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Here are some details about my project:
Category Knitting
Type Clothing
Yarn Weight Worsted (10 ply)
Sizing Women
Style Casual, Cute, Romantic
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What needles did you use? US 8 / 5.0 mm / UK 6

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What materials did you use? Lion's Brand modified the pattern I used (I knitted two panels, the new pattern has you knit one large panel, omitting the seam). Here's a free link to the recommended pattern: http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/90733AD.html

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What are you most proud of? Shrugs are still a popular go to item for every woman's closet. It's easy to slip on or off, and it's flattering on most all body shapes. I had a lot of fun wearing this oversized shrug with my black leggings and black ankle boots walking around Carmel, CA, but it's also functional to wear indoors just to keep you cozy when you want to stay warm and curl up to a classic novel. It's an inspiring color; I strangely feel like a shaman with my new shrug, hoping to call in warmer, milder days with its spring-inspired color.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? This is a free pattern from Lion's Brand App! You basically make a large rectangle (scary because it looks like a big blanket) but then you sew up the sides to make sleeves. The above link will have you knit one panel, but I knit two panels, following the original pattern; I knitted 200 rows, making it a bit smaller than the XS, and this shrug is still swimming on me! This shrug is mostly done in stockinette stitch, so if you want to practice varying knitting techniques that you learned in this class, you'll get some practice AND create something cute at the same time.

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Looks great. Did you replace the stockinette with twisted knit stitches to give it more texture, or is the pattern all in twisted stitch?

02/23/2014 Flag

After watching your video, I have a funky twisted stitch thing that goes on naturally - instead of knitting in the back of the loop, I knit in front of the loop. I changed up the stitching once I figured it out, but it was too obvious! So I ripped out rows and continued on with the funky stitch. Very good eye! I have so much room for improvement!!

02/23/2014 Flag

Not such a good eye (I do teach this :). It's such a common thing that knitters learn the purl backwards and then end up twisting all their stitches. In this case, I think it's a happy accident, because the twisted knit stitch looks awesome on the shrug. So after watching "Improve Your Knitting", did you fix your purl stitch to the western purl, or become a combination knitter (by knitting through the backloop). There's no right or wrong, but if you've decided to keep your purl the way it was and change your knit (become a combination knitter), you might want to review the lesson on combination knitting, so you can learn how many ways that will change your knitting (working in the round, garter, increases and decreases). Let me know if you have any questions!

02/26/2014 Flag

This is really nice. I love the color choice. I am curious, what was reason you chose to knit it in two pieces instead of one? Was that the only modification (outside of cool look of texture from doing the funky stitch work; it nice). I don't suppose you remember the name of the yarn you used.

04/29/2014 Flag

Very good question, the pattern called to do so, but other women disliked that feature too. I personally found it easier on my wrists (the shrug is heavy!), it was easier to knit at the airport and the plane (I only worked on one panel at a time) and I wanted to practice hand stitching skills to bind them together. One last thing - many shrugs that are store purchased also have a seam, so I didn't think it would stand out too much by the general public.

05/02/2014 Flag

P.S. Martha Stewart Wool Blend yarn in Igloo - Craftsy did have a recent sale, around $3 bucks a skein, (at Michaels, I paid around $7 a skein in California).

05/02/2014 Flag

Really pretty :) I could definitely use one of these in my wardrobe.

05/15/2014 Flag

Thank you, please, try the pattern! It is the perfect de-stress pattern, since it's merely a rectangle done in a stockinette stitch. I'm wearing the shrug right now, to keep me warm from the cool spring air. It's so much fun to wear own own handmade items.

05/15/2014 Flag

I'm making this for my daughter! Yours turned out so pretty!

05/26/2014 Flag