Knit a ribbed shrug

This stylish knitted shrug will keep your shoulders warm on cool evenings.

By Erika Knight

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Ribbed shrug
Take a look at a larger image of the finished shrug.

Materials
• Any medium-weight wool yarn, such as Rowan Soft Baby: 7 (7, 8) x 1-3/4 oz (50 g) balls
• Pair each of sizes 10-1/2 (7 mm) and 11 (8 mm) knitting needles
• Size 10-1/2 (7 mm) circular knitting needle


Sizes
• To fit bust 32-34" (81-86 cm): actual length 17-3/4" (45 cm); cuff to cuff 59-3/4" (152 cm)
• To fit bust 36-38" (91-97 cm): actual length 18-1/2" (47 cm); cuff to cuff 61-3/4" (157 cm)
• To fit bust 40-42" (102-107 cm): actual length 19-1/4" (49 cm); cuff to cuff 63-3/4" (162 cm)

Gauge
12 sts and 16 rows = 4" (10 cm) in St st using size 11 (8 mm) needles or whatever size necessary to obtain gauge and two strands of yarn held together.

To make shrug (made in one piece)
Using size 10-1/2 (7 mm) needles and two strands of yarn tog, cast on 32 (36, 40) sts.
Rib row 1: *K1, p1, rep from * to end.
Rep last row until shrug measures 6" (15 cm) from cast-on edge.

First size only:
Next row: *K1, p into front and back of next st, rep from * to end.
Second and third sizes only:
Next row: K1, p1, *k1, p into front and back of next st, rep from * to last 2 sts, k1, p1 – 48 (52, 58) sts.

Change to size 11 (8 mm) needles and work in rib patt as foll:
Row 1 (RS): *K3, p2, rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 2: *P3, k2, rep from * to last 3 sts, p3.
Rep these 2 rows until shrug measures 55-3/4" (55-3/4", 57-3/4") / 137 (142, 147) cm, ending with RS facing for next row.
Change to 10-1/2 (7 mm) needles.

First size only:
Next row (RS): *K1, k2tog, rep from * to end.
Second and third sizes only:
Next row (RS): K2, *k1, k2tog, rep from * to last 2 sts, k2 – 32 (36, 40) sts.
Work 6" (15 cm) in k1, p1 rib.
Bind off in rib.

To finish
Place markers at both sides of work 21" (53 cm) in from each cuff.
Fold work in half lengthwise and sew cuff and sleeve seam to markers, leaving centre 17-3/4" (19-3/4", 21-3/4") / 46 (51, 56) cm unsewn.
Using 10-1/2 (7 mm) circular needle and two strands of yarn tog and with RS facing, pick up and k 150 (162, 180) sts evenly around opening.
Working in rounds, work 4-1/2" (12 cm) in k1, p1 rib.
Bind off in rib.
Weave in any loose yarn ends.



Excerpted from Glamour Knits, copyright 2006 by Erika Knight. Excerpted with permission from Potter Craft, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced except with permission in writing from the publisher.



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