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Watercolor Shrug


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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. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY cast on knit purl pick up stitches bind off GAUGE 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"

Supplies Needed

  • 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

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Kira K Designs
Kira K Designs
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 theatrical costume designer, is a strong influence on her design sense, and many patterns reference styles from the 1920s through the 1960s. Kira's family history of Danish Modern furniture design is also an important influence on her patterns, resulting in garments and accessories with clean lines and intriguing details that are both interesting to make and easy to wear. I teach classes around the San Francisco Bay Area. See upcoming classes at I am also available for private lessons by appointment. If you would like to be notified about new patterns and upcoming classes, please go to my website and sign up for my e mail list.