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sm's simple lacy shrug


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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. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY casting on, knitting, purling, yarnover, slip-slip-knit, slip-slip-purl, knit two together, purl two together, binding off, whipstitching. GAUGE 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.

Supplies Needed

  • 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

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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 <i>Making Mathematics with Needlework: Ten Papers and Ten Projects</i> and <i>Crafting by Concepts: Fiber Arts and Mathematics</i> 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 (including my ex-cat, socially responsible investing, dance, feminist philosophy of science,...) at <a href="">my website</a>.