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Faux Cable Shrug

Shrugs are beloved items among all those darkly inclined. The offer the perfect chance to both keep warm and show off detailed garments, such as corsets. Our Faux Cable Shrug Knitting Pattern is designed to be a snug fit, and it suits petite beauties best of all.

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Our Faux Cable Shrug Knitting Pattern combines stockinette and mock cables. With a fitted back and shaped sleeves, this design is comfortable to wear, and a bit more challenging to work than a classic shrug. As an added design element, the shaped sleeves are knit from the shoulder down, allowing you to choose the sleeve length freely.

This design is best knit with soft yarns, such as alpaca or mohair-blend. Though it does work with acrylic yarns, natural fibers may feel nicer when worn.

I love to add a little bit of extra detail to knitting patterns. Our shrug pattern has a crochet shell edge around the border and on the cuffs. The stitches used are very basic, and the pattern has instructions on how to create the shell edge. Be warned, though: working with this shrug does require a bit of crochet skills as well!

Shrugs are often small and delicate. Knitting one can be a lot of work, though. For this reason, I’ve chosen a large needle size. With large needles, the shrug is quick to finish, and the knit fabric remains light and airy.

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Little bolero-styled shrugs are best paired with dresses that have a defined waist. Shrugs worn wonders with corsets and corset-tops, but pairing them with jeans and tank tops can create an interesting outfit as well. Don’t be afraid to use your imagination when pairing shrugs to outfits. Taking a risk can create an unexpected yet delightful combo!

I hope you’ll enjoy our Faux Cable Shrug Knitting Pattern.

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

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Seed Stitch Shrug

Seed stitch is one of my favourite knitting stitches. It’s lovely, easy to work, and very versatile. For the Chunky Seed Stitch Shrug, I paired it with stockinette, and a crochet cast-off.

As I often do, I dug up a discarded sweater from a flea market, and scavenged it for yarn. You can find my tutorial on how to do that here.

What I got after unraveling the sweater, was a multitoned chunky yarn light and soft. I wanted to knit it into something warm, something that could be worn in many ways. Versatility is a key factor in shrugs and cardigans, and with simple alterations, this shrug changes moods with you.

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The Chunky Seed Stitch Shrug calls for soft, chunky yarn. It’s worked with needlesize 7 mm – US 10.75 which makes it a quick knit. The construction is a cross between cardigan and shrug: this garment has a shaped sleeves, and a border worked in the round. The combination of seed stitch and stockinette work wonderfully with self-patterning and multitoned yarns. On a calm design, colours work to their full advantage. This shrug can even pull off stripes if you so choose: try asymmetrical stripes in bold colours, or thin ones with just two shades.

seed stitch shrug, closed at neck

The shrug has a large border. It has no closure, so it’s perfect to wear with shawl pins and brooches. The collar can be pinned in many ways: high on the neck or low at the waist. The shrug can also be worn open for a more casual look. A versatile style can be paired with all kinds of outfits. Though this shrug loves dresses, it works well with jeans, too.

seed stitch shrug, sleeve detail

The Chunky Seed Stitch Shrug features a crochet cast-off. In order to gain an elastic edge, I created a picot cast-off. It works both to give the shrug a detailed, feminine look, and as a practical solution for binding off. The cast-off method is time consuming, and requires knowledge of basic crochet, but the end result is well worth the labour.

I hope you’ll enjoy our Seed Stitch Shrug Knitting Pattern!

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

seed stitch shrug, closed at hem

Hooded Shrug

Gothic girls love both shrugs and hoods. I combined both elements in a lace-trimmed Hooded Shrug. A touch of fairytale followed, at least in my mind, since the hood is large enough to hide under.

This shrug is best made with elastic fabrics. It comes in sizes S-L, and can be made with printed or patternless materials. Choose thick cotton for everyday wear, and make the shrug party-appropriate by using velvet or stretchy satin. Lace works well with this style, too, and not only for trimming. Lace fabric will turn this shrug extraordinary.

Hooded Shrug with lace trim

Shrugs are easy to wear, and to mix and match. They can be paired with skirts and tops along with dresses, and work exceptionally well with corsets. A longer blazer or cardigan is warmer, but when wearing corsets, you will want to show them off. A shrug brings both warmth and extra-coverage to shoulders and back while leaving the waist exposed.

My Hooded Shrug is snug-fitting. It has long, widening sleeves, and curved front pieces. The shrug closes at the neck with a single button, and is trimmed with lace all around. Sewing one is quite easy. Basic understanding on garment construction is a great help, but all in all this is a project suitable for beginners as well as for those with more experience.  Making one is a quick process: creating the model shrug only took three hours!

The pattern, like all our sewing patterns, comes with a fully illustrated sewing tutorial. It will guide you through the process of cutting and sewing the Hooded Shrug, and even help you with the lace trimming. Sewing is meant to be fun, and I wish creating this shrug will let you have lots of it.

I hope you’ll enjoy the Hooded Shrug sewing pattern!

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

Hooded Shrug with lace trim