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Kira K Designs is a line of original knitting and crochet patterns with a streamlined and eminently wearable aesthetic. Research on historical clothing, which Kira did during her former career as a ...

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Watercolor Shrug

from Kira K Designs
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Watercolor Shrug
Watercolor Shrug
Watercolor Shrug
Watercolor Shrug
Watercolor Shrug
Watercolor Shrug

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • cast on
  • knit
  • purl
  • pick up stitches
  • bind off

Pattern Description:

This small shrug is perfect for using a small amount of handspun or luxury yarn, and is great for layering over summer dresses or camisoles. The body of the shrug is a rectangle that knits up quickly in a simple openwork pattern that highlights the texture of the yarn. After the sleeves are seamed, stitches are picked up to work the front edging and short-row shaped shawl collar.


4" = 18 sts and 22 rows in Pillar Openwork Stitch on larger needles
Note: This stitch pattern pulls in so a larger needle than usual for these yarns has been used. Yarns shown usually knit at 18 sts to 4" in Stocking Stitch.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Bicep Circumference: 10"(12", 14", 16", 18")
  • Width from Sleeve Hem to Sleeve Hem: 23"(24", 25", 27", 29")
  • Back Length from Neck to Hem: 11.75"(13.75", 15.75", 17.75", 19.75")
  • Sleeve Length to Underarm: 3"


  • 180(225, 275, 340, 410) yards worsted weight yarn
  • US 10 (6mm) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • US 8 (5mm) 24"-29" circular needles or 2 sizes smaller than size needed to obtain gauge
  • stitch marker
  • yarn needle