger pattern; looking forward to it.Susan
The larger version is on my knitting needles right now! As they say in the TV world, please stay tuned! Thanks for your interest in my designs.
I'm also a XL and will come back soon and look for the pattern.
Thank you for your interest. I'm making great progress on the large version of the design and hope to be finished within a week or so. If you'd like to be notified when it's ready, you can go to my pattern store and click where it indicates that you can "follow this crafter." Then when I add new patterns, Craftsy will notify you!
thanks I will do that.
Hello. I am horizontally challenged.. . . . about a size 22. Love this pattern can you help!
The revised "Ridiculously Easy Fashion Shrug: S to 3X" is now online and ready for previous buyers to update via their Craftsy page's "My Patterns" link. The shrug is now available in sizes Small, Medium, Large, XL, 1X, 2X and 3X, plus I've included instructions in the pattern for customizing the finished width size. THANKS TO ALL MY KNITTERS FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND ESPECIALLY THANKS TO THOSE OF YOU WHO REQUESTED THE LARGER SIZES AND HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THE UPDATE!
Thank you. I've been a size 3x but have been on a diet and now I am probably at a 2x, and going down, down, down.. After another bunch of lbs, I will likely be able to fit into one of the regular sizes. It's been frustrating being size 3x and no sweaters are sized to fit the larger sizes.
Congratulations on the weight loss! I know how difficult it is to lose weight. I'm working on that myself.
This is a gorgeous piece! What brand of yarn did you use in the example shown?
I purchased this yarn in Europe. It's a chunky weight acrylic blend. I was careless and didn't save the ball band and don't recall the brand. I'm generally good about cataloging my projects but I knit this when I was there and the only thing that came home with me was the completed project.
Is this boucle yarn.....how much will I need to make a lg
I didn't use a boucle yarn but you certainly could if you want to. General information on the amount of yarn required is on the listing and in detail on the pattern itself.
Hil I really love your pattern and would like to buy it, however, I am concerne the size small (as shown in the photo) will be to big for me. I am petite (5" and 110 lbs). Can the pattern be adjusted to fit me?
Absolutely!!! The pattern includes instructions for customizing the fit plus I'm always available to assist and answer questions as you work up the design. By the way, my model Pam wears a size 4-6 and she's wearing the Small.
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